Hyundai Announces Sonata to Go Hybrid in 2011 at LA Auto Show

Hyundai Sonata 2011 Debut

In brief: Hyundai introduced the 2011 production prototype of the best-selling Sonata at the LA Auto Show along with news that it will go hybrid as well.

Vehicle in the news

Make/Model: Sonata
Manufacturer: Hyundai

The word

2011 Hyundai Sonata Debut LA Auto Show

The car will be available in three powertrain configurations including the 2.4L Hybrid Blue Drive using Hyundai's in-house lithium-polymer battery pack.

The other two powertrains are based on the new Theta II turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engines in a 2.4L and a 2.0L option.

The car will also feature the new 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC or a 6-speed manual transmission. The GDI engines will deliver an estimated 23/35mpg city/highway.

Details on the Blue Drive specifications will be forthcoming at the 2010 New York Auto Show, Hyundai says.

And so ...

Hyundai is committed to improving the economy of gasoline-burning engines. This unique naturally-aerated GDI and transmission are part of that, though the hybrid is an obvious concession to the current public concept of green cars.

Photo credits: Hyundai News

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