Hyundai Sonata finalist for 2016 Green Car of the Year award

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Green Car Journal named the Hyundai Sonata mid-size sedan, including the Sonata Eco, Sonata Hybrid and Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, a finalist for the 2016 Green Car of the Year award.

The 2016 Green Car of the Year will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show during the show’s second press day on Nov. 19.

“Our Sonata lineup shows how a mid-size sedan can effectively improve fuel efficiency for a large number of drivers while reducing more emissions, as our Sonata is sold in high volumes compared to other alternative-fuel vehicles,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America.

“From the Sonata Eco to our all-new Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, all of our Sonatas feature unique design with advanced safety and convenience features that deliver outstanding fuel economy – all exceeding the needs of today’s eco-minded owner,” O’Brien added.

“The 2016 Hyundai Sonata delivers what many buyers are seeking, a stylish and fun-to-drive car that offers varying options to go ‘green,'” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and

“Offering the Sonata in efficient gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid choices at approachable price points is an important strategy for encouraging cleaner and more efficient personal transportation on our highways,” Cogan added.

Green Car Journal selected the final five based on the vehicle type, fuels, and technologies. Finalists are selected for their achievements in raising the bar in environmental performance.

Availability to the mass market is a factor to ensure honored models have the potential to make a real difference in environmental impact, and finalists must be available for sale by Jan. 1 of the award year, the company said.

Rajani Baburajan

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