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Hi,

I was under the impression the Santa Fe was made in Asan until I was given my VIN number today. It ends with a U before the serial number and not an A

This indicates the Ulsan factory. Is this because it is a manual?

Sean

VIN number: KMHST81XNEU______
 

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My 2011 also has U in that position. The only reference to Korea-built Santa Fe's being built at Asan is on Wikipedia, not known for accuracy, but I can't find any references at all to Santa Fe being built at Ulsan.

Does it matter - your Santa Fe is Korea-built, not US-built - the fact that you have a VIN means it's on a ship already.

The Hyundai ships do stop at an awful lot of places on the way, to offload some of their cars, so may take 2-3 times as long as a direct voyage from Korea to Australia.
 

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Good to know it is on a ship. They will be giving me the ship name and then it can be tracked online using Live Ships Map - AIS - Vessel Traffic and Positions - AIS Marine Traffic I have no idea which company they use.

My ETA changed from late Jan to early Feb and so just over 2 months now. It is a pity that you can not buy an Active Manual in Australia without the long wait.

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I was desperate for my Santa Fe, having written my Subaru Outback off, but still had to wait from late October till late January - I managed to pick up the ship in the Indian Ocean using AIS and tracked it every day but with Hyundai factories in India and Eastern Europe it made lengthy stops to take on their output and then seemed to stop at every port in the Mediterranean before going down the North African coast, up to Antwerp, arriving in London just before the Christmas shutdown!
 
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