Beijing Auto Show: 2011 Hyundai Verna

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

At the Beijing Auto Show, Hyundai Motor Co. displayed the Verna a.k.a. the successor to its Accent entry sedan. This model features a sloping roof, distinct character lines and Hyundai's own new generation Gamma gasoline engine with multiport fuel injection. Hyundai developed this car specifically for the Chinese market.

It is slated to go on sale as the Verna later this year. Spokesman Oles Gadacz said that the US market will get a modified version of this car; however, he declined to provide a timeline for the launch.

What's definite is that the subcompact will be redesigned for the 2011 or 2012 model year. Powering the Chinese version is either a 1.4- or 1.6-liter engine.

The model is offered with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. A new platform is seen on the car. It also has a more aerodynamic look with its sloping design.

For greater stiffness in handling and better crash protection, Hyundai made use of ultra high-tensile steel. To get a more spacious interior, Hyundai designed a 101.2-inch wheelbase. The existing US version of the Accent has a wheelbase that measures 98.4 inches.


The new 2011 Hyundai Verna is powered by the new generation Gamma gasoline engine that features multiport fuel injection, thereby making the vehicle more fuel efficient without making it less impressive in terms of performance.

In fact, the Hyundai Verna boasts of delivering best-in-class fuel economy and is compliant with China's Step 3 fuel economy regulations two years ahead of schedule.

The entry-level model of the Hyundai Verna is powered by the 1.4L DOHC edition of the Gamma engine mated to a smooth-shifting four-speed automatic gearbox or five-speed manual transmission, allowing it to develop up to 78.7kW of output at 6300 rpm and 135.4Nm of torque at 5000 rpm.

This version of the Verna consumes just 5.7 liters per 100 km for the manual version and 6.2 liters of fuel per 100 km for the automatic version (1.4L with Fuel Economy Package). On the other hand, the aluminum 1.6L DOHC Gamma engine develops up to 90.4kW of output at 6300 rpm and up to 155Nm of torque at 4200 rpm via a smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission.

This level of performance and fuel efficiency were achieved by employing an array of engine improvements like Continuously Variable Valve Timing, and air conditioning compressor, the adoption of motor-driven power steering and a smart alternator.

Since the 2011 Hyundai Verna features a new low-floor platform and a sloping roofline, its aerodynamic performance has been enhanced and it is also now more fuel efficient.

Press Release

2011 Hyundai Verna

Hyundai Motor Co. staged the world-premiere of its all-new Hyundai Verna at the 2010 Beijing Automotive Exhibition. With its eye-catching sloping roofline, the new sub-compact, Hyundai's third China-exclusive model, projects a coupe-like dynamic image that is at once sporty, stately and futuristic.

Developed over a five-year period expressively for the Chinese market, product planners conducted exhaustive market research of Chinese consumer tastes and trends to ensure every detail meets local requirements. Built on an all-new platform at the company's highly automated plant in Beijing, Hyundai Verna is targeted at China's strategically important C1 segment and fully reflects Hyundai's philosophy of quality.

"Today is a really special day for us, not only because we're launching a new car, but because it's one of the very few times we've done a world-premiere outside of Korea: And we chose to do it right here in China because it's our way of recognizing how important our Chinese customers are to us," Euisun Chung, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor said at the 2010 Beijing auto show. "In 2009 we posted a 94 percent Y-o-Y growth in China and have sold over 2 million cars since arriving in 2002. We are not losing any momentum, continuing to expand our lineup in China with our most stylish and advanced models like the all-new Verna and our compact SUV - ix35."

To minimize fuel consumption without sacrificing performance, Hyundai Verna is powered by the new generation Gamma gasoline engine, featuring multiport fuel injection. Hyundai Verna delivers best-in-class fuel economy, in keeping with Hyundais pledge to be the industrys eco-leader. And it fully satisfies China's Step 3 fuel economy regulations - two years ahead of schedule.

Featuring all-aluminium construction for weight-saving, the 1.6L DOHC Gamma delivers 90.4kW @ 6300 rpm and 155Nm of peak torque @ 4200 rpm through a smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission.

For cost-conscious car buyers, the base Hyundai Verna is offered with the 1.4L DOHC edition of the Gamma which puts out 78.7kW @ 6300 rpm and 135.4Nm @ 5000 rpm and comes with the choice of a five-speed manual gearbox or four-speed automatic. Fuel economy is rated 5.7l/100km with the manual; 6.2l/100km with the automatic (1.4L with Fuel Economy Package).

Such impressive performance was made possible by a variety of enhancements to the engine including Continuously Variable Valve Timing, a smart alternator and air conditioning compressor plus the adoption of motor-driven power steering.

Verna hugs the ground with a new low-floor platform and a sloping roofline both of which contribute to Hyundai Verna's impressive aerodynamics and superior fuel economy.

Special ultra-high tensile strength steel has been applied to the car to enhance the overall stiffness of the body structure for superior crash protection: Hyundai Verna achieves best-in-class safety, aiming to satisfy the CNCAP 5 star rating. Thanks to the highly rigid body, the suspension is more securely anchored thus enhancing ride and handling characteristics and eliminating vibration and booming noise.

Hyundai Verna's wheelbase 'longest-in-class' and its low overall height, give it extra stability and a very stylish look but without incurring a penalty in cabin size. In fact, the overall cabin dimensions are bigger than any rivals. And the trunk, measuring a spacious 454L can easily accommodate as many as four golf bags plus three small tote bags. So not only does it look great, but it's very practical.

The Hyundai Verna will be built at the companys highly automated Beijing plant from July 2010 and will go on sale in the second half of this year. Hyundai will launch it in the Chinese market first, then gradually introduce it to other regions.

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