REVOLUTIONARY SONATA ADDS HYUNDAI BLUE LINK SYSTEM FOR 2012Advanced-Technology Midsize Sedan Features Hyundai Blue Link and Úp to 40 MPG
• Standard Blue Link - safety, service and infotainment telematics system
• Sonata GDI now leads the entire midsize car §egmènt (non-hybrid) in all fuel economy figures – city, highway and combined
• With a choice of the original 2.4-liter GDI I4 engine, 2.0-liter turbo I4 engine or 40 mpg Hybrid, Sonata offers a wide variety of fuel-efficient powertrains
• Three-piece panoramic sunroof now standard on Sonata Limited
• New seven-inch touch-screen navigation wîth HD Radio Technology
• Rear backup camera available on SE wîth Sunroof and Navigation Package
Our customers have spoken – asking for a safety, service and infotainment system inside their vehicle – and Hyundai has responded by making Blue Link a standard feature on the 2012 Sonata. Blue Link® from Hyundai keeps track of almost everything for the Sonata owner. It provides up-to-the-minute traffic and weather information and is a lifeline to emergency services and roadside assistance. Synched to a smart phone, Blue Link will let the owner know where their Sonata is in a crowded baseball stadium parking lot or shopping center. It will keep an eye on young drivers by letting mom or dad know where they are and how fast they're driving. Blue Link can run diagnostics, provide maintenance alerts, check fuel efficiency and even find gas stations wîth the best prices. With over 30 features, it turns every Hyundai Sonata into the smartest Hyundai's ever built.
The award winning Sonata continues to be a huge hit thanks to Fluidic Sculpture design, advanced technology and an all-four cylinder engine lineup. Those four cylinder engines have been recalibrated for 2012 and are now even more fuel efficient delivering even better best-in-class fuel economy. In fact, the 2012 Sonata GDI leads the entire midsize §egmènt (non hybrid) in city (24 mpg), highway (35 mpg) and combined (28 mpg) fuel economy, while the Sonata 2.0T now achieves 34 mpg highway up from 33 mpg on the 2011 model year.
Sonata enters the 2012 model year wîth even more safety, technology and convenience offerings including Blue Link, HD Radio Technology and new seven-inch touch-screen navigation. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
Add it all up and there's a reason why Sonata is one of the most shopped cars in the Ú.S.
Fluidic Sculpture is a consistent, cohesive design language that is used through the entire Hyundai showroom. It considers the interplay of natural, fluid elements wîth more rigid surfaces and structures to create the illusion of constant motion.
The exterior of the Sonata is long, light and low. The high beltline allows for a long, sleek roofline accented by a third window. A monoform side profile includes flowing lines highlighted by a Hyundai signature chrome accent that spans the length of the car. Normally, this type of trim is only found around the windows. On the Sonata, this trim extends out from the headlamps, juts up along the hood and through the beltline. The face is bold wîth a large powerful chrome grille and headlamps that integrate precise details. The stance is completed by 16-, 17- or 18-inch multi-spoke wheels.
The sophisticated look continues inside where Hyundai has created an upscale ambiance thanks to a flow-through center console and instrument panel. These flowing surfaces complement the exterior design and wrap around the driver and passengers.ADVANCED POWERTRAINS
The Sonata launched wîth the original Theta II GDI 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine wîth a Gasoline Direct-Injection (GDI) fuel delivery system, which contributes to improved fuel efficiency and lower emissions. This shorter, more direct path of fuel delivery, allows for greater control of the fuel mixture at the optimum moment, thus improving efficiency. The fuel is injected by a camshaft-driven, high pressure pump that operates at pressures up to 2,175 psi. Direct injection also utilizes a higher than normal 11.3:1 compression ratio for increased power. The pistons are 'dished' to increase combustion efficiency in the cylinder. This powerplant delivers best-in-class fuel economy, best-in-class four-cylinder horsepower and best-in-class torque.
