13 years after its USA launch, Hyundai USA sold its one-millionth Santa Fe compact crossover SUV. The SUV had its landmark moment when it was introduced to the world back in September 2000. The following year, it became one of the first compact crossovers on the US market, just trailing behind the Toyota Rav4 and Honda CRV. The move created a new opportunity for Hyundai, which was primarily known for building inexpensive compact cars.

Now, the third generation Santa Fe continues its reputation as the first US market crossover with a two-wheelbase strategy. This offering allows buyers to choose the appropriate variant for their lifestyle.

The Santa Fe is a very significant figure in Hyundai’s success and growth in the US. Its introduction opened possibilities to the brand. It is also the first Korean brand vehicle to lead in a satisfaction category. Among recognitions, it had top ratings in the 2001 Vehicle Satisfaction Index from Auto Pacific, named the Best 3-Row Midsize SUV and 2013 Best Car for the Money.

Its production continues today in Hyundai’s West Point, Georgia plant. The site produces the majority of Santa Fes. Hyundai also has a plant in Montgomery, Alabama that produces the Sonata and Elantra. This 2013, Hyundai will build nearly 500,000 vehicles and sell over 700,000 in the US.