Markham, Ontario – Hyundai has announced that the all-new 2011 Sonata Hybrid, the company’s first-ever hybrid, will start at $29,999 when it goes on sale this spring. The company said that the Sonata Hybrid is also the only hybrid in Canada that uses a six-speed automatic transmission and lithium polymer batteries, and has an estimated fuel economy of 5.5 L/100 km in the city and 4.6 L/100 km on the highway.

The Hybrid will also be available with a high-tech Premium Package for an additional $4,500.

The new model will produce a combined 206 horsepower and is differentiated from regular Sonata models with unique front and rear styling treatments and interior appointments.

“The launch of the Sonata Hybrid completes Hyundai’s aggressive push into the competitive intermediate segment,” said Steve Kelleher, president and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada. “It’s also one of the most advanced vehicles we’ve ever built. With lithium polymer batteries, the Sonata Hybrid leapfrogs the competition by utilizing the best battery technology.”

Kelleher also said that the Sonata Hybrid differs from its competitors with its six-speed automatic transmission. “Putting an automatic in our Sonata Hybrid simply makes sense, as it’s what consumers are most familiar with,” he said. “We also optimized the vehicle to deliver the best highway fuel economy, where most customers spend a majority of their time.”

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