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PHEV versions of Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima coming next year


Hyundai Motor Group plans to produce plug-in hybrid versions of the Hyundai Sonata, pictured above, and next-generation Kia K5 (known as the Optima, pictured below, in the US).

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“We will roll out a plug-in hybrid model of Sonata and K5 next year,” said R&D Vice Chairman Yang Woong-Chul. “Since we will use locally made engines, inverters and batteries, we expect them to have strong price competitiveness.”

KIA Optima Hybrid 

Unlike most other global carmakers, Hyundai and Kia did not display any plug-in hybrids at the Paris Motor Show, but they did present two new downsized turbo engines, as well as a concept car called the Optima T-Hybrid, which has a 1.7-liter diesel engine, a 15-hp electric motor, a 48-volt lead-carbon battery, and an “electric supercharger.”


Source: autoevolution, The Korean Car Blog

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