We’ve written extensively about the Hyundai Tucson and its capabilities on this blog. Today we’re going to look at where the Tucson 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 fourth generation of the Hyundai Tucson, manufactured from 2022 onwards, is assembled in Montgomery, Alabama. Furthermore, the Smartstream engines it uses are manufactured at the same plant in Alabama. The transmissions are made in West Point, Georgia or Southfield, Michigan.
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 first generation of the Hyundai Tucson was manufactured from 2004 – 2009 all over the world. Tucson for the American market were assembled in Ulsan, South Korea. Other assembly locations include Beijing, China; Chennai, India; Anapolis, Brazil; Cairo, Egypt; Cherkasy, Ukraine; Hukou, Taiwan.
The second generation of Tucson for the American market was again assembled in Ulsan, South Korea, from 2009 – 2015. Other markets include Nosovice, Czech Republic; Zilina, Slovakia; Beijing, China; Anapolis, Brazil; Hukou, Taiwan; Bekasi, Indonesia; Kulim, Malaysia, and Cairo, Egypt.
The third generation was assembled from 2015 – 2021 in Ulsan, South Korea, for the American market. Other assembly locations included: Nosovice, Czech Republic; Beijing, China; Anapolis; Brazil; Chennai, India; Kaliningrad, Russia; Ninh Binh, Vietnam; Tiaret, Algeria; Faisalabad, Pakistan.
The fourth generation of the Tucson is assembled from 2022 onwards, and this is the first generation assembled in the United States for the American market. For the USA assembly of this Tucson happens in Montgomery, Alabama. Other locations still include Ulsan, South Korea; Nosovice, Czech Republic, and Beijing, China.
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The first generation of the Hyundai Tucson used a Beta II I4 and a Delta V6 engine. The Beta II engines were made in Ulsan, South Korea. The Delta V6 engines were made in Asan, South Korea, and Shandong, China.
The second and third generations of the Hyundai Tucson used several different types of engines. These include Gamma, Nu, Theta II, and U II, and R II (diesel) engines. We know that Gamma, NU, and Theta II engines were made at the Montgomery location in Alabama. The U II diesel engine was manufactured at the Žilina Kia factory in Žilina, Slovakia. The R II diesel engines are made in Gurugram, India.
The fourth-generation exclusively makes use of so-called Smartstream engines. These engines are manufactured at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Plant in Montgomery, Alabama. Hyundai has been manufacturing Smartstream engines at this plant since 2019 for the Sonata and the Sante Fe. Besides the assembly of Hyundais, this plant is also responsible for the production of 700,000 Hyundai engines per year.
Transmissions for most Hyundais, including the Hyundai Tucson, 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 all over the world, but the prominent manufacturing locations are in West Point, Georgia; Southfield, Michigan and Rizhao City, Shandong, China.
Transmissions for the Tucson have likely been manufactured in Rizhao City, China, for the first three generations since assembly for the American market happened in Ulsan, South Korea. However, the fourth generation of the Tucson is made in Montgomery, Alabama making it likely that the transmissions are sourced from either West Point, Georgia, or Southfield, Michigan.
Unfortunately, Hyundai has no information available about what brand of tires come stock on the Tucson. 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 Tucson 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.
Is The Hyundai Tucson American-Made
The fourth generation of the Hyundai Tucson is American-made because the assembly of this car happens in Montgomery, Alabama. Furthermore, the Smartstream engines are made at the same manufacturing plant. Also, the transmissions that are used are likely made in West Point, Georgia, or Southfield, Michigan making the fourth generation of Tucson completely American.
However, the first three generations of the Tucson certainly aren’t American made since the assembly of this generation for the American market happened in Ulsan, South Korean. Furthermore, engines for these generations were either made in Ulsan or Asan, South Korea; Shandong, China; Žilina, Slovakia or Montgomery, Alabama whereas the transmission where made in Rizhao City, China.