More Hyundai Sonata Hybrids arriving this month, Kia Optima Hybrid delayed by 5 months

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid
2011 Kia Optima Hybrid

Following a short delay, more 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid units will be making their way to dealerships by late April. However, Hyundai sister-brand’s Kia Optima Hybrid, will go on sale five months later than originally planned.

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The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was supposed to arrive in dealerships in large numbers this month. However, shipments were delayed because Hyundai had to remove a switch that can disable a noisemaker designed to warn blind pedestrians.

Hyundai said that the delay isn’t due to any performance problems. “The slow rollout has nothing to do with some of the early results that folks got,” spokesman Jim Trainor says.

President Obama signed a bill in January that mandates a noise-making feature for U.S. electric-cars and hybrids. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to study equipment such as on/off switches.

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Refresher: The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is powered by a 2.4L Theta II engine making 169-hp at 6,000 rpm and 156 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. The engine is mated to an electric motor that makes an additional 40.2-hp and 151.2 lb-ft of torque. Working together side-by-side, both units develop a total of 209-hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid can also operate in EV-only mode at speeds of up to 62 mph. Fuel-economy is rated at 35/40 mpg (city/highway). Prices start at $25,795.

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– By: Omar Rana

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