Seoul, South Korea – Hyundai, the fifth-largest automaker by sales in Russia, has begun production at its new plant in St. Petersburg. The plant is the company’s sixth and most modern overseas assembly plant.
Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Russia (HMMR) will make the Solaris sedan, which includes innovative features to meet Russia’s demanding climate such as a larger washer fluid reservoir, heavy-duty battery, rear-seat heater duct, and optional heated mirrors and seats.
“This is a historic moment, not only for Hyundai but for Russia, as we are the first foreign automaker to operate a full-cycle manufacturing plant here,” said Gui-Il Chun, general director of HMMR. “We are now truly part of Russia and we will focus on supplying customers with the best products at the best time.”
The plant currently employs more than 1,300 people, many of whom were trained in Hyundai factories in Korea and the Czech Republic. The plant has an annual capacity of 150,000, with a target of 105,000 units for this year’s production.