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    Peel looking to reintroduce world's smallest car [w/video]

    Peel P-50 and Trident pose with a Rolls-Royce – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Sure, there's an increased emphasis on small cars here in America and all around the rest of the world, with brands like Smart and Mini vying for customers that think it's a big deal to go small. But none ...

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    Report: Large SUV segment outpacing small car sales growth in America

    2011 Infiniti QX56 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Finally, after years and years of stagnation and painfully slow sales, small cars are starting to grab a foothold in the United States. Or are they? While conventional wisdom makes us believe that Americans are ready to take the ...

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    Chrysler turns to Fiat for boost in Canadian small car market

    Chrysler's international sales in both the minivan and pickup categories are strong, but the company lacks strong small vehicle sales outside of the U.S. In Canada, Chrysler may be fairing well in the light truck market, but is virtually non-existent in both the B-segment and the C-segment of ...

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    GM to build new small sedan for emerging markets

    2010 Chevrolet Spark – Click above for high-res image gallery
    General Motors has given the green light to produce a new small sedan at its Uzbekistan YoAJ joint-venture facility. The sedan, expected to be slightly longer than the Spark pictured above, will be engineered in Brazil and ...

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    Zetsche reportedly says Daimler to pick new compact car partner by mid-2010

    Despite rumors of Daimler and Renault collaborating on a four-door Smart model, no official tie-up between the two companies has been announced. That could change next year when Daimler will reportedly decide who its small-car partner will be. Daimler is getting even more heavily into the ...

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    REPORT: Tata Nano passes European crash testing

    2009 Tato Nano - Click above for high-res image gallery
    The Tata Nano, the diminutive Indian four-door econobox rumored to eventually arrive in U.S. showrooms, has reportedly passed current European impact testing. According to Autocar, the offset front and side impact tests took place at the ...

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    EDITORIAL: Attention Wall Street Journal - Ford does not use Toyota's hybrid system!

    2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery
    in an op-ed piece published in the Wall Street Journal, Alan Reynolds of the Cato Institute starts by making a few decent points about fuel taxation and fuel economy rules. Unfortunately, he undermines himself with some blatant ...

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    Mazda2 may come to America after all

    Click the Mazda2 for a high-res gallery
    When the new Mazda2 debuted at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show many of us were disappointed to learn that it probably would not be coming to the US market. Times have changed, though, and It now looks like the car might actually make it here in the second half of ...

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    Vehicle downsizers now facing buyers remorse

    A lot is lost in the transition from a Hummer to a smart. We tend to focus on the benefits: the lost fuel bills and reduced vehicular emissions, and that's not going to change any time soon, we being AutoblogGreen and all. Some people, though, are finding that they miss their larger fuel-guzzlers ...

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    Mulally remains committed to Ford small car strategy despite low gas prices

    Even though gasoline prices are down to almost $2 per gallon around here as election day approaches, Ford CEO Alan Mulally apparently doesn't think the current situation will last. Mulally told Automotive News that the Dearborn automaker is staying the course on its plan to introduce a half dozen ...

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    Small cars, hybrids more expensive to insure

    If your goal is to do nothing more than cutting down your petroleum usage for either political or environmental reasons, a small car or hybrid seems to be the way to go. If your desire is solely to save money, there are many more costs to factor into your decision. One of them is insurance, as a ...

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    Small cars can be safe. Just ask Nick Chambers

    Worried that the trend towards smaller cars in the United States is going to result in more injuries? It's a rational concern, especially for those who are used to driving in full-size cars, trucks and SUVs and are normally surrounded by two or more tons of metal. But, light weight does not ...

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    GM hopes to make more money on smaller cars

    The General, along with the rest of the American automakers, has a long established history of making the most profits from the largest vehicles. Small cars from the Detroit 3 have therefore fallen way behind the imports when it comes to desirability. GM Global Design Chief Ed Welburn went so far ...

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    Auto Week recommends the four cylinder engine

    click above for high-res gallery of the 2008 MINI Cooper ClubmanDoes good fuel mileage necessarily equal poor performance? Must low emission regulations put an end to driving enjoyment? No, of course not. The days of fuel-sipping penalty boxes are long gone, as even today's crop of hybrid vehicles ...

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    Toyota believes it has higher iQ

    click the Toyota iQ for high res galleryWith the rather healthy sales numbers currently being posted by the smart fortwo in the U.S., Toyota seems very excited about the prospect of offering its iQ here. Still, the tiny car will be launched first in Japan, followed by Europe at the beginning of ...

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    Dodge Hornet likely to be built by Nissan

    As we reported the other day, Chrysler is working as hard as possible to get its gas-guzzling fleet more in line with consumer desires. These days, that means fuel efficiency, so it comes as little surprise that Dodge is renewing its efforts to get the Hornet small car up and running. Up until this ...

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    John McElroy on Autoblog: Small cars get big

    The topic of cheap cars has come up on our pages before, and John McElroy has shared his thoughts on the topic over at Autoblog. It looks like John will be contributing over at our sister site on a somewhat regular basis, this is his first posting. McElroy is the host of Autoline Detroit which you ...

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    Battery- or fuel cell-powered inflatable car just might be safest in the world

    Small cars are not as safe as big cars in a crash. It's basic physics: If you put tons of metal around you, of course it's going to take the brunt of a crash. The engineers at XP Vehicles just might change that with their new small car, the Whisper. They say the Whisper "is the safest car ever ...

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    Frankfurt Preview: Toyota joining the small car party

    Toyota will be joining Ford and Volkswagen in presenting a new small car concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. In their pre-show press release, they announced the world premier of a "radical new small car concept" although no further details were given. On the production side, a pair of ...

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    On Point crawls into tiny cars, and some are stackable

    On yesterday's On Point, the NPR radio show, the topic was small. Tiny, actually. Tiny cars. These vehicles - cars like the SMART, the Renault Twingo, or the Ford Ka - are gaining interest here as gas prices rise. On Point featured five voices of those in the know, including Rick Woodbury, the ...


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