2012 Hyundai Accent Five-Door
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In its first full month of sales, the completely redesigned 2012 Hyundai Accent lit up that charts, capturing the title of America's top-selling subcompact vehicle in July. Sales of the 2012 Accent fell just shy of 7,000 in July as the subcompact easily outsold two of the segment's standout vehicles, the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta. According to Hyundai, the subcompact sales breakdown is as follows:
Of course, some of those sales figures have likely been impacted by supply pipeline issues thanks to the Japanese quake and tsunami fallout, but the Accent's strong showing out of the gate is a good sign for the Korean automaker. With a new Versa sedan hitting Nissan dealers shortly and the Aveo's replacement, the Sonic, now in production, America's subcompact fight is just getting warmed up...
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ALL-NEW 2012 HYUNDAI ACCENT OFF TO ROARING START

• BEST SELLING SUB-COMPACT IN ITS FIRST FULL MONTH OF SALES
• BEATS HONDA FIT AND FORD FIESTA

The Hyundai Accent was America's best-selling sub-compact car in July. "The all-new Accent outsold two great small cars we really respect in July – the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta," said John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. "In fact, it was the best-selling subcompact in the industry last month, its first full month of sales. It's a good indication that consumers are connecting with our new design, 40-mpg fuel economy, and the Assurance Trade-In Value Guarantee. It's a great recipe for this economy."

Hyundai Accent 6,938

Toyota Yaris 1,391

Nissan Versa 5,359

Mazda2 1,072

Ford Fiesta 5,296

Kia Rio 1,011

Honda Fit 4,857

Toyota Scion xD 715

Chevrolet Aveo 3,349

The 2012 Accent's all-aluminum 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder engine uses the latest engine technology to deliver a class-leading 138 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque and a best-in-class standard 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway fuel economy rating.

The engine's most notable feature is its use of Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), a first for the sub-compact category. By precisely controlling the injection of fuel, GDI allows for better fuel economy, increased power and reduced emissions.

The 2012 Hyundai Accent will be the fourth nameplate in the Hyundai lineup delivering 40 MPG on the highway, including the Sonata Hybrid, Elantra and Veloster, due to arrive in dealerships in a few weeks. Accent's class-leading standard fuel economy is an example of Hyundai's dedication to improving fuel efficiency with advancements to traditional gasoline powered vehicles.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance and the Hyundai Trade-in Value Guarantee.