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The game-changing and all-new 2011 Hyundai Sonata has been named one of 3 finalists for North American Car of a Year, one of a many disdainful automotive awards in a world.

A jury of 49 eccentric automotive reporters evaluated all a new cars introduced this year and chose 3 that will contest for a tip honor, to be announced during a 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan 10, 2011.

Its a breakthrough year in a automotive attention and it appears consumers and reporters comparison see a 2011 Sonata as a breakthrough vehicle, says Hyundai Motor America boss and CEO, John Krafcik. With some-more than 200,000 Sonatas anticipating homes in North American driveways this year, it appears weve combined a bit of a sea-change in a family automobile segment.

The 2011 Sonata pennyless new belligerent as a initial mid-size sedan to abstain a normal V-6 engine option, that gathering poignant weight assets and delivered a ideal home for an industry-first family of 3 high-tech, fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engines. The bottom indication facilities a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that uses gasoline approach injection to grasp 35 miles per gallon on a highway, and a class-leading 198 horsepower. An discretionary 2.0-liter turbocharged engine replaces a reduction fit V-6 option, while delivering some-more energy (274 horsepower) and improved fuel economy (33 miles per gallon on a highway). The Sonata Hybrid goes on sale in January, delivering a segment-leading 40 miles per gallon on a highway, and 35 in a city.

The 2011 Sonata was a initial mid-size sedan to accommodate NHTSAs tough new 2011 pile-up exam mandate with a 5-star result.

The bottom cost of a 2.4L Sonata is $19,915. The 274-horsepower 2.0T starts during $24,845 and a Hybrid starts during $26,545.

The North American Car of a Year endowment is motionless by a jury of 49 independent, full-time automotive reporters from a United States and Canada. This is a 18th year of a awards, that were desirous by a prestigious European Car of a Year. They are administered by an organizing cabinet and are saved exclusively with impost paid by a jurors. Jurors decider a cars on a series of factors including innovation, design, safety, handling, motorist compensation and value for a dollar.

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