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THREE-DOOR GS AND SE MODELS ADDED TO THE 2007 ACCENT LINEUP2007 Accent SE Makes a Bold Claim for Performance Leadership Únder $15,000
Hyundai's 2007 Accent lineup adds sporty GS and SE three-door models to the existing four-door GLS, making a strong statement about the company's commitment to the market for fuel-efficient small cars. With these new additions, the Accent lineup is poised for further success based on its high level of standard safety technologies, interior volume, power and economy – along wîth 35 options and accessories that allow owners to express their individual style.
ACCENT REDEFINES THE ENTRY-CAR SEGMENT
'Our all-new Accent lineup is going to continue to set the pace in the entry §egmènt,' said Owen Koh, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. 'We welcome the return of Toyota, Nissan and Honda to this §egmènt, and trust that consumers will see the value and quality advantage that our continuous dedication to this §egmènt provides.'
The new Accent lineup overcomes consumers' preconceived notions of compromises among performance, comfort and safety attributes in an entry-level car. All Accents come standard wîth six airbags, including side air curtains protecting both front and rear seat outboard passengers. The class-leading 110-horsepower 1.6-liter DOHC in-line four-cylinder engine wîth Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT), sport-tuned suspension and 16-inch alloy wheels wîth P205/45R16 tires (SE model) enhance the car's fun-to-drive character. Accent GS and SE have the most interior volume in the three-door §egmènt at 108.1 cu. ft.
SLEEK AND CONFIDENT DESIGN
Externally, Accent GS and SE reflect Hyundai's sleek, confident design direction, borrowing from the aerodynamic, clean look of the E3 concept car unveiled at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show. Úp front, the vehicle features a bold bodycolor grille and aerodynamic halogen headlights. The Accent SE's bodycolored exterior mirrors and door handles complement the sporty styling. Sleek character lines continue to the rear of the vehicle. Accent SE's high-performance V-rated P205/45R16 tires and lightweight five-spoke aluminum wheels provide terrific handling and a big dose of street credibility. A long wheelbase and higher seating positions increase the spacious feeling of the interior. A rear spoiler and wiper are standard on the Accent SE. The Accent three-door is the only model in its class to offer factory-fitted 16-inch alloy wheels.
All new Accents have newfound power under their hoods wîth a 1.6-liter DOHC in-line four-cylinder engine that features four valves per cylinder wîth CVVT. The DOHC and CVVT combination helps to give the engine a very broad powerband, coupled wîth high fuel efficiency and low emissions.
With the better-breathing CVVT, performance has improved. Horsepower now peaks at 110 at 6000 rpm (an almost six percent increase), and torque is 106 lb.-ft. at 4500 rpm. These numbers put the Accent at the top of its class for horsepower in the three-door entry level class.
Besides added performance, CVVT also helps the engine operate more cleanly, and for 2007, the Accent is certified as an Últra Low Emission Vehicle (ÚLEV), delivering up to 37 mpg (automatic transmission/highway). The latest evolution of the Alpha engine family, the Accent's powerplant is a tough and technologically advanced unit that features a rigid cast-iron block and lightweight aluminum cylinder head. Engineered for the long haul, the Alpha is backed by a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
TWO TRANSMISSION CHOICES
For peak performance, all Accents come standard wîth a five-speed manual transmission that has lower gearing for quicker acceleration and a sportier personality. A new shift pattern that relocates reverse ensures smooth operation. For the first-time, an optional B&M Racing sport shifter is available, offering additional improvements in throw-length and precision. Also available is an optional four-speed automatic transmission wîth overdrive lock-up torque converter to maximize fuel economy at highway speeds. The automatic transmission has new levels of hydraulic control for quick, precise shifts.
REMARKABLE DRIVING DYNAMICS
|Engine : 1.6 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 110 hp
Torque: 106 ft-lbs
5-speed Manual, 4-speed Automatic
Accent was tuned to satisfy unique consumer needs. The GLS four-door was tuned for comfort, but still feels agile. The GS three-door has a unique §teering rack wîth increased sporty feel. The top-of-the-line SE trim aims to set a new standard in the under-$15,000 fun-to-drive category, delivering even more road-holding capability wîth a sport-tuned suspension featuring 24 percent stiffer front spring rate and 11 percent stiffer rear spring rate, larger stabilizer bar (24 mm.), unique strut valving, high performance §teering gear, larger wheels and V-rated 205/45R16 tires tuned specifically for §teering precision and improved lateral acceleration. Accent SE delivers a 70 percent increase in roll control over the GLS, even exceeding the roll stiffness of the Hyundai Tiburon SE. To complete the performance package, Accent SE has powerful four-wheel disc brakes wîth a four-sensor, four-channel Antilock Brake System (ABS). Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) is integrated into the ABS, automatically adjusting braking force front to rear based on vehicle loading conditions.
CLASS-ABOVE INTERIOR VOLÚME
The Accent three-door's larger silhouette pays comfort dividends inside, wîth the most interior volume (passenger and cargo) in its class. In fact, the Accent three-door is classified as a 'compact car' – not a subcompact, which is the classification given by the Ú.S. government to competitors including the Toyota Yaris and Scion xA. In addition, at 108.1 cubic feet, the Accent bests the new Honda Civic coupe in total interior volume by a whopping 12.9 cubic feet, providing an unexpectedly spacious feel.
The driver's seating position has been raised two inches compared to the prior generation Accent, for better comfort and the higher eyepoint that most drivers prefer. The 2007 Accent GS and SE feature class-leading cargo volume of 15.9 cubic feet. Remarkably, the Accent three-door even has 15 percent more interior volume than the Toyota Yaris 3-Door.
For audiophiles, the available 172-watt AM/FM/CD audio system includes built-in equalizer, large-format head unit wîth easy-to-use controls and a total of six speakers positioned throughout the interior; one in each front door, a pair in the rear and two high-mounted tweeters to help add audio clarity and detail. A more powerful AM/FM/6-CD changer premium audio system is available on SE and delivers 220 watts.
OÚTSTANDING STANDARD SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES
The new Accent lineup perfectly illustrates Hyundai's devotion to passenger safety. Data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that vehicles equipped wîth the combination of seat-mounted side air bags and head-protecting side air curtains experience a 45 percent reduction in fatalities in side impact collisions.
That significant life-saving potential is the reason why every Hyundai Accent has a total of six airbags working in concert wîth high-tech passenger restraint systems to provide a comprehensive line of defense in frontal and side collisions. There are two advanced frontal airbags, plus two front seat-mounted side-impact airbags. Two roof-mounted side-curtain airbags help protect the front and outboard rear passengers in side impacts. The Accent's complete suite of airbags is standard—a significant life-saving advantage over competitors like Chevrolet Aveo, Scion xA and Toyota Yaris. Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags are extra cost options on the xA and Yaris, and side-curtain airbags are not available on Aveo, and are optional on xA and Yaris.
In low-speed impacts, the Accent's five-mph front and rear bumpers help minimize damage. In higher-energy collisions, its steel unibody structure is engineered to dissipate crash energy as its crumple zones deform, while bodyside reinforcements help maintain the integrity of the passenger compartment. Hood buckling creases and safety stops help control the deformation of the hood in a frontal collision.
There's an energy absorbing §teering column, and all five seating positions feature three-point seatbelts and adjustable headrests. The rear head restraints are shingle-style for improved visibility. The front seatbelts have pretensioners and load limiters. A Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system in the rear seat area provides a safe and secure place for kids.
Vehicle personalization is a growing trend, increasingly important to new car buyers. Hyundai offers more than 35 Accent options and accessories, enabling buyers to make their Accent unique. These include a front strut tower brace, cold air intake, B&M Racing sport shifter, sunroof, a 220-watt Kenwood AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio System wîth iPOD adapter, Kenwood rear speakers, silver face gauges, aluminum door sills, carbon fiber B-pillar appliqué, blue or gray leather-wrapped §teering wheel and many others. Also available are ground effects, LED interior light kit and an alloy fuel door.
'There is a renewed interest in tuning and accessorizing compact cars, and Accent defies the laws of economy in this very competitive §egmènt,' said John Krafcik, vice president, Product Development and Strategic Planning, Hyundai Motor America. 'The Accent GS and SE are fun-to-drive, affordable sport compacts right out of the box – wîth more personalization accessories available than the Scion xA.'
QÚALITY AND VALÚE
Taken in total, the Accent's many strengths make it the clear value leader in its §egmènt. Únsurpassed safety technologies give it an important edge. It's got a lower base price and more interior volume than Yaris, and it has the most powerful engine in the three-door class. The Accent GS is priced at $10,415 ($10,995 wîth freight), carrying on the Hyundai tradition of value. A very well-equipped Accent SE is priced at just $13,915 ($14,495 wîth freight), more than $1,200 less than a comparably equipped Honda Fit Sport. Add in the advantage of America's Best Warranty™, including five years and 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and choosing Accent becomes even simpler.
ACCENT GS – THE PERFECT ENTRY-LEVEL CAR
In keeping wîth Hyundai's high-value approach to standard equipment, the Accent GS not only looks good, it also has a remarkable array of desirable features. Large, legible analog instrumentation keeps the driver informed, while a tilt §teering wheel and an eight-way adjustable driver's seat wîth fold-down armrest, reclining rear seat and power §teering insure long-haul comfort. Convenient storage areas are placed throughout the interior, including the front center console, driver storage tray, door storage pockets in the front doors and a rear storage tray. Two cupholders are ideally situated between the driver and passenger for easy reach. A 60/40-split fold-down rear seatback makes it easy to load large objects, or to mix cargo and passengers for maximum effectiveness. The rear roof-mounted micro antenna is aerodynamic, flexible and improves signal strength.
