2011 Hyundai Sonata in New York

6 Apr 2010 | 4,648 views | No Comment
We at Automobile Journal don’t have crystal balls, tea leaves, Ouija boards or walls  with handwriting--except for those with toddlers at home--but we think we can safely predict that Hyundai’s all new Sonata is going to make life difficult this sales year for  just about everyone they compete with in the mid-sized car field. And now Hyundai has extended its reach with two all-new models, a high performance turbocharged number, and a hybrid, too. Any questions about our prediction?  Didn’t think so. 2011 hyundai sonata hybrid The Hybrid has some of its own unique styling cues including a futuristic looking grille and some well-placed trim details, but the big news of course, is the hybrid power train system. Hyundai describes the system as a “a full parallel hybrid drive system, which can operate on an electric motor, gasoline internal combustion engine, and a combination of the two depending on driving conditions and driver demands. Hyundai’s proprietary full parallel architecture differs from the power split technology used by most competitors, allowing significant efficiency advantages at higher speeds. Hyundai Hybrid Blue Drive is the first and only system using lithium polymer battery technology – leapfrogging competitive in-market nickel-metal hydride and lithium-ion applications.” “ Lithium polymer offers the benefits of lithium-ion, a technology used in laptops and cell phones, but adds robustness, power-density and package flexibility, making it ideal for automotive applications. Hyundai Hybrid Blue Drive also is unique in its use of the company’s own highly efficient, compact new 6-speed transmission, modified with hybrid starter-generator, electric motor, and low-friction oil pump, which together allow the elimination of the traditional torque converter.” According to the EPA, Hyundai has led the U.S. industry in fuel economy for 2008 and 2009, and is currently the only automaker with average fleet fuel economy of more than 30 miles per gallon. The highway fuel economy rating is 39 miles per gallon, and the hybrid gets 37 miles per gallon. According to the EPA, Hyundai has led the U.S. industry in fuel economy for 2008 and 2009, and is currently the only automaker with average fleet fuel economy of more than 30 miles per gallon. The car also reportedly leads its competitors in electric vehicle operation at steady state speeds of up to 62 miles per hour, and the point at which the gasoline engine cuts in is based on “state of charge, acceleration and miles per hour,” Hyundai says. “Hyundai’s proprietary parallel hybrid drive system is the heart of the Sonata Hybrid. The competition uses a power split system with a planetary-geared Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). This is where the Sonata Hybrid gains a key advantage. Competing hybrid models use electric motors that have to power a planetary gear set. “ By utilizing a full parallel drive system, Sonata Hybrid uses the power from the electric motor more efficiently to directly control the vehicle, allowing it to be operated at much higher speeds than the competition in EV-only mode. This technology is also a key enabler of Sonata Hybrid’s best-in-class highway fuel economy,” Hyundai says. 2011 hyundai sonata turbo Hyundai also showed off something new for the “go fast” crowd: The Hyundai Sonata 2.0 T, powered by a turbocharged 2.0 liter four that puts out 274 horsepower, but still gets 34 miles per gallon on the highway. And as an extra bonus, it uses regular gas. It’s rated at 22 miles per gallon for city driving. You’ll be able to get the 2.0T package on the SE and Limited models, and if you get a Limited version, you also get panoramic sunroof, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, 18 inch hyper silver alloy wheels and dual exhaust system.

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