Mine was built March 29, 2006 and I took delivery from the dealer lot
on June 16. Not bad at all from what I read here.
FWIW, I took a tour of the HMMA assembly plant last week. Their
gigantic back parking lot (and acres of unpaved grass and fields and
every other nook and cranny) was absolutely jammed with finished
Sonatas and Santa Fe cars waiting for transport.
I don't mean a LOT of cars. I mean a couple miles of them, nose to
tail. Maybe 50,000 cars.
No way for me to know if this is normal practice or not -or whether it
applies to the Pusan Sonata plant or the one in Europe- but if Hyundai
is OK with this sort of backlog, it might explain why some of the cars
seem to sit in limbo.
The disturbing thing was seeing them parked in dirt and grass and mud
getting filthy. OK, so they can be cleaned but it just looked
They need to sell these things, not let them sit.
On the other hand, it was nice to see the HMMA employee parking lot was
also populated by a good percentage of of personal-use Sonatas. Maybe
the workers get a cheap deal, who knows -but they are driving them.
Lots of them. If auto assembly plant workers won't drive the car they
make, there's something wrong. For example, almost nobody at the Ford
Taurus plant drives the car they make.
They also had at least two Equus sedans on site. blech. Boxy worked