New York, New York – Hyundai has introduced its all-new 2012 Accent at the New York International Auto Show. The sedan and new top-of-the-line hatchback will go on sale this summer.

The Accent uses the company’s distinctive “Fluidic Sculpture” design and will offer improved fuel economy, roominess and a full complement of standard safety features.

“The 2012 Hyundai Accent reinvigorates the subcompact segment, similar to what the game-changing Sonata and Elantra have done in their categories,” said Mike O’Brien, vice-president of product and corporate planning for Hyundai Motor America. “Accent’s class-leading standard fuel economy is another showcase of Hyundai’s dedication to improving fuel efficiency with advancements to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, and is the fourth nameplate in Hyundai’s lineup delivering (U.S.) 40 mpg on the highway.”    

The 2012 Accent will be the Hyundai vehicle to use the company’s all-new 1.6-litre “Gamma” engine, paired with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. It is the first subcompact car to use gasoline direct injection. Standard safety features include vehicle stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, six airbags and four-wheel disc brakes.

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