The Hyundai Motor Company officially entered the U.S. market in 1986 as Hyundai Motor America. Since then, this South Korean automotive brand has released a wide range of affordable passenger cars. Since 2005, the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant has been the largest production facility operated by Hyundai Motor America. Located in Montgomery, this factory has been supporting thousands of regional jobs. Some models that have been assembled at this plant include Elantra, Sonata, and Santa Fe.

Evolution of Hyundai Vehicles in the United States

The Hyundai Excel was the first production model that Hyundai Motor America made. This subcompact model competed with other Japanese auto brands that produced similar vehicles at competitive prices. Excel entered a second generation in 1989 with a handful of improvements. This urban-oriented vehicle was produced until the end of 1999. Introduced to American consumers in 1989, the Sonata has been one of the best-selling models from Hyundai. This midsize sedan continues to offer a good combination of sporty performance and premium amenities at reasonable retail prices. The popular Sonata entered its eighth generation in 2019 with lots of improvements.

Manufactured since 1995, the Accent compact sedan has also generated consistent sales for the company in the United States. This inexpensive model entered its fifth generation in 2017. To compete with domestic and foreign auto brands, Hyundai Motor America finally penetrated the SUV class in 2001 with the launch of the Santa Fe. Throughout the years, it has been the best-selling model from Hyundai's expanding SUV lineup. Some other notable SUVs from Hyundai include the Tucson, Palisade, Kona, Venue, and IONIQ. In recent years, Hyundai Motor America has implemented hybrid technologies into a handful of models.

Hyundai cars have consistently earned some of the highest honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when it comes to safety. American consumers can purchase several models that have the Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ titles. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given high safety scores to Hyundai models. Featuring multiple sensors and cameras, the Hyundai SmartSense safety technology is readily available for the latest trims. Most Hyundai cars also come with the Blue Link technology that includes remote services, navigation, and other applications.

Visit our Hyundai car dealership and browse a large inventory of the latest models. You can learn more about the awards of select trims from the Hyundai Motor America division.