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What you missed on 9.18.14

Filed under: Performance, Europe, Government/Legal, Hatchback, Kia, Nissan, Electric Quick Spin: 2014 Kia Cee’d GT We’re undergoing somewhat of a Hot Hatch Revival here in America these days, but the sad truth is that for every Volkswagen GTI and Ford Focus ST we can buy, the average European shopper has three to choose from. So, [...]

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Citroen C4 Cactus Airflow 2L promises 141 mpg, no door dings [w/video]

Filed under: Concept Cars, Hybrid, Technology, Hatchback, Citroën I’m the president of Autoblog’s chapter of the Citroën C4 Cactus Appreciation Club. Full Disclosure: I’m also probably its only member. Why am I fan, you ask? Because the C4 and its ding-resistant Airbumps offer the versatility of a five-door Ford Focus, but it’s 350 pounds lighter [...]

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2014 Kia Cee’d GT

Filed under: Performance, Europe, Hatchback, Kia, UK, Quick Spins Kia may be an automaker with a lot going for it these days, but it’s not yet one that takes pains to appeal to performance enthusiasts. Aside from its Pirelli World Challenge team, it doesn’t support any major racing programs to speak of. And despite having [...]

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Kia Soul getting turbo power, possible AWD

Filed under: Hatchback, Kia, Rumormill It’s been a long time coming, but it appears we might finally see a turbocharged Kia Soul next year. Kia officials reportedly confirmed the hotter Soul to Motor Trend recently, and also stated that the company is (still) investigating the use of all-wheel drive for the next generation of its [...]

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Citroen and Ines de La Fressange Paris show off two new concepts

Filed under: Concept Cars, Convertible, Europe, Paris Motor Show, Hatchback, Citroën, Design/Style Citroën is taking some inspiration from the famous Parisian style with two new, chic concepts based on the DS3 (above) and DS3 Cabrio (right) with input from the fashion house Ines de La Fressange Paris. There aren’t any actual mechanical tweaks to them; [...]

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NHTSA investigating Ford Fiesta for faulty door latches

Filed under: Sedan, Government/Legal, Safety, Hatchback, Ford The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation on the 2011-2013 Ford Fiesta because the regulator has received 61 complaints from drivers, including one claim of an injury, about the doors on the subcompacts failing to latch and sometimes even flying open while driving. NHTSA [...]

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2015 Mazda3 finally pairs 6-speed manual with larger engine

Filed under: Car Buying, Sedan, Hatchback, Mazda With all of the hype and anticipation surrounding the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Japanese brand was able to sneak another driver-oriented model into its lineup. The company’s spec page for the 2015 Mazda3 hatchback and sedan have been updated to list the Skyactiv-G 2.5-liter four-cylinder as finally [...]

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Tanner Foust checks out his new VW Beetle GRC rally car

Filed under: Motorsports, Performance, Videos, Hatchback, Volkswagen, Celebrities, Racing Racing driver and Top Gear USA host Tanner Foust is a very busy guy. After all, he’s competing in rounds of both Global Rallycross series and FIA World Rallycross Championship, not to mention his TV duties. However, we probably shouldn’t feel too sorry for him, because [...]

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Peugeot warms things up with new 308 GT

Filed under: Performance, Wagon, Europe, Paris Motor Show, Hatchback, Peugeot, Diesel Peugeot chose wisely when it got back into the hot-hatch game. Instead of going after the big boys, it went small with the 208 GTI, which arrived around the same time as the latest Renaultsport Clio. Where Renault went with a crowd-pleasing five doors [...]

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Volkswagen and Funny or Die take humorous spin in 2015 Golf

Filed under: Marketing/Advertising, Videos, Hatchback, Volkswagen, Celebrities, Humor Volkswagen is partnering with Target and Funny or Die in a bizarre ad for the latest Golf starring comedian Rob Huebel, probably best known for his work on Childrens Hospital on Adult Swim. The commercial is titled The Way Too Helpful Neighbor and stars Huebel as the [...]

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