Hyundai Sonata is the best-selling car for the second consecutive year – Korea


Aravind Jayachandran,

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Total of 95,760 units of the midsize sedan were sold from January to November.

According to data from the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association (KAMA), the Hyundai Sonata has ended 2015 on a high by retaining the title of best-selling car in Korea for the second consecutive year.

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The Hyundai Sonata retains the crown for two-years in a row, and is the 13th year that it receives the title.

Hyundai managed to sell a total of 95,760 units of the midsize sedan from January to November, beating out the 1-ton Hyundai Porter truck (91,327) and the Hyundai Avante (also knows as Hyundai Elantra) sedan (86,968). One of the reasons attributed to the success of the Hyundai Sonata is the expanded lineup, which Hyundai increased to a total of 7 variants. The variants added in 2015 alone (July 10, to be precise) were turbo, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and diesel.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid front three quarter launch
One of the reasons attributed to the success of the Hyundai Sonata is the expanded lineup.

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Introduction of the turbo petrol variant was claimed to be one of the biggest changes for the Sonata nameplate. It is powered by a 1.6-liter T-GDI unit that delivers 180 hp and 265 Nm of torque through the same 7-speed DCT gearbox, with a fuel consumption figure of 13.4 km/l. At launch, it was priced between 24.1 million won (INR 13.54 Lakhs) and 29.5 million won (INR 16.57 Lakhs).

Hyundai has discontinued the Sonata in India, and has not announced plans of bringing it back.

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