We’ve written extensively about the Hyundai Elantra and its capabilities on this blog. Today we’re going to look at where the Elantra is made. This seems to be a straightforward question, but this car consists of many components (engine, transmission, tires, etc.) made in different parts of the world. Let’s start with a quick answer:
The seventh-generation of the Hyundai Elantra, manufactured from 2021 onwards and sold in the USA is assembled in Montgomery, Alabama; Ulsan, South Korea, and Beijing, China. The engine for this car is made in Montgomery, Alabama and the transmissions, as well as the seating for the car, is made in West Point, Georgia.
However, that certainly doesn’t answer the question entirely. Below, we’ll first dive into detail about the assembly location. After, that we’ll give you the complete rundown of where the engines are made, and we’ll do the same for all transmissions used in this vehicle. Finally, we’ll talk about how to identify which tires you have and where they are manufactured precisely. Read on!
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Assembly Locations Per Generation
The first generation of the Hyundai Elantra, manufactured between 1990 – 1995, was made in Ulsan, South Korea, and in Bekasi, Indonesia,, for the Indonesian market. The second generation, manufactured between 1995 – 2000, was also made in Ulsan, South Korea, with an additional manufacturing plant in Gaborone, Botswana.
The third generation of the Hyundai Elantra, manufactured between 2000/2009 – 2006/2014, was made in various locations around the world such as Ulsan, South Korea; Beijing, China; Kerman, Iran; Johor Bahru, Malaysia; Taganrog, Russia; Taiwan; Cherkasy, Ukraine, and Barcelona, Venezuela.
Just like the third generation, the fourth generation saw different manufacturing locations and years. In some parts of the world, the fourth generation is still being made, while other parts of the world stopped production in 2010. The fourth generation was produced between 2006/2016 – 2010/Present and was made in Ulsan, South Korea, Beijing, China, and Egypt.
The fifth generation was manufactured between 2010 – 2015 around the world in locations such as Ulsan, South Korea; Montgomery, Alabama; Kulim, Malaysia; Chennai, India; Hukou, Taiwan; Beijing, China; Kaliningrad, Russia, and Tiaret, Algeria.
Production of the sixth generation started in 2015 and mainly ended in 2020, although it’s still being produced in China in 2021. The manufacturing locations of the fifth and sixth generations are primarily the same, although the sixth generation was also manufactured in Faisalabad, Pakistan, and Bam, Iran.
The seventh generation started production in 2020 and is manufactured in Ulsan, South Korea, Montgomery, Alabama, and Beijing, China.
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Throughout the years, Hyundai has made many different generations of the Elantra throughout the world. However, most of these generations came with a Gamma, Nu, Kappa II, Gamma II, Smartstream, or Theta II engine. It’s almost impossible to know where all of these engines were manufactured. However, we can figure this out for the American market.
Especially for the Elantras manufactured from the fourth generation onwards (2006+), it’s very likely that the engines were and still are manufactured at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Plant in Montgomery in Alabama. At this point, this plant manufactures around 700,000 engines per year for Hyundais, including the Elantra models.
Transmissions And Seating
Besides the engines, the transmissions are of course also an important part of the Elantra. Of course, these transmissions are made around the world given that the Elantra is such an internationally-made car. However, there’s one specific location where the majority of North-American transmissions are made.
Hyundai transmissions for the North-American market are mainly made in West Point, Georgia at the Hyundai TRANSYS facility. Hyundai TRANSYS is a subsidiary of the Hyundai Motor Company. The facility was opened in 2008 and since then most of the transmissions that are made for the Elantra (and many other Hyundais) have been manufactured at this location.
Furthermore, it’s also important to know that the same location is responsible for making the seating in various Hyundai cars which includes the seating for the Elantra.
Unfortunately, Hyundai has no information available about what brand of tires come stock on the Elantra. Therefore, it’s impossible to give information about this. However, there is a way to figure this out yourself.
Suppose you want to know exactly where the tires of your Hyundai Elantra are made, then you can look up the DOT code on the side of your tires. This code is not that large, so you’ll have to take a moment to find it. It’s an extended code of letters and numbers that starts with the letters ‘DOT’. DOT stands for Department Of Transportation.
After the DOT letters, you’ll find a combination of three letters, numbers, or a mix. You can search on the internet for the specific three number/letter combination you have to find the exact manufacturer and location where the tires are made. For example, ‘1M3’. In this case, 1M3 indicates Michelin makes the tire in Greenville, South Carolina.
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Who Designed The Hyundai Elantra?
The current, seventh generation of the Hyundai Elantra is designed by Luc Donckerwolke. Luc Donckerwolke is a renowned name in the car design world. At the time of writing, Luc is the Chief Creative Officer at Genesis and Ioniq (both part of the Hyundai Motor Group). Before this, he was the Design Director at the Volkswagen Group for Bentley, Lamborghini, Skoda, and Audi.
Luc studied industrial engineering and transportation design and started his automotive career at Peugeot in 1990. After two years he moved to the design department of Audi and from 1994 – 1996 he worked at the design department of Skoda where he worked on the Octavia and Fabia.
From 1998 – 2005 he was head of design at Lamborghini. After that, he became Design Director at SEAT which he would be until 2012 when he took upon himself the same role at Bentley. In 2015 he finally made the step to the Hyundai Motor Group where he became responsible for the Genesis brand. In 2017 he became Chief Design Officer at Hyundai, from which he resigned in April 2020 but rejoined the company in November 2020 as Chief Creative Officer and Head Design Communications.
Is The Hyundai Elantra American-Made?
The seventh generation of the Hyundai Elantra made for the American market and manufactured from 2021 onwards, is largely American-made. Assembly for this Elantra happens in Montgomery, Alabama; Ulsan, South Korea and Beijing, China. Furthermore, the engines for the North-American Elantra are made in Montgomery, Alabama whereas the transmission is made in West Point, Georgia.
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