The new Hyundai Accent is more proof that the Korean automaker knows how to benchmark. When the Fit arrived in the U.S. it was a revelation: a cheap car that doesn't feel cheap. Now Hyundai's doing the exact same thing, only better.
Honda showed off a new Fit that only travels 100 miles, tops out at 90 mph and will likely be slower than the current version when it goes on sale in 2012. Also, it's electric powered, so there's that.
Japanese people are too cool for the Honda Civic, preferring the more compact and lifestyle-appropriate Fit. Of course, this is also a country where the Minidisc player is wildly popular, so take their judgment with a grain of wasabi. [WSJ]