Hyundai’s 2011 Sonata sedan in North America sets a new sales record in 2010, after selling more than 530,000 vehicles in the U.S. and over 110,000 in Canada. Hyundai has sold more than 200,000 Sonatas in North America in 2010. John Krafcik, Hyundai Motor America president and CEO, said that the four-door saloon racked up “some pretty incredible results” for Hyundai this year.
He added that due to Sonata's innovation, the most hotly contested, largest segment in the U.S. car market was shaken up, with Sonata “delivering more year-over-year retail sales growth – about 90,000 units – than any other car in the entire industry.”
Krafcik explained that the car means a lot to the success of its brand and dealers. Make no mistake about it, Hyundai had its best sales ever in the North American market.
Sales grew by 117% in North America and it had gone up by 65% in the U.S. alone. Meanwhile, Canadian sales were also up by about 60%. Krafcik also said that the Sonata leads the segment in 'days-to-turn' through the first three quarters
Right from the start of the product development process of the Sonata, Hyundai has decided to forego using V6 as the standard powerplant, and instead resolved to optimize four-cylinder engines for all its models. Hyundai was able to capitalize on this decision since it enabled its engineers to make all versions of the Sonata substantially lighter while optimizing design and aerodynamics.
Moreover, the decision allowed Hyundai engineers to refine the car’s crashworthiness, thereby allowing it to be recognized as a IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2011 and to receive five-star crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Moreover, the Sonata boasts of having the best-in-segment fuel efficiency, returning 35 mpg highway rating for a non-hybrid, 33 mpg highway rating for 274hp 2.0T version, and 40 mpg highway rating for the Sonata Hybrid with lithium-polymer battery technology.
Powering the Sonata GLS, SE, and Limited models is the 2.4-liter Theta II engine with gasoline direct injection (GDI) technology. This technology helps the engine consume less fuel and emit less carbon dioxide while improving throttle response and delivering more power than a conventional port-injected engine.
This engine develops up to 198 hp for the single exhaust GLS and Limited, and 200 hp for dual exhaust SE. Despite this much power, the engine delivers 35 mpg (6.7 L/100 km) highway – the best in its class. A more remarkable detail is the four-cylinder 2.0 direct-injected turbocharged engine, which develops up to 274 hp of output.
This means that this engine – available in SE and Limited versions of the Sonata -- features a power-density figure that is the best in the segment – at 137 hp per liter.
Despite this much power, this 2.0T engine is still able to deliver EPA fuel economy ratings of 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, which is better than most conventional four-cylinder mid-size sedans that eke out 100 hp or lower.