Meanwhile in the Middle East: Highway Karma Gets Sweet Revenge on Arab Drifters
A Hyundai Sonata YF drifting between and alongside other cars on the highway, with a couple of other vehicles following on from behind to film the driver’s “accomplishments”, and by that, we mean putting himself and other drivers in danger.
As is the case in many of these senseless drifting acts, this one goes awry at the end, too, not only for the driver of the Sonata, but also for the cars recording the scene.
When the Hyundai lost control and fell into the medium, it tossed up a cloud of dust causing the other two vehicles, one of which was a Toyota Camry sedan, to crash into each other… Don’t you just love karma?
Terrifying Crash in South Korea Splits Hyundai Sonata in Two
A fatal accident that occurred in South Korea was captured on film by a car’s onboard camera.
From what we can tell, the driver of an older generation Hyundai Sonata either crashed or lost control of the vehicle and passed onto the opposite side of the freeway where he collided first with a Kia Sportage crossover and then into a minivan at high speed.
The collision was so severe that the Hyundai broke in two. According to a translation provided by YouTube users, the front passenger of the Sonata died immediately while the driver and the two rear passengers made it out alive but injured.
WARNING: The following video is not for the faint-hearted
Hyundai has released pricing information for its 2012 model year Sonata Hybrid sedan, which starts at $25,850, or $26,610 if you include a $760 delivery fee*. That’s a $55 increase over the 2011 model.
While there are no cosmetic or mechanical changes for the 2012MY, Hyundai has added its Blue Link telematics system the car’s standard equipment.
For the 2012MY, the most fuel efficient model of the Sonata series continues with a hybrid powertrain that combines a 169HP 2.4-liter Atkinson-cycle engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission, a 30kW electric motor and a lithium polymer battery.
The Sonata Hybrid delivers an EPA estimated 40mpg [5.9lt/100km] on the highway, 35mpg [6.7lt/100km] in the city and 37mpg [6.4lt/100km] combined.
2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Anachronistic City - Super Bowl Video
How do we know things are as good as they can be? What if we always settled for the first thing that came along? Can you imagine a world without all the wonderful things we’ve discovered while searching for something better? We might never have gotten HD TVs, seedless oranges, North America, or the 2011 Sonata Hybrid. From Hyundai.
The Top 10 Cars of 2011: Auto Excellence Awards (by Popular Mechanics)
2011 Hyundai Sonata
VALUE Base Price: $19,195
In pro sports, the Most Valuable Player trophy doesn’t always go to the player with the best stats; sometimes, intangibles add up to an obvious MVP. Similarly, the Hyundai Sonata was a clear choice for the 2011 PMV—Popular Mechanics’s Value—award. What Hyundai has achieved with the redesign of its bread-and-butter sedan is, in a word, astonishing. One glance tells much of the story, as the vehicle looks more like a luxury coupe than a midsize economy sedan. Gone is the V6, replaced with a 200-hp four-cylinder. Or opt for a turbocharged four-banger with 274 hp, which makes you forget about the lack of a V6 in the lineup. There’s even a hybrid model that gets over 30 mpg. Options aside, the Sonata’s standard safety equipment includes electronic stability control (ESC), traction control and antilock brakes with brake assist. Throw in Hyundai’s 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty and it makes you wonder what luxury carmakers will have to do to keep calling themselves luxury carmakers.