During this week’s Five-Point Inspection we put the Scion iQ micro-subcompact to the test, driving it in crowded city streets, long open highways and everything in between. An emotionally polarizing vehicle, the tiny city car can make you smile and frown – it entirely depends on what you’re looking for. With a starting MSRP of… Continue Reading...
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Some 2,600 500s were sold in Britain last month, which is more than half the entire total of Fiats registered during the same period. Year to date sales of the Italian brand are up some 9.5 percent over 2011. Continue Reading...
That said, given that low price is still a huge factor when it comes to purchasing small, entry-level cars in this country, plus the fact that cars in the Mirage’s category are a relatively new phenomena, there’s still a great deal of uncertainty about how such vehicles will fare in the long run. Continue Reading...
Ask anyone older than 55 how cars have changes since the ’70s and they’ll probably mention, among many other things, that they’ve shrunk considerably. Continue Reading...
Mercedes-Benz revealed its refreshed 2013 A Class lineup today at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show to an enthusiastic mob of gawkers and dignitaries. The scene was something you might normally expect around an outrageous car like the Lamborghini Aventador J, but it wasn’t. Instead, the Euro folk were jazzed about Mercedes’ new line of small… Continue Reading...
General Motors and PSA Peugeot Citroën inked a deal yesterday that will see the companies partnering to further their interests in Europe. “This partnership brings tremendous opportunity for our two companies,” said Dan Akerson, GM chairman and CEO. “The alliance synergies, in addition to our independent plans, position GM for long-term sustainable profitability in Europe.” The… Continue Reading...
Someone spilled the beans on a MINI concept car coming to Geneva. They released a story that doesn’t actually have specifications, but confirms the Clubvan name and March 6 Geneva Auto Show premier. We reported on the first details behind this concept in early January, but at the time guessed it would be called the… Continue Reading...
In 1989, Rick Moranis played a nerdy dad who accidentally downsized his children to an insect scale in Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. He probably wouldn’t have believed it if someone told him that 23 years later automakers would be doing the same thing to their cars. For those of us living in the North… Continue Reading...
Swedish automaker Volvo is looking to shack up with a new mate in the hopes of making a fresh set of small cars. Their current compact, the C30 (above), is based on technology from former parent company Ford. However, Ford dumped Volvo almost two years ago, passing them off to Chinese Geely Holding Group for $1.8… Continue Reading...
The fuel wars are heating up as automakers search for new ways to squeeze more mileage out of their cars. While some might take this chance to preach doom and gloom for future cars, Chrysler–Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne isn’t ready to call the Road Warrior just yet. Some companies are turning to electric vehicles, others… Continue Reading...
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The past 20 years were pretty stable in the automotive industry. Mostly predictable releases with a steady rate for manufacturers to introduce new models that seemed like a consistant recipe for success. Then, suddenly with the start of the current model year, things changed. In fact, it looks like this is just the start of a serious… Continue Reading...
During its evaluation of finding the year’s best value vehicles, Consumer Reports, tested cars, SUVs and trucks from a total of 11 different categories. Scores were determined based on a five-year ownership cost of each vehicle, including depreciation, insurance premiums, fuel costs, interest on financing, repairs and maintenance and sales taxes. Continue Reading...
MINI will make its way into the commercial vehicle market soon when it releases a cargo-oriented version of the Clubman. The car, officially called the MINI Cargo, is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March and will essentially be the same as the Clubman (pictured above), but with the back seats replaced… Continue Reading...
To make room for expanding model research and development on the home front, Toyota Motor Corp has appointed its European division to lead global product planning for small cars. Vested with this major responsibility, extensive reorganization in Toyota Europe’s sales and marketing operations were put to effect in hopes to best approach the new mission…. Continue Reading...
In total, passenger car sales stood at 229,250 units in total for the third quarter,down by 38.5 percent versus a year ago. This also meant that market share of passenger cars stood at some 46.3 percent of total light vehicle sales, the smallest percentage since 2005. Continue Reading...
What’s not to like about things being streamlined? Take a fine automobile for example: clean, sleak lines not only enhance the ride, they also turn more than a few heads on the street. But what about the interior of said car? Things could get a lot more streamlined, thanks to a next-generation steering wheel that… Continue Reading...
Americans don’t buy small cars because we’re too damn fat. There. It’s what we’ve all been thinking all along. And now a report comes by to confirm our deepest suspicions: we buy SUVs and avoid small cars because our posteriors can’t fit comfortably without lumbar support. A report from AOL Autos reveals that there’s a… Continue Reading...
However, this current set of circumstances might provide an opportunity, particularly for Detroit car makers, who’ve been struggling in recent years. Continue Reading...
Remember the Tata Pixel concept at Geneva? If not, this link should help refresh your memory…or, you can wait until your next European vacation, where you’ll be seeing the tiny little Pixel on the streets. Tata Motors has green-lit the Pixel for production and sale in Europe, replacing the previously-planned Nano Europa, which was just… Continue Reading...
Despite the American introduction of diesel engines from most major European brands, Volvo remains non-committal to the prospect of diesel powertrains in America. Volvo offers a broad range of diesels in Europe and other markets, but Stefan Jacoby, CEO of Volvo, offered little, stating “We are taking a deep look at whether we will introduce… Continue Reading...
In the history of automotive transmissions, the CVT undoubtedly ranks near the bottom of the pile, as one of the car world’s poorly thought out inventions. The CVT offers the worst of all worlds, combining the worst parts of an automatic with the efficiency of a manual. It makes you feel like you’re driving something… Continue Reading...
Hyundai is hosting a briefing at their HACHI technical center in Michigan, and Autoguide is on hand for the various presentations today. The first one focused on the upcoming Elantra, and CEO John Krafcik revealed some important details. Among them was a claim that the Elantra will get 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway,… Continue Reading...
Nissan is denying reports that Suzuki‘s tie-up with Volkswagen will affect their small car ventures in countries like India. Nissan sells a rebadged version of the Suzuki Alto (one of India’s most popular cars) in that market, but a senior Nissan exec was quoted as saying that ““Suzuki and Nissan have done a lot of… Continue Reading...
AMG has made its mark in the auto industry by building immensely powerful engines to propel large and luxurious Mercedes-Benz models to unimaginable speeds. But with Merc now looking at the lower end of the market, AMG is being forced to do so as well. AMG, however, has its own plans. A report by Motor… Continue Reading...