MINI Takes the States: Chicago to Cleveland

MINI Takes the States: Chicago to Cleveland
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Today we leave the Windy City and point our MINIs east, hoping to land in Cleveland, Ohio sometime before dinner. Cue the “Hastily Made Cleveland Tourism Video” on YouTube… Continue Reading...

MINI Takes the States: St. Louis to Chicago

MINI Takes the States: St. Louis to Chicago
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MINI Takes the States, a bi-annual cross-country road rally is in full swing, with hundreds of rabid Cooper enthusiasts participating in events at diverse locations across this great land. We’re tagging along for a couple legs of this epic trip and tweeting all the way. Continue Reading...

2016 Mazda2 Spotted in Europe, Dressed for Easter

2016 Mazda2 Spotted in Europe, Dressed for Easter
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A redesigned version of the spunky little Mazda2 was spotted frolicking in Europe. The car was dressed in a festive zebra pattern, but not because Easter is nearly here; it’s so we can’t get a good look. Still some information about this 2016 model can be gleaned. Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Polo Range Updated for 2014

Volkswagen Polo Range Updated for 2014
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Volkswagen will reveal a quartet of subcompact Polos at next week’s Geneva Motor Show. Naturally fuel efficiency is a top priority with these models but the company hasn’t forgotten about performance. Continue Reading...

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Ford Fiesta Five-Door SE

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Ford Fiesta Five-Door SE
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Smaller is better. Obviously this isn’t true in every situation but for many drivers a compact or sub-compact car will meet their needs just as nicely as a midsize sedan or even some crossovers. After decades of neglect, automakers have finally started to share some of their excellent B-Segment offerings with American motorists. If you’ve… Continue Reading...

Ford’s Focus the Best-Selling Car in First-Half of 2013… Or is It?

Ford’s Focus the Best-Selling Car in First-Half of 2013… Or is It?
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According to Ford its C-Segment Focus was the best-selling vehicle nameplate in the world last year. If things continue to go the way they are this popular car could earn that title again for 2013. Continue Reading...

Kia Niro Concept Previews New Sub-Compact Model

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Kia Niro Concept Previews New Sub-Compact Model
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Concept cars are mostly built to taunt automotive journalists, but on rare occasions they do serve legitimate purposes. Sometimes they can tip-off what a car company has in development, and the black-as-coal Kia Niro is a clue as to what the South Korean brand’s next B-Segment offering could look like. Continue Reading...

2013 Chevrolet Spark Makes North American Debut: 2011 LA Auto Show

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2013 Chevrolet Spark Makes North American Debut: 2011 LA Auto Show
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Americans have been historically unreceptive to small cars, and the 2013 Chevrolet Spark represents uncharted territory for the brand, which will introduce their first B-segment car since the Chevrolet Metro, long the butt of jokes for American society. Unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Spark measures two feet shorter than the already… Continue Reading...

New York 2011: 2012 Hyundai Accent Debuts

New York 2011: 2012 Hyundai Accent Debuts
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The 2012 Hyundai Accent broke cover at the New York Auto Show on Tuesday, but Hyundai has previewed the car before, at both the Montreal and Toronto Auto Shows, with little fanfare or media coverage. The previous Accent was the kind of car that you bought out of necessity rather than desire, but the newest… Continue Reading...

2012 Kia Rio To Debut At Geneva Auto Show, Return 50 MPG Highway

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2012 Kia Rio To Debut At Geneva Auto Show, Return 50 MPG Highway
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The Kia Rio is well overdue for a replacement, and with a new Hyundai Accent on the way, it stands to reason that its platform-mate will also get a thorough re-design. Although only a sketch has been released so far, the familiar design language brought forth by Kia styling boss Peter Schreyer. Mechanically, the car… Continue Reading...