July 16, 2019 12:30
The government on Monday gave official confirmation to record fuel efficiency figures for the hybrid version of Hyundai's new Sonata, which is due to be released this month.
The car will be the first mid-sized hybrid sedan in the Korean market with a mileage of over 20 km per liter at 20.1 km/l. Competing mid-sized hybrid sedans manage at best 17 to 18 km per liter.
It is also the first Hyundai with the optional trim of a solar panel roof, which the carmaker says will make it even more fuel-efficient.
Hyundai released the gasoline version of the new Sonata in March, which boats a mileage of 13.3 km/l.
According to the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association, meanwhile, 51,257 hybrid electric vehicles were sold in Korea in the first half of this year -- 34,676 domestic and 16,581 imported.
That is an increase of a whopping 20.8 percent on-year. At this pace, the annual number of hybrid cars sold in Korea could exceed 100,000 for the first time this year. Last year's total was 93,094.
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