New Hyundai Accent variant to arrive this year

By Patrick Everett Tadeo
 

TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - New Hyundai Accent variant coming before year-end

Staff writer Sharleen Banzon may have written a scathing review of the all-new Hyundai Accent sedan in the March 2011 issue of Top Gear Philippines magazine but that seemingly hasn't influenced car buyers from purchasing one based on the number of brand-new units we see on the road.

Although a source from Hyundai's official distributor, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc., (HARI) couldn't reveal exactly how many units of the Accent have been sold since its launch last December, the source did reveal that HARI is eyeing to sell 300 units of the subcompact sedan every month.

Moreover, HARI doesn't seem content with the Accent sedan as its sole contender in the subcompact market and that is why, according to our source, the company plans to launch the Accent hatchback before the end of 2011.

The launch of the Accent hatchback later this year follows the variant's launch at the New York International Auto Show. In the US, the Accent is only available with a 1.6-liter engine and, in hatchback form, only comes in two trims.

Since the Philippine-market Accent sedan comes with either a 1.4- or a 1.6-liter engine, the hatchback may be offered with either engine or, just maybe, the more powerful 1.6-liter mill that churns out 138hp.

Wondering when the diesel-powered Accent will reach the Philippines? We asked that, too. Unfortunately, our source could not confirm whether that will arrive this year or next.

Should the carmakers and distributors of other hatchbacks be afraid of the five-door Accent once it reaches our shores?

