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 |  Oct 02 2014, 8:37 AM


Nissan has finally unveiled the sporty hot hatch we’ve been asking for… In concept form.

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 |  Jun 16 2014, 8:20 AM


Renault announced today that it set a new record lapping the Nurburgring in a front-wheel drive car.

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 |  May 08 2014, 11:45 AM


Hold your breath, cross those fingers and hop on one foot because it sounds like Ford is serious about releasing a new Focus RS.

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 |  Feb 24 2014, 11:02 AM

Ford Focus RS

The upcoming face-lifted version of Ford’s Focus will bring something much more exciting than updated cosmetics.

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 |  Nov 07 2013, 12:29 PM


Coming from the factory weighing under 2,800 lbs and equipped with a turbocharged engine making 200-hp, the Ford Fiesta ST is a performance bargain. But the creative gear heads at SEMA had a different idea about what makes the Fiesta ST so cool.

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 |  Nov 04 2013, 7:51 PM


Ford pulled the wraps off its selection of customized Fiesta ST hot hatches today at the 2013 SEMA Show.

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 |  Aug 31 2013, 10:02 AM

Bacon-wrapped Ford Fiesta

Ford announced on Wednesday that Fiesta owners would be able to buy specially fitted vinyl wraps of bacon images for their cars.

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 |  Jul 12 2013, 8:32 AM


A Mazda engineer may have spilled the beans about the brand’s replacement for its current Mazdaspeed3 hot hatch.

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 |  May 21 2013, 11:02 AM

AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection


Ten years ago the so called “tuner scene” was in full affect. Every manufacturer wanted a piece of this compact performance pie and the possibilities seemed endless for consumers. But, like any automotive trend, time moves on, tastes change and only a handful of hopped up economy cars remain.

That didn’t deter Ford. After years of hot editions of the Focus in Europe, the maker finally brought the fire-breathing Focus ST States-side. Not only that, but pricing has been kept in check as well with the ST starting at $24,495.

After week behind the wheel, the ST proved it isn’t just a vast improvement over a regular Focus, but quite possibly ready to redefine the hot hatch segment. Here are five reasons why.

 |  May 03 2013, 2:31 PM


Ah to be young again. AutoGuide’s nationally recognized, board-certified Oracles remember their youth vividly… it was terrible. People often say age is just a number and you’re only as old as you feel, unfortunately they were born wearing elastic-waist jeans and Science Olympiad fanny packs. Gingivitis arrived when they were in middle school.

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 |  Apr 26 2013, 9:31 AM

ford focus st

The Ford Focus ST is an amazing handling machine, being incredibly unique amongst front drivers for its ability to rotate the rear end. More than just chassis tuning, however, the Focus ST has a secret.

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 |  Mar 26 2013, 10:45 AM


The fate is still uncertain for the Ford Focus RS, which has been rumored for a 2015 debut in North America, and here we have the latest spy shots of what is likely Ford’s hot hatch, which will be sporting a new look, despite what is lurking under the hood. Continue Reading…

 |  Mar 05 2013, 11:46 AM

Mercedes-Benz is showing off it’s A45 AMG at the Geneva Motor Show, and while we won’t get this vehicle in the US, we will get its powertrain in a more attractive package with the CLA 45 AMG. Continue Reading…

 |  Mar 04 2013, 12:24 PM

Mercedes’ newest hot hatch – the A45 AMG – will make its official world premiere tomorrow at the Geneva Motor Show. But why wait until then?

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 |  Feb 26 2013, 7:00 PM

Were it not for Geneva, Volkswagen would have a compelling case to set up a booth in Scotland. After all, it is the birthplace of golf.

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 |  Feb 26 2013, 5:07 PM

Now, more than ever, Ford’s Fiesta ST hot hatch is something to get excited about because pricing was just announced and it only costs $22,195 including delivery.

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 |  Feb 13 2013, 2:15 PM

It might not seem like anyone is looking, but just like being naked with your blinds open, you never know who is peeking at your website.

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 |  Feb 04 2013, 7:08 AM

As impressive a hot hatch as the Focus ST is, Ford is planning something much more amazing with new reports that the Focus RS will make a comeback.

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 |  Jan 28 2013, 7:19 AM

The Volkswagen GTI just got a stylish new rival in the hot hatch segment… from Kia.

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 |  Jan 17 2013, 1:16 PM

Push the bookends a bit farther apart on the shelf where you keep the specification sheets for cars you can’t own because Volkswagen just released details for its Polo R WRC.

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 |  Nov 16 2012, 11:01 AM

This year’s LA Auto Show is just a few weeks away and over 50 vehicles are scheduled to be announced or revealed, including the possibility of the Ford Fiesta ST. 

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 |  Oct 31 2012, 3:10 PM

Ford unveiled five individually customized versions of its new Focus ST hot hatch at the 2012 SEMA Show.

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 |  Oct 30 2012, 12:31 PM

Ford unveiled five individually customized versions of its new Focus ST hot hatch today at the 2012 SEMA Show.

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 |  Oct 17 2012, 8:21 PM

Looking like a project car that should be heading to the 2012 SEMA Show, Hyundai has unveiled its Veloster Street Concept out at the 2012 Australian Motor Show.

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