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  Compact car is a largely North American term denoting an automobile smaller than a midsize car, but larger than a subcompact car. Compact cars usually have wheelbases between 2.54 metres (100 inches) and 2.67 metres (105 inches). Another definition specifies between 100 ft³ (2800 L) and 109 ft³ (3000 L) of interior volume.


Not to toot our own horn, but we did call this , didn’t we? Mini has officially announced the winner of the "MINI Originals” design contest and like we predicted, that Tron-looking Cooper, dubbed "DeLux" by creator Alex Coyle, was announced as the winner of the competition.

The blacklight-influenced Mini Cooper beat out some worthy challengers, but in the end, none were as popular to the Mini community as Coyle’s design, whose name he explained came from the word "lux," the "root meaning of the word ’light’".

As the winner of the contest, the young sophomore student studying creative advertising and photography at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA will now have the distinction of seeing his creation come to life in the form of a limited run of Coopers carrying the ’DeLux" package.

Anybody interested in it can now place orders on MINIUSA.com and through MINI dealerships across the country. Be warned, though, Mini has indicated that there will only be up to 56 models of Coyle’s DeLux package so if you’re pining for one, better place an order before the units run out.

In the meantime, the DeLux Cooper will be in attendance at the New York Auto Show next week so that’s also a good a time as any to have an up-close look at this very unique Cooper.

Click past the jump to read more about Mini Cooper.

The 2015 Ford Focus Sedan looks different, doesn’t it? That’s because Ford really went into detail on giving the sedan a refreshed look, at least much more than what you would expect when the word "refresh" is thrown around. But that’s been a Blue Oval strategy for the past few years and with that increased emphasis on keeping the car looking as fresh as possible should translate into renewed interest from the market.

In a lot of ways, the 2015 Focus Sedan is the latest example of that because the car is essentially the same save for the new face and a few interior updates. It’s hard to go against this strategy because Ford has been doing it in some capacity in the past few years and there have been occassions when other brands have adopted the same mindset.

But the real question is whether all these changes are enough to compel a new wave of buyers to be interested in the Focus Sedan, especially when you consider that it’s got some notable rivals in the form of the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla .

Ford’s banking on it and to its credit, it’s putting a lot of chips on the table to do it.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Focus Sedan.

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Previewed by a concept car that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last month, the next-generation Mini Clubman will break cover sometime next year, after the company’s engineers and test drivers are finished putting it through its paces. It was January when our skilled spy photographers previously caught the Clubman out in the open. The prototype was being tested in blistery Sweden, with very little to offer as far as its styling goes, due to its heavy camouflage.

More than two months have passed, and our lensmen met with the Clubman once again, this time in a less icy environment. Actually, they’ve encountered it in a place that’s not exactly suited for a fancy grocery-getter — the Nurburgring. Yes, I know, each and every manufacturer needs to hoon their vehicles on the "Green Hell" for approval, but it’s overrated if you ask me.

Anyway, this specific Clubman is slightly different than the one spotted in Sweden earlier this year. Firstly, the front bumper intakes and the wheels are different. Secondly, a quick peak around the back reveals a twin exhaust. These details suggest we might be looking at a Clubman S version, which would make more sense considering the location it was spotted in.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Clubman.

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With nine months of year-over-year sales gains during 2013 and off to a great start in 2014, the tiny Fiat 500 is becoming increasingly popular nationwide, mostly because of its classic look and affordable price. Its 101-horsepower, inline-four engine won’t break any speed records, but this is where the brawnier Abarth version comes in. Yes, the Fiat 500 Abarth is being readied for the 2015 model year as we speak, with the high-performance city car scheduled to be showcased during the New York Auto Show later this month, in both hatchback and cabrio guises.

To keep the 500 Abarth appealing for 2015, the Italians have operated a number of interior and powertrain updates without altering the vehicle’s sporty character. In fact, the new transmission the 500 Abarth is set to receive promises to offer "an even more engaged driving experience."

Last time we drove the Fiat 500 Abarth we dubbed it "mini Ferrari" . Now let’s find out if this little, turbocharged hatch is ready to carry its legacy even further.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio.

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The Fiat 500 Abarth is one of my all-time favorite cars. It is an uncommon dose of fun and lunacy in our increasingly beige automotive world. What is a mildly eccentric Italian company to do after creating such a machine? Apparently the answer is to create an even faster and hard-core version to take racing.

Meet the 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione.

Fiat already has an Abarth Assetto Corse for both the 500 and 695 cars, but this new Evoluzione model turns things up to 11. Power is up, weight is down, and in true race car fashion, there are a lot of minor improvements learned over the last few years of competition combine to make repairs and adjustments easier. The car obviously still retains the full complement of FIA-approved safety equipment.

If you already own one of the older 695 Assetto cars and want to stay competitive in the Trofei series, Fiat is offering the full Evoluzione kit as an upgrade.

Read on to get the scoop on all the new upgrades and enhancements.

