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The refreshed Hyundai Sonata Active gets a tweaked look and a much better cabin design and fit-out. It remains an uber-competent and comfortable big sedan lacking few attributes but charm.
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Car News Daily: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word...

2020 Hyundai Sonata facing delays, N Line coming next year

The new-generation Hyundai Sonata could have its launch delayed until 2020, but Hyundai Australia has confirmed a sporty N Line trim level will definitely join the range next year. Hyundai's local division has indicated the all-new sedan may not reach Australia until the very end of this year, and potentially be pushed back until sometime next year...

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid revealed, 'under review' for Oz

The new-generation Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been revealed, featuring the company's new Active Shift Control (ASC) transmission. Power comes from a new 2.0-litre GDi four-cylinder petrol engine from Hyundai's 'Smartstream' family of efficient powertrains, mated to a six-speed hybrid-specific automatic transmission...

Hyundai reveals Continuously Variable Valve Duration engine tech

Hyundai Motor Company has revealed a new 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine featuring world-first technology dubbed Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD). Set to be launched with the new Sonata sedan later this year, the CVVD system forms part of the company’s ‘Smart Stream’ engine and transmission family, which aim to optimise both performance and fuel efficiency...

Hyundai i40 discontinued in Australia

Hyundai Australia has confirmed the ageing i40 sedan and wagon have been dropped from the local line-up, with the next-generation Sonata to be the brand's standalone mid-sized offering when it arrives later this year. Currently, the brand offers the i40 and Sonata concurrently in the medium segment, with the i40 available in both sedan and wagon forms while the Sonata is sedan-only...

CarAdvice podcast 146: Race the NSW Highway Patrol... legally!

Joining Mandy Turner this week are Paul Maric and James Wong. In car news, the next-generation BMW 1 Series has been previewed, Toyota Australia has confirmed three hybrid launches before the end of the year, and the Ford Ranger is getting AEB across the range. Also, initial details have been released for the 2020 Hyundai Sonata, and the 2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan has been revealed...

2020 Hyundai Sonata: Initial details

The new-generation Hyundai Sonata was first revealed a month ago, but now the manufacturer has release some preliminary details about its upcoming sedan. After getting an early glimpse of the exterior and interior designs, we now have new information regarding the new Sonata's engine range along with available convenience and driver assistance technologies...

2020 Hyundai Sonata revealed, Australian launch this year

Get a load of the new Hyundai Sonata! The new one is no bland yet practical three-box sedan, but rather a sleek 'four-door coupe' in the mould of Volkswagen's Arteon. This is the eighth-generation model to wear the name, and returns the moniker to the sort of overtly design-led direction embodied by the long-gone i45...

Hyundai Sonata, Grandeur recalled over ABS fault

Hyundai has recalled 10,617 cars built between 2004 and 2013 across the Sonata and Grandeur model lines, over concerns water could short circuit the ABS circuit board. Hyundai says there's a fire risk if the ABS board is short circuited as a result of the fault. Affected Sonata and Grandeur sedans were sold between August 18 2004 and December 12 2013...

2017 Good Design Awards, Chicago: Genesis, Kia, Mitsubishi the big winners

The winners of the 2017 Good Design Awards have been announced, with several automotive manufacturers snagging multiple titles - including Genesis, Kia and Mitsubishi. In addition to the aforementioned brands, awards were won by Bentley, Ferrari, Hyundai and Range Rover...

2018 Hyundai Sonata pricing and specs

Hyundai has unveiled the facelifted 2018 Sonata, bringing new looks, a revised interior and more technology to the mid-size sedan. Gone is the Elite trim level from the outgoing Sonata, meaning the new car will be available in just Active and Premium spec. The range kicks off with the Active (below), which is powered by a naturally-aspirated 2...