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Old 05-15-2011, 03:53 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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On a recent trip to Salt Lake City, I rented a Hyundai Accent. It was sloppy and crude, and it didn't feel inviting inside. It was dated and felt cheap. I took it back to the airport with no lasting feelings.

A couple days later, I was in Israel driving a Turkish-built Hyundai i20. This is basically the new generation of what we got as the Excel. What a difference! The chassis is solid and well controlled, it handles well, and it feels like quality inside. Not only that, but it's well equipped, even by American standards, and gets over 50 mpg.

If I were in the market and had a choice of the two cars at the same price, I would take the i20 in a heartbeat. Why can't we have this car Stateside?

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Old 05-15-2011, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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They would need to make a plant either in the US, Mexico, China or Korea to make that car. As you said it is Turkish built. A lot of politics would have to be involved for that car to come here from Turkey.
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:53 AM
 
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On a recent trip to Salt Lake City, I rented a Hyundai Accent. It was sloppy and crude, and it didn't feel inviting inside. It was dated and felt cheap. I took it back to the airport with no lasting feelings.

A couple days later, I was in Israel driving a Turkish-built Hyundai i20. This is basically the new generation of what we got as the Excel. What a difference! The chassis is solid and well controlled, it handles well, and it feels like quality inside. Not only that, but it's well equipped, even by American standards, and gets over 50 mpg.

If I were in the market and had a choice of the two cars at the same price, I would take the i20 in a heartbeat. Why can't we have this car Stateside?
This is similar, albiet larger, and currently available in the US
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:53 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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The new Accent will be here soon too.
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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If I were in the market and had a choice of the two cars at the same price, I would take the i20 in a heartbeat. Why can't we have this car Stateside?
We will be soon in the form of the 2012 Accent hatch.
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:27 PM
 
Location: The Ranch in Olam Haba
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In the US a 1.2/1.4 liter car won't sell. Plus by the time it meets EPA standards it'll probably get 30 mpg instead of 50 mpg. There are numerous cars outside the US that if they held their body and engine specs they would actually sell in the US. But once they modify it for the US market many of them become rebadged junk.

I rent the Isuzu Dmax when I'm out of the country and its drives and feels very solid. But when I drive the US version ( I don't like driving cars so I rent trucks when I travel in the US) of it, Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon its a watered down version with a totally different feel from the suspension (both are 4x4's but Isuzu is diesel).
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