Korean car maker Hyundai is to begin production of its Elantra passenger car at Bangchan General Assembly Co. in mid-2001 - distributing them through United Auto Sales (Thailand) - with production of the Santa Fe SUV to start in 2002. UAS director and general manager Vunchai Jungsanguanpornsuk, says that the company is currently preparing to assemble the Elantra from completely knocked-down (CKD) kits.