• Jan 10th 2011 at 4:39PM
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Given the chance to ask Hyundai's US CEO John Krafcik a question, what would you ask? If you're a Jalopnik reader, you're apparently curious if Hyundai plans to bring over a five-door Accent hatchback. Krafcik took the time to answer the question in the affirmative, and then used the opportunity to proclaim that a five-door Hyundai Accent hatchback "will kick the Fiesta's butt."

Until we see the car in the flesh at the upcoming New York Auto Show and go for a drive, we'll hold off on coming down on one side of the butt-kicking. However, with the recent run of new products flowing from Hyundai there is a strong chance that Krafcik's words will hold true.

[Source: Jalopnik]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai must like Ford's designs......
      • 4 Years Ago
      I do some wiki and check the different design of Honda Fit, Hyundai i30 and Fiesta. Look like Honda the one who start the small cute car trend in 2001. While Hyundai introduce i30 in 2007. Fiesta did refresh and look similar to Honda Fit in 2002 the 5th generation.

      So in short Hyundai look at Honda and Fiesta and then they introduce i30.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have an '09 Accent SE hatchback....and now I want this little buggy. More power, better fuel economy, and safety features, stiffer frame, six speed......and its larger but slightly lighter. Power to weight ratio = 17.6 .... Three thumbs up Hyundai!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Fiesta is a good car, but if it carries a Euro-developed pricetag compared to Hyundai's Korean price tag, the price differential could be the deciding factor in Hyundai's favor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "How does a car company compete against another car company with lower prices! They use cheaper materials and cut corners!"

        You're describing Ford and GM in the 90s and 00s. Low prices can actually come from efficient manufacturing nowadays. Not having to import cars from Europe helps Hyundai a lot, too.

        The Fiesta will still be the more engaging drive, I'm sure, but the Accent will be lighter and faster and likely more fuel-efficient. It might even have a usable backseat, too!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Randroid

        I think the calculus of a car's MSRP involves a lot more than solely the quality of the materials they put in the car and the design of the car itsself.

        Were price intrinsically related to a vehicle's longevity, an Audi A6 should last about 3x longer than a Fusion or Sonata or Accord.

        I don't think Hyundai cuts corners or puts bad materials into their cars (quite the opposite really). I think that they just make wise decisions and have decided that they would price their cars competitively to achieve massive growth. You'll note that Hyundai motor company is profitable, so surely they're not dumping their products here.

        It's stuff like they use very modular, global platforms. They sell a good chunk of their US lineup around the whole world. I don't think we have even a single unique-to US market Hyundai. Compare that to say, any other mainstream manufacturer. That alone makes their cars much simpler and easier to produce.

        When they build cars, they cary over components from generation, starting in about 1994, it seems that they developed a couple major systems each generation. Remember, Hyundai didn't have a world-class powertrain until about 2008. All their powertrains before that were overbuilt, under-stressed, kinda low tech things. Their V6 was 3.8 liters and made about 250 horsepower. Their inline-4 in the old Elantra had a cast iron block for cripes sake in 2010! a 2.0 liter engine with 138 horsepower. Honda got 160 hp out of 1.6 liter engines back in the 80s (albehiet without the wide powerband of the Elantra).

        Hyundai is nothing more than a company that's decided to be 90-95% of world class at about 3/4 of the price. That's a position someone needs to take in the market. Think of them as a giant Skoda (one that gets to chose their part bin). Skoda is simply a branch of the VW empire that takes old VW platforms and know how and makes cheep cars. you get something remarkably close to a new VW without having to pay for all the R&D and marketing and management and factories of a new VW.

        Hyundai does this. They buy up parts other automakers design once suppliers can start selling another-automaker-developed part to anyone. Take starters for instance. Why should Hyundai ever develop their own engine starters when there's all sorts of Delcos and Aisin and Borg Warners that will gladly sell them GM/Toyota/VW designed starters?

        Though Hyundai doesn't do full copycat. Their powertrains are very modern (perhaps even leading) and their chassis designs are getting better and better. But consider the fact that they've never hit the holy grail of suspension (and good suspension is something you can't just buy, you have to develop it): a grand tourer. No one mistakes a Genesis for a Supra/BMW/Acura Legend/Audi.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it looks better than the Fiesta. It's a better execution of the same design. No surprise since the Fiesta is almost an exact copy of the i30.
        • 4 Years Ago
        90%, not 90's.

        I meant of the current Fiesta.
        • 4 Years Ago
        True, however the perception of "Cheap" is what the Fiesta redefines! Meaning, it's inexpensive, but it's not cheap! It's not "cheap" because the entire car is marketed and is actually a great car, in and out. If the new Hyundai is too, then it's fair game but I got to tell you, as much as I love the Sonata, it's not necessarily the greatest car in its class! Fresh looking from borrowed styling but not the best by any means!

