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A subcompact car produced by Hyundai. Replaced the Excel for the 1995 model year. Available in sedan and hatchback models.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Hyundai Accent page on 13 July 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Hyundai Accent (Korean: 현대 엑센트), or Hyundai Verna (현대 베르나) in South Korea, is a subcompact car produced by Hyundai. In Australia, the first generation models carried over the Hyundai Excel name used by the Accent's predecessor. The Accent was replaced in 2000 by the Hyundai Verna in South Korea, although most international markets, including the USA, retained the "Accent" name.

The Accent is produced for the Chinese market by Beijing Hyundai Co., a joint venture with Beijing Automotive Industry Corp. For the Russian market it is assembled by the TagAZ plant in Taganrog. In Mexico, the Accent was marketed until 2014 by Chrysler as the Dodge Attitude, previously known as the Verna by Dodge. In Venezuela, Chrysler marketed these models as the Dodge Brisa until 2006. The Brisa was assembled by Mitsubishi Motors at its plant in Barcelona, Venezuela. Since 2002, the Accent had been the longest-running small family car sold in North America. In Puerto Rico, it has been sold as the Hyundai Accent too. In Russia, it is sold as the Hyundai Solaris.

In 2008, Hyundai Accent was named the most dependable sub-compact car by J.D. Power and Associates.

First generation (X3; 1994–2000)

The Hyundai Accent (X3) was introduced as a replacement for the Excel in 1994 for the 1995 model year. It continued to be called Dodge Brisa in Venezuela or Hyundai Excel in some markets, such as the Netherlands, Belgium and Australia. In France, it was called the Hyundai Pony and in China, it was called the Kia Qianlima.

Australian cars were released in November 1994 available in Sprint and GX trims (three-door hatchback) or LX and GLX trims (four-door sedan and five-door hatchback). The upper-specification models (GX and GLX) had full cloth interior (as opposed to vinyl seat backings), height and lumbar support adjustments on the driver's seat, four-speaker sound system (instead of two), passenger vanity mirror, a tachometer, and power antenna as standard. GX three-doors also had a standard rear spoiler, while power steering was standard on all but the Sprint. There were also some special editions—the Classique sedan in 1996 with anti-lock brakes and the Sportz in 1999 and 2000 with alloy wheels and a rear spoiler. The overwhelming majority sold were the Sprint three-door, enticing buyers with free air-conditioning, driveaway pricing and from late 1998, standard power steering.

The facelift arrived in Australia in April 1997 with accompanying trim changes. The engine was a 1.5-liter G4EK SOHC unit with 91 hp (68 kW). From November 1997 onwards, this was upgraded to a twin cam (DOHC) G4FK version with 74 kW (99 hp) at 6000 rpm and torque of 134 N·m (99 lb·ft) at 4000 rpm. A double overhead cam (DOHC) engine was also available in America in the Accent GT but made a more-powerful 105 hp (78 kW) at 6000 rpm instead. X3s with the DOHC engine are badged "Twin Cam".

In Australia, the X3 proved so popular (due to its reliability and low price) that it was the third best-selling vehicle in the country in both 1996 and 1998. In the latter year, it achieved more than 44,000 sales (a 5.5% share of the total market), a record figure at the time, for an imported car. Between 1994 and 2000, some 200,000 X3s were sold in Australia, making it arguably the most successful imported vehicle in the country's history.

The Accent was sold in saloon (sedan), hatchback, and coupé form in the UK, with a choice of three engines for each: a 1.3 12v (85 hp), 1.5 12v (92 hp) and a 1.5 16v (105 hp) petrol. There was no diesel option. A GSi spec car was the top-specification Accent. The MVi-spec coupé version won particular praise for its handling agility in the UK. Although the Accent was cheap to buy and insure, its engines were quite thirsty; the 1.5-litre returned 33 mpg‑imp (8.6 L/100 km; 27 mpg‑US) average according to list figures.

In the US, although manuals exist for Accents before and after 1999, a manual for 1999 Hyundai Accent has not been published. Additionally, owners of the 1999 model were informed by their dealers that the power output of the 1.5-liter engine was in fact rated at 88 horsepower (66 kW).

In China, the Hyundai Accent was branded as the Kia Qianlima under Dongfeng Yueda Kia. It came with either a 1.3- or 1.6-liter engine. Production ran from December 2002 until November 2006. It had similar styling to the regular Hyundai Accent until it was given a facelift in 2005 featuring a new grille and foglamps. Trim levels included the 1.3 DLX, 1.3L GL (Manual), 1.3L GL (Automatic), 1.6 GLS (Manual) and the 1.6 GLS (Automatic).

