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    Exclusive: Teeny-tiny Cars: Are they cheap and fuel-efficient enough to justify their drawbacks?

    The San Francisco US press launch of the teeny-tiny two-seat 2008 Smart Fortwo involved an interesting presentation and drive experience. I learned that its history dates back to the late 1980s when SMH (Swatch watches) CEO Nicolas Hayek decided that a substantial number of people wanted a small, ...

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    Read This: A family's 10-year history with a 2003 first-gen Toyota Prius

    The Toyota Prius has put in its time as the benchmark for hybrids and fuel efficient vehicles on American roads. For Scott Burns, it's put in time as a family car as well, and one he's been incredibly happy with. Burns, writing in the Houston Chronicle, says owning a 2003 first-generation Toyota ...

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    Video: Nissan New Mobility Concept is "perfect even for mom" [w/video]

    Nissan is taking the careful approach as it brings out its second electric vehicle. To show off the car's practicality, Nissan gave seven moms in suburban Japan the chance to test drive the New Mobility Concept vehicle to see how it works transporting their kids, going shopping and running ...

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    GM says young people like Chevy Spark because it's efficient, cheap

    General Motors is touting some numbers it has, showing that its venture into the low-priced, high mileage mini-car segment seems to be paying off by bringing in young and female buyers who've never owned a Chevrolet before. Since launching in the summer of 2012, the 2013 Chevrolet Spark has sold ...

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    Official: Hyundai HB20 a Brazil-exclusive flex-fuel car, coming in October

    The Brazilian Hyundai subsidiary has launched a Brazil-only flex-fuel model called the HB20. It will be manufactured at its new plant in Piracicaba, Brazil, which starts production September 20 ahead of an early October sales launch. Hyundai decided to bring its first Brazil-exclusive car to ...

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    Report: Toyota to launch low-priced, subcompact in China in 2013

    Toyota Etios – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Come 2013, Toyota will have launched a subcompact vehicle designed specifically for buyers in China. So says Nikkei, a Japanese news outlet. This subcompact will reportedly be powered by a 1.5-liter engine and will be slightly larger ...

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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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