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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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    Rumormill: Lexus to get own version of Toyota Prius C?

    The CT 200h proved that Lexus could make up for the sins against excitement committed by the company's short-lived HS 250h. Its bold styling and greatly improved handling combined with a fuel-efficient drivetrain suggests a brighter future for the compact luxury hybrid segment. Word is, though, ...

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    Report: Turns out, the Fisker Karma is a subcompact, says the EPA

    Look at the vehicle in the picture above. Does that look like a subcompact car to you? Well, if you peer at the Fisker Karma through the regulatory lens of the EPA, then it would. See, the EPA has a strange methodology that bases vehicle classes on interior size, and the Karma isn't exactly ...

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    Report: Thailand to offer $3,317 credit for purchase of vehicles with up to 1.5-liter engines

    Thailand's government is discussing a tax rebate of up to 100,000 baht ($3,317 U.S. at the current exchange rate) for buyers of vehicles with engines that displace 1.5-liters or less. The move could cost the government an estimated 30 billion baht ($99.5 million U.S.), with up to 500,000 buyers ...

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    Official: Redesigned 2012 Toyota Yaris to go on sale this month

    Look for the totally redesigned 2012 Toyota Yaris to hit U.S. showrooms by the end of September, according to the latest word from Toyota execs. Toyota says the redesigned 2012 Yaris will start at a base price of $14,115 (plus $760 in destination charges) in three-door guise and continue to be a ...

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    2012 Hyundai Accent leapfrogs to top of subcompact sales charts

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    In its first full month of sales, the completely redesigned 2012 Hyundai Accent lit up that charts, capturing the title of America's top-selling subcompact vehicle in July. Sales of the 2012 Accent fell just shy of 7,000 in ...

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

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    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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    Toyota confirms redesigned 2012 Yaris will hit U.S. showrooms by year's end

    At this point in time, not much is known of the totally redesigned 2012 Toyota Yaris except that it will hit U.S. showrooms by the end of the year 2011. That's the official word from Toyota's senior vice-president of automotive operations, Don Esmond. While discussing Toyota's June 2011 sales ...

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    Mazda prices facelifted Demio (Mazda2) at $14,240 in Japan

    On Thursday, Mazda launched the its slightly remodeled Demio (aka the Mazda2 in this neck of the wood) subcompact in Japan. The facelifted Demio is the first vehicle to get Mazda's fuel-saving 1.3-liter SkyActiv gasoline engine. The Demio, which starts at 1.15 million yen ($14,240 U.S. at the ...

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    Size matters! U.S. consumers prefer compacts over subcompacts

    With gas prices on the rise, U.S. consumers are turning to fuel-efficient compact vehicles, according to a study conducted by GfK Automotive. Surprisingly, demand for subcompact vehicles has remained relatively low despite an uptick in pump prices. According to GfK Automotive, compact vehicles ...

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    Japan's green-car subsidy comes to a halt; sales of subcompacts dip 12.2%

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    Japan's green-car subsidy, which awarded 300,000 yen ($3,598 U.S. at the current exchange rate) for each fuel-efficient vehicle purchased, has come to a halt. The program drove hybrids and subcompacts off dealer lots at rates far ...

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    2011 Mazda2 dealer order guide surfaces on the interwebs

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    You only have two more months to wait for the Mazda2 to appear in your local showroom, but you can start practicing your mixing and matching right now with the newly freed dealer order guide. The 2011 Mazda2 starts at $13,980 plus a $750 ...

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    Leakage: The new Opel/Vauxhall Astra

    Leaks of new designs come from all over, and the source of this image is quite odd. It has appeared on a user forum of a Brazilian car magazine but shows the new generation of the Astra that GM Europe is getting ready. Now that its main competitors - VW with the Golf (Rabbit) and Renault with the ...

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    Hyundai might bring the 47mpg I10 stateside

    Click image above for high-resolution galleryDue to the downsizing trend observed in the United States, Hyundai is seriously considering selling the tiny I10 there. The strong sales of the Mini and the Smart have shown Hyundai that Americans are willing to buy small, clean and fuel-efficient cars. ...

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    Honda bringing more Fits stateside

    The Honda Fit is selling like candy in the U.S. Sales of the subcompact car from January to May have increased by 64 percent, compared to the same period last year. Honda originally planned to sell between 30,000 and 40,000 Fits a year, but then increased production to 60,000. The marque is ...

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    Dodge Breeze spy photo

    We had already seen the back of the Dodge Breeze, but now we've got a view of the rest. The Breeze is the result of badge engineering a Chery A1 for the South American market. As you can see, this is a small vehicle, especially when compared to the Ford Edge right behind it in the picture. What we ...

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    Saturn could get a model below the Astra

    2007 Opel CorsaSaturn started off selling only compact cars when the original S-Series was introduced in 1990. Now that the Ion is no longer in production, the GM division's smallest vehicle is the Aura until the new Astra's start arriving from Europe this fall. Product development director Lisa ...

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    Hybrid appeal may be slowing in some regions

    The days of the 8-month waiting list to buy a hybrid or dealers selling them for more than sticker could be drawing to a close. A report in a Massachusetts newspaper says the waiting list is down to three months at a local Toyota dealer, and there is no waiting list at the Honda dealer. Crossover ...

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    Ford recalls over 100,000 flex-fuel vehicles

    Ouch. The month of August continues to be a bad one for Ford Motor Co. The troubled automaker, which Toyota Motor Corp. surpassed in U.S. sales for the first time in history, also announced a recall of over 1 million trucks, SUVs, and vans to repair wiring issues in the cruise control system. The ...


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