The 2012 Hyundai Elantra was named the North American Car of The Year in January, and more than 200,000 Elantras have been sold since the model was introduced. The Hyundai Sonata has similarly seen a warm reception, and Hyundai has just announced that it will add a third shift at its Montgomery, Alabama plant to help keep up with demand. The move will help Hyundai build an additional 20,000 cars, welcome news for Hyundai dealers that often find themselves struggling to keep a healthy inventory.
The extra shift is expected to add 877 jobs. President of Hyundai Motors Manufacturing Alabama, Young Deuk Lim, said “the continued success of Hyundai’s Sonata and Elantra in North America is a direct reflection of the dedication to quality and craftsmanship by every HMMA member.” Both models have seen year-over-year sales increases as of March. The 2012 Elantra and 2012 Sonata offer comfortable cabins, lots of features and amenities often seen in the segment above, good fuel economy and Hyundai’s industry-best warranty. But Hyundai isn’t the only automaker trying to keep up with an eager market.
Chrysler will also work through what normally would be a two-week routine summer shut-down at its Jefferson North plant. The facility is responsible for production of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2012 Dodge Durango, both of which have seen significant sales increases in 2012. As is, the plant has been working overtime on two of every three Saturdays, and Chrysler has announced that it will add a third shift next year, which will create an additional 1,100 jobs.
Source: Hyundai, Detroit Free Press