Hyundai Compact Pickup Coming to Market
A $410 million expansion of its Alabama plant will see the compact pickup being built there as a 2021 model.
Hyundai has announced the Santa Cruz compact utility vehicle will join the Santa Fe SUV and the Sonata and Elantra sedans at Hyundai’s U.S. automotive assembly plant in Montgomery, AL, starting in 2021.
The Santa Cruz was first introduced as a concept at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The plant will require a (US) $410 million expansion to support the addition of the vehicle. This includes additional space in the stamping, welding and parts processing areas of the manufacturing complex. Direct employment will increase by 200 jobs and local suppliers and logistics companies who support HMMA are projected to employ an additional 1,000 people in Montgomery and the River Region.
The plant, which started vehicle production in May 2005, is the region’s largest private manufacturer with 2,900 full-time and 500 part-time employees.
In 14.5-years the plant has produced 4.5 million vehicles for the North American market.