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Hyundai Sonata Recognized on Greener Choices 2009 List

2009 Sonata recognized as an environmentally friendly vehicle by the America Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., 02/05/2009 The 2009 Hyundai Sonata was recognized by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) on its annual “Greener Choices 2009” list for the fourth consecutive year. The Sonata will be featured in the ACEEE’s Green Book® Online, an annual consumers’ guide to environmentally-friendly cars and trucks.

“To be recognized for the fourth year in a row as a leader in fuel efficiency only reinforces Hyundai commitment to the environment and sustainability,” said Michael Deitz, manager, Product Development, Hyundai Motor America. “The refreshed, fuel-efficient Sonata brings consumers industry leading safety features and an award-winning interior at a price they can afford.”

The list is restricted to widely available gasoline-powered cars and light trucks with automatic transmissions, thus highlighting the widespread availability of environmentally friendly vehicle choices in many segments of the market.

The 2009 Sonata debuts Hyundai’s second-generation Theta four-cylinder engine. The Theta II 2.4-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine delivers more horsepower and quicker acceleration, while also improving fuel economy. In fact, the Sonata I4 is now more fuel-efficient than both Camry and Accord four-cylinder engines, delivering an impressive 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway fuel economy rating. The Sonata combines refined design, proven dependability, spirited performance and an extensive list of standard features to increase its appeal to a broader range of customers.


Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 780 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by The Hyundai Advantage, America’s Best Warranty. In addition, the Hyundai Assurance Program is now offered on all new vehicles leased or purchased from a certified Hyundai dealer. The program is available to any consumer, regardless of age, health, employment record or financed amount of the vehicle. The program is complimentary for the first 12 months, and full-term upgrades are available.


The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity, environmental protection, and energy security.