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Hyundai Revolutionizes The Subcompact Car With The All-New Accent At The New York International Auto Show

2011.04.20 00:00:00 No. 1131
 Advanced Technology, Modern Design, Roominess and 40 MPG
NEW YORK, April 20, 2011 – Hyundai Motor America introduced the all-new 2012 Accent with best-in-class standard fuel economy and power at the New York International Auto Show today. This marks the U.S. debut of the latest version of the popular subcompact sedan and the new top-of-the line, more functional Accent five-door. The 2012 Accent is slated to hit dealerships this summer.
             Accent redefines expectations in the subcompact category by offering the company’s distinctive and upscale “Fluidic Sculpture” design, best-in-class standard fuel economy, exceptional roominess and a full complement of standard safety features. Despite surprising technology and a significant increase in safety features, Hyundai will hold the line on pricing from the prior generation to continue delivering unmistakable value to customers.
             “The 2012 Hyundai Accent reinvigorates the subcompact segment, similar to what the game-changing Sonata and Elantra have done in their categories,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Accent’s class-leading standard fuel economy is another showcase of Hyundai’s dedication to improving fuel efficiency with advancements to traditional gasoline powered vehicles and is the fourth nameplate in Hyundai’s lineup delivering 40 mpg on the highway.”
·                     All-new fourth generation Accent subcompact
·                     “Fluidic Sculpture” design
·                     First vehicle to receive the all-new 1.6-liter GDI “Gamma” engine, paired with proprietary six-speed automatic or manual transmissions
o   First subcompact car to use Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)
o   Best-in-class fuel economy of 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway
o   Best-in-class 138 horsepower
o   Improved fuel efficiency by 18 percent for M/T and 11 percent for
      A/T over its predecessor
o   More fuel efficient than Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris
·                     Standard VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS with Brake Assist and EBD
·                     Six standard airbags, active front head restraints and four-wheel disc brakes
·                     Class-above total interior volume - a subcompact car with the roominess of a compact
·                     Best-in-class five-door cargo volume
·                     Strong value – more safety features and best-in-class fuel economy
·                     Offered in three trim levels - four-door GLS, well equipped five-door GS and sporty five-door SE
·                     The entry level Accent three-door has been discontinued for the 2012 model year
Accent SE Five-Door