Fiat is using the New York Auto Show as the perfect opportunity to showcase its entire 500 lineup, beginning with the 2015 Fiat 500. While the changes to the 2015 500 are mostly limited to the interior, the aggressive manner by which Fiat is promoting the 2015 500 in the U.S. goes to show just how serious the company is in establishing a presence in this market.

Apparently, it’s not enough that the 500’s already selling like ice cream on a blistering summer afternoon, as Fiat is planning a full-court press here. This is likely just the tip of the iceberg too, as we expect to see a lot more buildup ahead of the summer release of the 500 and its other variations.

That’s why the New York Auto Show is as good a time as any for prospective buyers to get a first look at the 2015 500 to see whether it’s a car they’ll have their eyes on later on down the road.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Fiat 500.


Things are already shaping up for the new 2016 Audi Q5 SUV set to debut in the U.S. in 2017, including a plug-in hybrid version. AutoExpress is reporting the new SUV will feature a much more angular style, departing from the rounded, almost curvy style of the current ‘utes. This plays into the styling Audi has already brought to market with the new TT.

The styling of the new SUV is said to include new horizontally-arranged grille spokes with the Audi rings predominantly displayed at top-dead center. The all-LED MatrixBeam headlights will be much smaller and have a more angular look as well. Down low, large air intakes help cool the powertrain and brakes while providing visual mass down low.

Also speculated by AutoExpress is Audi’s continuation of its virtual cockpit design first seen in the TT. The design allows for a minimal use of physical buttons, all replaced by a large TFT display.

It’s said the new Q5 will be based on the MLB platform also underpinning the upcoming next-generation A4 sedan along with the Q5’s big brother, the Q7. High-strength steels and aluminum materials help reduce weight while providing a more ridged structure than the current SUVs roll on. Both handling and fuel economy will obviously benefit from the added lightness.

The report further speculates about the Q5’s powerplants. Both a four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines will be offered, along with a diesel powerplant. More importantly, Audi’s e-tron hybrid system is slated for inclusion, however it will be modified for use with all-wheel-drive and will be called e-quattro.

*Note: Current Audi Q5 pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Audi Q5.

Source: AutoExpress

Just in time for some weekend daydreaming, Subaru launches its online configurator for the all-new 2015 WRX and WRX STI , though this one doesn’t contain nearly the options a few of the other configurators we’ve recently seen.

What you can chose is one of three trim levels with the standard WRX model and two trim levels with the upgraded WRX STI. With its base price starting at $26,295 the WRX makes a good bargain for someone looking for an AWD car that can handle a leisurely drive one minute and burn up a dirt road the next. Moving upward from there is the WRX Premium, adding a moonroof, fog lights, headed front seats, and a rear spoiler. Topping out the WRX list is the Limited trim which included leather seats, LED headlights, and keyless access and start.

Jumping up to the racier WRX STI gets you many things — the most important of which is the 305-horsepower version of the 2.0-liter, boxer engine. Also included is the driver-controlled center differential and Brembo brakes. The top-dog range topper is the WRX STI Limited. That bad-boy gets leather seats and, more importantly, a set of 18-inch aluminum-alloy BBS wheels. Checking the box for the STI Limited will automatically set you back $38,495. Performance does come at a price.

You can build your own WRX HERE

Click past the jump for all the options and color schemes available

Source: Subaru

The top-of-the-line Opel Adam S made its long-awaited debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , and from the looks of things, Opel turned in quite an impressive vehicle to serve as the Adam’s flagship model. As a series production model, the Adam S adds some muscle and sprit to the line’s already outstanding attributes as one of the best-connected small cars on the market.

That’s the important part here because the "market" has plenty of notable competitors to give the Adam a run for its money so it goes without saying that Opel needed a model that could compete with the high-powered hatchbacks knowing that the standard Adam just couldn’t cut it.

This is where the Opel Adam S comes into the picture. Sportier and far more powerful than its brethren, the Adam S the culmination of Opel turning its fashionable city car into one that comes with matching performance credentials.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Opel Adam S.

A lot of today’s younger generation might not know this, but there was a time when Alfa Romeo was as esteemed as any automaker in the world. It’s got a treasure trove of history to its name, not the least of which is the Quadrifoglio Verde, the green clover leaf emblem that has been around since 1923.

Recently, Alfa Romeo brought back the Quadrifoglio Verde to distinguish what the top-of-the-line models of the MiTo and Giulietta will be henceforth be called. Similar to the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works and the Ford Focus ST , the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio was presented at the Geneva Motor Show .

You don’t need to be adept at knowing Alfa’s history to know that the new iteration of the Giulietta QV is about as enticing a model the company has produced in recent memory not called the 4C . So with all these gushing words, the question on whether the Giulietta QV is coming stateside becomes all the more important.

Here’s a message to Alfa Romeo: bring it here!

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Alfa Romeo Giulietta ’Quadrifoglio Verde’


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