Hyundai Investing Nearly $300 Million In Alabama Plant

| September 11, 2019 @ 5:00 am

By Michael Tomberlin

Hyundai is investing an additional $292 million in its Alabama plant as it gears up for producing redesigned versions of two of its most popular models and becomes among the first plants in the world to produce an innovative new engine.

The latest investment will add machinery and equipment aimed at producing the redesigned Elantra sedan and Santa Fe SUV. It will also provide technology used in the production of the “Theta” SmartStream engine for Santa Fe and Sonata and the “Nu” 1.8L four-cylinder SmartStream engine for the Elantra.

Hailed as “the world’s first continuously variable valve duration (CVVD) engine,” the SmartStream uses a new valve control technology that regulates how much a valve is opened or closed based on driving conditions. The control is said to achieve a 4% boost in performance, a 5% improvement in fuel efficiency and a 12% reduction in emissions.In May, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama opened its third facility on its Montgomery campus with a $388 million, 650,000 engine plant that created 50 new jobs. In July, Alabama NewsCenter reported that HMMA would be one of the first plants in the world to produce the SmartStream engine unveiled in South Korea.

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