Despite a nearly 10 percent sales dip last year due to plunging fleet demand, Hyundai Motor America is sticking to its goal of 1 million U.S. deliveries by 2025. But getting there has manufacturing implications. The automaker has been beefing up its lone U.S. factory to make bigger sales possible once the pandemic fades.
In February, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama in Montgomery added production of the fourth-generation Tucson compact crossover, marking the first time the brand's bestselling global vehicle has been assembled in the U.S.
Launching the 2022 Tucson from Alabama during the pandemic is a big step for the automaker, which now builds four vehicles on the same assembly line. Hyundai Alabama said it expects to make 100,000 units of the gasoline-engine Tucson this year. A new hybrid version will come from Korea.
"The addition of the Tucson will further enhance HMMA's ability to adjust its vehicle production with market demand and stay competitive in the ever-changing automotive market," the company said in a statement.