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Hyundai has just announced that a new “Blue Edition” Accent model will join the “Blue Edition” Elantra, offering improved fuel economy for a car that’s already great on gas. Hyundai says the new 3-door hatchback model offers a 9 percent improvement in fuel economy with a new rating of 27/36 mpg (city/highway) with either the five-speed manual or the four-speed automatic. This results in a combined rating of 31 mpg.
The rest of the Accent line will also get fuel-economy improvements of 4 percent in the city and 3 percent on the highway. This was achieved through the use of lower friction engine parts, improvements in aerodynamics, the use of low rolling resistance tires and a “smart” alternator management system that doesn’t take as much power off the engine. The Accent Blue gets these improvements, as well as new gear ratios and a lowered ride height.
Hyundai hasn’t released full pricing for 2010, but has said the Blue Edition will cost around $10,000.
All automatic transmission models will also get a green ECO light, which illuminates when the driver is getting good fuel economy, while manual transmission models will get an EcoShift indicator which tells them when the best time to shift is.
Standard equipment on the Blue Editon Accent includes a five-speed manual transmission, six airbags, variable intermittent windshield wipers, a six-way adjustable driver seat with armrest, a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback and a rear spoiler.
See the full list of the 2010 Accent models and their fuel economy improvements after the jump:
Launched in 2005, the current Hyundai Accent model is in desperate need of an update (if not a complete overhaul). Looking to infuse a little interest into the sub-compact the Korean automaker just released its 2010 model in Korea (known there as the Verna), with a few minor technical changes and a significantly different new look.
The updated vehicle, now called the Verna Transform in Korea gets new headlights and taillights as well as completely redesigned front and rear bumpers. The front bumper design features redesigned foglights, larger air intakes and a new two-bar Hyundai grille with the company’s logo placed above it.
Inside the center stack has also been redesigned and better materials are used throughout the cabin.
The same 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine will continue to be used, but an ECO Lamp is included on the dashboard to help drivers operate the vehicle in a fuel-efficient manner. The light will turn green when the car is operating efficiently, and red when it is not.
The Verna Transform will be on sale in June in Korea, with the facelift likely making its way to North America for the 2010 model year.
GALLERY: 2010 Hyundai Accent/Verna Transform