Hyundai America CEO confirms 5-door Accent

Could it make its way to the Philippines as well?
Jan 12, 2011
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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Hyundai America CEO confirms 5-door Accent

Hyundai Motors America chief executive John Krafcik has confirmed the Korean brand will offer a five-door variant of the Accent subcompact in the North American market soon.

"A 5-door Accent is coming," Krafcik responded after Jalopnik.com relayed a question from a reader who asked about Hyundai's plan on introducing a five-door subcompact in response to the rising number of similar models offered by competitors.

Krafcik even pointed out that it will beat Ford's offering, saying that the five-door Hyundai Accent "will kick the Fiesta's butt."

Krafcik's revelation means the five-door Verna, which is based on the all-new Accent, won't be exclusive to China as it was first believed.

For the Chinese market, the Verna is available with either a 1.4-liter inline-four Gamma engine that produces 108hp and 135Nm of torque or a more powerful 1.6-liter version that puts out 124hp and 155Nm of torque.

Asked if the Philippines will get the Accent hatchback as well, a source from distributor Hyundai Asia Resources said there is no definite plan for this yet.

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