Smart FourJoy Concept Revealed Ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show Debut

Smart FourJoy Concept Revealed Ahead of Frankfurt Motor Show Debut
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The 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show is just days away and more automakers are teasing what they’re going to be revealing at the event. Getting in on the action, smart released photos of and information about an electric concept they’ll be unveiling in Germany next week. Continue Reading...

Can Aston Martin Really Cram a V12 into a Scion iQ?

Can Aston Martin Really Cram a V12 into a Scion iQ?
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Is it April Fools’ Day or late October? Allegedly the folks at Aston Martin have figured out how to cram a V12 into a Cygnet city car. Continue Reading...

Peel, World’s Smallest Car To Be Revived [Video]

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While small cars have had a difficult time catching on in North America, it seems as if cars in the UK market could never be small enough. A group of businessmen in the United Kingdom decided to resurrect the Peel brand and are now taking orders for both the Trident and P50 models. 0-60 times… Continue Reading...

Lotus City Car on Sale in 2014, Priced Below Aston Martin Cygnet

Lotus City Car on Sale in 2014, Priced Below Aston Martin Cygnet
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Lotus and its parent company, Proton, will be releasing their City Car to rival the new Aston Martin Cygnet and will be a production version of the Ethos concept originally seen at the Paris Auto Show. The vehicle will first be offered as a Proton, with the Lotus version coming at a later date with… Continue Reading...

BMW i3 Spied During Testing In Germany

BMW i3 Spied During Testing In Germany
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BMW‘s i3 may not be getting as much buzz as the 2012 3-Series, but their upcoming compact city car is probably the most important vehicle they’ll launch all decade. With the i3, BMW is moving in a totally different direction, both in terms of technology and sustainability. The i3 will have a chassis made of… Continue Reading...

BMW i3 May Get Range Extender Based On Motorcycle Engine

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BMW i3 May Get Range Extender Based On Motorcycle Engine
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An interview with BMW engineer Ulli Kranz conducted by Consumer Reports suggests that the BMW i3 city car will get a range extender similar to the i8 supercar – but the technology will come from two-wheeled transportation, rather than a conventional car. With weight a key consideration for the i3 (materials like aluminum and carbon… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Up! Priced From $12,422 In United Kingdom

Volkswagen Up! Priced From $12,422 In United Kingdom
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Volkswagen‘s Up! city car will go on sale in the United Kingdom for £7,995 up to £11,180 ($12,422 to $17,371) with deliveries starting in the spring of 2012. A range of 1.0L three-cylinder gasoline engines will power the Up! with power ranging from 58 to 73 horsepower. The base Up! will be quite spartan but will come… Continue Reading...

Smart fortwo Sells 500,000 Units

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Smart fortwo Sells 500,000 Units
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The Smart fortwo might be the butt of jokes Stateside, but the city car has managed to move 500,000 copies worldwide after launching in its second generation four years ago. Sales this year are up 6.6 percent, and an electric version is due to launch in the spring of 2012. While other version of the… Continue Reading...

Kia To Launch Electric Vehicle By 2012

Kia To Launch Electric Vehicle By 2012
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Kia will unveil its first electric vehicle by the start of 2012, but did not say whether the vehicle would be sold in the United States. The EV will reportedly be based on the Hyundai i10, a vehicle considered much too small for North American tastes. A production run of just 2,000 units is expected… Continue Reading...

Norwegian EV Producer Think Goes Bankrupt For The Fourth Time

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Norwegian EV Producer Think Goes Bankrupt For The Fourth Time
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Evidently, the third time wasn’t the charm for Think, the Norwegian manufacturer of small electric vehicles. The company has gone bust for the fourth time in its 20 year history. Think attempted to restructure, but was ultimately not successful. “We needed some additional funding and although we had interested investors they were not able to… Continue Reading...

Aston Martin Hopes Cygnet Will Become Brand’s Second Best Seller

Aston Martin Hopes Cygnet Will Become Brand’s Second Best Seller
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The Aston Martin Cygnet might seem like anathema to everything the company stands for, but Aston Martin is hoping that the Cygnet will become the number two seller for the brand. With a projection of 1,500 units sold per year, the Cygnet would trail the Vantage as Aston’s stop selling model. Aston sold a total… Continue Reading...

MINI Rocketman Set For Production, Won’t Come To America

MINI Rocketman Set For Production, Won’t Come To America
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With the positive reception given to the very compact MINI Rocketman concept at this year’s Geneva Auto Show, MINI execs have given indications that the car will be produced sometime in the near future. “We are good at looking at history and interpreting a future for it,” MINI sales and marketing chief Kevin Robertson told… Continue Reading...

MINI Rocketman Concept: Carbon Spaceframe City Car Gets 94-MPG [Geneva Preview]

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MINI Rocketman Concept: Carbon Spaceframe City Car Gets 94-MPG [Geneva Preview]
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When the new MINI Cooper debuted back in 2001, it was impossible not to note how much larger the car was than its classic predecessor. The less-than-mini size of the vehicle is even more obvious in Europe, where the majority of cars on the road share roughly the same dimensions. It comes as little surprise… Continue Reading...

BMW Sub-Brand Set To Launch Monday

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BMW Sub-Brand Set To Launch Monday
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While rumors of the new BMW sub-brand have been floating around for months, February 21st has been marked as the official announcement date for details the sub-brand, and the apparently revolutionary MegaCity electric vehicle. Many suggest that the new sub-brand will be a re-imagining of the Isetta microcar of nearly a half century ago, and… Continue Reading...

Smart Preparing For Two New Vehicles In The Near Future

Smart Preparing For Two New Vehicles In The Near Future
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Although the Smart ForTwo hasn’t been warmly received by American buyers, there is hope for the quirky maker of diminutive city cars, as parent company Daimler is backing the brand with new products and utilizing their alliance with Renault-Nissan to give the lineup a boost. A Smart representative confirmed that a four seat model will arrive sometime in the… Continue Reading...

BMW MegaCity May Be Offered On Lease Only Basis

BMW MegaCity May Be Offered On Lease Only Basis
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BMW is looking for an alternative to traditional purchasing options for their upcoming MegaCity urban vehicle, as the high cost of developing substantially new technology may result in the vehicle becoming prohibitively expensive for consumers. Among the projects being considered are a car-sharing service similar to the one operated by Daimler for their Smart car… Continue Reading...

Skoda To Get Minicar Based On Volkswagen Up

Skoda To Get Minicar Based On Volkswagen Up
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Volkswagen is planning to spread the platform love with its new Up city car, with Czech subsidiary Skoda being the first VW division to get the tiny car, with a SEAT-branded version to follow. Packaged as a three-door five-seater, a 1.0L gasoline engine and a 1.2L diesel engine will be offered, with an all-electric version… Continue Reading...
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