Hyundai Adds More Value And Capability To 2013 Sonata Hybrid, Maintains Lifetime Hybrid Battery Warranty 2013 Sonata Hybrid Maximizes Efficiency with Increased Electric-Only Driving Hyundai's Industry-Exclusive Hybrid Lifetime Battery Warranty Continues with Larger, Lighter 47 kW Lithium Polymer Battery Pack, Higher Output Electric Motor and New Control Logic, Yielding Improved Fuel Efficiency Operates in All-Electric Mode More Often and For Longer Periods of Time PR Newswire COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013 COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America has announced pricing for the 2013 Sonata Hybrid, starting at $25,650 for the extraordinarily well-equipped Sonata Hybrid and $30,550 for the new range-topping Sonata Hybrid Limited. At $25,650 shoppers will discover the improved 2013 Sonata Hybrid achieves better fuel economy and is priced $200 less than the outgoing 2012 Sonata Hybrid. Hyundai will continue to offer an industry-exclusive Hybrid Lifetime Battery Warranty on the 2013 Sonata Hybrid. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20091001/HYUNDAILOGO) 2013 SONATA HYBRID PRICING Model Engine Transmission MSRP Sonata Hybrid 2.4L Atkinson 4-cyl. Hybrid 6-Speed A/T $25,650 Sonata Hybrid Limited 2.4L Atkinson 4-cyl. Hybrid 6-Speed A/T $30,550 Freight Charges for the 2013MY Sonata Hybrid are $795 and not included in the prices above. The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid increases fuel efficiency and operates in all-electric mode more often and for longer periods of time, with an advanced version of the brand's Hybrid Blue Drive architecture. The improved architecture optimizes electric-only driving by adding a larger capacity 10.5 kW Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG), higher output 35 kW electric motor, a more powerful 47 kW Lithium Polymer battery pack and an optimized hybrid operating strategy. These upgrades are paired with a 2.4-liter Theta II four-cylinder engine that now runs on a more efficient Atkinson cycle and an enhanced transmission to generate 206 total horsepower. The new Sonata Hybrid Blue Drive system offers greater fuel efficiencies by increasing the overall amount of available electrical drive power, allowing drivers to go further between fill ups. As in previous Sonata Hybrids, the 2013 Sonata Hybrid features a clutch to decouple the gasoline engine from the drivetrain. When in pure electric drive, the Sonata Hybrid can drive electrically up to 75 miles per hour. 2013 SONATA HYBRID IMPROVEMENTS Electric EPA Estimated HSG Motor Battery Fuel Economy Output Fuel Economy Improvement Output (mpg) 2012 Sonata Hybrid 34 → 36 city 6 percent city 8.5 kW → 30 kW → 34 kW → vs. 10.5 kW 35 kW 47 kW 39 → 40 hwy 3 percent hwy 2013 Sonata 36 → 38 comb. 6 percent comb. Hybrid INCREASING ELECTRIC ONLY DRIVING Maximizing electric-only driving results in higher fuel efficiency, which is the leading factor car buyers look for in a hybrid vehicle. Hyundai engineers aimed to increase the overall amount of available electrical drive power and improve the efficiency of the Hybrid Blue Drive operating system in the 2013 Sonata Hybrid. Using a higher output 35 kW electric motor and the more powerful 47 kW Lithium Polymer battery pack, the Hybrid Blue Drive powertrain maximizes electric-only driving. The improved operating system takes advantage of newly developed driving pattern detection and engine on/off optimization logic. The availability of more battery energy allows for greater flexibility in running the gasoline engine at optimum efficiency, which saves fuel. Better kinetic energy recovery and increased charging efficiency powers the Sonata Hybrid in all-electric mode more often and for longer periods of time, increasing fuel economy. The 2013 Sonata Hybrid utilizes the all-electric mode at optimal moments such as highway driving, then saves the gasoline engine start-up for roads that require a heavier dose of power. All of this translates to money saved for the driver. KEY IMPROVEMENTS FOR INCREASED FUEL EFFICIENCY LITHIUM POLYMER BATTERY PACK The remarkable achievement with 2013 Sonata Hybrid's 47 kW lithium polymer battery pack is that not only is it more powerful and more energy dense, but also weighs less and takes up less volume in the trunk. The weight of the pack has gone from 92.4 pounds to 87.8 pounds while trunk volume has increased from 10.7 cu. ft. to 12.1 cu. ft. Once again, the improved efficiency of the battery pack is key to recovering more kinetic energy from braking and charging from the engine, when needed, to help propel the vehicle. The newly optimized system allows the battery to store more usable energy, allowing more all-electric driving, cutting both fuel consumption and emissions. HIGHER OUTPUT ELECTRIC MOTOR As the upgraded battery stores more energy, engineers also increased the output on the electric traction motor from 30 kW to 35 kW. The increased energy pulled into the system is used for higher torque output in electric drive mode before the system has to start the internal combustion engine. The 2013 Sonata Hybrid can now sustain all-electric mode longer than the previous system. These changes deliver both improved fuel economy and drivability. The higher output electric motor is also essential to improving energy capture during regenerative braking. HYBRID STARTER GENERATOR Taking the Hybrid Starter Generator (HSG) from 8.5 kW to 10.5 kW of capacity provides more charging capacity and, in turn, seamless electric starts. The HSG is primarily used to improve clutch engagement when synchronizing engine to transmission speed. The primary traction motor is coupled to the transmission and cannot be used to charge the hybrid battery when the car is stationary. If the battery state of charge is low and the car is stationary, the HSG will automatically restart the engine, which then charges the Lithium Polymer battery pack. When the driver releases the brake and presses the accelerator, the Sonata Hybrid will pull away smoothly and silently in electric drive mode with the clutch still disengaged. In this mode, the Sonata will briefly behave like a series hybrid. Once the car is in