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Audi recalling 70k TDI models worldwide over braking problem [UPDATE]

Filed under: Coupe, Sedan, Recalls, Crossover, Hatchback, Audi, Diesel Audi is issuing a recall covering some 70,000 vehicles worldwide, due to problems with their brake boosters. According to Automotive News Europe, diesel-powered examples of the A4, A5, A6, A7 and Q7 are all being called back due to this issue. The report indicates that while [...]

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Datsun expands low-cost revival with new Mi-Do in Moscow [w/video]

Filed under: Budget, Videos, Hatchback, Nissan, Misc. Auto Shows, Russia Those who were disappointed when Datsun changed its name to Nissan over three decades ago may have been pleased to see the marque revived last year, even as a budget brand. Nissan’s counterpart to its ally Renault’s Dacia budget brand, Datsun has been steadily expanding [...]

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What you missed on 8.28.14

Filed under: Coupe, Budget, Hatchback, Mazda, Volkswagen, Volvo, Electric Electric VW e-Up! tested The Volkswagen Up! is one of our favorite pieces of pint-sized forbidden fruit. The cute little city car is already one of the best-selling microcars in Europe, and VW aims to broaden its appeal with a new electrified version, the e-Up! Jonathon [...]

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2014 Volkswagen e-Up!

Filed under: Europe, Hatchback, Volkswagen, Electric, Quick Spins Volkswagen sets targets that are entertainingly confident, its stated goal for electric mobility being “market leadership by 2018.” The tiny e-Up! is the first round out of the electric cannon, one of 14 EV and hybrid models the company will put on the menu this year as [...]

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VW Golf Mk8 could arrive by 2017

Filed under: Europe, Technology, Hatchback, Volkswagen, Design/Style The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf (pictured above) only went on sale in the US in August, but it has been on the road in some parts of the world since 2012. The German automotive giant isn’t taking a moment’s rest for one of its most well known models, though. [...]

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What you missed on 8.21.2014

Filed under: Budget, Minivan/Van, Performance, Safety, Work, Hatchback, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Fiat This or That: Fiat 500 Abarth vs. Ford Fiesta ST Two of Autoblog’s editors argue the finer points of hot hatches in a point/counterpoint rundown between the Fiat 500 Abarth and Ford Fiesta ST. Arguments are made, but no firm conclusions drawn. Feel [...]

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Honda CR-Z gets much-needed supercharger

Filed under: Aftermarket, Hybrid, Performance, Hatchback, Honda Honda has really taken its time in getting an aftermarket supercharger kit for the CR-Z to enthusiasts in the US. It’s finally on sale, though, and it makes you wonder if the hybrid hatchback shouldn’t have had it from the day it went on sale. The supercharger kit [...]

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This Or That: Fiat 500 Abarth vs. Ford Fiesta ST [w/poll]

Filed under: Performance, Hatchback, Ford, Fiat They’re pretty darn similar. And yet our views are oh so different. If you guys could read the transcripts of our editors’ chat room, you’d know that we’re a pretty argumentative bunch. It’s always good-spirited stuff (well, usually), but when we’re not obsessively covering this or that, we’re usually [...]

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Honda fixes Fit flaw, improves performance on key crash test [w/video]

Filed under: Safety, Hatchback, Honda The Fit’s grade on the small-front overlap test improved from “marginal” to “acceptable.” Back in March, safety engineers at Honda were disappointed when the much-anticipated 2015 Fit received a substandard grade on an important crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. They thought they had reinforced a [...]

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Ford issues four recalls covering 163k vehicles

Filed under: Budget, Minivan/Van, Performance, Recalls, Safety, Crossover, Hatchback, Ford, Specialty Recalls! 2014 will be forever remembered as the year that automakers went recall crazy, with millions and millions of vehicles adding up to crush previous recall records well before the end of the year. Adding to that tally is Ford, which announced a call-back [...]

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VW Golf R pitted against BMW M235i in enthusiast’s choice battle

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Videos, Hatchback, BMW, Volkswagen Most people don’t have two, open spots in their garage to fit a practical daily driver and a fire-breathing performance car for the weekends. That’s what makes vehicles like the latest Volkswagen Golf R and BMW M235i just about perfect for the average person. Both of these [...]

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Hyundai Motorsport tests its performance at the WRC Rally Finland

Filed under: Motorsports, Europe, Hatchback, Hyundai, Racing Autoblog joined Hyundai to check out the Neste Oil Rally Finland, where thousands of kilometers of lightly traveled, rolling gravel roads have turned out decades of astonishing racing and cold-blooded drivers. Even though the World Rally Championship is well tamed from its feral Group B days, Rally Finland [...]

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