Hatchbacks

2012 Honda Fit Shapes Up
2012 Honda Fit Shapes Up

The 2011 Honda Fit is one of the most popular vehicles in the subcompact segment, and with good reason: it’s small on the outside but big on the inside, relatively entertaining to drive and affordable for most any budget. It’s racked up “Best Of” awards from the likes of Car...Read More»

2012 Toyota Yaris
2012 Toyota Yaris To Debut At...Lollapalooza

While the new Toyota Yaris has been revealed in other markets, the U.S. has had to wait. The waiting will end soon: Toyota announced on its Facebook fan page that the new 2012 Yaris will make its debut at Lollapalooza. We've seen the spy shots, and heard the rumors of a hybrid model, but to this...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo – Copyright High Gear Media
Has The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Given Up On Flower Power? #YouTellUs

The Volkswagen Beetle is one of those iconic cars that represents a brand. The last-generation Beetle helped put Volkswagen on the map in the U.S., but it was more of a hit with female buyers. Volkswagen hopes to even the demographic spread with the new 2012 Beetle. The main design cues on the new...Read More»

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo – Copyright High Gear Media
Has The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Lost Its Flower Power? #YouTellUs

The last-generation Volkswagen Beetle wasn't exactly what we would call masculine. From its steering column-mounted flower vase to the triple-bubble shape, it was definitely perceived to be a feminine vehicle. Volkswagen is hoping to change that perception with the new 2012 Beetle. By the numbers...Read More»

2012 Ford Focus Titanium hatchback, New York, July 2011
Is The Hatchback Suddenly Popular Again? #YouTellUs

When people think of family vehicles thoughts seem to turn to minivans and crossovers, but what about the hatchback? These versatile vehicles have more cargo room than sedans with similar fuel economy. With gas prices rising is seems consumers are starting to realize the benefits of hatchbacks...Read More»

2011 Ford Focus
Are Hatchbacks Making A Comeback? #YouTellUs

Just like station wagons, the hatchback seems to have a bad reputation in America. Carmakers have long thought the American car buyer doesn't like hatchbacks, but recent sales figures show that's not the case anymore It seems hatchbacks may be having a resurgence in America. Ford's new Fiesta and...Read More»

2011 Subaru WRX STI
Which is The Best Hot Hatchback? #YouTellUs

All-wheel drive or front-wheel drive? Six-speed manual or dual-clutch? These are merely some of the choices that enthusiasts now have when it comes to choosing a hot hatchback. But which is the best hot hatch? Ford is bringing the Focus ST and Fiesta ST to the U.S. next year. Volkswagen is bringing...Read More»

2011 Kia Forte 5-Door SX
2011 Kia Forte 5-Door SX: First Drive

The Kia Forte replaced the compact Spectra a few years ago, bringing style to and dare I say flair to the Kia showroom. But the market is changing and Kia recognizes this. For 2011 Kia is introducing a 5-Door model to the Forte line-up. Last week we had the opportunity to drive the Forte 5-Door SX...Read More»

2011 Nissan Cube
2011 Nissan Cube Starts From $14,290

The Cube, no longer the quirkiest vehicle in Nissan's lineup thanks to the arrival of the Juke, gets a minor tech update and a similarly-sized price bump for the 2011 model year. Along with the changes comes a revision to the combined EPA fuel economy rating, raising it from 28 to 29 mpg for...Read More»

2010 Toyota Prius
2010 Toyota Prius: Mississippi Plant on Hold

Toyota is putting its new Mississippi manufacturing plant on indefinite hold, as it preps to introduce the 2010 Toyota Prius hybrid that was to be built there. The Wall Street Journal says the decision--which had been rumored for months--will help the automaker get its North American production in...Read More»

2010 Mazda3
First Drive: 2010 Mazda3

We were among the first journalists to drive the 2010 Mazda3 before the recent L.A. auto show--and we're happy to report that Mazda didn’t screw up the recipe for their best-selling vehicle. On the contrary, the new 3 has been spiced it up a bit with a larger-displacement engine and made it a...Read More»

2009 Honda Fit
SEMA 2008: Honda Fit Gets Tuned

Honda's kith and kin at MUGEN have long tweaked out its Civics and S2000s and other enthusiast-aimed vehicles (like last year's Honda Civic Si MUGEN sedan). Now the 2009 Honda Fit is getting the MUGEN treatment, at SEMA with a fully outfitted concept car and in the near future, with a list of a la...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS
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The stock market's jittery, banks are closing and the smell of recession is in the air. Is anyone worried about new cars? The answer is yes. Regardless of the tattered condition of Wall Street and some big has-beens in the money world, the real world still is turning--and that means people are...Read More»

KITT (Knight Rider)
Knight Rider Running on All Eight Cylinders?

After receiving positive response from its two-hour backdoor pilot movie based on the iconic "Knight Rider" series from the 1980s, NBC has decided the show will finish out the '08-'09 season, giving the go-ahead for nine more episodes of "a reinvented, updated and super-charged action series...Read More»

Mini E
MINI E First Lithium-Ion Electric Vehicle to Market

On Saturday, BMW Group announced it will be the first auto manufacturer to market with the vaunted lithium-ion battery technology. We knew that BMW was announcing an all-electric MINI at the L.A. Auto Show this November, but were unaware it would be powered by lithium-ion technology. Currently...Read More»

2009 Ford Ka
Ford CEO Mulally: Ka May Come Stateside

In a possible stroke of genius where small cars are concerned, one of the Detroit's Big Three is seriously considering bringing a small, Europe-only mini car to market in the United States. Ford CEO Alan Mulally's shift was confirmed by Detroit News, who said that "increased demand for small cars...Read More»

2008 Mitsubishi Colt
Mitsubishi Introduces New Colt: For Europe Only

Mitsubishi Motors uses the Paris Auto Show to formally announce its next-generation Colt, a Europe-only sub-compact model that it last redesigned in 2004. Eschewing the "MPV-like high stance of its predecessor," Mitsubishi says that the Colt's aggressive new nose and a more athletic stance now make...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen GTI
2010 Volkswagen GTI Is, Laughably, a Paris Show "Study"

VW is calling the new GTI a "study," but what's left to study when all the GTI's usual goodness is applied to the latest and greatest Golf/Rabbit? That sixth-gen Golf platform will be getting a workout in its new GTI edition. Ringing in with 210 hp from its 2.0-liter TFSI four, the direct-injected...Read More»

2008 Audi A1 Sportback Concept (2008 Paris Auto Show)
First Pics: Audi A1 Sportback Concept

The engineers and designers in Ingolstadt are still trying different permutations of the A1 Metroproject Quattro concept they released at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Show. We reported on the A1 as well as Audi's proposed electric minicar recently, and the five-door A1, to be seen at the 2008 Paris Auto...Read More»

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