Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Hyundai Motor Company’s all-new Accent hatch and sedan light-car is now starting to arrive in Australian showrooms.

All-new Accent echoes Hyundai’s ‘New Thinking. New Possibilities.’ philosophy, delivering advanced safety technology, an efficient powertrain and contemporary styling to the competitive light-car segment.

The all-new Hyundai Accent hatch and sedan are positioned in the light car segment, offering modern design, surprising interior space and an abundance of comfort and safety features while maintaining the delivery of advanced technology, fuel efficiency and performance.

New Accent is like its driver - clearly on the move.

Key Features of the All-New Accent
• “Fluidic Sculpture” design language
• Spacious interior design for a light segment car
• Segment first introduction of Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
• Australian tuned suspension and steering
• 1.6-litre ‘Gamma’ petrol engine. Five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic transmission with electronic sequential mode
• Fuel economy from 6.0L/100kms^ (manual transmission)
• 5-star ANCAP safety rating
• Standard safety features; Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-skid Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
• Six airbags standard across range
• Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)
• Full iPod®/USB connectivity
• Bluetooth® hands-free phone system
• Rear view camera, reverse park assist and electro chromatic mirror available on Accent Premium variants

Hyundai Design
Following the
ix35 compact SUV, i45 mid-sized sedan and recently launched All-new Elantra compact sedan, Accent is the fourth Hyundai car to join the Australian line-up showcasing the company’s signature “Fluidic Sculpture” design language. Designed at Hyundai’s Namyang R&D Centre in Korea, the exterior lines project a futuristic, dynamic, and sleek stance, making Accent striking and distinctive at first glance.

Accent’s eye-catching sculptured lines are highlighted by Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille. The swept-back headlights incorporating a two-piece black bezel design and bonnet character lines provide for a unique look.

The addition of a distinguishing sculptured character line running through the side profile of Accent combined with a cab-forward design and coupé-like sweeping roof line creates the impression of a larger car. Whether in hatch or sedan form, the rear of Accent is modern and uncluttered with the wide rear bumper emphasising volume and stability. The Accent hatch is finished with a sporty looking spoiler.

The all-new Accent benefits from Hyundai’s expertise in interior packaging and craftsmanship, offering a generous and airy cabin design with plenty of space and comfort for driver and passengers alike. The symmetrically designed Y-shaped dash and the metallic and piano-black effect finishes within the cockpit (Elite and Premium variants), deliver a premium high quality finish to the interior.

Stylish elements include a three-spoke steering wheel with fingertip controls, convenient push start/stop button (Premium variants), full iPod connectivity with AUX and USB inputs, integrated Bluetooth hands-free, instrument cluster and Hyundai’s signature blue and white illumination. Stowage features include pocket-type driver’s sun visor, a generous glove box, armrest/centre console and the added convenience of 60/40 split rear fold seats.

The Accent hatch and sedan are powered by a 1.6-litre Gamma petrol engine. The all-aluminium four-cylinder engine delivers a peak power output of 91kW @ 6300rpm, and peak torque of 156Nm @ 4200rpm.

The 1.6-litre Gamma petrol engine’s most notable feature is its use of Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) to optimise the timing of the air intake. The system operates via an on-board computer, constantly monitoring the engine’s changing needs. The result is a balance of performance, drivability, fuel economy and low emissions. To reduce lifetime operation costs and increase reliability, the Gamma engine features a maintenance-free silent roller timing chain and uses innovative anti-friction coatings such as CrN Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) coating and Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coating.

As one of an elite group of auto manufacturers who design and manufacture their own transmissions, Hyundai has mated the Accent hatch and sedan 1.6-litre engine to a five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic gearbox with sequential manual mode. These proprietary transmissions offer slick, smooth gear transitions and further enhance the economy of the driveline.

