The 1 millionth Hyundai Sonata rolled off the line on July 29 2011 at the Alabama manufacturing facility, marking a historic milestone for the Korean automaker. A small celebration last Friday was held at the plant, as a 2012 Limited Edition 2.0 Turbo with a radiant silver paint finish, marked the event . Employees of the plant cheered as President and CEO Young Deuk Lim drove the Sonata off the line with Vice President of Production, Ashley Frye and Robert Coleman, HMMA’s Team Member of the year in the passenger seats.
“I am so proud of everything our Team Members have accomplished in the past six years, eclipsing 1,000,000 total vehicles manufactured in November 2009, producing more than 300,000 vehicles in 2010 and now our 1,000,000th Sonata,” said President Lim. “This milestone provides us an opportunity celebrate our many achievements and take pride in knowing our Hyundai spirit is alive and ready to reach any goal we set for ourselves.”
The Alabama plant has produced three different vehicles since 2006 including the Sonata, Santa Fe and Elantra. The popular Sonata, has helped Hyundai exceed the 300,000 unit capacity at the plant for the past two years.