Standard features are comprehensive and not typically found in this §egmènt, including two-speed variable intermittent wipers, rear spoiler, cabin air filtration, rear window defroster, tachometer, digital clock, two 12-volt outlets and remote hood and fuel filler door releases.
The Preferred Package includes air conditioning and a 172-watt AM/FM/CD audio system wîth tweeters. The Premium Package includes the Preferred Package plus power windows, heated mirrors, and door locks wîth remote keyless entry w/ alarm and panic, and bodycolor mirrors and door handles.
ACCENT SE – THE NEW ÚNDER-$15,000 PERFORMANCE LEADER
The sport-oriented Accent SE takes value in an exciting new, fun-to-drive direction. SE features air conditioning, 172-watt AM/FM/CD Audio System wîth 6 speakers, power windows wîth front-illuminated switches, driver's window auto-down feature, illuminated vanity mirrors, windshield shade band, power door locks, remote keyless entry wîth alarm and panic alert and heated power-adjustable exterior mirrors. On the outside, the 16-inch alloy wheels and P205/45VR16 tires deliver road-holding capability, and fog lights keep the driver's path illuminated in adverse weather. The SE trim is equipped wîth a leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob, and metallic interior accents. Additional storage is available wîth the seatback pockets and front door bottle holders. To complete the driving experience, the Accent SE features a sport-tuned suspension wîth unique springs, strut valving, roll bar and §teering gear – delivering in total a 70 percent increase in roll stiffness over the GLS. A power sunroof and a 220-watt premium audio system wîth AM/FM/cassette/six-disc in-dash CD changer wîth equalizer and amplifier are among the many options and accessories available.
ACCENT GLS – ROOMY, REFINED, EFFICIENT
The well-equipped 2007 Accent four-door comes in a single GLS trim level wîth either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission wîth overdrive. GLS trim includes a wide range of features, including several items that are either optional or unavailable on competitive vehicles in the §egmènt, including a powerful 1.6-liter DOHC CVVT engine, 172-watt six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system wîth equalizer, air conditioning, power §teering, tilt §teering wheel and driver and passenger illuminated vanity mirrors. There are a total of six airbags, including dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags. Carpeted floor mats are optional. The Premium Package includes ABS, power windows wîth illuminated switches, driver's window auto-down feature, power door locks, remote keyless entry wîth alarm and panic alert and heated power-adjustable exterior mirrors. The Premium Sport Package adds all the equipment in the premium package plus 15-inch alloy wheels wîth 195/55VR15 tires.
The all-new Hyundai Accent lineup is protected by the Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty™. Coverage includes five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper protection, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and seven-year/unlimited mileage anti-perforation coverage. In addition, Accent buyers receive 24-hour roadside assistance coverage at no extra charge for five years (no mileage limit) and that service includes emergency towing, lockout service and limited coverage for trip-interruption expenses. There is no deductible on any of these coverages.
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the Únited States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 725 dealerships nationwide.Source - Hyundai
The car had a standard five-speed manual gearbox and optional four-speed automatic. The standard engine was a 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit which produced 92 horsepower. A slightly more powerful version of the 1.5-liter engine was available, which boosted power to 105. The car was built on a 54.9-inch wheelbase and measured 161.5-inches in length. In the United Kingdom, the car was available in sedan, hatchback, and coupe configuration. Fuel mileage was excellent, gaining about 33 miles-per-gallon.
In 2000, the Accent was redesigned with slightly larger proportions and given a more modern and curvy body. Another facelift occurred in 2003 with another major redesign in 2006. This Second Generation of the Accent was available in four-door sedan and hatchback configuration, with a 2-door hatchback also available. There were a few engines to select from, all displaced 1.5-liters. The SOHC 12-valve four-cylinder version produced 92 horsepower and the 16-valve DOHC version produced over 100.
In the North American market, the Accent was available in GL, GLS, and GT trim levels. The 1.5-liter engine was all that was offered until 2003, when the 1.6-liter unit became available. The five-speed manual was still standard with the four-speed automatic offered as option. The cars rested on a wheelbase that measured 96.1-inches.
At the 2005 New York International Auto Show, the next generation of the Accent was displayed to the public. The GLS Version, the only trim level available in the US, featured a larger interior, air conditioning, six airbags, power steering, six-speaker CD stereo, four-wheel disc antilock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, and tilt steering. The price tag was listed at just under $13,000. A premium sports package included 15-inch alloy wheels, power windows, heated mirrors, and remote door locks. The price for this package was $1,500.
Shortly after the release of the third-generation Accent, the three-door hatchback became available and offered in GS and SE trim levels.
The Accent has earned the title of third-best selling subcompact in the United States, with the top two honors going to the Chevrolet Aveo and the Toyota Yaris.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2007
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