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US Ford Focus RS to be imported from Europe

Filed under: Performance, Hatchback, Ford, Rumormill Rumors about the forthcoming Ford Focus RS are flourishing into what sounds like a very impressive new hot hatch. The latest scuttlebutt gives the first indication about when we might see a few of these fast Focuses on roads here in the US. Unnamed insiders reportedly confirmed to The [...]

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VW recalls 1.1M Jetta, Beetle models in US, China over suspension fears

Filed under: Convertible, Sedan, China, Recalls, Safety, Hatchback, Volkswagen Volkswagen is recalling about 1.1 million vehicles in China and North America in a newly announced campaign affecting the rear suspensions on some models. For the US, the action covers about 442,265 vehicles, including 400,602 examples of its 2011-2013 Jetta and 41,663 units of the 2012-2013 [...]

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Nissan Canada offers box-fresh racecar for $19,998 [w/video]

Filed under: Motorsports, Budget, Videos, Hatchback, Nissan, Canada, Racing Nissan is seriously emphasizing its commitment to motorsports with projects like next year’s GT-R LM endurance racer at Le Mans and the company’s participation with GT Academy. At least in Canada, the automaker is adding another opportunity to get people onto the track with the new [...]

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2015 Kia Soul EV

Filed under: Hatchback, Kia, Electric, Quick Spins You’d be forgiven if you weren’t fully aware of this vehicle’s existence. While the Soul EV is a big deal for Kia, as it marks the Korean brand’s first foray into the world of pure electric vehicles here in the US, it simply has not a been able [...]

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Fiat opens doors at Abarth factory on Google Street View

Filed under: Performance, Plants/Manufacturing, Hatchback, Fiat Google Street View has emerged as a great tool for checking out locations along your driving route, and even scoping out places you don’t have a chance to go yourself. And that includes some great automotive installations. The online tool has taken us inside museums, race tracks and factories [...]

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Chrysler teases upcoming outlay of SEMA cars

Filed under: Aftermarket, Concept Cars, SEMA Show, Coupe, Sedan, Performance, Truck, Hatchback, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Fiat, Ram Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is hauling a multitude of modified models to the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas this November, and the company is releasing the first teasing sketches of many of them. Unfortunately, FCA isn’t giving many [...]

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What you missed on 10.14.14

Filed under: Budget, Truck, Hatchback, Ford, Toys/Games First Drive: 2015 Ford Focus EcoBoost Cagey car-spotters may be able to pick out the 2015 model of Ford’s Focus at a glance, but the most fascinating update for the new compact lies not in the hexagonal grille, but behind it. Ford is ready to offer its mighty [...]

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Mazda2 nets Japan Car of the Year, Cherokee first US model to ever crack top 10 [UPDATE]

Filed under: Budget, SUV, Japan, Hatchback, Jeep, Mazda, Off-Road The 2015 Mazda2 is quite high up on our must-drive list. Yes, the teeny, tiny successor to the 100-horsepower five-door is worth getting excited over, largely because the previous generation was one of the absolute best smiles-per-dollar values on the market. While we eagerly await for [...]

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2015 Ford Focus

Filed under: Budget, Hatchback, Ford, First Drives Sitting down at the pre-drive briefing with Ford engineers ahead of sampling the refreshed 2015 Focus, water bottles clinked as we wet our whistles before Q&A. While pouring a glass, we noticed something stamped on the bottle label: “1L.” One liter. We were palming the exact displacement of [...]

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Mitsubishi recalling 166k cars, crossovers over stall risk

Filed under: Budget, Sedan, Performance, Recalls, Safety, Crossover, Hatchback, Mitsubishi Mitsubishi is recalling 165,923 vehicles in the US because it’s possible for the drive belt to detach from their engines, potentially causing a stall. Specifically, the campaign covers 2008-2011 model-year examples of the Lancer, Lancer Evolution (pictured above) and Outlander as well as the 2009-2011 [...]

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Audi to lap Hockenheim in driverless RS7

Filed under: Concept Cars, Motorsports, Performance, Hatchback, Audi, Luxury An automaker like Audi will always have a number of different research and development projects going at the same time, and some of them might take on very different approaches. At one end, you’ll have its racing programs, and at what you’d assume would be the [...]

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BMW looking to fix i3 acceleration problem uncovered by Consumer Reports

Filed under: Hybrid, Safety, Technology, Hatchback, BMW, Electric The BMW i3 has been hailed in some quarters as the future of electric mobility, what with its innovative carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body and commitment to sustainable materials wherever possible. The modernist little hatch is even available with a 650cc two-cylinder gas engine with 34 horsepower to act [...]

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Refreshed 2015 Subaru Impreza priced from $18,195*

Filed under: Car Buying, Sedan, Hatchback, Subaru It was just a few weeks ago that Subaru unveiled its refreshed 2015 Impreza with refinements like a tweaked front fascia, upgraded infotainment system, standard rearview camera, slightly better fuel economy and other goodies. The Japanese automaker has finally decided to tell us what all of this new [...]

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Terrifying rally crash is shockingly non-lethal

Filed under: Motorsports, Europe, Videos, Hatchback, Renault, Racing Going to most races means watching the action from behind a fence or from high up on grandstands, but rallying often gives spectators the chance to get closer to the competition than practically any other forms of motorsport. If people are willing to put themselves in danger, [...]

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