Hyundai's LF Sonata Hybrid, which was launched in middle of December, recorded accumulated contracts of 1,174 units as of Dec. 26, eight days after the launch.
This figure is about 70 percent higher than the 686 units sold of the first generation Sonata Hybrid in 2011 during the same period after its launch.
The new model LF Sonata Hybrid was appraised to have a high marketability by securing a powerful driving efficiency of 18.2km/l with 16 inch tires, NU 2.0 GDI engine, and sports mode.
Hyundai Motors is planning to sell 18,000 units next year and launch the Sonata Plug In Hybrid and mid-size Hybrid exclusive model.
Although Hyundai plans to launch the model in the U.S. market during the first half of next year, the drop in oil prices is expected to be a variable. Hybrid car sales in the U.S. market stayed at 418,850 units, down by 8.9 percent compared to the same period of last year.
Meanwhile, 41,773 units of the first generation Sonata Hybrid had been sold domestically as of November this year since its launch in 2011. The accumulated exports reached 91,526 units, close to a breakthrough of 100,000 units.