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Thirty years of Hyundai Sonata

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19th May, 2015

The Hyundai Sonata made its debut in 1985 in Korea, playing a pivotal role in the brand’s growth and reputation. With more than 7.3 million Sonata models sold since its introduction, Sonata has become a mid-sized sedan enjoyed by customers around the world.

Sonata Generations

First Generation Sonata (1985)

The 1st Generation Sonata was one of Hyundai’s first models designed exclusively by Hyundai’s in-house design teams. This 1st Generation commenced the Sonata success story by exceeding 1 million unit sales in Korea for a single model line for the first time.

Second Generation Sonata (1988)

Unlike the 1st Generation model, which was rear-drive, the 2nd Generation Sonata used a front-wheel drive system for interior packaging efficiency. As Korea’s first independently-designed model, it departed from angular design language and adopted a more aerodynamic design. The facelift of this generation, launched in 1991, was the first model to be badged with the newly revised Hyundai logo.

Third Generation Sonata (1993)

The 1990s marked the acceleration of digital technologies replacing traditional analogue technologies. The 3rd  Generation Sonata leveraged this consumer trend, enjoying robust sales due to many advanced features, including automatic side mirrors and anti-lock braking system (ABS) technologies.

Forth Generation Sonata (1998)

The 4th Generation Sonata, launched in 1998, was the best-selling model in Korea from February 1999 to August 2000. This generation was sold in Europe and was equipped with an in-house developed engine and a Hyundai Intelligent Vehicle Electronic Control (HIVEC) transmission.

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Fifth Generation Sonata (2004)

The 5th Generation Sonata was designed to be a world-class mid-size sedan as a fundamental development target. This generation of Sonata adopted a European design theme, offering premium character and road presence.

Sixth Generation Sonata (2009)

The 6th Generation Sonata was one of the first Hyundai models to use the Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy. Its bold and compelling design, powerful, efficient engine and solid performance was a sensation in mid-size sedan markets throughout the world with record sales, solidifying Sonata in the minds of consumers as one of the Hyundai’s most recognisable models. In addition, the Sonata Hybrid model was introduced on the Sonata platform in 2010.

Seventh Generation Sonata (2014)

The latest 7th Generation Sonata has further refined and balanced the convention-shattering version of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy, raising the bar for the mid-size sedan segment in both design and performance. Further, the all-new Sonata expanded its powertrain offerings for certai markets with two additional eco-friendly models, including the Sonata Hybrid unveiled in 2014, and the first Sonata Plug-In Hybrid model which was shown at America's Detroit Motor Show in January 2015.

Australian availability

The Hyundai Sonata has been re-introduced to the Australian market and is on sale now, priced from $29,990*.

Stay tuned to Next Car for a road test on this important new model.


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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