Hyundai Adds More Value And Capability To 2013 Sonata Hybrid, Maintains Lifetime Hybrid Battery Warranty

   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.


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.

                     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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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
  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

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, 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

SOURCE Hyundai Motor America

Contact: Miles Johnson, +1-734-337-2227 or +1-714-366-1048,; Jim Trainor, +1-714-594-1629 or +1-714-316-6421,
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