Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd.’s first U.S. manufacturing facility is rising up from an Alabama cow pasture on the outskirts of Montgomery. Now 75% complete, the 2 million sq.-ft. (185,806 sq.-m) facility should be finished by June. Pilot production of the next-generation Sonata begins in July, with Job One slated for March 2005, says a Hyundai Motor Mfg. Alabama LLC spokesman. Despite heavy rains last year, Hyundai’s $1.1 billion investment is on target for an on-time launch: “I’d bet the farm ...

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