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Hyundai Extends Its Diesel Lead With New Sonata And i30 CRDi Automatic

February 29th, 2008


Hyundai today unveiled the new Sonata CRDi at the Melbourne International Motor Show. Previewing its latest generation turbo diesel technology, the new Hyundai Sonata designed for the Australian mid-size sedan market, joined its cousin the recently arrived i30 CRDi automatic at Melbourne’s Convention & Exhibition Centre for the unveiling.

The diesel technology was first introduced by Hyundai into its passenger car range with the launch of the acclaimed i30 CRDi late last year. The model which was awarded the 2007 Cars Guide Car of the Year, Green Car of the Year Award and was placed first in the Greenfleet Technology Class of Panasonic World Solar Challenge is now available in a four speed automatic transmission.

The new Sonata CRDi, which utilises common rail diesel technology and meets Euro 4 emissions standards is set to become be a category leader.

"Following the success of the Hyundai i30 CRDi in Australia, where we gained wide praise for its fuel efficiency, style and affordability, it seemed a logical next step to extend the Hyundai product offering in Australia and continue introducing the widely acclaimed world leading diesel technology. We’re confident that with remarkable fuel economy of 6.0 L per 100km, styling and function, the new Sonata CRDi will become a category leader in the mid-size sedan market,” said Hyundai’s Director of Sales and Marketing, Kevin McCann.

The Sonata CRDi will be available in Australia mid 2008 as part of a range facelift. Details of the new Sonata previewed today include:

Sonata 2.0L CRDi
110kW @ 3800rpm
305Nm @ 2000rpm
Fuel economy
6.0L/100km (manual)/7.0L/100km (auto)
Sonata 2.4L Petrol
127kW @ 6000rpm
227Nm @ 4000rpm (TBC)
Fuel economy
8.0L/100km (manual)/8.4L/100km (auto)
i30 CRDi auto
85kW @ 4000rpm
255Nm @ 1900 to 2750rpm
Fuel economy
6.0L/100km (auto)

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