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 FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the precept that form follows function, Hyundai designers and engineers have developed the all-new 1995 Sonata which combines the complete functionality of a mid-size family sedan with a beautiful, aerodynamic shape. The car features an all-new platform, suspension, interior, exterior, significantly improved drive train, dual air bags and optional four-wheel ABS.
 The 1995 Sonata's smoothly flowing lines and contemporary styling are not just for appearance. Slim pillars and lots of glass provide the driver with an excellent view of the road, thanks to 308 degrees of vision.
 Inside, the Sonata has more interior room than any other vehicle in its class. The six-way adjustable driver's seat and ergonomically designed switches and controls with improved feel provide a most comfortable environment. A quiet interior is ensured by improved structural integrity, with a body that is 20 percent stiffer than the previous vehicle, and multilayer flooring.
 The standard double overhead cam 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has undergone many improvements and now puts out 137 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 129 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. These figures are not only higher than those of the previous model, but the power is now available over a much broader rpm band, improving driveability. The 2.0-liter powerplant comes standard with a five-speed manual or an optional automatic transmission.
 For even more power, the optional overhead cam 3.0-liter V-6 engine offers 142 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 168 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm. Outstanding driveability and responsiveness results from the low rpm torque peak, far lower than all key competitors. The standard automatic transmission has an all-new, 32-bit computer-controlled, adaptive electronic transmission with "fuzzy logic" which actually "tunes in" to the driver's habits, optimizing shifting for his or her driving style and road conditions.
 Every model in the line is equipped to make it a superb value in the market. In addition to the powertrain noted above, every 1995 Sonata comes standard with dual air bags, air conditioning, power steering, body-colored bumpers, tilt steering column, tinted glass, full wheel covers, dual remote mirrors, full center console with storage tray, AM/FM stereo cassette with speakers and P195/70R-14 black sidewall all season radial tires.
 The Sonata GL adds automatic transmission, power windows, power-door locks and heated power mirrors. The V-6 is optionally available at this equipment level.
 The Sonata GLS includes a V-6 engine, automatic transmission, dual body-color power-remote mirrors, deluxe grille treatment with bright accent, gas shocks, alloy wheels with P205/60HR-15 high performance radial tires, cruise control, overhead map lights, upgraded AM/FM stereo radio and cassette, 60/40 split fold-down rear seat and six-way adjustable driver's seat.
 A full complement of safety equipment makes the 1995 Sonata an ideal family car. Features include dual air bags for driver and front passenger with a special "single-point" sensing system, optional anti- lock braking system (ABS), optional four-wheel disc brakes, 5 mph bumpers, child-proof rear door locks and enhanced side-impact occupant protection, energy absorbing steering column, frame-protected gas tank and reinforced side pillars and roof for roll-over protection.
 The environment has not been ignored either. There is no asbestos in the vehicle and all ozone-depleting CFCs have been completely eliminated from the Sonata's air conditioning system. CFCs have also been eliminated from the manufacturing process.
 All plastic parts used in the Sonata are now stamped with internationally accepted identifying symbols so they can be recycled, helping to make the car 85 percent recyclable.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Wolf of Hyundai Motor America, 714-965-3508, or Chris Hosford of Hyundai News Bureau, 714-965-3111/

CO: Hyundai Motor America ST: California IN: AUT SU: PDT

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