Hyundai Santa Fe to Join Kia Sorento at Georgia Plant

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The Hyundai Santa Fe will soon be made at the same Georgia plant home to the Kia Sorento crossover.

On October 1, a second shift of Hyundai Santa Fe production will join the Kia Sorento in Georgia. With Santa Fe production shifting to the Kia plant, Hyundai's Montgomery, Alabama plant will be free to produce more Sonatas than previously possible.

Through the first seven months of the year, Sonata annual sales have surpassed 100,000 units, a mark that took until November during the 2009 model year for the last-generation car.

The Alabama plant has been running on maximum overtime to keep up with demand on the Hyundai Sonata, and that's before the turbo or hybrid models become widely available.

Kia's plant in Georgia can build as many as 300,000 vehicles a year. The second shift has resulted in a few more jobs; total employment at the plant is up to about 1900.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

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