Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – Now With Lifetime Battery GuaranteePOSTED BY admin ON 11 January 2012
In the USA, Hyundai is known for having the longest and most comprehensive warranty coverage in the industry. Under the Hyundai Assurance program, all Hyundai vehicles sold in USA are covered by a 5-year / 60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, 10-year / 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.
Today, Hyundai expanded its Hyundai Assurance program to include a Lifetime Battery Replacement Guarantee for the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The first-of-its-kind protection ensures that if the Sonata Hybrid’s lithium polymer traction battery technology fails, Hyundai will replace the battery and cover recycling costs for the old battery free of charge to the owner (required by law in some US states).
“The Hyundai brand was built on outstanding quality backed by the industry’s best protection program which we call Hyundai Assurance,” said Michael O’Brien, vice president, Corporate and Product Planning. “Expanding Hyundai Assurance to include Lifetime Battery Replacement Guarantee was another opportunity for us to demonstrate our confidence in the durability of our product, and pass that peace-of-mind on to our owners.”
At the moment, the Sonata Hybrid is only available in left-hand drive configuration and only offered in its home market of South Korea, and in USA and Canada. The Sonata Hybrid is powered by a Nu 2.0-liter petrol engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and a 30kW electric motor. This combination delivers a peak output of 191ps (engine: 150ps, electric motor: 41ps) and Hyundai claims a best in-class fuel economy of 21.0km/liter (Korean market specifications).
Hyundai says the Sonata Hybrid and its Blue Drive hybrid drivetrain for more than 300,000 miles with minimal degradation of its output or duration of operation.
Don’t expect such long warranty coverage on Hyundai vehicles sold in your local country anytime soon. Hyundai Motor America (HMA)’s 10-year warranty coverage is unique to the USA, and not even Hyundai’s home market in South Korea and or HMA’s neighbour in Canada offer such privileges. Normally, such extended duration warranty coverages are not covered by the factory, but by a third party insurer. The large American car market meant that insurers can spread the risk over a much wider base. In 2011 alone, Hyundai Motor America sold 645,691vehicles. That’s more than our total industry volume.