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Report: Kia Optima Hybrid delayed due to Hyundai Sonata Hybrid pushback

by Chris Shunk (RSS feed) on Mar 31st, 2011 at 11:29AM

2011 Kia Optima Hybrid – Click here for high-res image gallery The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was supposed to go on sale in December, but at the eleventh hour, the company decided on a last-minute engineering change to enhance safety. When the automaker learned that President Obama planned to sign a bill that would ban a switch that can disable a noisemaker designed to warn blind pedestrians, the Korean automaker decided it was best to remove the switch. The move delayed mass availability of the Sonata Hybrid from December to late April. But what about its twin, the Kia Optima Hybrid?... Read More

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