NAMYANG, South Korea – Hyundai Motor Co. Ltd. engineers say they benchmarked Ford Motor Co.’s Fusion Hybrid in crafting the Sonata Hybrid, which goes on sale in the U.S. later this year. Their goal was to give Hyundai’s first hybrid-electric vehicle in the U.S. as seamless a transition from gasoline to electric propulsion as that of the Fusion version. “The most difficult technology (hurdle to overcome) is the clutch engagement and disengagement without any delay or any shocks,” Steve ...

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