Finding a good friend is a blessing… finding a great friend who you can travel for days with and still like each other at the end.. that’s just pretty darn awesome.
Kim, from Get Green Be Well, is one of those awesome friends for me.
A few weeks back, Kim texted me and asked me if I would like to join her on a media trip to Montgomery, Alabama and than venture back to Florida driving a brand new Hyundai Elantra Eco. I quickly checked my schedule, made sure it was clear and than texted her back ‘Let the adventures begin.’
From May 10th to May 13th, we had a lot of fun, learned a TON of great information about Hyundai, and had a lot of adventures in a short period of time.
Kicking Off The Hyundai Elantra Eco Road Trip
Hyundai had contacted Kim about a media event they were putting together to help celebrate the all-new 2017 Elantra Eco and also informed her that she could bring someone along with her. Kim and I had traveled together in the past and I guess I didn’t drive her too crazy, so she asked if I wanted to join her.
We arrived in Montgomery late afternoon and were taken to the The Renaissance, a beautiful hotel in downtown.
After checking in, we rested for a few moments and than were treated to a delicious BBQ dinner at the Dreamland restaurant. The food and atmosphere was so delicious, I forgot to stop and take pictures..
We had to wake up early the next day, but we were treated to a delicious breakfast before taking off to the Hyundai plant. I had personally never been to a car plant before so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
This place was HUGE! It’s a beautiful complex that supplies Montgomery with 1,000’s of jobs, which is pretty darn awesome in and of itself.
Once inside the plant, we were able to walk around their visitors center and get a feel of what this plant was all about. We were than taken into a meeting room where executives and employees of Hyundai educated us on the brand new 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco.
A lot of the mechanical parts of the talk went over my head, but I was truly impressed. Hyundai not only has a state of the art facility, but it takes pride on running an eco-friendly company – from the cars to the plant- this place was pretty cool.
We soon set off to take a tour of the Hyundai Plant. The plant is open to the public and anyone can take a tour. As press, we had a little bit more access by being able to get off the tram and look at things more closely, but just riding the tram is great experience.
The whole tour lasted over an hour and I was thoroughly impressed with not only the whole process of how they build these cars, but they do it such a clean, organized environment. The employees all seemed to really enjoy their jobs and working for Hyundai. For me, it was awesome to see so many American people building a product here in the US.
After the tour, we were treated to lunch in the companies cafeteria (which was really nice), and than we were taken back to the plant where we picked up our cars.
Yes, I just said ‘picked up our cars‘.
It was at this point that Kim and I got into a BRAND NEW Hyundai Elantra Eco and literally drove it off the assembly plant floor!
How cool is that?
I’ll be writing another blog post about our road trip adventures, but for now, I just want to say a BIG THANK YOU to Hyundai for allowing to take part in this amazing event.