Hyundai to launch Accent on December 2

By Patrick Everett Tadeo

Hyundai Asia Resources, distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, has confirmed that the all-new Accent will be launched on December 2.

No less than Hyundai president and chief executive Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, disclosed the information at the sidelines of the Thought Leadership Forum hosted by the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID). Perez-Agudo is the president of AVID, which has 15 members including companies like British United Automobiles (Mini), CATS Motors (Chrysler, Dodge and Mercedes-Benz), Foton Motors, Scandinavian Motors (Volvo).

Hyundai's top executive refused to give more details about the Accent but another source from the company revealed that a gasoline-powered Accent will be unveiled next week. The diesel-fueled Accent will likely follow next year.

The gasoline-fed Accent comes in two variants: a 1.4-liter Mutiport Fuel Injection engine that produces 107hp and a 1.6-liter Gamma GDI engine that churns out 140hp. Both engines are offered with either a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission.

The Philippine arrival of the Accent comes a month after the car was launched in Korea. This means Filipino motorists get a crack at the Accent ahead of the motorists in Russia and the United States, where the car will be launched in the first quarter of 2011.

This is good news to Pinoys who have obviously been eagerly waiting for the Accent since first reported about its arrival. Some of our Facebook friends also got the answer right when we asked them to guess Hyundai's latest offering in the Philippines.

(We managed to squeeze out more information about the Hyundai Accent from our friends in Hyundai Asia Resources. Please read Hyundai Accent: The real deal for updates and photos.)


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  • GTi Nov 25 2010 @ 06:30pm
    Its nice to know that the new Accent is now available with a GDI engine. But when will this happen for the Sonata? GDI and GDI Turbo, please! Any news on the new diesel powerplant, by the way?
  • jetrone Nov 25 2010 @ 06:57pm
    Is this the model(in the photo) coming out in the Philippines?

    Someone at ****** mentioned that we are getting the KDM Accent.
  • joab565 Nov 25 2010 @ 08:34pm
    6 M/T for both 1.4L & 1.6L engines. If it is priced right, it will be a sure hit. It is the only one in its class with a 6 M/T. The Jazz, Fiesta, & Yaris doesn't have it.
  • Feeter Silverster Nov 25 2010 @ 09:04pm
    Can this Accent de-throne the Vios? Will Hyundai allow it to be used as Taxicabs?
  • maranello_5775 Nov 25 2010 @ 09:11pm
    we are getting the tucson faced accent, the one shown above is the china domestic model
  • maklo02 Nov 25 2010 @ 10:54pm
    please don't let this be turned into taxi cabs:| SAYANG! it really looks classy for it's category.
  • dtkiko Nov 25 2010 @ 11:27pm
  • jimmyz Nov 26 2010 @ 12:10am
    Magkano kaya price range?
  • the 8th Nov 26 2010 @ 12:16am
    wow ang lakas nung 1.6L GDI!
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Nov 26 2010 @ 09:15am
    HARI did not offer the GDI Sonata here (probably because of the quality of local fuel) is it confirmed that they will sell the Korean spec Accent 1.6 GDI here?
    The 2011 Chinese Verna and 2011 Russian Accent Solaris use non GDI 122PS/123PS 1.6 Gamma engines.

    PS: Top Gear, the Accent has a different front from the Verna:
  • red.santiago Nov 26 2010 @ 09:54am
    Correction: I think HARI will be launching the KDM (Korean version) of this car. What's in the picture is the Chinese Model. Also, I think they'd be launching the 1.4 liter 5MT and 1.6 liter 4A/T with manual shift. Plus no GDI. Gamma CVVT lang. :D That's what I heard from reliable HARI sources lang.
  • iancmv Nov 26 2010 @ 10:06am
    Which ever models they'll be bringing, I hope they won't make it as taxis (just to make sales). The new Elantra looks nice, too.
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Nov 26 2010 @ 11:57am
    @iancmv, I guess it all depends on the pricing. If the 1.4 MT model will be priced in the P700K area, there's a chance it will be used as a taxi.
  • red.santiago Nov 26 2010 @ 12:10pm
    But the Vios, prices just under 600k would be the popular choice. Or the current Accent. @700k and with a gasoline engine, it's unlikely that they'd make this one a taxi.
  • Adrian Nov 26 2010 @ 12:23pm
    wow ah gumagaling tlga hyundai ah! bigtest na yan! Vios vs. accent!
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Nov 26 2010 @ 12:24pm
    @red.santiago, I guess its for those who want something roomier and more powerful than a Vios, but want something cheaper than a Corolla Altis 1.6E (now also used as a taxi).