The 2012 Accent’s all-aluminum 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder engine utilizes the latest engine technology to deliver a class-leading 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque and a best-in-class standard 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway fuel economy rating.
             The engine’s most notable feature is its use of GDI, a first for the subcompact category. By precisely controlling the injection of fuel, GDI allows for better fuel economy, increased power and reduced emissions. The application of Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) on both intake and exhaust camshafts allows for increased efficiency, improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. Other elements resulting in reduced fuel consumption include an Alternator Management System, an offset crankshaft design, variable induction system and electronic throttle control. To reduce lifetime operation costs and increase reliability, the Gamma features a maintenance-free silent roller timing chain. The Gamma also uses innovative anti-friction coatings such as CrN Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating and Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating.
             Gamma highlights include:
  • Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT)
    • D-CVVT (intake and exhaust camshaft phaser) camshafts and hydraulic engine mounts provide optimum power, efficiency and refinement. Using CVVT on both camshafts has several advantages when compared to using it only on the intake camshaft including an improvement in performance (increased volumetric efficiency) and fuel economy (reduced pumping loss), and a reduction in hydrocarbon emissions.
  • Roller Timing Chain
  • Helps increase the reliability of the Gamma 1.6-liter engine.
  • This system accurately controls air intake and engine torque, improving drivability, response and fuel economy.
  • A Diamond Like Coating (DLC) was added to the tappets to help reduce friction in the valvetrain.
  • Electronic Throttle Control
  • Innovative Anti-Friction Coatings
Working together, the complete range of engine technologies produce an engine that offers:
·         Best-in-class specific output at 86 horsepower per liter
·         Excellent fuel economy
·         Low emissions with ULEV certification
·         High reliability backed by a 10-year / 100,000-mile powertrain warranty
Specifications Comparison– Best in Class Horsepower and Fuel Economy
2011 Fiesta 2011
Engine 1.6-liter I4 1.5-liter I4 1.6-liter I4 1.5-liter I4 1.6-liter I4 1.6-liter I4 1.5-liter I4
HP @ RPM 138 @ 6,300 117 @ 6,600 120 @ 6,350 106 @ 6,000 107 @ 6,000 108 @ 6,400 100 @ 6,000
Specific output (HP/Liter) 86 78 75 71 67 68 67
Torque @ RPM 123 @ 4,850 106 @ 4,800 112 @ 5,000 103 @ 4,200 111 @ 4,600 105 @ 4,000 98 @
Trans. 6MT or 6AT 5MT or 5AT 5MT or 6AT 5MT or 4AT 5MT or 4AT 5MT or 4AT 5MT or 4AT
MPG (M/T)1 30/40 27/33 28/37 29/36 26/34 27/35 29/35
MPG (A/T)1 30/40 28/35 29/38 29/35 25/33 25/34 27/33
1EPA estimated fuel consumption
             Several other systems have been improved over the outgoing model, each contributing to increased fuel efficiency. The 2012 Accent can be equipped with a six-speed manual or automatic transaxle with SHIFTRONIC manual control, delivering smooth and efficient power delivery. Low-rolling resistance silica tires and a slippery shape (0.30 cd) reduce friction with the road and the air. This aerodynamic shape also includes a kicked up trunk edge, wheel arches which shield the tires and an optimized engine undercover. Finally, the ActiveECO function modifies engine and transmission control to smooth out throttle response. By turning on the ActiveECO function, drivers can realize up to a seven percent increase in real-world fuel economy.
ActiveECO Function
             Despite the additional content, safety features and technology packed into the all-new Accent, Hyundai has avoided the typically associated penalty of increased weight. A low curb weight corresponds to an improvement not only in fuel economy but all other dynamic areas. In fact, Accent offers the best power-to-weight ratio in its class by far, providing drivers with both low fuel consumption and responsive performance. Highlights which contribute to a low curb weight include the 1.6-liter Gamma GDI engine with aluminum block that is more powerful and 40 lbs lighter than the outgoing 1.6-liter Alpha engine, monotube shock absorbers, integrated parking brake and a super flat torque converter.  
 The 2012 Accent’s highway fuel economy of 40 mpg is an 18 percent improvement over its predecessor’s 34 mpg highway manual transmission fuel economy rating.  
MPG Contributions
Tools %    Improvement
Gamma 1.6-liter GDI 6.1
MDPS 4.1
Smart alternator 2.7
Low rolling resistance silica tires 2.1
Coefficient of drag 0.30 2.1
6MT vs. 5MT 1.0
Fuel Savings 18.1
Accent’s fuel economy is 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, with the six-speed automatic transmission or manual transmission. These figures give Accent a highway-only driving range of up to 456 miles.
Power-to-Weight Ratio Comparison
Vehicle Curb Weight (lbs.)  M/T Horsepower Weight-to-power ratio (LBS/HP)
Hyundai Accent 4-door 2396 138 17.4
Hyundai Accent five-door 2430 138 17.6
Honda Fit 2489 117 21.3
Ford Fiesta 2578 120 21.5
Toyota Yaris 2313 106 21.8
Nissan Versa five-door (1.8L) 2693 122 22.1
Mazda 2 2306 100 23.1
Nissan Versa four-door (1.6L) 2516 107 23.5
Chevrolet Aveo 2568 108 23.8
             Hyundai doesn’t believe consumers should have to pay a premium for safety, so a long list of safety features is included as standard equipment on all 2012 Accent models. A total of six airbags protect occupants in the event of a collision, including two front impact airbags, two front seat-mounted side impact airbags, and curtain side-impact airbags for front and rear passengers. Accent’s new standard front-seat active head restraints help prevent whiplash by automatically reducing the space between a front occupant’s head and the head restraint during certain rear collisions and are highly recommended by safety organizations such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Active front head restraints are not available on Fiesta, Yaris, Aveo or Mazda2.
Collision Load Dispersion

             The Accent’s underlying structure is engineered to protect occupants using a Collision Load Dispersion mechanism and the rear doors have internal beams. The vehicle’s structure distributes the force of an impact in three ways to minimize floor deformation and maintain the integrity of the cabin.
             Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control work together to help deliver confident handling in all conditions. Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) integrates control of the ESC and motor-driven power steering (MDPS) to provide handling assistance in slippery conditions or in sudden cornering scenarios. The system can deliver up to eight Newton-meters of counter-steering effort when required to assist the driver in maintaining control of the vehicle.
Vehicle Stability Management

             A key safety element for any vehicle is its braking system. Accent is the only car in the subcompact segment to offer four wheel disc brakes as standard equipment. An Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) featuring Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) is also included. EBD examines the effect of vehicle load on weight distribution and apportions the braking force between front and rear axles to maximize stopping ability. In the event of a panic stop, BA ensures that maximum braking force is applied.

             All Accents ride on a 101.2 inch wheelbase, 2.8-inches longer than the previous generation. The 66.7-inch width on all 2011 models increased by 0.2 inches for 2012. The Accent 4-door’s overall length has increased by 3.5 inches to 172 inches. Total length of the new five-door version is 162 inches. As a result, Accent enjoys superior interior volume and passenger space. While the car’s exterior dimensions are consistent with those of traditional subcompacts, Accent is classified by the EPA as a compact sedan thanks to its interior volume. Toyota Yaris and Ford Fiesta are classified as subcompact cars. In addition the Accent five-door has best-in-class cargo volume and more cargo capacity than the Nissan Juke and Infiniti EX 35 crossover. The Accent has best-in-class front and rear shoulder room and the five-door also has more cargo volume than many of its compact five-door competitors.
Five-Door Subcompact Cargo Volume Comparison
 Five-door models 2011 Accent 2011
2011 Mazda2 2011
Cargo volume
(cu. ft.)
21.2 15.4 13.3 9.3 20.6 17.8
Five-Door Compact Cargo Volume Comparison
 Five-door models 2012 Accent 2011
2011  Caliber 2011
Lancer Sportback
Impreza 5DR
2011 Mazda3 5DR
Cargo volume
(cu. ft.)
21.2 15.9 19.8 19.5 18.4 13.8 19.0 17.0
Convenient storage spaces are included throughout the cabin, including bottle holders in the front doors and a storage tray at the base of the center console. A sliding armrest storage console is available, which is a segment first. Split and fold 60/40 rear seats are standard for increased cargo flexibility when transporting longer items. Not only does Accent have multiple storage areas, but it delivers more useable storage capacity.
Glove Box Storage Capacity Comparison
Storage area Accent Aveo Yaris Fit
Glove box capacity 8.2 6.5 6.0 5.0
             The first step toward confident driving dynamics is a rigid structure. To this end, the 2012 Accent employs high-tensile strength steel to deliver a strong, light and stiff body which is 22 percent stiffer than the previous generation. Increasing the stiffness of the structure allowed Hyundai engineers more flexibility in terms of suspension tuning. The end result is a better balance between handling precision and ride comfort. Accent employs a MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and twin-tube gas shock absorbers. The rear suspension is a torsion axle setup with coil springs and monotube shock absorbers.

All Accents have column-mounted, motor-driven electric power steering that adjusts instantly to changing driving conditions while improving fuel economy over a conventional steering system. Accent’s turning diameter of 34.1 feet is better than Versa, Fiesta and Fit. The SE five-door model has a unique steering calibration for a sportier feel.  

             The 2012 Accent joins the Hyundai line-up sporting the company’s increasingly popular “Fluidic Sculpture” design. The vehicle’s exterior lines are intended to be futuristic, dynamic, and sleek. In a segment typically associated with staid designs, Accent stands out from the crowd. While the styling provides an attractive form, it’s also functional, featuring a slippery 0.30 coefficient of drag for Accent sedan and .31 for Accent five-door. Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille a

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