Hyundai has yet to provide a set production time, but recent news suggests a possible Santa Cruz build date of 2021.
We’ve ben anxiously waiting for the Santa Cruz since Hyundai first introduced its concept in 2015 at the Detroit auto show. Most would assume the wait would be a short one with all the positive reaction and feedback it received, but the model wasn’t green lit until just recently. Since then news has been scarce until now.
Reuter’s correspondent in Seoul has received news of Hyundai’s future production plans in the States. According to South Korea’s Seoul Economic Daily and their unnamed source, Hyundai is considering the possibility of moving their Tucson and Kona crossover production, along with a new pickup model, to their single U.S. plant in Alabama.
This comes at a time when passenger car sales are slumping in the U.S and the plant currently produces two sedans and one SUV model. They hope to increase the plant’s production volume from its current 380,000 vehicles to 450,000 annually.
In a statement to Reuters, Hyundai said they have made no concrete decision regarding production in the U.S. yet.
If these rumors are true, the Santa Cruz could start rolling down the Alabama assembly line in 2021.