The first Sonata was introduced to compete with the Daewoo Royale series and was built using main components from the Stellar. It included cruise control, power seats, head lamp washers, power brakes, electric operated adjustable side mirrors and chrome bumper trims. The Sonata was available with two trim options in Korea: Luxury and Super (the latter only available with a 2. 0-liter engine). In the domestic market Hyundai sold the Sonata as an executive car using catchphrases like "Luxury car for VIP", however as the Sonata was based on the Stellar without any redesigning it was seen by the public as no different than a luxury version of the Stellar. In 1987 Hyundai added two tone color schemes and a trip computer option but sales soon went down and the car was discontinued in December of that year. The Sonata was sold only in a few markets, such as in Korea and for export markets such as Canada and New Zealand, as the Stellar II. The vehicle was unveiled in South Korea on 4 November 1985. It did not meet the United States emission standards and thus was not available in that market.
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