2011 Hyundai Sonata Convertible

Hyundai made an impressive statement with their new models unveiled in the past few years on the automotive market and the new Sonata is no exception. So, inspired by their great success, Hyundai decided it was time to try a convertible version for the new sedan.

Now, since the Chrysler Sebring has received some undesirable attention and the Toyota Solara and Pontiac G6 convertibles are dead, it seems that a future Sonata Convertible will have no competitors on the market.

Most likely - if built - the convertible version will feature the same engines as the sedan: a 200-horsepower 2.4-liter inline-4 as in the SE model or the 274-hp 2.0-liter turbo from the 2.0T model. A power-folding fabric top will be used instead of a retractable hardtop.

Source: Inside Line

6 comments:

CAR OF THE YEAR. mark my word. this is a mind boggling achievement. i don’t even care if it’s auto only. i can’t wait till i drive one.

There’s a reason practically all the competition is dead—the segment is pointless. Simply slicing the back doors off an economy sedan platform does not make it a sportscar, as Hyundai should have learned from the terrible sales of the Sebring, Solara, G6, Altima coupe, Eclipse, Tiburon... the list goes on. The only exception is the Honda Accord, which is successful as a coupe because it is much more different than the sedan than one might at first impressions assume. A convertible Genesis would sell far better.

I think they are having some success about there design because I noticed that it becomes better. Fortunately, still I doubt that Hyundai can do it.

Well, this is a good chance for the hyundai to release a convertible version of sonata, most of it’s competitors line are dead for sure they can get a high profit out of it.

I am sure you have done an extensive in depth analysis, have driven both models back to back and that you aren’t basing this on nothing more than your personal opinion.

While it is certainly a bold and effective statement in terms of Hyundai’s new styling directions, the Sonata lacks many of the little details which makes the Camry and Accord such huge success stories. Also, people buying a convertible are into sportiness, and as we can learn from the flops that are/were the Sebring and G6, simply slicing the roof off a sedan and loosing the back doors doesn’t make an economy sedan a sports car. A convertible Genesis would be much more profitable.

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