Hyundai's Euro Subcompact Has A Turkish Accent

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

While we get the Hyundai Accent, Europe and other world markets get the i20, seen above.

Although powertrains haven’t been announced yet, the design of the car seems to echo European entrants in the B-segment, specifically in the fascia and the blacked out C-pillars. The Turkish-built i20 will debut at this fall’s Paris Motor Show, though our market is unlikely to see it. Instead, we’re stuck with the Accent.

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  • Iamwho2k Iamwho2k on Aug 12, 2014

    Too bad Transparent Aluminum isn't a thing... then Hyundai could turn that huge blacked-out C-pillar into something more practical.

    • Kyree Kyree on Aug 12, 2014

      Fair point, but that's hardly "huge" in the context of today's cars. Many vehicles appear to have thinner C and D-pillars, but when you add in the portions of the glass that are blocked off by interior trim, it adds up to about that wide of a pillar-size.

  • Ddr7 Ddr7 on Aug 12, 2014

    I don't think the Hyundai Accent is the same as i20, the Hyundai Accent is the i25 and there is a big difference, I got the i20 as rental and also got the i25 as rental, it's not the same car at all. Nevertheless, I don't like any of them.

    • Marcelo de Vasconcellos Marcelo de Vasconcellos on Aug 13, 2014

      And here in Brazil both the i20 and i25 are vaguely related to our exclusive HB20. Don't like it either. Though the design of this upcoming model is vaguely European (good thing), the ride of the smaller Hyundais just isn't. Unless it has improved greatly over the previous cars, no thanks.

  • Varezhka I have still yet to see a Malibu on the road that didn't have a rental sticker. So yeah, GM probably lost money on every one they sold but kept it to boost their CAFE numbers.I'm personally happy that I no longer have to dread being "upgraded" to a Maxima or a Malibu anymore. And thankfully Altima is also on its way out.
  • Tassos Under incompetent, affirmative action hire Mary Barra, GM has been shooting itself in the foot on a daily basis.Whether the Malibu cancellation has been one of these shootings is NOT obvious at all.GM should be run as a PROFITABLE BUSINESS and NOT as an outfit that satisfies everybody and his mother in law's pet preferences.IF the Malibu was UNPROFITABLE, it SHOULD be canceled.More generally, if its SEGMENT is Unprofitable, and HALF the makers cancel their midsize sedans, not only will it lead to the SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST ones, but the survivors will obviously be more profitable if the LOSERS were kept being produced and the SMALL PIE of midsize sedans would yield slim pickings for every participant.SO NO, I APPROVE of the demise of the unprofitable Malibu, and hope Nissan does the same to the Altima, Hyundai with the SOnata, Mazda with the Mazda 6, and as many others as it takes to make the REMAINING players, like the Excellent, sporty Accord and the Bulletproof Reliable, cheap to maintain CAMRY, more profitable and affordable.
  • GregLocock Car companies can only really sell cars that people who are new car buyers will pay a profitable price for. As it turns out fewer and fewer new car buyers want sedans. Large sedans can be nice to drive, certainly, but the number of new car buyers (the only ones that matter in this discussion) are prepared to sacrifice steering and handling for more obvious things like passenger and cargo space, or even some attempt at off roading. We know US new car buyers don't really care about handling because they fell for FWD in large cars.
  • Slavuta Why is everybody sweating? Like sedans? - go buy one. Better - 2. Let CRV/RAV rust on the dealer lot. I have 3 sedans on the driveway. My neighbor - 2. Neighbors on each of our other side - 8 SUVs.
  • Theflyersfan With sedans, especially, I wonder how many of those sales are to rental fleets. With the exception of the Civic and Accord, there are still rows of sedans mixed in with the RAV4s at every airport rental lot. I doubt the breakdown in sales is publicly published, so who knows... GM isn't out of the sedan business - Cadillac exists and I can't believe I'm typing this but they are actually decent - and I think they are making a huge mistake, especially if there's an extended oil price hike (cough...Iran...cough) and people want smaller and hybrids. But if one is only tied to the quarterly shareholder reports and not trends and the big picture, bad decisions like this get made.