    PS: Take note, the gasoline Kia Rio 1.4 which is priced at P695K is also used as a taxi.
  • Tuffymmendoza Nov 26 2010 @ 01:32pm
    what happen to the diesel accent?its 10 pesos cheaper than gas, per liter.that is big amount of money in a long run.
    And if you don't want your car to be like a taxi cab. you better buy a honda.
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Nov 26 2010 @ 01:50pm
    @Tuffymmendoza, the diesel model (if there is one) hasn't been introduced yet.

    Besides the only way Hyundai was able to sell the current Accent at P700K was to delete safety features like aribags and ABS.

    Expect the diesel models to cost much more than the equivalent gasoline model. Cheaper fuel, more epensive car.
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Nov 26 2010 @ 01:51pm
    PS: Non taxi sub-compacts, aside from the City, you also have the Mazda 2 and Ford Fiesta.
  • GTi Nov 26 2010 @ 02:01pm
    knew it was too good to be true... But 4 speed A/T? From a new car?
  • dtkiko Nov 26 2010 @ 02:38pm
    i will wait for the new diesel VGT.... harinawa'y meron gane early next year mga bosing.... perfecto! ahihi ahoho
  • vinci24 Nov 26 2010 @ 02:59pm
    i don't know pero habang parami ng parami ang tucson ix sa daan parang nakakuumay tignan. nakakasawang tignan. tapos eto na naman accent na sedan version lang ng tucson.
  • red.santiago Nov 26 2010 @ 04:40pm
    @ GTi: Well, that's probably because they'd want to offer us the 6-speed trannies on the car's mid cycle refresh. But given the power the engine produces and the car's curb weight, the 4-speed tranny shouldn't really be that big of a prob. Besides they're paving the way for the arrival of the Elantra next year. Offering everything could mean lost of possible Elantra buyers.

    @ AM3: The Mazda 2 and Ford Fiesta aren't very popular choices for taxi operators since their fuel efficiency, quality and availability of parts are still in question.
  • francis.buendia24 Nov 26 2010 @ 06:24pm
    looks like a small sonata..
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Nov 26 2010 @ 07:54pm
    @red.santiago, its good taxi operators think that way, I don't want them to use the Mazda 2 and Fiesta as taxis. :D.
    Fuel economy of the 1.6 Powershift is good enough for a 1.6 liter AT, 10.8km/L city driving, and around 8.9km/L during very heavy traffic.
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Nov 26 2010 @ 08:08pm
    ...continuation: the Fiesta 1.4 MT should be able to do about 11km/L in city driving.
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Nov 26 2010 @ 08:11pm
    @francis.buendia24, the Chinese Verna looks like a small Sonata, but the Accent we're getting has the face of a Tucson. :D
  • tidus1203 Nov 27 2010 @ 12:23am
    Specs are good, only the 4AT is a sore thumb... And what's the price yan ang deal breaker... Will it be cheaper than the Honda Jazz?
  • barry Nov 27 2010 @ 02:36pm
    sana hindi na siya maging taxi. para maging classy naman ang all new accent. ganda pa naman ng aerodynamics.
  • AKP1973 Nov 28 2010 @ 09:35pm
    to be honest, I LIKE IT. The engine power, the size (so euro). Manual tranny all the way!
  • dominic Nov 28 2010 @ 11:41pm
    is that the RB?
  • Kyoichi Sudo Nov 29 2010 @ 02:35pm
    how much is this hot rod?
  • gvm0116 Dec 01 2010 @ 11:32am
    seewt mother of christ! that is one sexy looking car! and 140hp from a 1.6? if it handles well, then it will give the honda civic 1.8 a run for its money.
  • art Dec 02 2010 @ 12:32pm
    i personally like this version much better than the KDM.
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