Key Gamma Engine Features for Accent
• Lightweight aluminium block and head
• Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT)
• Roller swing arm and Hydraulic Lash Adjusters (HLA)
• Electronic throttle control
• Offset crankshaft design
• Anti-friction coatings

Ride and Handling
Testing was undertaken in Australia for the optimum front and rear suspension combination, together with unique mapping of the control unit on the Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS). The result is an enjoyable driving experience with refined dynamics to handle variable Australian road conditions.

Accent’s relatively long wheelbase contributes to a smooth ride with enhanced stability. A MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and twin-tube gas shock absorbers provides a smooth ride and excellent road shock absorption. The rear suspension is a coupled torsion beam axle with coil springs and twin tube shock absorbers, which allows more efficient use of interior space.

Advanced Safety Technology
All-new Accent hatch and sedan deliver the highest levels of safety, achieving a 5-star ANCAP safety rating. Outstanding occupant protection is a core element of Hyundai design with the Accent offering a comprehensive suite of advanced active and passive safety features to ensure driver and passenger confidence.

Active safety is enhanced with the introduction of a segment first Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system.

With VSM, a central ECU harmoniously integrates all the traditional active safety systems in the vehicle including Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Anti-skid Brake System (ABS) with Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS). VSM intervenes alongside ESC to help maintain vehicle control by applying a variable input to steering weight, helping prevent the vehicle losing control in emergency situations, such as when suddenly braking or rapidly accelerating under asymmetric (e.g. wet or slippery on one side and dry on the other) road surface conditions.

The Accent Premium variants debut the introduction of a rear park assist with rear view camera system, working in tandem to increase driver confidence and further augment Accent’s delivery of outstanding passenger and pedestrian safety. Available on the Accent Premium variants, the system operated by a camera at the rear of the vehicle relays images to an 8.4cm colour LCD screen in the rear-view mirror, to guide drivers into position when parking or alert them to objects, which may be otherwise obstructed from view.

Passive safety includes a total of six airbags comprising driver and front passenger airbags, driver and front passenger side (thorax) airbags; and front and rear passenger full-length head protecting side curtain airbags for comprehensive passenger protection. In addition, the use of High Tensile Strength Steel (HTSS) in critical areas throughout the body of the vehicle, increases structural integrity and improves collision impact performance.

Key Safety Features
Standard on all models in the range are:

Active Safety
• Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
• Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
• Traction Control System (TCS)
• Four-channel, four-sensor Anti-skid Braking System (ABS)
• Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)

Passive Safety
• Six airbags
• Front seats fitted with pretensioners, height adjustable seat belts
• HTSS used throughout the vehicle structure in critical areas
• Height adjustable front and rear head restraints
• Hyundai Active Locking System (HALO) including speed sensing auto door locking
• Keyless entry with alarm
• Full size spare wheel

In addition, Accent Premium variants are equipped with a rear view camera, rear park assist and electro chromatic rear view mirror with integrated reverse camera screen as standard.

Colour & Trim
The all-new Accent hatch and sedan is available in three trim levels, Active, Elite and Premium; and eight exterior colours matched to a black tone interior.

Exterior colours include solid Crystal White, a range of metallics including Sleek Silver, Clean Blue, Carbon Grey and Red Passion; and three striking Mica options including Ocean Blue, Green Apple and Phantom Black.

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Hyundai Motor Company

Established in 1967, the Hyundai Automotive Group is the world’s fifth largest and fastest growing major automotive manufacturer. Hyundai Motor Company Australia Pty Ltd (HMCA) was established on October 1st, 2003 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company. The award-winning range of Hyundai vehicles continues to set segment and industry benchmarks in value, quality and safety, with innovations such as ESC Stability Control and Australia’s first five-year warranty with unlimited kilometres.

Hyundai Motor Company sold approximately 3.6 million vehicles globally in 2010. Hyundai vehicles are sold in 186 countries through some 5,300 dealerships and showrooms. For more information visit: to learn more about Australia’s fastest growing automotive company.

Ben Hershman
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M: 0401 989 707


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