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Tuesday, November 29, 2011


2011 Hyundai Accent

  • Tuesday, November 29, 2011
  • Krishna Mohan Roy
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  • Hyundai Motor America introduced the all-new 2012 Hyundai Accent with best-in-class standard

    fuel economy and power at the 2011 New York International Auto Show. 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.

    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 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."


    The 2012 Hyundai 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.

    Several other systems have been improved over the outgoing model, each contributing to increased

    fuel efficiency. The 2012 Hyundai 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.

    Despite the additional content, safety features and technology packed into the all-new Hyundai

    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 Hyundai 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.

    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.


    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.

    The Hyundai 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.

    A key safety element for any vehicle is its braking system. Hyundai 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

    66.9-inch width on all 2011 models increased by 0.2 inches for 2012. The Hyundai 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,

    Hyundai 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 Hyundai 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.


    The first step toward confident driving dynamics is a rigid structure. To this end, the 2012

    Hyundai 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.

    Hyundai 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 Hyundai 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 Hyundai Accent sedan and .31 for Accent five-door. Hyundai's

    signature hexagonal front grille and detailed swept-back headlights give Accent a compact

    athletic face. Five-door SE models include a sporty roof-mounted spoiler and vertical

    taillights. For an assertive stance, 16-inch alloy wheels are available on GLS and standard on



    The 2012 Accent GLS is available with gray or beige two-tone interior. The five-door GS and SE

    trims are available with a gray interior or a monotone black interior. All Accents have cloth-

    like pillar trim made of fibrous tissue and volcanic rock for a premium look and feel.

    The Hyundai Accent features a bold exterior color palette with both light and dark colors

    including Century White, Ironman Silver, Cyclone Gray, Ultra Black, Boston Red, Mocha Bronze,

    Marathon Blue, Clearwater Blue and Electrolyte Green.


    Choosing a subcompact sedan no longer means foregoing comfort and convenience features. The 2012

    Accent will be offered in three trim levels. The affordable four-door GLS, the versatile, well

    equipped five-door GS and the sporty five-door SE. The entry level Hyundai Accent three-door has

    been discontinued for the 2012 model year.

    @The Cars124

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