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 |  Sep 18 2014, 11:04 AM


The Kia Rio is headed for a mid-cycle refresh that will be on display for the first time next month during the Paris Motor Show alongside a re-designed Sorento crossover.

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 |  Jul 30 2014, 8:23 AM


Hyundai is drawing closer to selling a subcompact crossover that will sit below the Tucson in its lineup.

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 |  Jul 24 2014, 10:07 PM


Nissan’s latest Nismo-tuned product is small, slick-looking and not slated to be sold in the U.S.

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 |  Mar 27 2014, 3:35 PM


Smart is releasing photos of its next Fortwo and Forfour undergoing winter testing while wearing camouflage. 

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 |  Feb 12 2014, 10:03 AM

Audi S1 Sportback

The latest and smallest Audi S model was officially revealed today, set to compete against the Mercedes A45 AMG.

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 |  Jan 22 2014, 12:01 AM


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced the results of its 2014 sub-compact crash tests and they aren’t good.

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 |  Nov 26 2012, 1:29 PM

Ford finally spilled the beans on the upcoming 2014 Fiesta ST, which the company estimates will make 197 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque. 

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 |  Nov 19 2012, 1:28 PM

Ford just announced ahead of the upcoming L.A. Auto Show that its 2014 Fiesta sub-compact will come with the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

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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 23 2012, 3:02 PM

AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection

Chevrolet is selling the Spark with razor-thin margins. What’s more, the company isn’t trying to hide that. In fact, it’s almost a point of pride, and perhaps one of the most astute choices in recent years.

That’s because you can get one for about $13,000 after delivery. It’s far from being the most exciting car you’ll drive but with such low pricing it makes a convincing case as a first car or budget friendly city machine.

The Spark is meant to work as a brand ambassador, bringing first-time buyers away from other automakers, and based on strong initial sales it seems to be doing just that.

 |  Aug 19 2012, 1:01 PM

With strong reception to the Fiesta ST concept, Ford will move ahead with plans to bring the sub-compact hot hatch to market the automaker has confirmed.

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 |  Apr 25 2012, 5:42 PM

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.

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 |  Mar 07 2012, 12:50 PM


Long considered an objet de lust of wannabe Lewis Hamiltons and Damon Hills across Europe, hot hatch derivatives of Ford‘s Fiesta were notoriously known as peppy, scrappy handling little cars, that offered a decent amount of driving fun for not much money (until the time came to ensure them).

Yet like anything that’s been around for 30 years, eventually there’s a need to grow up. And so it is with the hot 2013 Fiesta ST, unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show as a car that while still paying homage to its boy racer roots, also adopts a more mature personality. With environmental sustainability at the forefront of many minds today, the ST, while sporting a turbocharged motor, weighs in with Ford’s 1.6-liter EcoBoost, that cranks out some 180 metric horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, yet delivers better fuel economy and reportedly a 20 percent reduction in emissions compared with its 2008 predecessor.

Featuring specific chassis tuning and a lowered, tighter suspension, plus Ford’s Torque Vectoring Control System and no fewer than three different stability control modes, the new Fiesta ST was flogged mercilessly around the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife, during its development testing phase, with the idea of achieving a healthy blend of sharp handling and good directional stability.

On the outside, more aggressive body parts, including a new front fascia, rocker panels and rear roof spoiler are incorporated, while inside, standard Recaro bucket seats and high-contrast upholstery help set this car apart from its more sensible siblings.

Although Ford has green lit Fiesta ST production for Europe (indicated by the three-door version on display at Geneva), favorable response from the five-door concepts shown at LA and Detroit, along with the Blue Oval’s stance that it “remains open to introducing [the car] to other regions,” means it’s probably only a matter of time before it shows up stateside. We can’t wait!

GALLERY: Ford Fiesta ST