Sonata (1985) - The 1st Generation
Sonata was one of Hyundai’s first models designed exclusively by Hyundai’s
in-house design teams. The 1st Generation started the Sonata legacy
by exceeding 1 million unit sales in Korea for a single model line for the
Sonata (1988) - Unlike the 1st Generation model, which was rear-drive, the 2nd Generation Sonata
employed a front-wheel drive system for enhanced interior packaging efficiency.
As Korea’s first independently-designed model, it departed from angular design
language and adopted a more organic, aerodynamic design. The facelift of this
generation, launched in 1991, was the first model to be badged with the newly
revised Hyundai logo.
Sonata (1993) - The 1990s marked the acceleration
of digital technologies replacing traditional analog technologies. The 3rd Generation Sonata leveraged this consumer trend, enjoying robust sales due to
many advanced features, including automatic side mirrors and anti-lock braking
system (ABS) technologies.
Sonata (1998) - The 4th Generation
Sonata, launched in 1998, was the best-selling model in Korea from February
1999 to August 2000. This generation was sold in Europe and was equipped with
an in-house developed engine and a Hyundai Intelligent Vehicle Electronic
Control (HIVEC) transmission. It was also the highest scoring mid-size sedan in
the 2004 J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey in the U.S.
Sonata (2004) - The 5th Generation
Sonata was designed to be a world-class mid-size sedan as a fundamental
development target. This generation of Sonata adopted a European design theme,
offering premium character and road presence. Equipped with significantly
advanced features and a top-ranked safety rating, the 5th Generation
Sonata received near universal praise from automotive media and customers
Sonata (2009) - The 6th Generation
Sonata was one of the first Hyundai models to employ the industry-leading
Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy. Its bold and compelling design, powerful,
efficient engine and solid performance created a new sensation in mid-size
sedan markets throughout the world with record sales, solidifying Sonata in the
minds of consumers as one of the Hyundai’s most recognizable models. In
addition, the Sonata Hybrid model was introduced globally on the Sonata
platform in 2010.
Sonata (2014) - The latest 7th Generation Sonata has further refined and balanced the convention-shattering
version of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy, raising the bar for
the mid-size sedan segment in both design and performance. Further, the all-new
Sonata expanded its powertrain offerings with two additional eco-friendly
models, including the Sonata Hybrid unveiled in 2014, and the first Sonata
Plug-In Hybrid model, introduced at the North American International Auto Show
in Detroit in 2015.