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2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV promises 27-mile electric range with a $34,600 price tag

The long wait is over for those eager to get their hands on the new MY2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV). This new offering from the South Korean carmaker is arriving at select dealerships at a starting price of $34,600 – a competitive price tag for a compelling vehicle powered by an alternative powertrain. Meanwhile, the 2016 Sonata Plug-In Hybrid Limited costs $38,600.

Its plug-in hybrid powertrain is comprised of a 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder GDI engine and a 50kW electric motor. This system features a total output of 202 hp at 6,000, with the Nu engine contributing 154 hp and 140 lb. ft. of torque.

At 50kW of output, the electric motor on the Sonata PHEV is around 32 percent more powerful than the one found on the Sonata Hybrid (38 kW). Sonata PHEV’s electric motor also enables the vehicle to go all-electric at higher engine load and speeds and offers an class-leading 27-mile All-Electric Range (AER).

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2015 Hyundai Sonata by John Pangilinan prepared for 2014 SEMA Show

John Pangilinan teamed up with Hyundai and will reveal a custom 2015 Sonata at the 2014 SEMA Show. Dubbed the JP Edition Sonata, the new vehicle combines the high performance aerodynamics with the striking visuals of the LA street art.

As you can see from the photos, the JP Edition Sonata arrives with standard white paintwork and a special black stripe on the middle as well as a blue contour, a new front bumper with integrated front lip spoiler and LED daytime running lights, new side sills and a new set of 19-inch Rays Gram Lights 57Getter wheels painted in black.

The engine was upgraded with a new AEM cold air intake, MagnaFlow exhaust and a Bisimoto Hot Charge Pipe. The interior arrives with Recaro Cross Sportster seats, Bisimoto custom seat brackets, Katzkin leather re-upholstery and an Alpine Electronics System built by BP Autosound.

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Hyundai debuts the fuel-efficient 2015 Sonata Eco

Hyundai has just announced the 2015 Sonata Eco, a new fuel-efficient version of its latest sedan. Priced from $23,275 (excluding the $810 freight charge), the new 2015 Sonata Eco is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged Gamma four-cylinder petrol engine that generates 177 hp and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque.

The engine is bolted to a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and Sonata Eco is the first Hyundai product to use it. As a result, the 2015 Sonata Eco is capable to deliver an estimated 28 mph city and 38 mpg highway.

The 32 mpg combined represents a 10 percent improvement over a 2015 Sonata SE that uses a 2.4-liter Theta II engine.

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2015 Hyundai Sonata priced from $21,150, becomes cheaper than its predecessor

Usually, when a new vehicle goes on sale it is more expensive that the model it replaces but it appears that Hyundai didn’t follow this path with the 2015 Sonata because its new sedan is actually cheaper than its predecessor. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata starts at $21,150, which makes it $300 cheaper than the 2014MY Sonata.

The base model is powered by the 2.4-liter Theta II FDI four-cylinder engine that generates 185 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque. The same engine is found on the SE, Limited and Sport models. All models carry a 6-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic.

The 2015 Sonata Sport is priced from $23,175, while the 2015 Sonata Limited costs $26,525. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0T starts at $28,575. This model uses a 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI engine that delivers 245 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. All the prices don't include the $810 freight charges.

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The next generation of mid-sized Hyundai Sonata sedan will be more refined than the outgoing model but will lose some of its distinctive curvy lines, the South Korean carmaker said. Hyundai revealed the 2015 Sonata in South Korea last week. The 2015 Hyundi Sonata will be unveiled at the New York auto show this April and will be available for in the United States late this year.

The architecture and the powertrain lineup for the US are expected to be carried over, with Hyundai saying it concentrated on trimming noise, vibration and harshness while enhancing driving dynamics and refining the design. The curvy lines of the current model were tightened on the new Sonata’s sheet metal, reflecting Hyundai's "fluidic sculpture 2.0" design language.

Hyundai also increased the use of advanced high-strength steel in the sedan’s body-in-white, thereby increasing it has made the Sonata more rigid.

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Hyundai has unveiled the re-engineered 2015 Sonata, which it says is more refined and premium-feeling than the current model. While the platform and US powertrain lineup for the new Sonata are expected to be carry overs from the current model, Hyundai said it concentrated on reducing noise, vibration and harshness and improving driving dynamics as well as refining its design.

According to Hyundai, it spent around KRW450 billion, ($416.3 million) over the past three years to develop the 2015 Sonata, which is expected to arrive in the United States late this year. Hyundai also unveiled partial specifications of the 2015 Sonata, which reflects the carmaker’s “fluidic sculpture 2.0” design language.

The rounded, swoopy lines found on the current-generation Sonata has been tightened on the 2015 model. Hyundai also increased the use of advanced high-strength steel in body-in-white to boost rigidity. The 2015 Sonata boasts of advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and blind spot detection, Hyundai said in a statement.

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Hyundai Motor Co. has released the first images of the seventh-generation Hyundai Sonata, hoping that the overhauled sedan would allow it to gain market share once again. Hyundai plans a more comprehensive unveiling of the new Sonata this month in South Korea and will showcase it at the New York Auto Show in April.

