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    All-new Hyundai Accent Makes World Premiere in Toronto

    No. 6052017-02-16

    • Global debut of fifth-generation Hyundai Accent held at Canadian International Auto Show, Toronto
    • All-new Accent demonstrates Hyundai Motor's engineering expertise with improved driving dynamics and efficient powertrain
    • Bold exterior design, sophisticated interior and signature Hyundai design cues are central to the All-new Accent's striking appeal


    February 16, 2017 – The All-new Hyundai Accent has made its world premiere at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Since its launch in 1994, the car has steadily gained popularity and built a firm foundation for the fifth-generation model.

    All-new Accent builds on the strengths of its predecessors, incorporating Hyundai's modern engineering prowess and expertise in research and development. The All-new Accent boasts bold design, a sophisticated interior, a more efficient powertrain, noticeably reduced cabin noise, and significantly enhanced driving dynamics. Highlighting Hyundai Motor's leadership in automotive innovation, the company's newest subcompact car is equipped with the latest in safety technologies and convenience features.

    The Accent four-door sedan will begin to arrive in markets globally from the third quarter this year, followed by the All-new Accent 5-door the next quarter.

    Driver-focused engineering and enhanced safety
    The All-new Accent is set to raise the segment benchmarks for driving dynamics and safety while delivering outstanding fuel efficiency and maintaining Hyundai's competitive position for unbeatable value. Defined by its solidity, the All-new Accent uses 54.5% Advanced High-Strength Steel – up from 41.5% in the fourth generation – from the company's affiliate Hyundai Steel plant. In addition, the Accent's chassis has improved torsional rigidity by 32% by using 98.5 meters of structural adhesives to enhance rigidity.

    This new, rigid chassis improves quality perception, noise isolation, and driving dynamics. The application of Advanced High-Strength Steel improves collision performance without adding unnecessary weight, which helps reduce fuel consumption and deliver better driving feel.

    Improved ride comfort, handling, and stability are achieved through suspension developments. While the All-new Accent's steering feel has been refined with improvements to steering efficiency, enhancements to handling and comfort also have been made by lifting up the rear roll center and raising the leverage ratio of the rear shock absorbers. The standard Motor-Driven Power Steering (MDPS) system instantly adjusts to changing driving conditions for greater precision and steering feel while improving fuel economy.

    Striking exterior design
    The All-new Accent's design exhibits confidence and sophistication with sculpted body forms and smoothly contoured lines that deliver a new interpretation of Hyundai's signature design language.

    The new car features Hyundai Motor's signature cascading grille, a visual design cue that is integral to the company's identity. The grille is flanked by wrap-around headlights and signature LED daytime running lights.

    The All-new Accent has a sweeping roof profile, and a sharp character line running the length of the car where it meets slim and sporty rear combination lamps at the rear, set above a slim and modern rear bumper. Features such as 17-inch alloy wheels and side mirror LED turn signal indicators add to the premium feel of the car.

    The car's form is also functional, achieving balance between design and engineering to combine stand-out styling with aerodynamic enhancements. The underside of the car is sculpted for aerodynamic benefit, and a new front lip spoiler, together with reduced ground clearance of 10mm, contribute to the Accent's efficient design.

    Compared to the last generation, the Accent is 29mm wider and the overall length is increased by 15mm, yet its height remains unchanged, all of which combines to give the car a more grounded stance. The wheelbase is 10mm wider, pushing the wheels further to the corners and improving interior roominess.

    Like the sedan, the Accent 5-door has also grown its key measurements, notably to its length, increasing a substantial 70mm. Width and wheelbase are also up by 29mm and 10mm respectively, while height is unchanged.

    Modern interior design
    The interior of the Accent continues the modern, confident, sophisticated promise displayed by the car's exterior. A driver-oriented layout with intuitive controls adds to the improved interior roominess, high-quality materials, and premium technology features raise the standard for subcompact vehicles. With premium, soft-touch materials at key touchpoints and high-tech convenience features, drivers and passengers are welcomed in to an inviting and comfortable environment.

    A wide instrument panel features a reversing-camera system as standard with options of either a five- or seven-inch color TFT LCD instrument display. Beneath the color screen, the control panel is laid out in a logical, horizontal pattern boosting ergonomics and ease of use.

    The seat frame is engineered to be lightweight but extremely strong to help keep occupants safe in collisions, while the seat firmness is adjustable to help reduce driver fatigue over long distances.

    For added comfort and convenience, front-seat passengers may use heated seats, while the rear seat folds 60/40 in both the sedan and 5-door. The Accent also boasts total interior volume more commonly found in larger vehicles – the new car's total passenger volume is up 36 liters, while the Accent 5-door's passenger volume is increased by 38 liters. The trunk space also features greater space, increasing by a substantial 16 liters, partly due to the extended overall length.

