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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: