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Hyundai Brings Two Green Sonatas To Detroit

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When Hyundai brought the newly designed Sonata line-up to New York early in 2014 the hybrid trim was nowhere to be seen. Nobody at Beyond noticed, but most of us have problems seeing green anyway. For those of you left distraught by the absence, fret no more! The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is here in Detroit and it looks almost exactly like every other trim. Which, if you didn’t know, is a good thing. I was a huge fan of the last Sonata face-lift and, while this isn’t as dramatic a step forward, it’s further progress for the Koreans. Aside from the updated looks, the new hybrid replaces its 2.4L gas engine with a 2.0L making 154 hp and pairs it with a 51 hp electric motor.

Sitting right beside the standard Hybrid without any pomp or fanfare was the all-new Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, offering 22 miles of range on electricity alone. Hyundai advertised quick and programmable recharge stations, which allow you to “fuel” up your car overnight during off-peak hours when rates are at their lowest. Neither of these vehicles were the highlight of Hyundai’s presentation today, but both are extremely significant to the brand. Hyundai acknowledges that the Sonata, in all its forms, is the cornerstone of their brand at the moment and their success is tied to this one model. We’re sure the refreshed Hybrid and new Plug-In Hybrid will keep them on the right track, allowing them to release things like the Santa Cruz Utility Concept.

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Is Hyundai’s conservative new Sonata struggling out of the gate?

“But so far, Sonata sales are up compared with last year even while we’re still ramping up to full speed.” – Jim Trainor

According to Reuters, the redesigned-for-2015 Hyundai Sonata is not enjoying the same degree of success in the early going as the previous sixth-gen model, which pro…


Hyundai’s bizarre pooping robot baby pitches new Sonata

Hyundai is taking auto advertising to some very odd places with its latest commercial, called Exobaby, and starring a computer-generated robo-toddler. And yes, robot babies still make a doodoo now and again, it seems. There are certainly some very weird auto ads out there, but Hyundai’s new chal…


Android Auto Expected To Launch In February 2015

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First of all, I just wanted to say that Android Auto and CarPlay are both going to be great departures from the antiquated systems from automakers which are obsolete the day the vehicle rolls off the production line. Both third party systems get the benefit of being perpetually updated with the latest features, and as owners upgrade their phones the processing power of their vehicle infotainment systems also gets a boost. This is because on both Android Auto and CarPlay, the phone does all of the processing. The vehicle’s infotainment system simply hands off control to Android Auto, or CarPlay depending on what phone is connected to the cable.

While this flexibility is great, it can sometimes result in a less than ideal user experience. For example, in the Hyundai Sonata demo vehicle, if you are in navigation mode and now want to listen to the radio, the system has to exit back out to the Hyundai system where you can choose the station you want to listen to and then jump back into Android Auto to return to your navigation. A more elegant system would be to have both systems running simultaneously without the need to switch between the two interfaces. For users that will stay inside of Android Auto however, the strict design guidelines do provide a consistent user interface throughout all of the apps. It looks like Google is taking a page out of Apple’s playbook here with a more “closed” system, at least on the design restrictions.

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Hyundai readying 708-hp Sonata for SEMA

For the past two years at the SEMA show, the folks at Bisimoto Engineering have taken one of Hyundai’s models and tuned it up to levels of power previously unimaginable. It started in 2012 with a 600-horsepower Elantra GT, and they outdid themselves last year with a 1,000-hp Genesis Coupe. This…


Watch the 2015 Hyundai Sonata crash its way to an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating

Hyundai has managed to get another vehicle on the prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick +, as its new 2015 Sonata sedan performed admirably in crash testing.

The redesigned Sonata’s new look belied an improved crash test in the difficult small overlap front…


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Charting A Premium Course In A Crowded Segment

Completely redesigning a vehicle competing in a fiercely contested segment requires delicately balancing styling, performance, safety, efficiency, innovation, passenger comfort and pricing, while simultaneously not alienating model loyalists. In…


First 2015 Hyundai Sonata ad surfaces

The new Hyundai Sonata just made its debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show, but it’s already begun making its slow march towards dealers, meaning it’s about time we start seeing ads for the new family sedan on the TV and internet. This 62-second spot is one of the first.

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New 2015 Hyundai Sonata Rolls Into NY Auto Show

Earlier today we wrote about Toyota unveiling the majorish refresh of their flagship sedan, the 2015 Toyota Camry. We mentioned that due to increased competition, Toyota had to rethink their facelift strategy. With the Nissan Altima beating them in sales for the first two months, the Camry would likely lose it’s sales crown to the challenger. What we didn’t mention was the role that Hyundai played in shaking up the mid-sized market when it released the current generation Sonata. While the Sonata is in no position to become the best selling car in America, it definitely changed the value game for the big players like the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord and Ford Fusion.

Shortly after Toyota unveiled the Camry, Hyundai unveiled the 7th generation Sonata to the press at the New York International Auto Show. The new Sonata introduces the new Hyundai design language that they call Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 which features a larger front grill with wide air intakes in the lower front fascia. The Sport model features a more aggressive front grill and newly designed front bumper and unique side skirts. Sport models equipped with the turbo 2.0L motor get a unique rear bumper, quad exhaust tips and 18″ wheels, while those that opt for the 2.4L motor will get dual exhausts out back. Engines are pretty much carry overs from the previous generation, with the revised 2.4L pumping out 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque and the turbo 2.0L boosting that up to 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

The new Sonata rides on a newly developed chassis built with more high-strength steel than ever before resulting in a 41% increase in rigidity. The suspension in the rear has been tweaked to improve stability and ride comfort without affecting handling. The new rear suspension geometry also improves the vehicle’s stability under hard braking and actually helps to reduce braking times.

“We crafted the shape of the 2015 Sonata in the same way an award-winning chef refines his recipe over the years,” said Chris Chapman, chief designer, Hyundai Design North America. “With the 2011 Sonata, Hyundai took the mid-size sedan from a meal to a gourmet dinner. The evolution to Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’s more taut, modern lines reflect the improvements in refinement and driving dynamics for 2015.”

LED daytime running lights are now available on the Sonata which definitely helps to make it look more premium than it actually is. Other luxury features include high-beam assist which automatically turn off the high beams when the vehicle detects oncoming traffic that may be blinded by the bright lights. Smart cruise control with full stopping capability also finds its way into the Sonata, great for when you want to read a book while commuting in stop and go traffic! Hyundai also announced that the 2015 Sonata will be getting the Apple CarPlay system for easier operation of your iPhone with your voice or the vehicle’s touch screen interface.

All in all, Hyundai has taken a product that provided tremendous value and has improved it for 2015. It will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the updated Toyota Camry when it comes out later this year.

All-New 2015 Hyundai Sonata Gallery


2015 Hyundai Sonata plays a more mature tune

Hyundai’s new North American CEO Dave Zuckowski pulled a silky sheet off of the redesigned 2015 Sonata here at the New York Auto Show, ushering in not only a new era of domestic stewardship for the company, but also a new, more mature design direction for its mass-market vehicles.

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