    Efficient powertrain
    The All-new Accent receives a revised powertrain tuned for improved fuel efficiency and every day drivability. The 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) engine produces 132hp and estimated 119lb. ft. of torque. Compared to the previous generation Accent, the engine's powerband has improved with a 4.6% increase in torque from 1,500rpm to make every day drivability easier. Specifically, the acceleration performance for 40-80km/h and 80-120km/h has been improved over the previous model by 0.2 and 1.3 seconds, respectively.

    The 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder GDI engine is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission, while fuel efficiency has also been improved by 7% overall. In the engine, components such as low-friction piston rings, a variable fuel pressure module, and upgraded software for the engine control module improve overall operation. Furthermore, with improvements to the return springs in the braking system, drive friction has been reduced. The automatic transmission has also been redesigned to reduce the unit's overall weight by 2kg and improve operational efficiency.

    In addition, Accent vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions will include the company's Drive Mode Select feature to adjust both powertrain performance and steering calibration, allowing the driver to customize the driving character by selecting from two modes: Normal or Sport, by simply touching a button on the center console.

    Comprehensive safety and convenience
    In addition to the high-strength chassis, the Accent features several improvements to the front side members and inner side sill to improve collision protection. The front crumple zones have been increased, front side air bags have been upgraded, and reinforcements have been made to improve the car's performance in small overlap crashes.

    A six-airbag system is standard along with Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, and ABS.

    The Accent offers a wide array of advanced safety technologies to provide another layer of protection for passengers. As a segment first, the Accent offers Autonomous Emergency Braking, which utilizes a front forward-facing radar to detect a vehicle and warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system will apply emergency braking. Additionally the All-new Accent comes with a rear view camera with dynamic guidance.

    Most trims in the Accent will feature technologies that go beyond the subcompact competition in terms of driver confidence and convenience. For example, the Accent also offers a proximity key with push button start, so drivers never need to take out a key from their pocket or purse in order to start the car.

    Advanced connectivity and multimedia
    An advanced infotainment system that includes a 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen system and rearview camera will be available in select markets. The 7-inch display will also include both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless and intuitive operation of the most commonly used smartphone functions including app-based navigation, streaming audio, and voice-controlled search capabilities. The Accent also offers dual iPhone/USB and auxiliary input jacks.

    2018 Accent Sedan Proportions

    Specification2017 AccentChange2018 Accent
    Overall Length (mm)4,370+154,385
    Overall Width (mm)1,700+291,729
    Overall Height (mm)1,450-1,450
    Wheelbase (mm)2,570+102,580
    Curb weight (kg)1,155+101,165

    2018 Accent 5-door Proportions

    Specification2017 AccentChange2018 Accent
    Overall Length (mm)4,115+704,185
    Overall Width (mm)1,700+291,729
    Overall Height (mm)1,450-1,450
    Wheelbase (mm)2,570+102,580
    Curb weight (kg)1,159TBDTBD

    2018 Accent Sedan Interior Volume

    Specification (Liters)2018 Hyundai Accent Sedan
    Passenger Volume2,555
    Cargo Volume387

    2018 Accent 5-door Interior Volume

    Specification (Liters)2018 Hyundai Accent 5-door
    Passenger Volume2,576
    Cargo Volume616

    Hyundai Sonata Named Best Car for the Money by U.S. News & World Report

    No. 6042017-02-10

    • Hyundai Sonata won the U.S. News & World Report accolade for “Best Midsize Car for the Money,”
    • The publication recognized the Sonata for its impressive quality and versatility, highlighting its spacious interior


    February 10, 2017 – The 2017 Hyundai Sonata has been awarded the U.S. News & World Report accolade for “Best Midsize Car for the Money,” making this the second time in three years a Hyundai Motor vehicle has won the award. The Sonata’s nomination was shared by 18 other foreign and domestic midsize sedans in one of the industry’s most competitive fields.

    The publication recognized the Sonata for its impressive quality and versatility, highlighting its spacious interior and noted that “usable technology litters the Sonata's lengthy list of standard and optional features." Other features highlighted included a larger trunk than most competitors and “one of the lowest starting prices in the class.”

    “The recognition by U.S. News & World Report highlights out commitment to providing better for our customers,” said Brandon Ramirez, senior group manager, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “From technology to driver experience to overall performance, we are proud to have the Sonata represent the standard of value in this class.”

