Were delighted the ICOTY committee validated the choice of over 200,000 new Sonata owners in North America in 2010, said John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. The 2011 Sonata shows the power of Hyundais product recipe industry-leading fuel economy, engaging design, and great quality which well continue to enhance with new models like the 2011 Elantra and the 2012 Veloster.

The 2011 Sonata is the new industry standard for mid-size sedans with a unique fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine delivering class leading fuel economy, emotional design, high-tech and luxurious convenience features and standard safety equipment. It was the first mid-size car to receive a five-star crash test rating under National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations new, more stringent 2011 system and an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick honor, placing it in a safety position unsurpassed in the industry.

*Photo Caption: Hyundai Motor America CEO, John Krafcik, accepted the award for the 2011 Hyundai Sonata named International Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show on January 17. Presenters included jury members, Courtney Caldwell, Editor-in-Chief, Road Travel Magazine; James Bell, VP Corporate Communications and Executive Market Analyst, Kelley Blue Book; Mike Martini, Bridgestone OE President and Perry Stern, editor of

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