“The Tucson SUV will be another great addition to the growing list of in-demand automobiles built in Sweet Home Alabama,” she added.
The Tucson announcement comes at a time of growth for Hyundai’s Alabama plant. Last November, HMMA officials announced a $410 million expansion to prepare the facility for the production of the Santa Cruz, a project that will create 200 jobs.
Earlier in 2019, HMMA celebrated the grand opening of its new cylinder head engine plant, a $388 million, 50-job project.
“The introduction of two new models to Hyundai’s Montgomery manufacturing operation beginning next year demonstrates the company’s long-term commitment to producing top-quality vehicles in Alabama,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.
“We can’t wait to see the next-generation Tucson SUV and the all-new Santa Cruz crossover rolling down HMMA’s assembly lines.”
HMMA, which launched vehicle production in May 2005, is the Montgomery region’s largest private manufacturer with more than 3,000 team members.
Since it opened, the Alabama plant has produced 4.75 million vehicles for the North American market, along with more than 6 million engines.
Montgomery officials welcomed Hyundai’s decision to expand its production lineup at the Alabama plant.
“Hyundai’s decision to build the Tucson in Montgomery is indicative of their belief in the performance and expertise of our HMMA team,” Montgomery Mayor Steven L. Reed said. “It allows Hyundai to quickly adapt to consumer preferences and demonstrates the long-term commitment between Hyundai and the Montgomery community.
“We are proud of Hyundai’s track record of success and stand steadfast in our continued support of HMMA.”