Hyundai Axes i45 a.k.a Sonata and Focuses on More Premium i40 in Australia

The Hyundai i45, known in other parts of the world such as North America as the Sonata, will be no more in Australia as the Korean carmaker will suspend sales of the mid-size sedan in the country. Instead, its place in Hyundai’s Australian lineup is being taken by the newly introduced i40 sedan, which was designed and initially launched in Europe as the brand’s fighter in the D segment. Hyundai said the decision was made due to the “ever-increasing global demand for the i45” especially in the Middle East and North America, and “limitations to global supply” adding that because these markets receive priority, Australia has struggled to secure enough i45 volume to deliver to the car’s potential in the country. According to Australian website TMR, the i45 starts AU$26,990 and tops out at AU$37,490 for the Premium grade, while the i40 begins at AU$29,990 and can go as high as $44,590 for the Premium sedan and $46,590 for the Premium station wagon. “The i40 range offers Australian buyers the option of Sedan and Tourer body styles, as well as a choice of highly efficient petrol and diesel powertrains with class-leading specifications throughout,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Operating Officer, John Elsworth. “We’ve worked hard to introduce more features to i40 and to create a premium mid-size choice for the brand.” Hyundai said that much of the remaining local supplies of the i45 will be channeled to corporate and government sectors. Hat tip to Matt J.!