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Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 Green Cars For 2011
Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 Green Cars For 2011

When editors of Kelley Blue Book prepared to select the “Top 10 Green Cars for 2011,” KBB’s annual listing of the most fuel-efficient cars, they sought to balance what buyers want in today’s cars – safety, creature comforts and driving enjoyment – with fuel...Read More»

2011 Mazda MAZDA2 Touring
2011 Mazda Mazda2: Driven

The 2011 Mazda Mazda2 is uncomplicated; and that's quite nice. While vehicles like the MINI Cooper or the Ford Fiesta can feel a bit overwrought or even gimmicky for some tastes, especially inside, it feels like Mazda has intentionally gone for a simpler—yet sporty—look and feel for its...Read More»

2010 Toyota Yaris
As Automakers Move Focus To Smaller Cars, Entry Segment Lags

With the landslide of all-new small cars being introduced this year and over the next several model years—including the 2011 Ford Fiesta, 2011 Mazda2, and 2012 Fiat 500—you might assume that small-car sales are going strong, and that the forecast for subcompacts in the U.S. is bullish...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Spark
Does Size Matter For The 2013 Chevrolet Spark?

Motor Trend has concluded that the highly anticipated 2013 Chevrolet Spark won't be much of a factor in the U.S. auto market because it's too small to be attractive to American buyers. Our feisty colleagues at GreenCarReports have taken that blanket assertion to task, pointing out that the Spark is...Read More»

2009 mercedes benz bluezero concept 019
Mercedes-Benz May Launch Smaller Cars In U.S. By 2012

Readers of a certain age will recall a time when America's roadways were clogged with Gremlins, Rabbits, and other fuel-efficient minicars. That historical moment was caused by spiking fuel prices in the 1970s (remember when Jimmy Carter told everyone to put on a snappy cardigan?), which rear-ended...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Polo
First Drive: 2010 Volkswagen Polo

Is it 1973 all over again? Volkswagen is amping up for a fuel-economy battle with Honda and Ford, right here in America, with a new hatchback. Only this time, some of the names have changed, and so have the rules. Come 2011 or so, it's the VW Polo readying for a fight with the Honda Fit and Ford...Read More»

Nissan Global Compact Car (Micra/March)
Sub-Versa In The Works: Nissan Micra Mini Coming The U.S.

If you've looked at the Versa and lamented that it's actually a bit bigger and thirstier than what you'd hoped for, you're apparently not alone. Nissan thinks that there's a reasonably strong market for an even smaller model, so the automaker's high-mpg replacement for its Micra minicar will be...Read More»

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