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    Featured: Toyota showing off pop art special edition iQ in Portugal

    Toyota is showing off its European-market minicar iQ with a splash on the streets of Portugal. An ultra-limited edition Toyota iQ, called the iQ Urban Art was created by award-winning artist Joana Vasconcelos. There are only five editions going on sale, each one featuring a color scheme inspired ...

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    Official: Opel/Vauxhall Adam zooms into Europe's supermini fray [w/video]

    We've done a triple-take with the Opel/Vauxhall Adam, and after two rounds of grainy spy shots, this third official look brings the car into crisp, clear focus. From the looks of these photos, we like it a bit more than we thought we did initially. Yes, it's got plenty of Audi A1 going on in that ...

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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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    Official: ECOmove's QBEAK nears launch, gets Frost & Sullivan award

    QBEAK, the city electric vehicle that's been pitched by Denmark-based ECOmove over the past year and a half, received this year's 'European Electric Vehicles Early Stage Investment Opportunity Award' from UK-based Frost & Sullivan, which said that ECOmove is "very close" to starting sales of ...

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    Report: Switzerland-based Catecar extended-range vehicle is tested in Geneva

    A Switzerland-based company is testing an extended-range plug-in mini-vehicle that it says gets more than 200 miles per gallon and has a single-tank range of more than 300 miles, according to website The company, Catecar, tested a prototype of the vehicle at the Geneva ...

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    Tokyo: EV-STER rear-wheel drive electric sports car looks to recapture Honda's sporting spirit

    Honda has whipped the sheets off of its EV-STER, a rear-wheel drive electric roadster not dissimilar in size and scope to the late, lamented Beat kei car. If you're looking for a successor to Honda's S2000 or a Mazda MX-5 Miata rival, this isn't it – the EV-STER is significantly smaller ...

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    Report: Scion sets 2012 iQ sales target at up to 2,000/month

    According to Ward's Auto, Scion is confident enough in its upcoming iQ minicar that a U.S. sales target of 1,000 to 2,000 units per month has been set. While that may not sound like much, remember that the iQ will have a staggered rollout across the U.S., beginning with the West Coast this Fall, ...

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    Honda launches $8,018, 47-mpg Brio minicar in India

    The India arm of Honda Motor has officially launched its fuel-sipping Brio minicar, joining its Japanese rivals in the fight for a chunk of India's lucrative minicar segment. Toyota launched its Etios Liva in April of 2011 and Nissan rolled out its Micra in mid-2010. The no-frills Brio starts at ...

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    Report: Upcoming Honda minicar to feature stop-start technology, 59 mpg

    After a four-plus-year hiatus, Honda will resume production of minicars (a.k.a. Kei cars, vehicles with engine displacements of 660 cc or less) for Japan. Coming first for the Honda line-up is a yet-to-be unveiled wagon-type minivehicle that's scheduled to roll off the lines this ...

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    Toyota launches Pixis Space minivehicle in Japan

    Over in Japan, Toyota Motor just launched the Pixis Space, the automaker's first-ever passenger minivehicle sold with a Toyota badge and the microvan will soon arrive at more than 200 Toyota dealerships nationwide. Toyota says the Pixis Space, a rebadged Daihatsu Move Conte, has been designed to ...

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    Report: Chevy Spark headed to U.S. with exterior design updates, Sonic to get 40 mpg

    In early August, General Motors confirmed through the now-traditional tweet format that the Chevrolet Spark minicar will be U.S.-bound sometime in mid-2012. Now comes word that before the Spark arrives Stateside, it will receive mild updates, including some necessary exterior design ...

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    Report: Honda re-entering minicar segment after four-year hiatus

    Japanese news outlet Nikkei reports that, after a four-plus-year hiatus, Honda will resume production of minicars (vehicles with engine displacements of 660 cc or less) for Japan. Back in June 2007, Honda ended its minicars (called kei in Japan) production, opting instead to farm out production ...

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    Report: Opel cancels electric version of Junior minicar

    Perhaps the confidence was overstated. Opel/Vauxhall now says it will not offer an electric version of its upcoming, entry-level Junior minicar. The electric minicar program, referred to internally as Junior BEV S-04404, has been axed due to "excessively high" costs, according to documents ...

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    Report: Only 600 electric Scion iQs to be produced in 2012; 100 coming to U.S.

    Back in July, Toyota officially confirmed that the electric Scion iQ will hit U.S. dealerships in 2012. A few weeks later, the Japanese automaker revealed that the electrified Scion iQ will be a fleet-only vehicle. Now, there's word that Toyota will only ship 100 electric iQs from Japan to the ...

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    Report: GM Europe boss says upscale Opel minicar will turn a profit

    Opel Trixx concept
    General Motors of Europe president Nick Reilly says Opel fully expects to turn a profit on its upcoming minicar. According to Reilly, the city car's up-scale features mean that the automaker will be able to charge a premium price for the vehicle and, in turn, should let ...

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    Report: Production Volkswagen Up! to be unveiled in Paris in August

    Mark your calendars, the production version of the Volkswagen Up! will be unveiled at the Grand Palais on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France on August 22. Both three- and five-door versions of the much-anticipated minicar will be on hand, according to VW Up Blogspot. Following its world premiere ...

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    Breaking: 2012 Scion iQ priced from $15,995*

    The 2012 Scion iQ will be priced from $15,995 (including destination charges) when it hits U.S. showrooms this fall. Scion says the iQ's U.S. launch, which has been postponed on numerous occasions due to various issues including the March 11 quake in Japan, will hit the West Coast first in ...

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    Nissan, Mitsubishi establish NMKV minicar joint venture for possible city car EV

    In mid-May, Nissan and Mitsubishi announced the official establishment of a 50:50 joint venture related to the automakers' minicars that are sold exclusively in Japan. The establishment of the minicar JV builds upon an agreement signed in December of 2010 that expanded the scope of cooperation ...

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    Nissan, Mitsubishi establish minicar joint venture

    On Friday, Nissan and Mitsubishi announced the official establishment of a 50:50 joint venture related to their minicars sold in the Japanese market. The establishment of this joint venture builds upon an earlier agreement, signed in December of 2010, to expand the scope of cooperation between ...

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    Report: Scion iQ launch in U.S. delayed again

    Scion iQ - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Back in January, word on The Internets was that the launch of the Scion iQ – a pint-sized hatchback that was originally scheduled to hit the U.S. in March – would be pushed back until sometime this summer. Toyota spokesman Greg Thome ...


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