The 8th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition received two new models from the Hyundai Motor Company, the five-door Verna and the best-selling mid-size Sonata, the latter enjoying critical acclaim and surging sales for its exceptional value, dynamic performance and impressive styling. The five-door Verna followed up the succes of the four-door version and was built exclusively for the Chinese market. Sonata has posted exclusive sales since its debut in the U.S. in February and a similar success is expected when the car model appears on the Chinese market also. According to Noh's reports, the President of Beijing Hyundai Motor Company, the sales in China are most likely to reach 700,ooo units, an increased figure when compared to 570,ooo units sold in 2009, thus aiming to have an annual capacity of 1 million vehicles after its third plant in China is completed in 2012.
The Sonata is powered by a 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter Theta-II engines connected to a six-speed automatic trasnmission, while the five-door Verna is equipped with 1.4-liter, delivering a maximum torque of 135.4 Nm and a peak ouptut of 78.7 kW and 1.6-liter Gamma engines, the latter producing 155 Nm and 90.4 kW.
The theme of the show was "Tech & Future" and Hyundai proved once again its eco-friendly technology by presenting 19 models, among which there could be seen the BlueOn full-speed electric vehicle and the Sonata Hybrid.
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