The Sonata could bring new light to a carmaker marred by record recalls as well as a worsening currency-exchange rate. The seventh generation sedan will be the second vehicle to be overhauled under Peter Schreyer, who became chief of both Hyundai and Kia Motors Corp.'s designs in January 2013.

"The Sonata was the model that made consumers re-evaluate Hyundai from a maker of budget cars to one that made stylish and appealing cars," said Shin Chung Kwan, an analyst at KB Investment & Securities Co. "With the upcoming Sonata, the company is hoping to take another step up."

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The 2011 Hyundai Sonata was the carmaker’s hottest item three years ago, but it turned out to be its weakest point in the J.D. Power's 2014 Vehicle Dependability Study. Hyundai owners reported an average of 169 problems per 100 vehicles in the latest dependability rankings from J.D. Power and Associates, making the Hyundai brand rank fifth from the bottom. 

It marked Hyundai's second year of surging problems after recording an improvement from 2009 through 2012. J.D. Power also attributed Hyundai’s low ranking to its Elantra compact car. The current generation of the Sonata and Elantra rolled out as 2011 models from Hyundai's Alabama site, which has been running on three shifts since the fall of 2012.

Ed Kim, an analyst with AutoPacific, remarked that Hyundai’s dependability rankings are unlikely to hurt the brand in the near term. He noted that most consumers pay more attention to J.D. Power's initial-quality rankings. He, however, also noted that poor dependability scores should serve as a red flag for a brand that already worked for years improving its quality reputation.

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Hyundai is rolling out a refreshed 2014 Hyundai Sonata, which features updated interior and exterior styling as well as new safety and convenience features. The Hyundai Sonata was redesigned in 2010, which makes it one of the oldest in its class. Hyundai would have to go up against redesigned models in the competitive midsize sedan segment.

The modifications for the 2014 include new front and rear fascias, available xenon headlights and LED taillights, revised alloy wheels, a driver selectable steering mode system on all models, and recently available blind spot detection system. Furthermore, the infotainment and navigation systems have received minimal updates for 2014 with a bigger, eight-inch touchscreen display. In line with this update, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata is slightly more expensive, with a starting price of $22,145 (including destination costs) for the base GLS model, making it $155 costlier than last year’s model.

It is powered by the same 2.4-liter, direct injection four-cylinder, which has an output of 190 hp and 179 lb-ft. It lost eight horsepower and five lb-ft of torque due to emissions revisions. Even with the slight loss in power, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata is almost at the top of the segment when it comes to standard horsepower. Only the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu exceeds the Sonata’s output with its 196 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

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Since an all-new Hyundai Sonata won’t be available until 2014 and as it will have to compete with an almost-all-new segment in 2013, the brand has decided to add more content for the 2013 model year. Additional standard equipment is now given to those who would buy the higher 2013 Sonata trim levels. Both the SE and Limited trims will get added standard equipment that had not been offered in the past.

For the first time, Sonata SE models get heated seats as standard. The 2013 Hyundai Sonata SE now has a starting price of $24,120, higher by $150. The Sonata Limited gets a traditional sunroof as standard, instead of the previously standard panoramic sunroof. This panoramic sunroof comes as part of the $2900 Premium Package for 2013, which also features a touch-screen navigation system, backup camera, and Infinity sound system.

The upgraded model is priced $600 higher to $26,620 for a Sonata Limited without the Premium Package. The entry-level 2013 Sonata GLS will also be tweaked. The Popular Equipment Package now features fog lamps and heated seats, together with the 16-inch alloy wheels, power driver seat, chrome interior door handles, leatherette door inserts, and automatic headlights available in the past model year. This package is priced $75 higher from $750 to $825. The 2013 Hyundai Sonata GLS is priced from $21,670 and is now standard together with the six-speed automatic transmission -- $100 more expensive than the auto-equipped Sonata GLS from 2012.

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Hyundai’s Sonata has been very successful in the US but the Korean market at the start was turned off with what some customers will probably say is the vehicle's bold design language, which Hyundai dubbed as "fluidic sculpture." Basically, the Korean market obviously favors something less revolutionary.

Evaluating Hyundai's past model range, "ultraconservative" is perhaps the more appropriate word. As Automotive News' Ryan Beene reported in its October 3 issue, much of Hyundai's latest success here has been because of the audacious exterior design of its new cars, specifically the Sonata.

Indeed, design is the second most prominent factor why U.S. customers obtained a Sonata, as per J.D. Power and Associates. The No. 1 explanation is the warranty, says Autonews. However, it's been a different scenario in Korea. Hyundai Motor's chief marketing officer Cho Won Hong said in an interview with Beene that there are some people who are "very critical" of the company's design activities.

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An all-new 2011 Sonata Hybrid has just completed a coast-to-coast journey – from the edge of the Pacific Ocean to an island off the Atlantic Coast of Georgia. The trip covered 2,269 miles and crossed over mountains, deserts and valleys, the Continental Divide and the Mississippi River. Moreover, the Sonata Hybrid covered this distance with a single stop – just to refuel – thereby demonstrating its superb range and fuel efficiency.

