compact cars

compact cars

  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.

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Peugeot 208 GTi

The CEO of Peugeot, Maxime Picat has confirmed to Autonews that the French car maker will make an even hotter version of the 208 hatchback . It will be called the 208 R and Peugeot will place it a notch above the 208 GTi.

Now, the 208 GTi isn’t just a throwaway grocery getter, so to speak, it is as mental as the GTi badge on its hatch indicates.The Peugeot 208 is among the smallest and lightest of the micro-hatchbacks, and the GTi takes it one step further by giving it some poke.

The 208 R would pack even more punch than the GTi, enough to spin its front wheels on demand. Having said that, we don’t expect Peugeot to give it monumental levels of power, or it would just understeer wildly and ruin the fun.

To put it in perspective, the 208 GTi makes use of a 200-horsepower, 1.6 -liter engine, and its top speed is pegged at 143 mph with a dash from 0 to 60 mph taking 6.8 seconds. We expect the 208 R could use the same powerplant as the GTi albeit with a tweaked ECU to push out an extra 20 to 30 horsepower.

Click past the jump for more speculative details on the 208 R

*Image Note: The above image is of the 208 GTi, not the future 208 R.

Source: Autonews
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Lets face it: "57" is not an usual number to celebrate, but when we are talking about the 57th anniversary of a model launched in 1957, it’s a whole different story. With this in mind, Fiat decided to celebrate 500 ’s 57th anniversary with the launch of a special 500 "1957 Edition." After all, we are talking about a hugely successful model that was sold in over 100 countries since its unveiling in 1957.

The new special edition is based on the 2014 Fiat 500 Lounge , and it features design elements from the 1957 Fiat "Nuova" Cinquecento, including the body colors and the interior materials. The 1957 Edition will also come with a manual transmission and sport-tuned suspension.

The new 500 "1957 Edition" will be put on sale in the spring of 2014. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Click past the jump to read more about the Fiat 500 "1957 Edition".

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After unveiling the concept version at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Lincoln unveiled today the first official details on the 2015 MKC , which is set to roll into showrooms in the summer of 2014.

As you can see, the production model retains nearly all of the design elements from the concept version, except for the conventional door handles, the less aggressive exhaust system and some changes on the taillight graphics. Overall, however, the production model remains pretty true to the concept the preceded it.

As the concept revealed, the 2015 MKC will adopt a new design language inspired by the 2013 MKZ , like the signature split-wing grille and the wraparound liftgate. What’s really cool about the new MKC is that it is the first premium crossover to offer a 2.3-liter, EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, alongside the base 2.0-liter EcoBoost.

Updated 05/15/2015: Lincoln unveiled a very cool commercial for the 2015 MKC featuring Samuel Page. Called "Dream Ride", the new commercial presents an immersive and interactive journey with the new Lincoln MKC. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Lincoln MKC.

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Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

We’ve caught the new-generation Mercedes GLK testing quite a few times already, but this time is a little more special because they managed to catch the GLK ’s luxurious interior for the first time.

It’s no surprise that the interior of the GLK looks nearly identical to the C-Class , since the SUV is based on the sedan. It features a large, freestanding screen controlled by the new COMAND infotainment controller on the center console. This new controller incorporates a touch pad that accepts finger-written characters and smartphone-like commands. All the new driver-assist technology revealed in the S-Class will also be offered in the GLK.

The prototype still has on a good amount camouflage, making it clear that the new-generation GLK has plenty of updates in the works. Rumors suggest that the new GLK will drop the current boxy shape, and will adopt a more rounded appearance.

Under its hood, the 2015 GLK will borrow the C-Class’ engine lineup, with a hybrid version also a possibility. Mercedes will also prepare an AMG version to compete with models like the Audi SQ5 and the upcoming BMW X3 M.

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After a very short tease, Honda unveiled the new FCEV Concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show . The concept hints at futuristic and aerodynamic design of a next-generation fuel-cell electric vehicle set for release in 2015 in the U.S and Japan, with a European release to follow later.

As you can see the concept features an ultra-aerodynamic body and a design language that takes the current FCX one step forward. It offers interior room for five passengers and will be powered by a new powertrain.

According to Honda, when the production version will arrive in 2015, it will be the first vehicle in the world to feature a fuel-cell powertrain packaged completely in the engine room of the vehicle. This new powertrain will deliver a 60% increase in power density - up to 3kW/L and will ensure a driving range of more than 300 miles of with a quick refueling time of about three minutes.

Updated 11/21/2013: The new Honda FCEV Concept made its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. With the occasion we’ve updated this review with the official details, images and a promo video.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Honda FCX Clarity.

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Mercedes E-Class

In-line sixes have been a forte of BMW for some time now, but a look back in history reveals an unbroken relationship between Mercedes-Benz and straight-six engines. This engine configuration has its advantages over the rest and that’s why car makers prefer in-line sixes over others, even today. Mercedes-Benz dropped it from their lineup two decades ago but they’ll soon return.

We’ve learned through Autocar that the next-generation E-Class is destined to get an in-line six-cylinder engine under its hood. The 21st century automotive engineering is all about reducing costs without compromising performance, and that’s where modular architecture comes in to the picture.