    U.S. News creates its rankings by combining quality and value data into a composite score to provide an unbiased comparison of each vehicle to its competitors. The consensus rankings of each car are regularly updated and serve as an aggregate of the fair and diverse opinions of hundreds of professional auto critics. U.S. News awarded its Best Cars for the Money honors by combining its newly released 2017 car rankings with the total cost of ownership data provided by


    Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport Earn 2017 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award

    No. 6032017-02-10

    • Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport received the award for the midsize crossover/SUV class, competing with 16 other models
    • Editors of Consumer Guide Automotive thoroughly evaluated more than 150 vehicles based on the latest automotive trends and vehicle attributes


    February 10, 2017 – The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are recipients for the 2017 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Award in their respective categories. Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport received the award for the midsize crossover/SUV class, competing with 16 other models. For 50 years, Consumer Guide Automotive has been one of the most respected, unbiased new- and used-car review companies in the U.S. The Best Buy Award trophy was presented by Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

    The editors of Consumer Guide Automotive thoroughly evaluated more than 150 vehicles based on the latest automotive trends and vehicle attributes to select the very best model in every consumer segment. These attributes include price, features, performance, accommodations, fuel economy, reliability and resale value. The editors also test drove the vehicles through various driving conditions.

    “Both Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport deliver a quiet, comfortable, refined cabin, and the all-around versatility that crossover buyers need,” said Tom Appel, publisher, Consumer Guide Automotive. “This happens at prices that are just a little lower than you might expect.”

    The 2017 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport provide all-around versatility that crossover buyer’s demand. The vehicles continue to offer:

    • Front- or all-wheel drive
    • Seating for five to seven passengers.
    • 2017 Santa Fe Sport is powered by a(n):
      • - 2.4-liter, four-cylinder direct-injected engine with 185 horsepower
      • - Optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 240 horsepower.
    • 2017 Santa Fe is powered by a 3.3-liter Lambda V6 engine with 290 horsepower.


    The improvements range from enhanced exterior design to additional infotainment, convenience and safety technologies.

    Hyundai Motor will Debut the All-new Accent at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto

    No. 6022017-02-09

    • Teaser hints at sleek design for all-new version of the popular subcompact
    • Further details to be revealed during press conference on 16 February, in Metro Toronto Convention Centre


    February 9, 2017 – Hyundai Motor will host the world premiere of the All-new 2018 Accent subcompact on February 16, at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto.

    Ahead of the show, Hyundai Motor released a teaser image and video of its feature vehicle, suggesting a fresh, confident interpretation of the brand’s signature design language. The new car features the cascading grille, a visual signature that is integral to Hyundai Motor’s identity. It also hints at a slim and modern rear bumper, a sweeping roofline, and a sharp character line running the length of the car where it meets slim and sporty rear combination lamps.

    The teaser video can be viewed at:

    Further details about the all-new vehicle will be revealed during the Hyundai press conference scheduled for 9:35 am (ET) on February 16, in the North building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

    The company will also broadcast the debut live on its Facebook page:

    All-new Hyundai i30 Wins Acclaimed iF Design Award

    No. 6012017-02-08

    • All-new Hyundai i30 receives prestigious ‘iF Design Award 2017’ in the ‘product design’ category
    • This latest triumph marks Hyundai Motor’s fourth consecutive year of recognition for its design excellence
    • Global recognition of the All-new i30’s design reflects Hyundai Motor’s commitment to a unique and evolving design language


    February 8, 2017 – Hyundai Motor has won its fourth consecutive iF Design Award for the All-new Hyundai i30. Acknowledging the brand’s commitment to design and quality excellence, the All-new i30 was named winner of the ‘Automobile Product’ category.

    The global recognition follows a series of Hyundai Motor wins, charting the evolution of the brand’s design philosophy. Last year, the Tucson and Elantra models found favor with the judging panel, with the i20 supermini scooping the design prize in 2015, while the luxury Genesis was recognized by the Design Awards in 2014.

    Design is the number one motivating factor for Hyundai car buyers, a fact reinforced by the company’s consistently strong iF Design Awards performance and commitment to distinctive design. The All-new i30 was praised by judges at the iF Design Awards for its precise lines, refined rich surfaces and sculpted body, all of which create a timeless and confident appearance.

    The All-new i30 further evolves Hyundai Motor’s design language, and its stylish vision incorporates the brand’s signature front ‘Cascading Grille’, an identity that will feature on each new-generation Hyundai model. The new grille is paired with slim and sporty headlights for an energetic appearance and a stance that suggests sporty dynamism.

    For more than 60 years, iF Design Awards has been recognized around the world as a symbol of design excellence. Organized by iF International Forum Design GmbH, the accolade rewards outstanding design across a wealth of disciplines and categories.

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