ASAN, South Korea – Sixty miles (97 km) southwest of Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd.'s Seoul headquarters is the heart of the auto maker's global manufacturing structure. That center is not in Ulsan, 150 miles (241 km) to the east where the auto maker operates one of the world's largest and most efficient assembly plants, nor in Montgomery, AL, home of Hyundai's newest plant that opened in May. Rather, it is here in Asan, a small city near South Korea's west coast, where the Sonata and new EF ...

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