The new generation of Mercedes engines will be a part of a modular design, allowing them to spawn three-, four- and six-cylinder engines. The new engines will debut on the 2016 W213 generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Plans are already on track for the mid-life update for the new C-Class that is yet to be revealed. The new C-Class should get the new family engines by 2017 — a three-cylinder engine is touted to be a part of the C Class line-up then.

On the technology front, Mercedes-Benz will also debut what’s called an "Autobahn Pilot" on the 2016 E-Class and 2017 C-Class; today we know this as the autonomous diving assistant, which still in testing phase at the moment.

Click past the jump to read more about the new C Class AMG

Source: Autocar
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The final model updated with the Scat Package for the 2013 SEMA Show — alongside the Challenger and Charger — is the 2014 Dart . The new Scat Package was built as a tribute to the original Scat Pack launched in 1968, and comes just in time for its 45th anniversary.

Just as with the other two models, the new Scat Package is all about optimized engine calibration, and a handful of upgrades on the interior and exterior.

The new Scat Package comes in three different stages, with each offering a different level of power upgrades to help push the Dart to the next level. The Scat package is based on the 2014 Dart GT, which delivers 184 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque from its stock 2.4-liter Tigershark engine. With that sort of power in tow from the factory, we can see these Scat Packages hit over 200 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Dart with Scat Package.

The Toyota Dream Build Challenge is one of our most anticipated happenings leading up to the 2013 SEMA Auto Show .

This year, a quartet of new models are headed to SEMA and all of them are rowdy, crazy, and all sorts of awesome.

One of them is the Toyota Corolla , the Japanese automaker’s compact sedan. Or what’s left of what looks like the Corolla.

Called the Corolla Crusher, the vehicle is the official entry of BMX rider Drew Bezanzon. It sure looks like a program developed by somebody with an affinity for bicycles as shown by a pair of them sitting comfortably on the bike rack in the roof. Look closely at the front and rear of the Corolla and you’ll notice that Bezanzon installed grind rails on both components, keeping the BMX spirit alive and in full bloom.

Speaking of full bloom, this is what the Corolla is going to look like if you infused it with an active sport spirit. The radical purple colors, mixed in with spicy graphics highlighted by the headphones-wearing skull - an ode to Skullcandy - speaks to the kind of attitude this Corolla has in truckloads.

Moving back to those bikes, you can actually take both down to open the trunk, at which point, you’ll see nesting locations for bike tools, plus a pair of mountable speakers with light bars, the latter of which are connected to a ball-busting audio system from Skullcandy. Custom iPad integration controls the interior features, including music out of upgraded speakers shaped in the Skullcandy logo, while the front seat headrests carry 3-to-1 scale representations of Skullcandy’s newest Crusher headphones.

Click past the jump to read more about Drew Bezanzon’s Corolla Crusher

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The Fiat 500 Abarth is back for 2014 with new colors, new wheels and a more comfortable passenger seat design. The 500C cabrio was new with Abarth trim in Spring of 2013, and is expected to be the volume leader for 2014 with almost no performance or interior room downsides versus the coupe.

These cute Fiat 500 twins are looking just as fresh and intimidating as always versus the hum-drum base-engine 500 models, and the rest of the econo-car hatchback market in the U.S. These are two cars for people who have chosen the ultra-nimble hot hatchback route, plus they offer up both driving thrills and the feeling of driving a classic Italian racing brand.

While the regular 500 undercuts the Mini Cooper significantly on price, the $6,000 Abarth premium makes life more challenging versus the hottest Mini performance cars. Even so, the Mini ’s dated styling means the trendiest shoppers have long since moved on to something more current.

The 500 Abarth also undercuts the equivalent Mini Cooper S engine on price, but moves this tiny machine past $26,000 for the Abarth 500C - which is uncomfortably close to the Subaru BRZ and other performance cars.

The arrival of the American-spec Ford Fiesta ST certainly complicates the theoretical comparison test for these performance supermini’s.

Logic is typically not the most critical factor in this realm of the new car segment, and the 500 Abarth nails the less-concrete buying criteria like passion, brand image and performance zest.

Click past the jump for the full review of the Fiat 500 Abarth and the new 500C Abarth, with all the updates on the new features and changes for 2014.

Updated 11/7/2013: TopSpeed’s Phillipe Daix got his hands on a 500 Abarth this week and put together a short drive video of the peppy city car. Check out the video after the jump.

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The new-generation Mini Cooper is set to break cover on November 18th, 2013 the Tokyo Motor Show and the Los Angeles Motor Show . While waiting for the official details to hit the wire, have a look at the first images of the convertible version that our spy guys caught today while touring Munich on the back of a flatbed truck.

Just like the hatchback version, Mini will build the new Cooper Convertible on BMW ’s new front-wheel-drive platform, dubbed the UKL. This platform will also have the duty of holding up the upcoming 1 Series GT . This new platform will feature lightweight technologies from BMW’s i series, and it will offer electronically adjustable dampers, so drivers can dial in the suspension for their particular driving style.

As usual, the new Cooper Convertible will come in two version, with the base model featuring a 1.5-liter, turbocharged three-cylinder engine rated at 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The upscale Cooper S — the model shown in the spy shots — will feature a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder good for 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque.

The new Mini Cooper Convertible is set to hit showrooms sometime in 2015 — likely a year after the hatchback model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Cooper Convertible.


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