2011 Hyundai Elantra car production shift
Production of the 2011 Hyundai Elantra compact car set to move to the USA!
Hyundai is moving production of Santa Fe SUV to Kia’s manufacturing plant in Georgia. Replacing the popular Hyundai mid-size SUV will be the all-new Hyundai Elantra compact sedan, which production is scheduled to commence in April 2011.
Speculation over Santa Fe’s production shift has brewed for months. Just recently, it was reported by The Chosun Ilbo that the automaker has been considering to shift production of next-generation 2012 Santa Fe to Kia plant in West Point, Georgia and replace it by new compact car.
According to a Korean publication, Hyundai plans to shift production to United States to save on shipping costs. Cutting shipping costs, Hyundai believes, will make production of the 2011 Elantra more cost effective and thereby boost production efficiency and product quality.
Ever since these rumours hit the web, it was speculated that the 2011 Kia Optima will take the place of the Santa Fe in the Alabama plant, alongside its sedan look-alike, the Sonata.
A few words on new Hyundai Elantra…
The 2011 Hyundai Elantra car made its official worldwide unveiling at the Busan Auto Show earlier this month and is expected to be an important part of Hyundai’s U.S. lineup.
The 2011 Elantra model sports attractive design DNA, called “fluidic sculpture” and a plethora of state-of-the-art powertrain technologies, including the all-new 6-speed automatic gearbox and new direct-injection four-cylinder engine that is expected to offer strong performance, as well as improved fuel efficiency when compared to rivals.
New Hyundai Elantra car is expected to be a strong seller, just like it big brother, the 2011 Sonata sedan, which has now outsold the Ford Fusion for two months. Hyundai’s monthly sales report revealsthat Sonata sales increased more than 50 percent in both March and April.
Those sales numbers will probably get even better when the South Korean automaker brings two new Sonata iterations to the market. These include Sonata turbo and Sonata hybrid car.
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