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  • Feeter Silverster May 26 2011 @ 05:13pm
    Nice move Hyundai, maraming matutuwa dito. Pero sana eh kapresyo sya ng current accent para ok pa rin. Nabanggit ko kasi halos same specs sila ng i30 na hindi gasinong bumenta.
  • MerryWarner May 26 2011 @ 05:25pm
    Agree. Again Hyundai, price this competitively and it will sell like pancakes.
  • TEXAN-boy May 26 2011 @ 05:34pm
    Hundai has new GDI 1.6L -208 hp intended for their Accent? Ohhh no-no-no, OLd engine for this model.
    According to Hyundai, the all-new 1.6L T-GDI turbo engine will be available in the new Hyundai Veloster sports coupe starting from 2012, while later it will also appear in the upcoming 2013 Hyundai ix30 and next-generation Kia cee’d.
    • tidus1203 May 26 2011 @ 06:00pm
      The problem with the GDi will be the fuel quality of local gas stations...
  • tidus1203 May 26 2011 @ 05:36pm
    Ginaya yung side view ng Fiesta look at the lines and the quarter glass at the back, Fiesta!!! The back is kinda "OFF" for me. What we really need is a diesel Accent whether sedan or hatchback!
  • dualdahaka May 26 2011 @ 05:41pm
    Nice, kakakuha lang namin nung march ng all-new accent 1.4 AT. Okay naman, maluwag ang loob at matipid sa gas, pang araw-araw talaga. Kaso mahina ung suspension sa likod (balak namin papalitan) at minsan may ingay ng engine, na hindi namin mapaliwanag. Test drive it!
    • psyduck May 26 2011 @ 09:03pm
      Yup may ingay nga engine, sounds like the valve tappet yun din naobserve ko sa accent na tinest ko. And the suspension dahil sa malambot, bottoming.
      • dualdahaka May 27 2011 @ 11:36am
        valve tappet? ano kilangan gawin kaya para mawala un? makakacause ba un ng problem like engine stall or something? daily ride na kasi ung accent ng erpats at bro ko, so any advice will be much appreciated, thanks.
        • psyduck May 27 2011 @ 08:45pm
          well I'm not really an expert on that, better let your dealer check it na, baka kailangan lang ng adjustment.
  • aeronTGco May 26 2011 @ 06:27pm
    this looks like a smaller version of the i30
  • rdjl_13 May 26 2011 @ 06:35pm
    the rear compartment looks bigger than the jazz! i also like the rear (exterior)! :D
  • dom402 May 26 2011 @ 06:53pm
    It looks cheap. Same as any other Hyundai vehicle.
    Last modified May 28 2011 @ 12:05am
    • Jerricson May 28 2011 @ 12:01am
      Agree. Poor material quality. Waste of money.
  • Riskbreaker May 26 2011 @ 07:09pm
    Awesome move. This soon-to-be-Getz replacement will be competitive. But Hyundai, give the people what they want... GIVE US THE CRDI ACCENTS!!
  • dominic May 26 2011 @ 07:32pm
    At last! Please also bring the diesel asap!nice move
  • jetski May 26 2011 @ 08:36pm
    All Hyundai looks cheap???! What about your car thus it feel expensive? So what do you mean by expensive Japanese? American? or none of the above haha..
    • MerryWarner May 26 2011 @ 11:03pm
      AMEN! Some still live in their imaginative Japanese fantasy world. Maybe because some felt cheated, for not too long after buying their prized Jap car, the Koreans had upped the ante and are releasing new car after new car every other month. Suddenly JDM's are left in the cold.
    • dom402 May 26 2011 @ 11:44pm
      I drive American and European cars. You got a problem with that? Maybe your standards are just too damn low that's why you settle with crappy plastic interior and cheap trims. By the way it's suppose to be "look" not "looks" :))))) I suggest you learn English first before you argue about cars. If you have any doubts on the validity of my statements, you're more than welcome to come to my garage and see for yourself.
      • dominic May 26 2011 @ 11:53pm
        He's talking about Japanese and American not European. :-)
        • dom402 May 26 2011 @ 11:55pm
          I know. I just stated the cars I drive. No offense to anyone but we all have different preferences.
        • jetski May 27 2011 @ 12:05pm
          I dont why he is starting the insulting game yet he is boasting then if somebody corrected him he suddenly cite different preference. He should know that from the start.
          • dominic May 28 2011 @ 02:39am
            kulang ka ata ng "Know" sir?
  • dominic May 26 2011 @ 09:32pm
    @sir jetski don't mind the haters, they just don't admit to their selves na Hyundai is getting better and better! Wait ka pa may macocomment pa dyang hater like giovchan, warak, et al. Kuddos Hyundai!
  • Marvi V May 26 2011 @ 09:42pm
    hmm not bad, Hyundai. I hope it's not so expensive
  • jetski May 26 2011 @ 10:42pm
    @dominic: yeah right. long live Hyundai.
  • jetrone May 26 2011 @ 10:43pm
    diesel please
  • dom402 May 26 2011 @ 11:14pm
    @Jetski: I drive American and European cars. You got a problem with that? Maybe your standards are just too damn low that's why you settle with crappy plastic interior and cheap trims. By the way it's suppose to be "look" not "looks" :))))) I suggest you learn English first before you argue about cars.
    Last modified May 26 2011 @ 11:30pm
  • Balisong May 26 2011 @ 11:53pm
    Nice. Would love it even more if it were diesel!
  • cabcab May 27 2011 @ 12:42am
    WOOOOWW
  • tgstig May 27 2011 @ 12:55am
    parang nag mukhang mini wagon... di sya sporty hatch.
  • dweckl May 27 2011 @ 12:58am
    looks nice. should provide good competition if priced appropriately. would anyone have an idea how much?
  • dominic May 27 2011 @ 01:57am
  • Carlover0604 May 27 2011 @ 09:39am
    I really like the looks of it, both sedan and hatchback versions. If Hyundai will bring in the diesel variant with a reasonable price, we will buy one.
    Last modified May 27 2011 @ 09:41am
  • Lee17 May 27 2011 @ 09:51am
    its nice, but i dont see it being a threat to the Fiesta or Jazz.
  • hopeless May 27 2011 @ 11:16am
    The other carmakers and distributors should be afraid, I think, if the Hyundai Accent diesel is already being offered here.
  • jetski May 27 2011 @ 11:59am
    so what if your driving Euro or American cars... it's crappy by the enthusiast standard around the world comparing to Hyundai nowadays.. by the way I dont need your unsolicited advice, because we are all Filipino here, Tag-lish if you know your history.
  • dom402 May 27 2011 @ 12:51pm
    @Jetski: Euro and American cars are crappy compared to Hyundai ones? You clearly don't know what you're talking about so don't bother. Being Filipino isn't an excuse to suck at English. F.Y.I. hahaha!
    Last modified May 27 2011 @ 12:52pm
  • dualdahaka May 27 2011 @ 03:15pm
    Grammar Nazi Alert!!!
  • camaro_joe May 27 2011 @ 04:28pm
    looks like this will wear smaller wheels like on the sedan.
  • gvm0116 May 27 2011 @ 04:31pm
    @jetski - relax lang, sir.

