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    Official: Smart readies Fortwo Cityflame special edition for Detroit

    There's nothing cowardly about the yellow Smart Fortwo being introduced at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Why the bright color? Daimler says it's in response to both trends in car colors and customer demand for more personalization on the city car's higher-end Passion trim level. The newest Smart ...

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    Spy Shots: Opel Adam hatch caught sans camo

    Two weeks ago we brought you some of the worst spy shots ever, revealing the forthcoming Opel Adam minicar. Today we've got more. These are remarkably better – yet still low res – shots of Opel's long-gestating competitor to the Volkswagen Up! But hey, they're better than nothing, ...

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    Report: 50.6% of households in Japan now own a small, frugal kei car

    Daihatsu e:S – Click above for high-res image gallery
    For the first time since 1986, more than 50 percent of households in Japan own at least one kei-category vehicle. The Japan Mini Vehicles Association (JMVA) began tracking the mini vehicles back in 1986, and this is the highest ...

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    Report: Minicar maker, Daihatsu, exiting European market

    Toyota's extensive portfolio of subsidiaries includes the brand Daihatsu, a relatively unknown name here in the States. Daihatsu offers a lineup of budget vehicles, mostly hatchbacks, and sells some models, such as the Altis, which is nothing more than a rebadged Toyota Camry. Daihatsu focuses on ...

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    Aston Martin CEO: Cygnet city car is "advanced, iconic, iconoclastic"

    Aston Martin Cygnet – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Aston Martin assembles some drop-dead gorgeous cars, many of which are either already automotive icons or soon will be. Svelte rides like the DBS, Rapide and Vantage are beyond classy and an absolute thrill to drive. Producing ...

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    Fiat developing low-cost city car to replace outdated Seicento

    2008 Fiat Seicento
    Unlovable. That's the word that comes to mind when we gaze upon the Fiat Seicento, but with more than one million on the road, it's quite clear that there are people who disagree. The Seicento city car is a machine with a purpose: basic transportation at its finest (or as we ...

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    Report: Mini to debut city car concept in Geneva next March

    1997 Mini Spiritual city car concept
    While the current crop of Minis aren't exactly mini anymore, the company's upcoming city car concept – described as a Smart ForTwo rival – should help fill the void. Mini is putting a heavy emphasis on the word rival, otherwise, we might think Mini ...

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    Mini kicks off city car project aimed at producing Smart ForTwo rival

    1997 Mini Spiritual city car concept
    Remember the original Mini? It was absolutely tiny compared to the batch of Mini Coopers and Clubmans on our roads today. The current crop of Minis have grown substantially compared to the iconic models of the past, which has left a size void for the company ...

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    CT&T chooses Hawaii for production of company's tiny electric cars

    South Korean-based CT&T, makers of quirky little electric cars like the one pictured above, has chosen the beautiful island state of Hawaii as the new locale for a $200 million assembly plant that could employ as many as 400 people once construction is complete. CT&T is pondering four ...

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    Report: Vauxhall city car design to be approved soon, electric version coming asap

    According to a report in Autocar, designers of the Vauxhall / Opel city car will be getting final approval for the new car within the next six to eight weeks and the production vehicle will be ready to go on sale by the end of 2012. Autocar spoke with Nick Reilly, head of General Motors Europe, ...

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    Enter the rumormill: Renault to build a Smart/IQ contender

    Renault Twingo - Click above for a complete gallery
    A few French media outlets are toying with the possibility that Renault could build a microcar to compete with the smart fortwo, the Toyota IQ or even the upcoming Volkwagen Up! The idea would be to use a shortened version of the current Twingo, ...

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    Fiat plans new brand for low-cost cars

    It's been widely reported already that Fiat is working up a new city car that would revive the old Topolino nameplate in Europe. Now it seems that the Italian automaker is considering launching a completely new marque for that city car along with two additional models that would be based on ...

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    Early shots of Gordon Murray's T.25 surface

    Click above for more teaser shots of the T.25 concept
    Gordon Murray has very big ideas, but sometimes those ideas turn into something very small indeed. Such is the case with the T.25, which is the twenty-fifth unique design to come out of the man's head. Past projects include the McLaren F1 and ...

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    No GM minicars in U.S. for the time being

    Click the photo for a gallery of live high-res shots of the Chevy Beat
    With sales of the smart going well and cars like the MINI flying off the showroom floor, you might expect the big automotive giants to want in on that action too. Perhaps they do, but it doesn't seem likely that General Motors ...

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    Fiat might take on Smart with new even smaller car

    Fiat is apparently considering a production of a new mini-car to challenge the Smart ForTwo and upcoming city cars from Volkswagen and Toyota. The latter two companies will be displaying concept versions of their models at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. The Fiat would likely share a platform ...


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