The Hyundai Sonata is a mid-size car (D segment in Europe) manufactured and marketed globally by the Hyundai Motor Company. From the sixth generation onwards, it is known as the i45 in the Australian, Singaporean, New Zealand, and Colombian markets. The car will be known in Western Europe as the i40. The first Sonata was only sold in a few markets like the Korean domestic one and in Canada as the Stellar II. The vehicle was unveiled in South Korea in November 1985. It was not available in the US because it did not meet the United States emissions standards. It was sold in New Zealand (right hand drive) with the 1.6-litre Mitsubishi engine and an automatic transmission was optional. The original importer was a unit of the Auckland-based Giltrap Group. Engine choices include 1.6L, 1.8L or 2.0L I4 (The latter also finding its way into the 1987 and later Stellar, and in MPI form the 1986 Hyundai Grandeur.) The body was based on the Hyundai Stellar.
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