motion and torque demand increases, the clutch will engage and send engine tractive effort through the transmission again. DRIVEABILITY IMPROVEMENTS In addition to improving efficiency, Hyundai engineers set their sights on improving drivability with the following: oImproved hybrid system clutch control oImproved vehicle response by throttle tuning oOptimized regenerative braking shift pattern oDecreased friction in the compact six-speed automatic transmission AERODYNAMICS The body of the 2013 Sonata Hybrid remains unchanged, but it still features the unique exterior that sets it apart from other Sonatas. The combination of a re-shaped front and rear fascias with a deeper air dam, extended rocker panels and lower drag wheels allow air to flow around the body with less resistance. The drag coefficient for the Sonata Hybrid is an exceptionally low 0.24 that compares favorably to the Porsche 911 GT2 RS (0.34) and the Nissan GT-R (0.27). The ability to easily slip through the air, combined with low rolling resistance tires and the reduced friction in the newly optimized Hybrid Blue Drive powertrain, significantly reduces the amount of energy required to maintain highway speeds. The result is the remarkable highway fuel efficiency of the Sonata Hybrid. TRIM LEVELS The improved 2013 Sonata Hybrid will offer two different model grades to choose from, Sonata Hybrid and Sonata Hybrid Limited. EPA Estimated Fuel Economy City Highway Combined Sonata Hybrid 36 40 38 Sonata Hybrid Limited 36 40 37 HYBRID LIFETIME BATTERY WARRANTY The 2013 Sonata Hybrid comes with Hyundai's Hybrid Lifetime Battery Warranty. The coverage expands the benefits of Hyundai Assurance, the industry's most comprehensive warranty program, including an unsurpassed 10-year powertrain warranty. The Hyundai Lifetime Hybrid Battery Warranty ensures that if the Sonata Hybrid lithium-polymer battery ever needs replacement, Hyundai will replace the battery and cover recycling costs for the old battery pack free-of-charge to the original owner. The coverage is not transferrable, and does not apply to lease and commercial vehicles or vehicles serviced outside the U.S. LITHIUM-POLYMER BATTERY TECHNOLOGY The Sonata Hybrid, with Hyundai's improved Hybrid Blue Drive technology, has always featured a lithium-polymer battery pack, making Hyundai one of the first automakers in the world to incorporate this remarkably efficient battery technology into production vehicles. Lithium-polymer is the next generation of lithium-ion technology and is ideally suited to automotive applications thanks to a particularly robust and reliable chemistry. The lithium-polymer cells, developed with Hyundai's partner LG Chem, use a manganese-spinel chemistry that provides an excellent compromise between power delivery, energy density and thermal stability. Thermal stability is critical to ensuring durability, effectively eliminating the need to replace the battery pack during the normal lifespan of the vehicle. The electrodes in older lithium-ion chemistries expand and contract significantly with the heating and cooling that naturally occurs during charging and discharging. This thermal expansion causes cracks in the electrodes which ultimately reduces the cell's ability to hold a charge. Manganese-spinel lithium-polymer cells have much lower expansion rates and are thus able to go through tens-of-thousands of charge cycles even without having to use a heavier, liquid-cooling system. SONATA HYBRID PACKAGING The Sonata Hybrid MSRP is $25,650, excluding $795 freight and includes the following standard equipment: o2.4L Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder hybrid engine oHybrid Starter-Generator (HSG) oPermanent magnet high-power density motor o270V lithium polymer battery o6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® oElectronic stability control with traction control system oABS with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist oActive front head restraints oFront, front seat side and curtain airbags o16-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels oHeadlight LED accents oLED taillights oFront fog lights oSide mirror-mounted turn signal indicators oUnique, tinted chrome front grille oBodyside molding tinted chrome inserts oChrome exterior door handles oProximity entry with push-button start oRemote keyless entry, alarm and immobilizer oElectroluminescent instrument cluster (Supervision) o4.2-inch color TFT multi-function trip computer with hybrid technology display oDual automatic temperature control oFloor console mounted rear vents oHeated front seats oChrome interior door handles oLeatherette interior door panel inserts oTilt & telescopic steering wheel with cruise, audio and phone controls oMetalgrain interior accents oAM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 with iPod®/USB & auxiliary input jacks oPower windows, locks, heated mirrors oIntegrated Bluetooth® with phonebook transfer oHyundai Blue Link Telematics system oAutomatic light control oVirtual Engine Sound System (VESS) oSolar control glass SONATA HYBRID LIMITED The Sonata Hybrid Limited MSRP is $30,550, excluding $795 freight, and includes the following standard equipment: o17-inch Eco-spoke alloy wheels with unique finish oLeather seating surfaces oLeather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob oHeated rear seats oPower driver seat with lumbar support oNavigation system with high-resolution touch-screen display oRear backup camera oInfinity® premium speakers, subwoofer and external amplifier (400-watt) oHD Radio® Technology with multicasting oSiriusXM® NavTraffic, NavWeather and Sports & Stocks w/ 90-Day Trial oAuto-dimming mirror/HomeLink®/Compass oPremium door sill plates Panoramic Sunroof Package ($1,000 MSRP) oPanoramic Sunroof oGlossy black door surround and outside mirror housing HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit www.HyundaiAssurance.com SOURCE Hyundai Motor America Website: https://www.hyundaiusa.com Contact: Miles Johnson, +1-734-337-2227 or +1-714-366-1048, email@example.com; Jim Trainor, +1-714-594-1629 or +1-714-316-6421, firstname.lastname@example.org
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