2012 Hyundai Verna/Accent
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.

[Source: Hyundai]
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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.