Hyundai to produce Santa Cruz pickup in Alabama

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Hyundai’s manufacturing facility in Alabama will now be producing the highly anticipated Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle, said the South Korean automaker in a recent press release.

According to Hyundai, the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) facility recently completed a plant expansion project to support the production of the Santa Cruz pickup in HMMA’s product mix.

The all-new Santa Cruz SAV will be joining the Sonata and Elantra sedans and Santa Fe and Tucson SUVs in the Montgomery assembly line. The addition of the Santa Cruz SAV will continue to sustain high-quality jobs at HMMA and its supplier base.

“We are excited and honored to be producing Hyundai’s first open-bed vehicle for the North American market,” said HMMA President and CEO Ernie Kim.

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“The launch of the Santa Cruz is a further testament to the trust Hyundai Motor company puts in HMMA and our Alabama home. I am so proud of our team members for accomplishing this achievement while the world is going through such difficult times. We can’t wait for our customers to experience the innovative design and world-class quality the Santa Cruz will bring to the table,” Kim adds.

Hyundai revealed the Santa Cruz in April and has since touted the SAV as a vehicle that will shatter both SUV and truck segments.

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“Santa Cruz, with its bold styling, breaks open an all-new segment territory, both for Hyundai and the industry as a whole. Open-bed flexibility coupled with closed-cabin security meets the changing everyday needs of its adventure-oriented buyers, while powerful and efficient engines and superb maneuverability ensure it is a pleasure to drive in urban or off-road environments. Our customers will wonder just how they managed before owning one,” said Hyundai Motor North America President and CEO Jose Muñoz.

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The South Korean carmaker says that the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will hit US dealerships around August.

Photos from Hyundai

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