Hyundai has today put to rest speculation regarding the future of its light car line-up in Australia, confirming that the Accent is to replace the i20.
Today John Ellsworth, Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Australia, revealed that in lieu of those new models the current Accent would be repositioned.
Accent pricing now starts from $14,990 for the entry-level Accent Active - a price drop of $2000. The current 90kW 1.6 litre engine is replaced by a 1.4 litre four cylinder engine.
A six-speed manual transmission comes standard with an optional (and also new) CVT automatic available for an additional $2000.
Accent SR also comes in for a price trim, starting from $16,990 with a six-speed auto costing $2000 more. Like the Active, the SR's new price represents a $2000 haircut.
“We simply have not been able to come to an acceptable commercial arrangement with our European counterparts, due to two factors.” Mr Elsworth revealed
“First the exchange rate, and second the logistics cost of getting those vehicles to Australia”
The Accent will instead become Hyundai’s sole light car offering for the next few years. Currently the three-door i20 Active starts at $15,590, the five door version is priced from 16,590. A four speed auto costs an additional $2000.
Mr Elsworth was confident of the Accent’s ability to perform, pointing to a recent $14,990 drive-away pricing special for the outgoing 1.6 Active as leading to the most successful month for the current generation Accent.
The last shipment of the outgoing i20 is due to arrive in Australia in August.
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