Second generation (LC; 1999–2005)

The redesigned 1999 Accent (LC) sported a more angular body and increased dimensions. It received a minor facelift in 2003, and was given the model code LC2. When the Accent sedan underwent a 2006 redesign, the hatchback continued on sale during 2006 only in Canada, since the hatchback skipped the 2006 model year for the United States. But for Korea, it was the first model with the new nameplate: Verna.

The Accent got new 1.5-liter 12-valve SOHC and 16-valve DOHC engines: the 1.3 continued modified with a Helmholtz resonator intake after 2003. A 1.6-liter replaced the 1.5 engine for 2000. This Accent was also the first to get a diesel version, with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder direct injection turbodiesel, which was badged CRDi.

Trim levels were GSi, CDX and MVi: this was standard on most export versions, although some European markets had their own designations with names like DynamicVersion etc. Some markets used LS and GLS.

In North America the Accent was available in GL, GLS and GT trim levels only, with the 1.5-litre engine at first, then the 1.6-litre engine from 2002. The GT version was similar to the MVi version marketed in Europe and Oceania, although the body kit was not as overtly hot hatch styled.

During 2003 in Canada, the hatchback was offered as a GS or GSi with a 1.5 L or 1.6 L engine, respectively.

It was sold in Russia until 2011 as the Hyundai Accent side-by-side with the 3rd generation model which is sold as the Hyundai Verna.

It was launched in India in October 1999 as the "Accent" and was still in production after some minor facelifts; the car was phased out in 2013 for local market. A new variant of the India-made Hyundai Accent. The Accent GLS variant, which now adopts front airbags and ABS to meet the regulations on safety equipment on new vehicles, implies that the Accent could live on until 2017.

The GLS variant also comes with Air conditioning, power windows front and rear, power steering, central locking, Radio-CD-MP3 audio system, and front fog lights. It is the best selling model produce by Hyundai's Chennai plant. It has been restyled twice – in 2004 and 2010 – and is strapped with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine matched to a five-speed manual gearbox.

In India, the Accent's was replaced by the Hyundai Xcent, a compact sedan based on the Grand i10 platform. The Accent (LC) has built up a solid reputation for being a reliable and low-maintenance car, giving Hyundai no reason to discontinue it.

Third generation (MC; 2005–2011)

Hyundai introduced a new-generation Accent (MC) at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. A new exterior, larger interior, and CVVT engine are the notable features.

A single trim level, GLS, is available in the US for the sedan. This sedan includes 6 airbags, air conditioning, power steering with tilt, with optional four-wheel disc antilock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, and a 6-speaker CD stereo. A premium sport package includes air conditioning, 15-inch alloy wheels, power windows and heated mirrors, and remote power door locks. An automatic transmission is also available.

Hyundai began selling the 3-door hatchback in the United States during the spring 2006 as a 2007 model year vehicle. The 3-door is available in two trims – GS and SE. The GS is equipped much like the GLS sedan, with some equipment deleted for a base price of US$10,415. The SE replaces the former Accent GT, offering a sport-tuned suspension, 16 in. alloy wheels, and other sporting features, along with available dealer-installed performance parts such as a cold-air intake and suspension stress bar. The SE is sold as the Verna Sport in Korea. The Hyundai Accent SR is exclusive to Canada and only 500 have been made, this version is like the Accent SE, but in addition has the fender flares, front lip, rear lip, and exhaust tip. Also included with the SR version is the Clarion sound system with, 4channel Amplifier with 400 Watts, 7 speaker Audio System, with 10-inch (250 mm) Subwoofer in a custom made box. Dash also has a Carbon Fiber Trim Kit added to it. For the 2010 model year a "Blue" trim level has been introduced for the Accent with a base price of only US$9,970. The Accent Blue is only available as a 3-door hatchback with a manual transmission, the sole option being air-conditioning which adds $1,000 to the price.

The Accent is presently the third-bestselling subcompact car in the United States, trailing after its rivals the Chevrolet Aveo and Toyota Yaris. In 2010, Forbes named the Accent amongst the ten worst cars for depreciation.

In Europe, this model was heavily promoted by the motoring press, and even Hyundai themselves, as a "stopgap" model – that it was intended merely to plug the gap in Hyundai's range until a brand new small family car was launched in 2007. The new car, the Hyundai i30, replaced both the Accent and the larger Hyundai Elantra. The name change helped to distance the new model from the budget reputation of the Accent, and also to highlight that the new car can truly compete in the small family hatchback sector – something the Accent was slightly too small to do, and the Elantra too large. The Accent continued to be sold in the U.S. in 2008 with an instrument panel overhaul and standard rear cupholders in the SE model.

