Hyundai Sonata Hybrid blues

December 14, 2010

I hoped to be the first El Pasoan, Texas, and possible American, to own a Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. My plan was brilliant and a win-win for Hyundai. You see, Hyundai is hosting the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 in El Paso. This years game pits Notre Dame vs. University of Miami, better know as “The ‘U’.”

Anyhow, I wanted to buy a Sonata Hybrid and have it presented/delivered to me as part of the game festivities. There are hundreds of Soldiers from my post participating in Sun Bowl activities. I’d wear a nice Army uniform and could drive off with a bunch of Soldiers in the car. It’d make for great tv:  war vet, wears blues, goes “blue” w/ Sonata Hybrid.

No Blue Drive for Christmas

But, alas, the executives at Hyundai have dashed my dreams. Actually, the probably never heard of my big idea. Sadly, they’ve decided to not have the Sonata Hybrid available until Jan. ’11. No tax credit for purchase.

This despite the official Hyundai USA website still claiming the car will be sold in “Q4 2010“:

SONATA HYBRID: Better technology makes for a better planet.

Hyundai continues their commitment to being the most fuel-efficient automaker on the planet with the first ever hybrid from Hyundai….

Available Q4 2010

Really, Hyundai, really?

Instead of Blue Drive…I just have the blues.

Can’t you at least make an exception for one vehicle to be sold on national TV on Dec. 31. I’m ready to buy.