Hyundai to “Kill” the Sonata Internationally

And the company has decided to discontinue the Hyundai Sonata because it has no plans to develop the next generation of the mid-sized sedan. “The development project for the DN9 is not in progress,” a company official said.

The sedan, also known as the national car of South Korea, was introduced in 1985 and has become the best-selling vehicle in the country over the last 37 years. Throughout its life, it witnessed the transformation from weak to strong, and from unknown to famous.

Reason Behind

The primary reason for the discontinuation is poor sales. The situation deteriorated to the point where Hyundai shut down the Sonata production line at the Asan Plant. Furthermore, due to low sales, Hyundai decided to skip a mid-cycle facelift and instead launch a completely new model, the DN9, in 2023. However, it appears that the DN8 is the last generation of the D-segment, at least in petrol. According to reports, Hyundai may release an electric version of this vehicle.

According to other reports, Hyundai will launch a facelift of the car by the end of this year, keeping the sedan afloat for the next couple of years. In short, there will be no new generation of Sonata, but there may be a facelift.

We asked a Hyundai Nishat official for a statement on the matter, but the individual said they couldn’t provide any details. “We cannot provide information about the future of Sonata in Pakistan based on global news,” the official added.

The car was launched in Pakistan in July 2021 and has proven to be a success in the local market. Since its introduction, the D-segment sedan has sold well, even exceeding the sales of the Hyundai Elantra at one point. Hyundai Nishat sold 293 sedans last month.

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