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2019 Hyundai Vision T Plug-In Hybrid Concept

2019 Hyundai Vision T Plug-In Hybrid Concept

It could preview the design of next-generation SUVs and hybrids

The 2019 Hyundai Vision T Plug-In concept is an SUV concept that the Korean automaker introduced at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. A somewhat futuristic design with unique styling cues, the Vision T showcases a brand-new design language. It’s also described as global, so it could inspire a new lineup of SUVs. The crossover is slightly larger than the Hyundai Tucson and it’s a plug-in hybrid. Sadly, there’s no info about the drivetrain and no photos of the Vision T’s interior. But let’s find out what it could mean for the future of the Korean brand.

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2020 Hyundai Kona PHEV

2020 Hyundai Kona PHEV

Supremely Efficient Subcompact Hyundai Crossover That Will Look Better Than Its Competition

Just after we saw spy photographs of the Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV, the internet world provided us with photographs of the new Kona PHEV. The small Hyundai city crossover is already available in its gasoline, diesel, and electric guise. The upcoming PHEV will, most certainly, circle out the offering of the highly successful crossover. Caught on film (well, on an SD card really), somewhere in Germany, the new Hyundai Kona PHEV may even prepare us for the upcoming facelifted version of the same car. Before all of that, we have to get adjusted to the fact that small, classy, and fashion conscious crossovers are selling as hybrids like hotcakes. Just note the Toyota CH-R hybrid. We actually do know that the photographed Kona is a hybrid thanks to an eye witness of the photographer who said that it was filled up at a petrol station, but it drove off completely silent probably on electric power alone. Well, in that case, that makes this an “ear witness”, but what the hell!?

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Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Best Used 2016 SUV for Fuel Economy

Who said these big boys can’t run efficiently?

The market trend is quickly shifting from sedans to crossovers and SUVs. However, SUVs have two major cons when compared to their segment counterparts - high retail price and poor fuel economy. Even though they are a practical choice thanks to additional cabin and cargo space, it’s a little difficult for everyone to afford an SUV. So why not go for a used SUV instead? You don’t take the depreciation hit that first owner does, and since SUVs are built to last a lifetime, you can get an almost-new SUV at half the original price.

Now that we’ve planted this seed in your head, let’s have a look at the best used SUVs from 2016 with high fuel efficiency.

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2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

An electrified cruiser packing loads of value

The Sonata is one of those nameplates that just seems to stick around no matter what. First introduced in 1985 as a replacement for the Hyundai Stellar, the first generation only lasted two years before it got the axe. However, the second generation, which was introduced in 1988, fared far better, finding success in a variety of export markets, including North America and Australia. A third generation arrived in 1993, followed by the fourth in 1999, the fifth in 2004, and the sixth in 2010. The latest seventh generation arrived in New York just last year for the 2018 model year, but the hybridized variant was left conspicuously out of the lineup. Now, the new seventh-gen hybrid has arrived following a debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. While still framed as Hyundai’s near-premium mid-size four-door, this latest generational update brings improvements in the chassis and handling department, plus new exterior and interior bits, new safety features, and new features for connectivity and infotainment. All told, Hyundai is looking to take a more premium approach with the Sonata Hybrid, enhancing it with an upscale appearance, a nicer ride, and better equipment throughout.

Of course, with demand shifted primarily towards the crossover and SUV segment, competition among the sedans is ruthless right now, especially in the near-premium slot. The question is – where will the Sonata excel? Well, the hybrid gear is certainly a tempting proposition, but how good is it really? Read on to find out.

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Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Gets More Power, Better Mileage in Chicago

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Gets More Power, Better Mileage in Chicago

On top of sporty updates from the regular model

Introduced in 2015, the current-generation Sonata replaced a model that was around for only five years. Unlike its predecessor, the current sedan is set to hang around a bit longer, having received a consistent facelift in 2017. With the almost redesigned Sonata in dealerships, Hyundai is rolling out similar updates for the hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. Both were unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

Not surprisingly, exterior updates are similar to the regular model. The front fascia now sports larger, more aggressive headlamps, a bigger grille with a new mesh, and a reshaped engine hood. The new headlamps features LED technology with dynamic cornering function. A new decklid and taillights round off the rear section, while the sides get new 16- and 17-inch "eco-spoke" wheel designs.

