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Redesigned Elantra To Hail From Alabama

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On: Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 11:18AM | By: John Welch

Redesigned Elantra To Hail From Alabama

Bemoan the SUV, my friends, small cars are taking over. Hyundai is jumping into the new or mostly new small car fray by redesinging the Elantra, consolidating the flowing design language first seen on the new Sonata. To be built this fall, in Alabama, the Elantra will go on sale in early 2011. The high-end Elantra Touring model will still be imported from South Korea, leaving room at the Alabama facility for the hot-selling Sonata, of which Hyundai cannot seem to make enough. “Because we have the flexibility to take additional production from outside the plant, it shouldn’t have any impact on Sonata production at all,” Hyundai spokesman Chris Hosford said. “We will have the ability to build Sonata to demand at the Alabama plant.”

We like the goofy carpish body panels, and with the edition of a 274 bhp turbo-four, we should be satisfied by the Sonata's power.

Back to the Elantra. No word on what sort of power plants we can expect from the mid-small-whatever size Elantra, but no reason the Sonata's base 200 bhp four couldn't be included. That would make for one snappy compact!

The Elantra production move comes roughly a month after Hyundai shifted production of its Santa Fe crossover to the Georgia assembly plant of its corporate cousin Kia Motors America. The move allowed Hyundai to boost production of the Sonata to capitalize on the sedan’s sales momentum. The Sonata has seen sales soar 50 percent this year and is Hyundai’s best-selling model in the United States.

With the addition of the Elantra to the brand’s U.S.-built duo of the Sonata and Santa Fe, Hyundai will build its three best-selling vehicles in the United States domestically. The redesigned 2011 Elantra will make its public debut in November at the Los Angeles auto show.

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