Life is good for Hyundai these days. Their Montgomery, Alabama, plant is cranking out production of Santa Fe and Sonata models near capacity, running 10 hour days and Saturday shifts to meet demand. Kia, also part of the Hyundai’s family, recently opened a manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia, to build Sorrento SUVs. The Kia plant is plenty busy, having built some 50,000 Sorrentos since going online in late 2009. Still, they’re not at capacity, which has Hyundai considering production of Santa Fe SUVs on the Kia line to meet U.S. customer demand.
This wouldn’t be the first time the two have shared an assembly line. Kia’s factory in Slovakia manufacturers the Euro version of Hyundai’s Tucson; coincidentally (or maybe not), Kia’s West Point, Georgia plant was modeled after their Slovakian facility.