The cabin boasts a new center stack and steering wheel, the latter available with heating. The upgraded navigation system includes new Bird’s Eye View map perspective. Models equipped with navigation get wireless phone charging, while a rear USB charging port is available for all trims. Blind-spot detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist are standard, while Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Lane Keep Assist are available as options for the first time.

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2017 Hyundai Ioniq - Driven

2017 Hyundai Ioniq - Driven

Pay attention, Prius

Toyota Prius, you’re on notice: The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid is here, and it’s arguably doing this whole hybrid, fuel-efficient family car thing better than you.

The Prius has had this market sewn-up for over a decade now. There’s been competition, but it’s been limited. Considering gasoline has been “cheap” here in the States for most of that time, it’s easy to understand why automakers haven’t been eager to challenge Toyota with a compact hybrid hatchback. After all, compact cars aren’t the hottest-selling things in truck-and-SUV-loving ‘Merica, so getting folks to pay a little more for a hybrid electric powertrain in a compact car can be a hard sell.

So while other compacts like the Ford Focus, Nissan Sentra, Kia Forte, and yes, even Toyota’s own Corolla and Hyundai’s own Elantra fought it out for a piece of a shrinking pie, the Prius more or less had the super-efficient niche all to itself.

All three versions of the Prius — compact Liftback, subcompact “C”, and midsize “V” — sold 136,632 copies combined in 2016 — down 48,162 from the year prior. (Toyota didn’t provide a breakdown of individual Prius model sales in its 2016 year-end sales stats.) By comparison, the brand’s Corolla sedan sold 360,483 copies in the same year, and that’s not counting the 17,727 copies of the closely related Corolla (née Scion) iM hatchback. But to show you how much we ‘Mericans love trucks and cheap gas, Ford sold more gas-guzzling F-Series pickup trucks in 2016 than all of the above combined — 820,799 trucks total.

Into this fuel-swilling American marketplace steps Hyundai with its first dedicated compact hybrid, the Ioniq, designed specifically to compete with the Prius Liftback. Even with the Prius getting a much-needed total redesign this year, there are things I like better about the Ioniq. First and foremost: its design.

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Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Sets Speed Record At Bonneville Salt Flats

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Sets Speed Record At Bonneville Salt Flats

It’s funny how far laughing gas can take ‘ya…

Hybrid power is in a weird in-between state at the moment. On one side of the equation, you have insane spaceship-esque performance cars like the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, and Porsche 918 Spyder. On the other side, you have calm, cool, collected commuter-mobiles like the Hyundai Ioniq. The question is how do you bridge these two philosophies? Both pair electrification with internal combustion, but the gulf between them seems impassable. Luckily, Hyundai is on the case, having set a new land speed record by going 157.825 mph in a specially modified Ioniq four-door.

“Our engineering team really pushed the limits to set this new segment benchmark while demonstrating the impressive durability of the entire Ioniq vehicle platform,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Corporate and Product Planning at Hyundai Motor America. “We expect this will be the first of many accolades for Ioniq.”

The effort was spearheaded by Hyundai Motor America’s Engineering and Quality Team (U.S.A.! U.S.A.!), which was so impressed with the car’s overall quality when it was first received, it decided to go for a land speed record.

The official record set was for production-based hybrid vehicles, as approved by the FIA. And although the official record is just under 158 mph, the race car actually peaked out at 160.7 mph.

So what’s it take to get an Ioniq going that fast? Read on for the details.

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Hyundai Plans To Add Subcompact Hybrid EVs in 2016

Hyundai Plans To Add Subcompact Hybrid EVs in 2016

Hyundai is on a mission to go green and is slated to release a number of hybrid, electric, and fuel-cell cars by the end of the decade. The next step in its quest is to release a new hybrid model in 2016. The new model is being developed under the name AE, and will be a subcompact, five-door hatchback. It will use a 1.6-liter gasoline engine paired with an electric motor to deliver improved fuel economy over its current models. Kia, the smaller affiliate of Hyundai, is slated to release the same platform under the name DE.

Following the launch of the Hyundai AE and Kia DE, the South Korean automakers expect to develop a plug-in hybrid line-up as well. The fist model will be the 2016 Hyundai Sonata plug-in hybrid. It should go on sale sometime before the end of 2015, according to Hyundai’s U.S. website. The Sonata has come in hybrid form since the 2011 model year, but it has been the only hybrid model from Hyundai.

