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The Canadian International Auto Show has reached the milestone of having its first world premiere in the form of the all-new 2018 Hyundai Accent.

While the CIAS is a tradition show since its inception in the mid-70’s, it is only now the Toronto exposition has become exciting enough to host a world premiere – courtesy of South Korean automaker Hyundai. The fifth-generation Accent sedan, which should become globally available starting with the third quarter of the year is better in every respect than its predecessor. It’s bigger, faster and also safer – being the first in its segment to come with automatic emergency braking. The 2018 evolution is now wider and longer, has a bigger wheelbase yet it’s 10 millimeters shorter for better looks and aerodynamics. Naturally, the interior is also larger, with additional cargo space.

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The new Accent subcompact though uses the same oldish 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine in North America, linked to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Power has even gone down a notch – from 137 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque for the outgoing model to 132 horsepower and 119 pound-feet of torque. But Hyundai tells us acceleration from 25-50 miles per hour and 50-75 mph has actually been improved by 0.2 and 1.3 seconds, respectively. For the first time in the segment the Accent has Autonomous Emergency Braking. Additional equipment – depending on market and trim – includes five- or seven-inch color TFT LCD instrument display (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), proximity key with push-button start, and rear-view camera with dynamic guidance.