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U-Turn: What you missed on 10.29.14

Filed under: Sedan, Performance, Wagon, Hatchback, Chrysler, Dodge, Mercedes-Benz, Earnings/Financials, Ferrari, Design/Style, Luxury, Fiat 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat What’s black, white and red all over? Not sure? Okay, what’s black, white and red all over, boasts a stonkin’ 707-horsepower supercharged V8 underhood, four doors with plenty of room for a party of five and [...]

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Official: Volkswagen rolls out sporty Street Up!

Filed under: Budget, Performance, Europe, Hatchback, Volkswagen When Volkswagen unveiled the production Up! hatchback at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, it showcased a series of concept versions alongside it. At the Geneva Motor Show the following year, it returned with another quartet of whimsical Up! concepts. There were more before and there will be more [...]

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Quick Spin: 2014 Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing

Filed under: Convertible, Performance, Europe, Hatchback, Citroën, UK, Quick Spins When you think of hot hatches, one French automaker comes to mind… but it’s not Citroën. Maybe it should be, though, because some of the industry’s best hot hatches are honed on the rally stage, and nobody has dominated the modern World Rally Championship like [...]

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ETC: Nissan rolls Versa Note inside world’s largest zorb [w/video]

Filed under: Budget, Marketing/Advertising, Safety, Hatchback, Nissan With features like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and moving object detection bundled into its Safety Shield suite, Nissan touts the Versa Note as among the safer vehicles on the road. And to highlight that, the Japanese automaker has taken its diminutive hatchback Zorbing. Zwhat now, you [...]

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Official: Mazda2 production fires up in Mexico

Filed under: Budget, Plants/Manufacturing, Hatchback, Mazda Mazda has officially kicked off production of the next-generation Mazda2 at the company’s new factory in Salamanca, Mexico. Alongside the auto assembly plant, operations have also commenced at the facility’s engine machining factory. “With the start of production of the all-new Mazda2, operations underway at the engine machining plant, [...]

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Official: 2015 Subaru XV Crosstrek gets more infotainment, safety tech

Filed under: Hybrid, Hatchback, Subaru, Off-Road A couple of months ago, Subaru rolled out a series of minor enhancements for the Impreza, and now it’s performed a similar upgrade to its more rugged counterpart, the XV Crosstrek. For 2015, the XV benefits from available EyeSight driver assistance suite, steering-responsive fog lights and a new 6.2-inch [...]

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Report: Honda execs take ‘quality-related’ pay cut after Fit Hybrid’s 5th recall

Filed under: Hybrid, Japan, Recalls, Technology, Hatchback, Honda, Earnings/Financials Generally, the best policy in life is to admit when you’re wrong and just accept the consequences. However, that attitude generally seems to be a bit less common in the world of business – at least without some government or legal prodding. So, it’s especially surprising [...]

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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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