The first Hyundai Sonata was launched in 1985 in Korea and the latest 7th generation Hyundai was launched in 2015 accounting for the completion of 30 years. Hyundai Sonata, along with the Elantra which is in the list of all-time best-selling automobiles has been sold over 10 million units. Sonata and Elantra, together has made a remarkable growth and evolution to create reputation for the Brand Hyundai. More than 7.3 million (73 lakh) units of cars were sold across 7 generations.
Evolution of Hyundai Sonata
The above infographic provides a good idea on how Hyundai Sonata evolved over the years. The first generation of Hyundai Sonata was first launched in the year 1985. In 1988, the 2nd generation of Hyundai Sonata was released in 1988. In 1993, the 3rd generation of Hyundai Sonata was launched. In the year 1998, the 4th generation of Hyundai Sonata was launched, the 5th generation of the car was launched in the year 2004, and in 2009 the 6th generation of Hyundai Sonata was launched. The current 7th generation of Hyundai Sonata was launched in this year(2015).
Altogether, Hyundai has sold over 73 lakh units of Sonata since its launch.
The 7th generation Hyundai Sonata model which is on sale now was first debuted in the year 2014 wearing a toned-down version of ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ that looked sharper. The Powertrain options for the new Sonata has been expanded to include naturally-aspirated, turbocharged, hybrid and plug-in hybrid options.