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Hyundai And Kia Plan Electric, Hybrid Invasion

Hyundai And Kia Plan Electric, Hybrid Invasion

At this stage in the game, it is still very unclear whether one particular type of alternative fuel will emerge as a technological frontrunner. Different companies are currently building hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and clean diesel cars, all at the same time, and each has its own niche in the market. So apparently, Hyundai (and sub-brand Kia) has chosen to just build versions of each rather than risk guessing wrong and getting left out. But even as the company readies itself to bring a diesel to the U.S., big plans are afoot to also greatly expand the hybrid and EV options.

The plans call for a dedicated hybrid model, related to the next-gen Elantra, but with a distinct design, to debut in 2017. The car will use the company’s 1.6-liter engine along with an electric motor. There will be both Kia and Hyundai versions, but with different designs. The Kia will be a tall hatchback and the Hyundai will be a sedan. These will probably be offered as both conventional hybrids and as plug-in hybrids. A pure electric version is also coming, but only for the Hyundai, as Kia already has the 2015 Kia Sould EV.

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Hyundai Prius Fighter Caught Testing In Germany: Spy Shots

Hyundai Prius Fighter Caught Testing In Germany: Spy Shots

Since the iconic Toyota Prius hatchback launched in 2003, Toyota hasn’t really seen too much in the way of competition with the exception of the Honda Insight and Ford C-Max, and even then, those models probably haven’t cost the automaker too much sleep. With the fourth-gen Prius expected to debut later this year, Hyundai is hard at work coming up with a dedicated hybrid hatchback that can finally give the Prius a run for its money.

Codenamed the “AE HEV,” Hyundai’s new hybrid was recently spotted testing in Germany, and this car – along with its camouflage – doesn’t seem to have changed all that much since the prototype was last seen in January while being transported to the Arctic Circle. Those spy shots gave a unique vantage point of the hybrid’s undercarriage, but this latest round of spy shots shows some up-close details and even a quick shot of the interior.

Some of the more interesting design elements that can be made out from these photographs include horizontal grille slats, blue-tinted headlights and vertically arranged LED running lights. At the rear of the car, we can make out a similar vertical accent in the rear fascia, taillights that are positioned high on the body and what appears to be a big spoiler mounted to the liftgate. Normally, we would think this spoiler was just part of the camo to obscure the sleek shape of the car’s rear end, but the existence of a wide, LED brake light suggests this will be a production item.

It is believed that this new Hyundai model will ride on the same architecture as the next-gen Elantra, and it will pair a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Output is unknown, but to be competitive with the Prius it would almost certainly have to outperform the current Prius’ EPA fuel economy ratings of 51 mpg city and 48 mpg highway.

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2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Returns up to 44 mpg on the highway

The Sonata nameplate may be 29 years old as of 2014, but Hyundai’s midsize sedan made little impact on the U.S. market until 2009, when the sixth-generation model was introduced. Developed over four years in a process that cost Hyundai $372 million, the YF Sonata became the first of its kind to receive an assembly line on North American soil. It received a couple of brand-new Theta engines, as well as a hybrid drivetrain that returned 38 mpg combined. The non-hybrid Sonata received yet another makeover for the 2015 model year, which brought exterior and interior styling based on the all-new Genesis. Handsome to look at and more upscale on the inside, the new Genesis was received with enthusiasm in the U.S. As the seventh-gen sedan arrived in dealerships for the 2015 model year, Hyundai revealed a brand-new Hybrid model in South Korea that follows the styling of the non-hybrid models.

With the United States being Hyundai’s most important market in terms of hybrids and plug-in hybrids, the redesigned Sonata Hybrid also received its yankee baptism at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. With rather slim differences in terms of styling compared with the non-hybrid model, the new 2016 Sonata Hybrid comes with an entirely new drivetrain and improved fuel economy. The previous generation’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder has been replaced by a downsized, direct-injection, two-liter four cylinder, while the electric motor brings the total power output to a not-to-shabby 193 horsepower.

Updated 01/12/2015: The all-new Sonata Hybrid made its North American debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and will be put on sale later this year. Click past the jump to find out the new details.

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2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

At the 2010 New York Auto Show, Hyundai unveiled the Sonata Hybrid, and the 2014 model that we got our hands on its nearly identical to the debut model.

Regardless of its age — about 40 years old in car years — the Sonata Hybrid still looks pretty modern, with its distinctive front fascia that shows off LED-trimmed headlamps and a wavy front grill. The LED taillights and aerodynamic rims are the only details that scream "hybrid." Though it remains relatively up to date, we do expect Hyundai to reveal a redesigned Sonata line for 2015, including the hybrid model.

