The 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe will join its corporate cousin the 2011 Kia Sorento on the Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) production line in West Point, Georgia. Limited production of the new Santa Fe will start at the plant September 27, with a full shift being added by October 1 to handle the increased output.
Hyundai's Santa Fe was previously built on the Hyundai Motors America production line at Montgomery, Alabama, where the Sonata was also produced. While it's an unsurprising move to combine Santa Fe and Sorento production, it's yet another advance for foreign-make manufacturing here in the U.S., and for West Point in particular, with another 5,000-plus jobs expected to come from the increased production at the KMMG plant.
The 2011 Kia Sorento and 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe share much of their underpinnings and equipment list, despite their very different exteriors. The crossovers are offered with a range of four- and six-cylinder engines, with available third-row seating and fresh exterior designs, particularly in the case of the Sorento.
We'll have more coming on the 2011 Kia Sorento SX from the factory and Georgia roads, plus some time with the 2011 Kia Optima at Road Atlanta later today. In the mean time, check out our overview pages for more on the Sorento and Santa Fe.