Fourth generation (RB; 2010–present)


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Hyundai Accent GT GT
2006 photo by IFCAR
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1998 Hyundai Accent 1998
Photo by "Rudi"
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
classified date 1996Calspan On-Site Air Bag/Child Passenger Fatality Investigation
Vehicle - 1995 Hyundai Accent
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 37.9MB - 170 pages
December 1996Remote Fatal Air Bag Deployment Investigation
Vehicle #1 - 1995 Hyundai Accent
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 77KB - 8 pages
February 1997On-Site Air Bag Investigation
Vehicle - 1996 Hyundai Accent
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 84KB - 20 pages
March 1997Veridian On-Site Alleged Inadvertent Air Bag Deployment/Clothing Fire Investigation
Vehicle - 1995 Hyundai Accent
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 196KB - 12 pages
April 1997Calspan Remote Child Passenger/Air Bag Fatality Investigation
Vehicle: 1996 Hyundai Accent
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 183KB - 12 pages
June 1997On-Scene / Vehicle to Vehicle to Vehicle
1995 Hyundai Accent
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 360KB - 23 pages
August 1997On-Scene / Vehicle to vehicle
1995 Hyundai Accent
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 334KB - 16 pages
October 1997On-Site Air Bag Investigation
Vehicle - 1997 Hyundai Accent L
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 606KB - 20 pages
December 1997Remote Fatal Air Bag Deployment Investigation
1997 Hyundai Accent GS
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 249KB - 11 pages
February 1998Remote Air Bag Deployment Report
Vehicle - 1997 Hyundai Accent
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 409KB - 11 pages
May 1998On-scene Investigation / Vehicle to Vehicle
1995 Hyundai Accent L 3-door Hatchback
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 245KB - 22 pages
June 1998Remote Air Bag Related Child Fatality Investigation
Vehicle - 1995 Hyundai Accent
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 267KB - 13 pages
August 1999On-Site Air Bag Investigation
Vehicle - 1996 Hyundai Accent L
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 2,638KB - 22 pages
December 1999On-Site Child Air Bag-Related Fatality Investigation
Vehicle - 1996 Hyundai Accent L
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,254KB - 20 pages
21 March 2003Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214: Side Impact Protection
2003 Hyundai Accent 4-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.3MB - 320 pages
classified date 2005Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2000 Hyundai Accent GL, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 6.7MB - 96 pages
classified date 2006Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1999 Hyundai Accent GL, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.1MB - 84 pages
May 2007On-Site Side Impact Inflatable Occupant Protection Investigation
Vehicle - 2006 Hyundai Accent
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 340KB - 12 pages
October 2007Calspan Remote Side Impact Occupant Protection System Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2005 Hyundai Accent
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 325KB - 13 pages
12 September 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Occupant Protection in Interior Impact, Upper Interior Head Impact Protection
2006 Hyundai Accent 4-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 34.3MB - 205 pages
14 September 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 201: Rigid Pole Side Impact Test
2006 Hyundai Accent GLS 4-Dr
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.3MB - 135 pages
18 September 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 225: "Child Restraint Anchorage Systems"
2006 Hyundai Accent
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 5.6MB - 77 pages
9 April 2009Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 301: Fuel System Integrity - Rear Impact
2009 Hyundai Accent 4-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1.6MB - 38 pages
June 2010Calspan On-Site Side Impact Inflatable Occupant Protection System Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2010 Hyundai Accent GLS
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 855KB - 35 pages
July 2010On-Site Rollover Investigation
Vehicle - 2010 Hyundai Accent SE
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,575KB - 12 pages


1997 Specifications

GT (hatchback)
Engine TypeI4 DOHC
Engine Displacement1.5L


1998 Specifications

L (hatchback)GS (hatchback)GL (sedan)
Engine TypeI4I4I4
Engine Displacement1.5L1.5L1.5L
Horsepower929292


1999 Specifications

L (hatchback)GS (hatchback)GL (sedan)
Engine TypeI4I4I4
Engine Displacement1.5L1.5L1.5L
Horsepower929292


2000 Specifications

L (hatchback)GS (hatchback)GL (sedan)
Engine TypeI4I4I4
Engine Displacement1.5L1.5L1.5L
Horsepower929292


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
25 January 2010Car Memories: 1997 Hyundai AccentBill Crittenden
5 July 20142014 Hyundai Accent SedanBill Crittenden
7 April 2017Hyundai Motor America, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)




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