We’ve written extensively about the Hyundai Palisade and its capabilities on this blog. Today we’re going to look at where the Palisade 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 Hyundai Palisade is assembled in Ulsan, South Korea, and Kaliningrad, Russia. The Palisade has two gasoline Lambda engines made in Montgomery, Alabama. The 8-speed transmission is made in Rizhao City, China.
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!
Assembly Locations Per Generation
The Hyundai Palisade currently only has one generation, which started the manufacturing process in 2018.
Most of the Hyundai Palisade sold in the United States are made in Ulsan, South Korea. This is the headquarter of Hyundai, where most of their cars are made, including some of the generations of the Sonata, the Tucson, and the Santa Fe.
Furthermore, Palisade are made in Kaliningrad, Russia, by Avtotor. Avtotor is one of the largest car assemblers in the world. They currently assemble cars for Hyundai, Kia, and BMW, whereas earlier companions also included Chevrolet and GMC.
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The Hyundai Palisade currently only has three engine options. Two of these include a 3.5 and 3.8L Lambda II V6 engine. These engines are presently manufactured in Montgomery, Alabama, at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant. This is one of Hyundai’s largest locations in the United States. Not only do they manufacture Lambda engines here, but the assembly of certain models also takes place.
Furthermore, the Palisade is available with an R II diesel engine. Hyundai makes its diesel engines in Gurugram, India and this is also where the R II diesel engines are manufactured.
For the transmission, the Palisade uses an 8-speed automatic A8LF1 or A8LF2 transmission.
Transmissions for most Hyundais, including the Hyundai Palisade, are made by Hyundai TRANSYS, a merger of Hyundai Powertech and Hyundai DYMOS. These subsidiaries of Hyundai have been making transmissions for Hyundai since 2001. Hyundai TRANSYS has multiple locations worldwide, but the prominent manufacturing locations are in West Point, Georgia; Southfield, Michigan; and Rizhao City, Shandong, China.
Since the Palisade is assembled in Ulsan, South Korea, and Kaliningrad, Russia, it’s very likely that the transmissions that are used are manufactured in Rizhao City, China. This would make sense from a logistical standpoint. Furthermore, it would free up capacity in the American-based plants for Hyundai’s that are also assembled there.
It’s difficult to say precisely what tires are on the Hyundai Palisade because Hyundai doesn’t state any information about this, and the fact that consumer reports on this matter are limited. However, we know that they’ve used Hankook, Pirelli, and Bridgestone tires for the Palisade.
Usually, we would include a list of manufacturing locations stating specifically where the tires for this car are made. However, this car is assembled in South Korea and Russia, which means the possibilities are endless. Most tire manufacturing companies have between 50 – 100 new tire plants in Asia, Europe, and Russia.
Therefore, we recommend checking the tires on a Palisade yourself, if possible.
Suppose you want to know exactly where the tires of your Hyundai Palisade 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.
Who Designed The Palisade?
The current generation of the Hyundai Palisade is designed by Luc Donckerwolke. He also designed the Hyundai Elantra and was responsible for managing the team that designed the Sonata. 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.