• Dec 23rd 2010 at 8:57AM
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2012 Hyundai Verna/Accent five-door – Click above to enlarge
China is no less important a market for Korean automakers than it is for their Japanese competition. So after unveiling the new Verna sedan in Beijing this past April, Hyundai is back in the People's Republic with its new Verna hatchback. The vehicle was unveiled at the Guangzhou auto show, where Nissan also debuted its new Sunny global sedan.

Of what interest is this to North American buyers, you ask? What you're looking at is essentially the new Accent five-door that will be sold on these shores. Only in China, the model carries a different name and will be produced locally by joint venture with the Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Company.

There it will be offered with two four-cylinder engines from Hyundai's Gamma family: a 1.4 with 78.7kW (105 horsepower) and 135.4Nm (100 pound-feet) of torque, and a 1.6 with 90.4kW (121 hp) and 155Nm (114 lb-ft). So fa,r all we have is the solitary image you see above, along with the press release after the jump, but you can bet there will be more before Hyundai puts its accent on the Verna for Western consumption.

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Hyundai debuts five-door Verna at Guangzhou Show in China

Following the unveiling of the Verna four-door sedan at the Beijing Automotive Exhibition in April, Hyundai Motor Company has introduced an all-new Verna five-door hatch at the 8th China (Guangzhou) International Automobile Exhibition.

The all-new Verna will be built by Beijing Hyundai Motor Company, a 50-50 joint venture between Hyundai Motor Company and Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Company. The new Verna will go on sale in China as early as January 2011.

The new Verna will be offered with a choice of two state-of-the-art Gamma petrol engines. The 1.4-litre model will deliver a peak power output of 78.7kW and a maximum torque of 135.4Nm, while the 1.6-litre model will produce 90.4kW of peak power and maximum torque of 155Nm.

In the Chinese market, the 1.4-litre entry level model Verna will achieve a consumption figure of 6.5L/100 km, and when fitted with the fuel-economy package the result is 6.2L/100 km, achieving a best-in-class performance.

In addition to the new Verna five-door hatch, Beijing Hyundai Motor Company will also build the i45 mid-sized sedan, to be known as Sonata in China and this will be introduced into the market as early as January 2011.

The theme of the Guangzhou Motor Show was "Tech & Future." Hyundai displayed a total of 19 models, including the i45 Hybrid and BlueOn full-speed electric vehicle, demonstrating its cutting-edge eco-friendly technology.

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      That's a pretty shameless copy, even for Hyundai. I wonder what happened to their fluidic sculpture, too hard to make it look right for a car this small?
      • 4 Years Ago

      First, the new Sonata which copied the Mercedes CLS (albiet in a more gaudy way). VW did their take on the CLS with their CC, but at least they did it in a distinctive way--it's not a copy.

      In the new i40, Hyundai has taken the rear C pillar section from the Cadillac CTS wagon.

      And the worst--the new Accent is a dead ringer for the new Ford Fiesta. http://www.autoblog.com/2010/12/23/hyundai-puts-on-an-accent-with-the-verna-hatch-at-guangzhou/

      Now, copying is how people learn how to create--but generally artists don't sell the copies--that's considered plagiarism or forgery.

      And you have to applaud them on the quality of the designs they've chosen to copy, but is it ethical for Hyundai to be designing their cars so clearly based on the work of others?

      They stealing the intellectual property of Mercedes, Cadillac and Ford and people should not support them by buying these forged vehicle designs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sometimes forgeries are a GOOD thing, if they're a copy of a car that the original manufacturer is incapable of making. The current-gen accent SE being a close approximation to the EK civic. When was the last time Honda was capable of making a performance-oriented 2400lb car? Sure, as far as power is concerned it's 110 ponies against 200, but suspension-wise they're dead-even and the SI can't hope to get down to 2450lbs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking like the Fiesta is a good thing, and it doesn't necessarily mean Hyundai copied Ford. When you design a car around a strict set of parameter, given the similar state of technology, you tend to get a similar look.

      Both cars look beautiful to me, as I tend to like things that are functional. The definition of the word "elegant", is the simplest solution to a problem.

      I prefer the Hyundai, mainly for its timing chain. A timing belt and an interference engine is a deal-breaker for me.
      Who wants a "rubber band" between you and a major engine repair job?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a 150,000 mile belt. We can talk about this issue in ten years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Someone needs to help Hyundai understand that they MUST offer the 5-door hatch in North America. And, unlike with the Fiesta, the hatchback needs to be available at ALL trim levels -- even the lowest and cheapest.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm amazed at how well Hyundai's designers are working with their current design language, Fluidic Sculpture, and making it work at large, mediium and small sizes, without any of them seeming to be photoshopped to size.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a Fiesta, one letter away from a Nissan, and the brand is trying its hardest to be pronounced like Honda.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why the hell would Hyundai want anything to do with Honda? Honda has been in Hyundai's rearview mirror for awhile. Don't flatter yourself.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is indeed a good-looking car. I agree that it looks like a Hyundai Fiesta, and that's a compliment.

      Will a new Kia Rio5 arrive about the same time? :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love comments refering to the V/A design being copied from the Fiesta, whose debut came after the design cycle for the V/A started. The Arnjes concept of 2006 had many of the styling cues found in the V/A, which, from the A Pillar back is better described as a shrunken Tucson.
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      "Hi, Ford? Would you mind if we borrowed the Fiesta architecture? Really! Well, we'll put a few creases and bulges in it to make it 'different'. Would that work for you? It will for us."
      • 4 Years Ago
      the front reminds of the toyota previa
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the rollicking idolizers from H/K are out in force again. WARNING -- they don't brook dissension.
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