2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Spy Shot

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Hyundai has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success here in the US over the last few years.  They have avoided the hybrid market segment so far – leaving it to Toyota.  Well, it seems they’ve re-thought that strategy, and plan to introduce a Sonata Hybrid in 2011, as a 2012 model.

Word is that Hyundai plans to use the newer-technology lithium-ion batteries, instead of the current generation NIMH.  Lithium-ion allows for smaller, lighter, more powerful batteries, potentially giving the Sonota hybrid better fuel economy and a longer electric-only range.  Interesting choice, considering the fact that lithium-ion batteries are more expensive than NIMH.  Hyundai usually plays the value card, pricing their vehicles lower than similar Toyota and Honda vehicles.  With li-ion – that may be tougher.  Stay tuned for details.

Published on August 12, 2009 in Hybrids,Hyundai

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