Hyundai will redo its best-selling Sonata midsize sedan in 2014 and its upscale Genesis sedan in 2013, CEO Kim Choong-ho told Reuters in an interview in Seoul, South Korea.
The current Sonata, whose swoopy styling has been a big sales hit for Hyundai, made its U.S. debut at the November 2010 L.A. auto show and went on sale shortly after as a 2011 model (it was already on sale in South Korea, however). Genesis launched in 2008 as a 2009 model and got a mild refresh, along with some new powertrains as a 2012.
The latest Sonata led Hyundai’s rapid sales growth in the U.S. and began an across-the-board redo of the brand’s mainstream products with its “Fluidic Sculpture” styling that now includes the Elantra, Accent, Tucson, Veloster and, coming this summer, the Elantra GT hatchback (the I30 in Europe) that made its North American debut at the Chicago auto show last month.
Next up is the redesign of the Santa Fe midsize crossover. That’s a Hyundai “teaser” photo above, which leaves little to the imagination, but we’ll have details after its official unveiling in two weeks at the New York auto show. According to Reuters, dealers began taking 2013 Santa Fe pre-orders Monday.