The interior is very well-appointed, and only LCD gauges and "Blue Efficiency" button on the steering wheel clue you in that this is indeed a hybrid model. A quick press of this "Blue Efficiency" button, and the Sonata Hybrid awakens from its efficient — boring — mode. The hybrid system is attached to a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that pumps out 159 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid system chimes in with an extra 47 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. In all, this system puts down a respectable 200 horsepower, but don’t expect the mid-3,000-pound, midsize cruiser to pin you to your seat.

After some seat time in the Lexus ES Hybrid, we are a little spoiled, but we have to remind you that you get what you pay for. The Sonata checks in around $30,000, and it delivers a premium look and feel. Taking into consideration that hybrid cars tend receive a 20 to 30 percent premium over their gasoline counterparts, the Sonata Hybrid is a relative bargain.

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2012 Geneva Motor Show: The Concept Cars

2012 Geneva Motor Show: The Concept Cars

Concept cars have always been an integral part of any major auto show. These events give automakers an opportunity to showcase some of the most outlandish and over-the-top vehicles we’ll ever see.

Now that doesn’t mean that these concepts will translate to production. Actually, very few do with most of them forgotten long after the auto show ends.

At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, we saw a lot of concept cars that piqued our curiosities one way or the other. Some were fancy, some were strange, and some just completely blew us away.

In the end, the concept cars at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show delivered on the promise of providing some edge and flavor to the proceedings. On the list below, we’ll show you all of the concepts that caught our eye, and if we do say so ourselves, some of those are just too awesome to not be sent to the production line.

Check out the concept cars from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show after the jump.

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai unveiled the 2011 Sonata hybrid today at the New York Auto Show. It is Hyundai’s first hybrid in the U.S. market and will go on sale later this year.

The 2011 Sonata Hybrid uses Hyundai’s new Hybrid Blue Drive - hybrid system that combines a 2.4-liter Theta II engine (169 hp at 6,000 rpm and 156 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm) with a 6-speed automatic transmission and a 30kW (151 lb-ft) electric motor. The electric engine is recharged by 270V lithium polymer rechargeable battery.

Compared to a standard Sonata, the hybrid version is even more aerodynamic thanks to the addition of new bumper fascias, rocker panels, a bold hexagonal grille, eco-spoke wheels and, air dam and aero side sills.

Updated 12/16/2010: Hyundai has announced today prices for the 2011 Sonata Hybrid. The model comes in just two flavors from the factory – the very well-equipped Sonata Hybrid at $25,795, and the incredibly well-equipped, tech-feature-packed Premium version at $30,795.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid first teaser revealed

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid first teaser revealed

The New York Auto Show is fixing to be a big event for Hyundai after the Korean manufacturer has already given the green light for the unveiling of a hybrid version of their newly launched 2011 Sonata sedan. With the release of the Hybrid Sonata, Hyundai is banking the assumption that the car will have what it takes to go toe-to-toe with its competitors, including the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Toyota Camry Hybrid.

The 2011 Sonata Hybrid will feature a massive lower grille inspired by the Blue-Will Concept. It will be powered by the same 2.4-liter direct injected inline-four as the standard sedan. The engine will be combine with a six-speed automatic gearbox and a 30 kw electric motor.

Stay tuned for the official debut on Wednesday, March 31.

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Hyundai at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show

Hyundai at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show



The Korean automaker Hyundai has been hard at work in order to meet the future Environmental Protection Agency’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards whereby a manufacturer’s range must average 35 MPG. With a commitment to weight reduction and efficiency, and the new Blue-Will Plug-in Hybrid concept that made its debut at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is further evidence of Hyundai’s commitment to a greener tomorrow with its panoramic glass roof and solar cells for recharging the batteries that allows for an electric only driving distance of up to 40 miles on a single charge and an average fuel economy of more than 100 MPG. In case you weren’t able to attend the show in Cobo hall, here is the Hyundai presentation for your viewing pleasure.

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Hyundai plans plug-in hybrid for U.S. in 2012

Hyundai plans plug-in hybrid for U.S. in 2012

Hyundai seems to have plans for the BLUE-WILL plug-in hybrid concept. By 2012, the Korean automaker plans to have a model on the streets competing with the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius plug-ins. The concept is powered by a 1.6-liter gas engine teamed with a 100-kilowatt electric motor, and goes 38 miles on electricity only.