    @dom402 - "It looks cheap. Same as any other Hyundai vehicles" Isn't it supposed to be "SAME AS ANY OTHER HYUNDAI VEHICLE"? It's without the S, pare. I suggest you cease from correcting other people's grammar as you may end up teaching them your version, which is, apparently, even worse. Now, back in line. If you own, as you have claimed, cars from Europe and America, then you must be blessed with wealth, at least financially, to have the privilege to buy expensive cars. For that, I envy you. But, I vehemently disagree with your discrimination as it is vivid that Hyundai and/or Korean cars in general have vastly improved over the years. The sales records are an indication of what they have become (where's General Motors, by the way?). Heck, even Americans and Europeans drive them.
  • barry May 27 2011 @ 05:16pm
    HARI, bring it here! but this time, both gasoline and diesel variants. when the hatchback hits the shores, this will be a tough competition between the two hatchbacks...the ford fiesta and the honda jazz. i call it "THE TRIPLE THREAT"! hehe
  • barry May 27 2011 @ 05:18pm
    pwede ba siyang maging "CAR OF THE YEAR?" for 2012? what do you think?......
  • tidus1203 May 27 2011 @ 06:20pm
    Too early to say daming bago next year. Of course big brother Elantra, Ford Focus, Ford Ranger, new Kia Rio...
  • dominic May 27 2011 @ 08:01pm
    Veloster now available here!
  • Adrian May 29 2011 @ 02:44pm
    wala hindi bebenta sa pilipinas ang hatchback na elantra, tignan nyo ung ford focus hatchback hindi ganun ka benta. I hope na dumating nasa pilipinas ung Toyota Matrix
    • dominic May 29 2011 @ 05:01pm
      Anong elantra hatch? Accent yan boss. And bumebenta dito ung Ford focus hatch. Mas madami pa nga hatch kesa sa sedan.
    • Adrian May 30 2011 @ 02:07pm
      sorry accent nga pala yan, kung sabagay mukhang mas mabenta pa ang hacth kay sa sedan, more features than sedan. Kaya siguro hindi maibenta yung Toyota Matrix dito kasi mahal yung presyo.
  • GBfive May 30 2011 @ 03:26pm
    @Adrian: i think hindi bumenta ang Ford Focus hatch sa Pilipinas not because its a hatch but because its a Ford. maraming hatchbacks sa 'Pinas but they are from other car makers.
    • Adrian May 31 2011 @ 04:03pm
      Tama ka jan! at tsaka hindi sya fuel efficient
  • gvm0116 May 30 2011 @ 03:59pm
    ^ - hindi lang yun sir. kasi sobrang mahal din ng focus. a little more of that money, one can get himself a brand new tucson diesel, sportage or even a carens which offers more seating capacity. the focus is a very nice car but i think us filipinos haven't got the hang of it yet.
  • Adrian May 31 2011 @ 04:06pm
    Guys sa tingin ko mas maganda jan ang 2011 Toyota Auris Hybrid Synergy Drive kasi, ibang klase yung fuel efficient nito. At meron itong Sport mode at Eco mode buttons. Pwede mo rin itong pagsabayin!
  • carwiki9988 Jun 07 2011 @ 01:34pm
    Extremely nice! It looks like a 1-Series but it's cheap.
  • johnrafaelbaltazar Jun 15 2011 @ 01:43pm
    wow hatch back type...n
  • Marionific!5 Jun 18 2011 @ 05:12pm
    The back of the car sucks!!
  • Gze Castro Jul 05 2011 @ 10:35pm
    wow
  • onipirate Sep 22 2011 @ 04:19pm
    I love the accent...thanks for making it affordable
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