Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest automaker, showcased its latest "new thinking" on products, technologies and services to the world at the 2011 Seoul Motor Show, which opened today under the theme of "Evolution, Green Revolution on Wheels." The automaker also introduced its first gasoline-hybrid vehicle, the Sonata Hybrid, to its home market.
The Sonata Hybrid, which made its world debut at the 2010 New York International Auto Show, also encompasses Hyundai’s new thinking, as Hyundai developed the world’s first full parallel hybrid system and applied lithium-ion polymer batteries to a hard type hybrid model for the first time in the world.
Equipped with a Nu 2.0 Hybrid engine, a 6-speed hybrid automatic transmission and a 30kW hard type hybrid electric motor, the Sonata hybrid delivers a peak output of 191ps (engine: 150ps, electric motor: 41ps) and the best fuel economy in its class at 21.0km/ℓ (All specifications limited to the Korean market).
The Sonata Hybrid, which is based on Hyundai’s best-selling mid-size sedan, differs from the gasoline model with its dynamic "hexagonal grille". The vehicle also has an "Eco Guide Gauge" on its cluster to help drivers build more economical driving habits. The Sonata hybrid will go on a sale in the Korean market in the first half of this year.