Wayne Gerdes, a professional driver who coined the term “hypermiling” to describe techniques employed to maximize fuel efficiency in cars, started the trip in San Diego, California on December 26, 2010. At New Year’s Day, Gerdes arrived in Georgia using only 38 gallons of fuel for the coast-to-coast trip.

Gerdes remarked that as a fan of fuel-efficient vehicles, he enjoyed the challenge of testing new technologies, adding that the feat demonstrates how the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid could deliver impressive fuel economy and range for drivers seeking fuel savings. He added that this was the first time that he drove a car that ‘does it right!’ He noted that the Sonata Hybrid -- driving on the interstate at the posted speed limit -- will surpass or equal its rivals while being larger, roomier, and more comfortable.

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Hyundai Motor America has partnered with RIDES magazine to promote the recently launched 2011 Hyundai Sonata Turbo, featuring one of the first turbos off the assembly line of its Alabama plant.

The modified Sonata 2.0T, which was inspired by the Mercedes-Benz CLS, features a variety of custom fabrication from RIDES' team of expert builders.

The tweaks to the exterior include a one-off, fully custom RIDES-designed bodykit consisting of new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, rear spoiler and roof spoiler. As a result, the factory body lines of the Sonata were enhanced.

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Hyundai announced that it has teamed up with RIDES magazine in order to develop a customized version of the 2011 Sonata Turbo. Set to make its debut tomorrow, at the 2010 SEMA Show, the new car is one of the first turbos off the assembly line of its Alabama plant.

According to RIDES Magazine, the car has been inspired by the Mercedes-Benz CLS, and features an assortment of custom fabrication from RIDES' team of expert builders.

As you can see from the photos, the new body kit looks impressive and consists of new front and rear bumpers, new side sills, a rear spoiler and a roof spoiler, which all work together to accentuate the factory body lines of the Sonata.

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Hyundai announced today that the 2011 Sonata Turbo pricing will start from $24,145 MSRP ($720 destination charge not included) for the Sonata SE 2.0T, while the Sonata Limited 2.0T will be priced from $27,045.

If you still don’t know what this car brings under the hood we will tell you: the new Sonata Turbo is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine that produces 274 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque from 1750-4500 rpm. At the same time, the engine delivers 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.

The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. The 2011 Sonata Turbo will be available in SE and Limited trim levels.

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After shifting production of Hyundai’s Santa Fe crossover to Kia’s plant in Georgia, it raised its monthly output of 2011 Sonata sedan by 80% from July to August.

Robert Burns, a Hyundai Motor Manufacturing spokesman, said that Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama produced 24,111 Sonata sedans for sale in the US in August while in July, it built only 13,395 units.

The Automotive News Data Center revealed that Hyundai made 16,994 in the first 28 days of August 2009. To coincide with the boost in the production of Sonatas, sales of the mid-sized sedan also had a significant climb.

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The manufacturer of the new 2010 Hyundai Sonata , which was released in Korea today, is justifiably enthusiastic about its new model. If you're in Europe , expect the Sonata to be named the i40. In the UK, the car will go on sale late next year. Sales in Europe will begin with the estate, followed by the saloon and hatch models in 2011. 

Speaking at the launching ceremony for the car in Seoul , Euisun Chung, Hyundai's vice chairman, said that the Sonata is a huge leap forward in terms of styling and quality.

Chung went even so far as to say that it sets a new standard for world-class mid-size sedans with state-of-the-art technology, superior build quality and emotional design. The new Sonata is expected to raise Hyundai's brand values.

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Sales of Hyundai's 2011 Sonata sedan had been halted after Hyundai Motor America Inc. reported a product glitch to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Hyundai has notified dealers about the recall over complaints that the front door-lock modules on some cars can stick under certain cases. Hyundai spokesman Miles Johnson said that any issue related to door latches warrants a recall.

This is a great blow to Hyundai since the Sonata is its biggest-volume vehicle, having sold 120,028 cars in 2009. The 2011 model actually started selling about two weeks ago.

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Hyundai Motor Co. listed the advantages that the 2011 Sonata Hybrid, its first US hybrid, has over its rivals from Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. Hyundai would like to emphasize the edge of its model when it comes to cost and performance.

Scheduled to be available this year, the 2011 Sonata Hybrid utilizes a system that's lighter than those in hybrid versions of Toyota's Camry or Ford's Fusion.

At the New York Auto Show, John Krafcik, CEO of Hyundai's U.S. unit, said that the new Sonata is capable of better acceleration.

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After releasing the first teaser on Friday, Hyundai revealed today the all-new 2011 Sonata Hybrid at the New York Auto Show. The new car carries the Hyundai-developed Hybrid Blue Drive architecture which is a full parallel hybrid drive system.

With this system the car can operate on an electric motors, gasoline internal combustion engine or , as you imagined, using a combination of those two.

The new system uses lithium polymer battery technology, leapfrogging competitive in-market nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion applications.

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