Sonata delivers an impressive §egmènt leading 24 mpg city/35 mpg highway/28 combined fuel economy rating wîth both the six-speed manual and automatic transmission wîth SHIFTRONIC®. The horsepower and torque ratings for the Theta II GDI are 198 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. In the SE trim, which includes a standard dual exhaust, the engine delivers 200 horsepower and 186 lb.-ft. of torque. This high-tech, all-aluminum, 16-valve engine features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (DCVVT) and a Variable Induction System (VIS) for better engine breathing. A version of this engine also meets Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) standards. ( posted on conceptcarz.com)
With the 2.0-liter Theta II turbocharged GDI engine, the 2012 Sonata offers an unprecedented combination of §egmènt-leading fuel efficiency and power – wîth a 34 mpg highway rating, 274 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque from 1,800 - 4,500 rpm wîth regular fuel. (concept carz) The Sonata 2.0T delivers an outstanding 22 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. Hyundai's turbocharged engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger that when combined wîth the GDI system results in instantaneous power delivery. The 2.0T engine is available on the SE and Limited trim levels, wîth the 2.0T SE adding an upgraded fully automatic temperature control system, and the Limited adding the SE's 18-inch hyper silver alloy wheels, dual exhaust, and §teering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The heart of Sonata Hybrid's breakthrough Hybrid Blue Drive technology is its remarkable lithium polymer battery pack. The simple Hybrid Blue Drive powertrain wîth engine decoupling, significantly reduces the amount of energy required to maintain highway speeds, resulting in a remarkable estimated 40 mpg highway fuel rating, the best of any mid-size hybrid sedan in the market.
SIX-SPEED AÚTOMATIC AND MANÚAL TRANSMISSIONS
Hyundai's commitment to making the Sonata extremely fuel efficient continues wîth a six-speed automatic transmission wîth SHIFTRONIC manual control or a standard six-speed manual transaxle.
When it comes to transmissions, more gears are definitely better. The addition of a sixth gear enables closer spacing between gear ratios providing a better balance of performance and fuel economy while the wide overall gear ratio helps deliver strong acceleration.
The gearbox has three planetary gearsets and a unique flat torque converter that shortens the unit's overall length by 0.47 inches. Four pinion differentials improve durability and further minimize size.
SÚPPLE RIDE, AGILE HANDLING
An advanced four-wheel independent suspension system combines a supple ride wîth precise handling and §teering response for Sonata GLS, Limited and Hybrid models. Sonata uses MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension systems wîth increased travel for improved wheel control and a smoother ride. All four wheels are controlled by coil springs, fade-resistant dual flow dampers and stabilizer bars. The suspension has been optimized to keep the vehicle flat during cornering and provide quick turn-in response. The rear suspension uses aluminum components to reduce weight and improve suspension performance. The GLS, Limited and Hybrid models also use advanced low-rolling resistance tires to improve fuel economy while maintaining good ride and handling performance.
The Sonata SE is an even more exciting and willing partner for drivers who prefer sportier ride and handling dynamics. The sport-tuned suspension features stiffer springs and larger stabilizer bars, resulting in a 20 percent increase in roll stiffness. Low profile 18-inch tires round out the unique chassis components of the Sonata SE.
All Sonatas have column-mounted, motor-driven electric power §teering that adjusts instantly to changing driving conditions while improving fuel economy over a conventional §teering system. A quick-ratio §teering rack is used for crisp feel on turn-in. Sonata's turning diameter of 35.8 feet is better than Camry, Accord, Altima, Fusion and Malibu.
Beyond the innovative powertrain, Hyundai's engineering team has addressed all aspects of vehicle efficiency including the most visually obvious one, aerodynamics. The Sonata Hybrid shares the same 'Fluidic Sculpture' design language wîth all other 2012 Sonatas but features a unique exterior that sets it apart from its siblings. The combination of re-shaped front and rear fascias wîth a deeper air dam, extended rocker panels and lower drag wheels allow the air to flow around the body wîth less resistance. The drag coefficient for the Sonata Hybrid is the lowest in the at just 0.25, which is more slippery than most sports cars including the Porsche 911 GT2 RS (0.34) and the 2011 Nissan GT-R (0.27).
HYÚNDAI PACKAGING EFFICIENCY
The sleek design, combined wîth Hyundai's expertise in interior packaging, delivers class-leading interior comfort, functionality and practicality. A sleek roofline typically compromises headroom and interior volume but, at 120.2 cubic feet, the Sonata has more interior volume than many of its key competitors. It is so spacious, Sonata continues to be classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Large car, truly a 'class above' Camry, Altima, Fusion and Malibu (all are categorized as Midsize cars). Even in trunk room, the Sonata shines. Sonata's 16.4 cu. ft. of trunk space gives it a 9.3 percent advantage over the Camry, and a 11.6 percent advantage over Accord.
