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A Hyundai Accent

Hyundai Motor (HMC) chose the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition as the venue for its unveiling of a mild-hybrid version of the Accent sedan, due to go on sale next year in Korea as a 2007 model.

Hyundai said earlier this year that it would advance sales of hybrids in the US to late in 2006, starting with hybrid versions of its Accent and the Kia Rio. Hyundai has developed its hybrid technology itself, working with Enova, in which it has a stake. (Earlier post.)

The Accent hybrid combines an Alpha II 90 hp (67 kW) 1.4-liter CVVT (Continuous Variable Valve Timing) gasoline engine (also used in the Getz) with a 12 kW permanent magnet synchronous motor integrated between the engine and the transmission. The engine delivers 126 Nm of torque; the electric motor delivers 80 Nm torque.

The engine is downsized from the 110 hp 1.6-liter top-end gasoline engine found in the conventional Accent. According to Hyundai, the Accent hybrid offers fuel consumption of 5.29 liters/100 km (44.5 mpg US). Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 12.2 seconds.

The design is a mild hybrid—the motor assists the engine, supports regenerative braking, and handles idle/stop functions, but is not capable of powering the vehicle in electric mode alone.

The company is buying its NiMH batteries from Panasonic EV Energy Co., the Matsushita Electrical-Toyota joint venture that supplies the batteries for the Prius. The Hyundai hybrid drive uses a 6.5 Ah / 144V battery pack.

Hyundai officially unveiled its hybrid vehicles 2004 and has been testing and producing them in limited numbers in Korea. HMC sponsored Korea’s first official hybrid pilot by providing 50 Getz hybrids to the Korean Ministry of Environment in October 2004.

The project is to last for 3 years, and calls for the testing of HEVs along public roads in the Seoul metropolitan areas. The Getz hybrid uses a similar hybrid drive, but with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine.

The company has announced that it plans to develop and manufacture a Sonata hybrid by the latter half of 2007.


Jesse Jenkins

Welcome to the club Hyundai.


I love this. Even if the Accent fails as a hybrid, which I'm certain it will not, it is still an economical car. You can actually get reasonably close to 6l/100 out of a manual 1.6 if you drive it right. The 5.29 is icing on the cake.
Hyundai has broken away from the pack by producing not only cheap cars, but well built A to B boxes you can rely on which says a lot when you compare tehm to their rivals.

By the way, Sonata's new Lambda engine was designed from the ground up to be used in future hybrids. The fact that they have engineered 8l/100 (combine cycle)out of a powerful 3.3l V6 is an indication of how far Hyundai have come.

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Is this a "mild hybrid" or an "assist hybrid"? I actually think it's an "assist hybrid".


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mild hybrid accent?this is interesting..I guess this was already upgraded just this year. they have re configured some hyundai accent parts as of late to make it a fully functional hybrid..

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