NEW YORK – Hyundai's U.S. lineup will get another gasoline-engine car that gets 40-mpg on the highway when the redesigned 2012 Accent subcompact goes on sale this summer.
Hyundai introduced the Accent sedan at the New York auto show today. The 2012 Accent five-door hatchback made its global debut at the Montreal auto show earlier this year. The five-door also will be shown in New York.
The Accent will get 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, according to company estimates. Along with the 2011 Elantra and 2012 Veloster sporty coupe, the Accent will be the third Hyundai vehicle launched this year to achieve a 40-mpg highway fuel economy rating, the company estimates.
The Accent's new 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline direct injection engine generates 138 hp. Also new for 2012 are two Hyundai-developed six-speed automatic and manual transmissions.
John Krafcik, CEO of Hyundai Motor America, said in an interview that every Accent model — like the 2011 Elantra that went on sale this year — will get 40 mpg on the highway.
"Our whole idea is to use technologies like this and spread them across the entire lineup, as opposed to just putting your fuel-efficiency dollars into hybrids or a few low-volume, special edition fuel economy leaders," Krafcik said.