Hyundai to add next-gen Tucson SUV to Alabama family of vehicles

Hyundai to add next-gen Tucson SUV to Alabama family of vehicles
Hyundai announced plans today to begin producing the next-generation 2022 Tucson SUV at its plant in Montgomery. It will become the fifth vehicle built at the Alabama plant. (Hyundai)

Hyundai announced plans today to expand the production lineup at its Alabama manufacturing plant to include the next-generation Tucson SUV, its best-selling U.S. model.

During a virtual press event in Los Angeles, José Muñoz, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor North America, announced that the automaker is expanding the number of models it builds in the U.S. with the addition of 2022 Tucson production at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) in Montgomery, starting in 2021.

HMMA currently produces three high-volume models: the Sonata and Elantra sedans and the Santa Fe sport utility. In addition to the Tucson, the all-new Santa Cruz crossover will join the automaker’s Alabama facility next year.

“Hyundai’s decision to expand the production lineup at its Montgomery assembly plant reflects the high level of confidence the automaker has in its talented Alabama workforce,” Gov. Kay Ivey said.

“The Tucson SUV will be another great addition to the growing list of in-demand automobiles built in sweet home Alabama,” she said.

Accelerating growth

The Tucson announcement comes at a time of growth for Hyundai’s Alabama plant. In November 2019, HMMA officials announced a $410 million expansion to prepare the facility for the production of the Santa Cruz, a project that will create 200 jobs.

Earlier in 2019, HMMA celebrated the grand opening of its new cylinder-head engine plant, a $388 million, 50-job project.

“The introduction of two new models to Hyundai’s Montgomery manufacturing operation beginning next year demonstrates the company’s long-term commitment to producing top-quality vehicles in Alabama,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

“We can’t wait to see the next-generation Tucson SUV and the all-new Santa Cruz crossover rolling down HMMA’s assembly lines.”

HMMA, which launched vehicle production in 2005, is the Montgomery region’s largest private manufacturer, with more than 3,000 employees.

Since it opened, the Alabama plant has produced 4.75 million vehicles for the North American market, along with more than 6 million engines.

Montgomery officials welcomed Hyundai’s decision to expand its production lineup at the Alabama plant.

“Hyundai’s decision to build the Tucson in Montgomery is indicative of their belief in the performance and expertise of our HMMA team,” Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said. “It allows Hyundai to quickly adapt to consumer preferences and demonstrates the long-term commitment between Hyundai and the Montgomery community.

“We are proud of Hyundai’s track record of success and stand steadfast in our continued support of HMMA,” Reed said.

This story originally appeared on the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Made in Alabama website.

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