2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid in the Works

August 21, 2008
2007 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sdn Auto exterior front left

2007 Hyundai Sonata 4dr Sdn Auto exterior front left

Toyota, Honda, GM, and Ford are some of the world's biggest car companies--and Hyundai wants to be in their clique. So while all those brands offer a range of hybrid vehicles, so too will Hyundai, starting with a gas-electric version of the Sonata sedan.

Automotive News reports that Hyundai's American product chief John Krafcik confirms the Korean automaker is working on a hybrid powertrain for its mid-size sedan. He tells the News that the hybrid will feature a lithium-ion battery--the advanced kind being developed by Toyota, GM, and others--and that a prototype will be shown this fall.

The hybrid Sonata likely will be modeled after the next-generation Sonata; the current sedan bowed in 2006. The new hybrid is expected as a 2011 model. And while it will offer battery-augmented power, it won't be a plug-in, Hyundai's Krafcik adds.

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