The Hyundai Sonata (Korean: 현대 쏘나타) is a mid-size car produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai. The first generation Sonata was introduced in 1985, which was a slight moderation from the Stellar with an engine upgrade, and was taken out of the market in two years due to poor customer reactions. Most people remember second generation as the original Sonata, which was created to target the increasing demand of automobiles in the United States. From the sixth generation onwards, it is known as the i45 in the Australian, Singaporean, New Zealand and Colombian markets.
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The Hyundai Motor Company (Hangul: 현대자동차 주식회사; Hanja: 現代自動車株式會社) (Hangul: 현대; Hanja: 現代; MR: Hyŏndae, IPA: [hjə́ːndɛ], modernity; KRX: 005380) is a South Korean multinational automaker headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. The company was founded in 1967 and, along with its 32.8% owned subsidiary, Kia Motors, together comprise the Hyundai Motor Group, which is the world's fifth largest automaker based on annual vehicle sales in 2012[update].]needs update[ In 2008, Hyundai Motor (without Kia) was ranked as the eighth largest automaker. As of 2010[update], the Company sold over 3.6 million vehicles worldwide.]citation needed[
Hyundai operates the world's largest integrated automobile manufacturing facility in Ulsan, South Korea, which has an annual production capacity of 1.6 million units. The company employs about 75,000 people worldwide. Hyundai vehicles are sold in 193 countries through some 6,000 dealerships and showrooms.
The Hyundai Theta (G4KC) is a gasoline 4-cylinder automobile engine family. The third all-aluminum engine of Hyundai Motor Company debuted in the fourth-generation Hyundai Sonata sedan (codenamed NF), which was unveiled in August 2004]citation needed[ in South Korea.
The first version of the Theta Engine had two variants, the 2.0L and the 2.4L. The 2.0L version (G4KD) is an Inline 4-cylinder engine that carries a bore and stroke of 86 mm and a 10.5:1 compression ratio; the engine makes 143 hp (107 kW; 145 PS) at 6,000 rpm and 140 lb·ft (190 N·m) of torque at 4,000 rpm. It uses a timing chain instead of belt, and the engine dry weight is 134 kg (295 lb).
A mid-size car (occasionally referred to as an intermediate) is the North American/Australian standard for an automobile with a size equal to or greater than that of a compact. In Europe mid-sizers are referred to as D-segment or large family cars.
The automobile that defined this size in the United States was the Rambler Six that was introduced in 1956, although it was called "compact" car at that time. The mid-size class then grew out of the compacts of the early-1960s. For example, the Ford Fairlane was referred to at its introduction in 1962 as a compact intermediate because it was barely bigger than its close relative, the Falcon. General Motors' first entries in the class, such as the Oldsmobile F-85, Pontiac Tempest, and Buick Special were not mechanically related to the compact Chevrolet Corvair, but were similar in size.