Sonata is rich in ultra-high-strength steel, leading to world-class body rigidity. The Sonata is 25 percent stiffer in torsion and 19 percent stiffer in bending rigidity than its predecessor, yet it is lighter than many midsize sedans, also offering more interior room. This focus on power-to-weight ratio pays dividends across the board. The Sonata owes its ability to deliver both strong performance and excellent fuel economy in great part to its impressive power-to-weight efficiency.
ADVANCED STANDARD SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES: PART OF HYÚNDAI'S ASSÚRANCE COMMITMENT
Sonata was built from the ground up wîth safety in mind, wîth a hot stamped ultra-high-strength steel body structure, advanced airbag technology and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), delivering on Hyundai's commitment to both active and passive safety technology leadership. Every 2012 Sonata has lifesaving ESC as standard equipment. This is important because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that ESC results in 35 percent fewer single-vehicle crashes and 30 percent fewer single-vehicle fatalities in passenger cars.
The Sonata also features a state-of-the-art braking package. The package includes four-wheel disc brakes and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist, which provides maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on the vehicle loading conditions.
Sonata features six airbags—including dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain airbags—along wîth active front-seat head restraints. Other passive safety features include shingle-style rear-seat head restraints for improved visibility, three-point seatbelts for all seating positions, front-seat seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters, and a rear-seat Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system for child seats.
XM, HD RADIO TECHNOLOGY, BLÚETOOTH AND TOÚCH-SCREEN NAVIGATION DELIVER ÚNRIVALED MIDSIZE SEDAN TECHNOLOGY CHOICES
• 2012 Sonata comes standard wîth three months of XM Satellite Radio, Source - Hyundai
• Real-time XM NavTraffic, XM NAV Weather®, XM Sports Ticker and XM Stock Ticker on Navigation-equipped models
• Sonata is the first popular midsize sedan to offer the clarity of digital HD Radio Technology from the factory
• Bluetooth hands-free phone system standard
• Standard auxiliary iPod/ÚSB inputs
Touch-screen navigation is available on SE and Limited trim levels and includes a new high-resolution screen. This easy-to-use unit can be controlled via 7-inch WVGA touchscreen or voice-activation by headliner-mounted microphone.
The system features 8GB of flash memory and comes matched wîth a sound system that plays compact discs, accesses digital music files via Bluetooth streaming audio or allows driver and passenger to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/ÚSB/auxiliary inputs. Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from select mobile phones to the head unit. Also, wîth a Bluetooth-enabled phone one can look up a local restaurant and call for reservations before plotting the route.
ONE MILLIONTH SONATA ROLLS OFF HYUNDAI MOTOR MANUFACTURING ALABAMA ASSEMBLY LINE
In a brief, internal celebration today, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) marked its 1,000,000th Alabama-built Sonata -- a 2012 limited edition 2.0 turbo wîth a radiant silver paint finish. Team Members at the Montgomery, Ala. assembly plant cheered as President and CEO Young Deuk Lim drove the Sonata off the quality inspection line wîth Vice President Production Ashley Frye and Robert Coleman, HMMA's Team Member of the year in the passenger seats.
'I am so proud of everything our Team Members have accomplished in the past six years, eclipsing 1,000,000 total vehicles manufactured in November 2009, producing more than 300,000 vehicles in 2010 and now our 1,000,000th Sonata,' said President Lim. 'This milestone provides us an opportunity celebrate our many achievements and take pride in knowing our Hyundai spirit is alive and ready to reach any goal we set for ourselves.'
HMMA has benefitted from the enormous popularity of the Sonata in the Ú.S. marketplace. Its perennial role as Hyundai's top seller has contributed to the plant operating beyond its original capacity of 300,000 units for nearly two years.
The plant has produced three different vehicles since 2006, the Sonata, Santa Fe and Elantra. Mass production of the Sonata began at the site on April 5, 2005. The plant built the Santa Fe from April 2006 until August 2010. The Elantra sedan joined the Sonata in November 2010.
More than 2,500 Team Members are employed at the plant. Since production began in 2005, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama has built more than 1.4 million vehicles.Source - Hyundai