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U-Turn: What you missed on 11.25.14

Filed under: Technology, Hatchback, Smart We drive the 2016 Smart Forfour The redesigned Smart Fortwo is a better offering than ever before, what with its fully reworked, Renault Twingo underpinnings. And while the diminutive two-door will be headed to the US relatively soon, the Forfour isn’t currently on the docket for American sales. Is that [...]

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Quick Spin: 2016 Smart Forfour

Filed under: Budget, Europe, Hatchback, Smart, Quick Spins The Fortwo always has been – and always will be – the prototypical Smart car. While it has been far and away the brand’s best seller, it’s not the only model to to wear the moniker. A decade ago, Smart rolled out the larger Forfour, but like [...]

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U-Turn: What you missed on 11.24.14

Filed under: LA Auto Show, Hatchback, Volkswagen, Fiat 2015 VW Golf R, driven Stateside The first time we drove Volkswagen’s new turbocharged Golf R, it was on a frozen lake in northern Sweden, near the border of the Arctic Circle. Fun? You bet. Now, senior editor Seyth Miersma had the chance to drive the plucky [...]

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Second Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf R [w/video]

Filed under: Performance, Hatchback, Volkswagen, New Car Reviews Volkswagen hired a photographer to come shoot the handful of journalists that it brought to drive the 2015 Golf R at Buttonwillow Raceway north of Los Angeles. This fact, though unremarkable in and of itself, was something I hadn’t noticed until I was well into my track [...]

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Spy Shots: Renault spotted testing hotter Twingo

Filed under: Spy Photos, Performance, Europe, Hatchback, Renault With a rear-engine, rear-drive setup, the Renault Twingo (like its Smart cousin) has the opportunity to be a real firecracker. Unfortunately, even in turbocharged guise, its tiny three-cylinder engine has other ideas. But when we spoke to Renault’s engineers at the Twingo’s launch in France a couple [...]

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ETC: Car and Driver 10Best list cracked by Tesla Model S, BMW 3 Series left off

Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Sedan, Performance, Etc., Hatchback, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Porsche, Volkswagen, Tesla Car and Driver is keeping new blood pumping into its annual 10Best cars list with three new entries making it on for 2015 and a perennial favorite falling off. Among the biggest shocks this year is that the [...]

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Los Angeles: Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept still makes us swoon

Filed under: Concept Cars, LA Auto Show, Performance, Hatchback, Volkswagen We know, we know – this hot little guy isn’t really new or anything. Volkswagen first rolled out the Golf R 400 concept in Beijing earlier this year, and since its debut, we’ve heard rumors that the German automaker might-perhaps-maybe-hopefully build the thing. Its showing [...]

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Official: Qoros 3 City SUV unveiled in Guangzhou

Filed under: China, Crossover, Hatchback, Misc. Auto Shows And now, ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: Qoros has revealed its third model. (Or the third version of its existing model, anyway.) Never heard of Qoros, you say? That’s alright: it’s a Chinese automaker recently set up by joint venture between Chery [...]

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Los Angeles: 2015 Toyota Prius C is still colorful, still gets 53 mpg

Filed under: LA Auto Show, Budget, Hybrid, Hatchback, Toyota Few vehicles can match the affordable fuel economy of the $19,000, 53-mile-per-gallon Toyota Prius C, and that fact isn’t likely to change for 2015, as the Japanese company has issued a moderate refresh of its sub-compact hybrid. As mid-cycle refreshes go, this is a pretty standard [...]

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Report: Are you the Porsche Pajun?

Filed under: Performance, Videos, Hatchback, Porsche, Design/Style The prospect of Porsche building a smaller version of the Panamera has been an on-again, off-again proposition as the German automaker seems to go back and forth on the project. Last we heard, Porsche had pushed back the so-called Pajun (shorthand for Panamera Junior) until 2019 at the [...]

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