The South Korean based automaker Hyundai has recently announced that the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will be coming with a lifetime warranty for its batteries.
After the Chevrolet Volt had some problems with its battery pack and it was under an NHTSA investigation not too long ago, Hyundai is taking a lead and announcing that the 2012 Sonata Hybrid will be available with a lifetime warranty for its batteries. Even if the Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is, of course, a hybrid, many future customers who were looking into the GM model will probably end up buying the South Korean sedan.
“We can afford the program because the failure rate is so low”, said John Krafcik, the Hyundai CEO, adding the fact that the Sonata Hybrid’s drivetrain has been tested for over 300.000 miles with no signs of degradation.
Hyundai might steal some customers from the popular Toyota Prius too but rather than speculate on the subject we’d better wait and see the sales reports. In other words, besides offering a lifetime warranty for the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid batteries, the company is also planning to introduce a new ten-speed transmission on its models.
“We confirmed that it is a ‘go project’ for development”, said a Hyundai representative.
Sadly we don’t have any more details on the new ten-speed transmission or on the lifetime warranty for the batteries.