        Think about it. How does a car company compete against another car company with lower prices! They use cheaper materials and cut corners! This flash of success may be just a flash when the three year reports come back on these thing. i.e. resale values!

        I dig them both though! I'd take a Fiesta since i'm leaning domestic these days! Got to support my country or I won't have one! :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @emperorkoku
        "but there's no denying the Hyundai pictured above looks like a 90% Fiesta clone"

        You're completely wrong! It looks nothing like the 80's or 90's Fiesta. And I looked at every model ever to verify! Not even the 2000s Fiesta in Brazil can be compared to this.

        This one looks like a Honda with a wee bit of styling. I actually looked long and hard at this car there's a Sonata side door swooping bump, a current Fiesta-like hood accent on the sides of the hood and a pretty plain face outside of the lights and the tiny lip near the logo. If you took that Sonata door bumps out and the logo, I wouldn't know if that was a Honda a Mazda a Toyota or Mercury.

        Don't get me wrong. It's nice! But it's not Niiiiiice! The Fiesta is Niiiice and I've actually sat in one. This is just a rendering so I can't tell ya how the fit and finish is, obviously...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, price will be a factor. And while I would agree the Fiesta is pretty stylish, it does so with compromise to functionality (smallish inside). While I can merit its design, I'm not particular smitten with its looks, and given the option would rather have a Honda Fit.

        I think Hyundai has good reason to be optimistic.
        • 4 Years Ago
        BD2, you troll, no matter how many times you post that picture, it does NOT look like EITHER the Fiesta or that Hyundai pictured above, but there's no denying the Hyundai pictured above looks like a 90% Fiesta clone.

        As to the Hyundai kicking the Fiesta's butt...what does he mean? In sales, as you guys seem to be implying? Maybe, if it's cheap enough.

        But in fit and finish, driving dynamics, interior quality, etc....good f'ing luck. Better sales does not equal a better car.

        Fiesta > Accent
      • 4 Years Ago
      I assure you Mr. Mullaly and Company are listening...they will be ready. Gloves off.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hyundai-KIA need to be stopped!!.....or at least slowed down. With all of their unfair competitive advantages, it's like they are Toyota from the 90's. But what does the government do instead of raising tariffs, to try make the competition more level......a "free trade" agreement, which will only really benefit the Korean automaker.......and probably the US government. It must be one of those "free trade" for buying US government debt deals.

      Obama used the UAW to get elected, and then crapped on them with increasing unfair competition from Hyundai-KIA. Even Toyota and Honda are campaigning against Hyundai-KIA's unfair advantages in the US market. That's how you know it's real messed up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are a UAW shill.
        70-80 percent of Hyundai/Kia products are made in the USA.
        The UAW has destroyed GM and turned it into nothing more than a funding operation for the union healthcare system and retirement fund.
        25 years ago, it was Toyota and Honda that were accused of having an "unfair advantage" by the UAW.
        Nothing new here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually, its a cross between the new Elantra and the current Accent. But yeah, just keep saying they're ripping everyone off... lets see Ford ripoff Hyundai's 10 yr warranty and see how that works out for them, lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank goodness we have this car to offset the Veloster. Consider what a luke warm reception the Fiesta has had, I don't doubt that Hyundai can bring an equal car to the table for far less coin.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Until the Hyundai falls apart that is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ..... coming from the rampant Mopar fanboy.

        FYI: Hyundai as a whole ranks FAR above Mopar from TrueDelta, Consumer Reports, and JD Power as far as reliability and dependability are concerned. Chrysler is at the very bottom, and if it isn't, in the bottom three.

        You are going to have to find a new reason to hate Hyundai.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In Germany, Autobild ranks Hyundai way ahead of anything from the Detroit 3; in fact, Autobild has Hyundai ranked no. ONE for reliability.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not a bad design, but still a ripoff of the Fiesta. Typical Hyundai... be late to the party, copy everyone elses design (minus the new Sonata/Optima), then proclaim your product to be better. Sorry, Ill stick with the Fiesta's design and racing heritage over the Hyundai's complete lack thereof. Well, the Hyundai did field their pathetic Accent in the WRC. Not that anyone noticed or cared.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That doesn't stop anybody's comments. In fact every auto publication I've read has stated that the new 2011 Chrysler grille style could have been "plucked from Hyundai's parts bin". But, in fact, that exact grille debuted on the 2009 Chrysler 200C concept vehicle. I don't think Hyundai even had anything in the public with that kind of grille in 2009......even their concept vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's not hard since the Fiesta is one of the slowest in its class. Slower than the Mazda2.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um, I didn't say it wasn't fun. I also said that the Fiesta was SLOWER than the Mazda2, guy.
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