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Hyundai's Santa Cruz truck will enter production in Alabama in 2021



This bad boy is going into production with plans for the US market, and we couldn't be more excited.


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Hyundai's Santa Cruz truck concept totally blew our socks when we saw it back in 2015, and now, some four years later it is confirmed that not only do we get it here in the US , but it is also being built in the United States. In Alabama, specifically, according to a release published Wednesday by Hyundai.

The truck is to be built at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMV) plant near Montgomery, and to help clear that facility, the company is offering a $ 41

0 million facelift. Santa Cruz will be in production in 2021, and it will join Santa Fe, Sonata and Elantra, already built there.

That $ 410 million is just a fraction of the $ 1.1 billion investment from Hyundai in HMMV, which isn't exactly a sofa change, man. The factory employs 2 900 people in full-time positions and another 500 in part-time positions. The Santa Cruz line is expected to add another 200 jobs to that number.

For those of you who don't remember Santa Cruz so much, it's meant to be a smaller competitor to the Honda Ridgeline and, to a lesser extent, trucks like the Ford Ranger and the Chevy Colorado. The concept had some reasonably aggressive styling, and we would be just as happy to turn it into production with as few changes as possible.

As far as driveline specifications, towing capacity or pretty much anything else goes, we are still kept in the dark.


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