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Sonata awarded for best economic performance in U.S.

Hyundai Motor Co., Korea’s top automaker, said Friday its all-new Sonata has been chosen in the U.S. as the car with the best economic performance.

The new Sonata, unveiled last spring, won the “2015 Best Economic Performance Award” in the full-size segment by the Automotive Science Group, a U.S. auto review organization, according to Hyundai Motor.

The ASG announces the winners every year based on the lowest maintenance cost by taking into consideration fuel efficiency, insurance payments and vehicle prices.

The new Sonata received high points in the full-size sector, edging out more than 60 other competitors, including the Ford Taurus and Chevrolet Impala, the company said.

Hyundai Motor said it expects the sales of the Sonata to remain strong this year following a 6.5 percent growth in 2014, as it can provide top-of-class economic performance and high-level driving safety. (Yonhap)