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2009 Hyundai BLUE-WILL

2009 Hyundai BLUE-WILL

Hyundai will unveil at the upcoming Seoul Motor Show the BLUE-WILL concept that integrates Hyundai’s latest hybrid and designing know-how.

The BLUE-WILL plug-in hybrid car which is powered by a combination of the 1.6L four cylinder engine and electric motor. The 1.6L gasoline engine is equipped with GDI (Gasoline Direct Injection) technology and generates 154 hp.

When powered by the electric engine, the BLUE-WILL can travel up to 64 km.

UPDATE: 04/26/11: Two years after it was unveiled at the Seoul Motor Show, the Hyundai BLUE-WILL Concept has finally been green-lighted for production. The launch date has not been set, but expect it to come in the next couple of years. For now, we expect the car to carry the same 1.6-liter gasoline engine combined with an electric motor to produce an output of around 154 horsepower. Watch out for more details about the production version of the BLUE-WILL as soon as they become available.

Press release after the jump.

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2008 Hyundai Santa Fe blue Hybrid

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe blue Hybrid

One of the models Hyundai will unveil at the Paris Auto Show will be the Santa Fe blue Hybrid. The company plans to sell its first hybrid-electric vehicle in its home market of Korea by July 2009. The gas-electric hybrid technology featured in the Santa Fe blue Hybrid reduces CO2 emissions to 148 g/km and delivers a fuel economy of about 39 mpg.

One of the ways Hyundai is maximizing fuel economy is by using a "start-stop" system that is also found on other economy-minded vehicles. Engine control software automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a halt, cutting emissions to zero. When pressure is reapplied to the accelerator pedal, the Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) automatically restarts the engine. The Theta’s engine control software governing injection pressure, engine cycle timing and exhaust retreatment rates has been revised to further reduce fuel consumption.

Press release after the jump.

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Hyundai will sales of its first hybrid in July 2009

Hyundai will sales of its first hybrid in July 2009

Hyundai plans to start retail sales of its first LPG-electric hybrid vehicle in July 2009. To be sold initially in the Korean domestic market under the Avante badge, the Elantra LPI Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) is the world’s first hybrid vehicle to be powered by liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and the first to adopt advanced Lithium Polymer (Li-Poly) batteries. Available video includes driving shots of the Avante Hybrid LPI.

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Hyundai to mass produce hybrids next year

Hyundai to mass produce hybrids next year

First a supercar, then a hybrid. Korean automaker Hyundai has announced that it will begin to mass produce hybrid cars next year to cater to the environmentally conscious market, and to get itself into the list of top five automakers.

The Hyundai ‘Avante’ will arrive by the middle of next year and will be followed by a midsize hybrid model in 2010 and eventually a fuel-cell model in 2012.

Daily Telegraph reports that Hyundai is predicting a large increases in demand for the green vehicles as consumers turn to fuel-efficient cars.

The hybrid market is dominated by Toyota’s Prius and by mass-producing hybrids, the scales of economies might give Hyundai an edge over the others. But all this will depend on the pricing of the Avante, which is unknown at the moment.

With other car manufacturers showing interest in alternate fuel vehicles, Hyundai’s entry was expected for a long time. A low-cost fuel cell car might just do the trick for them, but for now all eyes are on the Avante which is all set to give Toyota and Honda, a run for their money.

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Hyundai Hybrid

Hyundai Hybrid

Hyundai is expected to introduce a hybrid version of the Avante, the vehicle sold in the United States as the Elantra, for the home market – i.e., Korea in 2009. Instead of gasoline, the vehicle will be set up to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and electric motors. LPG costs half the price of gasoline in Korea and there is a deliver infrastructure already in place for it. Hyundai is moving now to capitalize on Korean incentives for hybrid vehicles, fearing that delay would cede (...)

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No more hybrid cars from Hyndai and Kia until 2009

No more hybrid cars from Hyndai and Kia until 2009

Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors have decided to delay the commercialization of hybrid cars powered by electricity and gasoline by more than 12 months than earlier scheduled.
The country’s two major automakers originally planned to start massive production of the cars in late 2007, but Thursday said the eco-friendly cars _ the Verna and the Pride _ will be available from 2009.
It costs more to manufacture hybrid than gasoline cars. Expensive hand-making processes involved in producing hybrids (...)

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