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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.

The smart forjeremy , which we first saw in concept guise at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, is headed to production. On a limited basis, that is.

We don’t know if we’re happy about this or we think this is a complete novelty.

Make no mistake; we love Jeremy Scott. I, for one, actually have a pair of his Adidas sneakers as part of my collection. But on a car, even the diminutive size of the smart fortwo?

We’re not flipping over backwards, that much we can tell you.

The good thing is that the production version of the forjeremy has been toned down from the concept, which may not seem like much, considering that the wings are still there.

In any case, we understand why this car will still be a popular model. That’s the effect of having Jeremy Scott tied to it. The man is a fashion institution, especially to the younger market, the same market that smart will undoubtedly target for this model.

Can’t say he disagree on that.

Click past the jump to read more about the smart forjeremy

German automaker, Volkswagen , is presenting quite a roster of vehicles at the Shanghai Auto Show. One of them, though, already has a dealership future. It’s also has a name that should catch a lot of peoples’ attention.

This is the Volkswagen iBeetle.

In case you’re wondering why there’s an "i" in front of "Beetle ", that’s because the iBeetle comes with a unique feature that no other Volkswagen has ever had. It’s the first VW to carry a newly developed docking station and a special iPhone application.

Oh, ok.

Honestly, a lot of people were probably expecting a whole lot more for a Beetle with an "i" prefix of sorts. So it’s got a docking station that you can put your iPhone into and take advantage of all its capabilities? Not exactly the kind of iCar we were all thinking Apple collaborate on.

But once you dive into what the iBeetle is fully capable of, you’ll understand why Volkswagen is pretty excited about this model.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen iBeetle

The continuous evolution of the Fiat 500 and all the subsequent iterations it has had this year are about to welcome another member to the family: the 500e.

With the standard 500 , the 500C and the 500L already making their debuts in their respective niches, the 500e is set to fill the vacant electric-power niche in the 500 lineup. It will make that will make its own debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show .

With the launch of the all-electric Fiat 500e, environmentalists can now drive the iconic Italian car without aguilty consciousness. With an impressive range of116 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) city and 100 MPGe highway, it aims to electrify the gasoline-powered 500 series.

The all electric Fiat 500e has been unveiled at the 2012 LA Auto Show. Being the first electric powered Italian in North American market, Fiat has confirmed that it will arrive in California Studios during the second quarter of 2013.

So, is the Fiat 500e an alternative worth considering among the 500 series, or is it too early to adopt an electric and expensive shoe? Find out in our review of the Fiat 500e.

Update 4/16/2013: Fiat has revealed the pricing information and an innovative exchange program for the all-new 500e. Check out the "Prices" section, after the jump for more details.

Click past the jump to read our full review on the 500e

The Lancia Ypsilon is a car that doesn’t get enough of the attention it deserves. Well, the Italian automaker hopes to change that with the release of a ’trendy’ new special edition called the Elefantino.

No, Lancia did not harm any elephants in the making of this vehicle. What they did do was give it a pretty impressive aesthetic makeover that gives us an idea on what the Ypsilon can look alike if the words "trendy and fashionable" were attached to it.

That’s the appeal of the Ypsilon Elefantino, especially to a younger market looking to exercise their fresh and hip vibe with a car that shares in that same, shall we say, "freshness".

On its own, the Ypsilon Elefantino carries plenty of powertrain options, each of which comes with its own price tag.

You can find out what made the Ypsilon Elefante appealing to us, as well as the engine and pricing options, after the jump.

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At the 2013 New York International Auto Show , Kia has debuted the 2014 Kia Forte Koup SX. The car promises much better performance over the standard model as well as a sportier look and feel.

With the debut of this new performance-minded model, Kia is hoping to give buyers interested in a Kia Forte a much sportier option. This model will have a more aggressive appearance and promises better performance to back up the looks. With this new performance-oriented model, Kia’s gunning for other sporty coupes from Europe and Japan.

The more powerful engine in the SX model should lead to a better 0-to-60 mph time. Because of the added power, the new model will require bigger brakes that will be housed by enlarged wheels that help fill out the wheel arches nicely. The more aggressive styling combined with the better performance seems to add up to a pretty impressive model.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Forte Koup SX.

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The Mercedes CLA has been officially unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and, as the spy shots revealed, the next logical step was a more powerful, AMG version. The model made its debut today at the 2013 New York Auto Show and will be put on sale in September.

When compared to the standard CLA-Class, the new AMG version will add a more aggressive design language, with elements we have already seen on models like the CLS 63 AMG. These specific elements include an AMG "twin blade" radiator grille, an AMG front apron, large cooling air intakes and for the rear an AMG apron and of course the two chrome-plated twin tailpipes of the AMG sports exhaust system.

Even if a tiny sedan, the new CLA 45 AMG is offering technologies used in the SLS AMG sports car, like the cooling system for the four-cylinder engine.

Updated 03/19/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specifications.

Updated 06/17/2013: Mercedes has just announced prices for the most powerful version in the new CLA-Class lineup. Click past the jump to learn more about how much you have to pay for a CLA 45AMG.

Updated 09/17/2013: Mercedes unveiled a new video featuring both the A45 AMG and the CLA45 AMG in action at the Bilster Berg race track. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes CLA 45 AMG.

Despite what some people may think, the Chevrolet Sonic is not anything else other than a car. It’s not a rocket ship. It’s not a boat. And as this pretty funny commercial featuring rapper Theophilus London will try to make you believe, it’s also not a skateboard.

But even with all these disclaimers, it’s not hard to find some humor in the ad, as London tries to scramble going to the market to get some milk. We seriously doubt that the Sonic was actually able to perform all those stunts, but even with the help of CGI, the ad plays to the disclaimer quite beautifully.

Let’s just hope that nobody sees this and decides to perform those stunts, too. Not that would be really problematic.

Check out the ad by watching the video above. It’s a pretty cool reminder of what a smart little hatchback can perform if you let your imaginations run wild.

Earlier this month, we showed you a Ford Focus ST that was tuned by Hennessey . It turns out that John Hennessey liked the program so much he decided to enter it to the TX2K13 Burnout Contest.

What better way to show off the Focus ST’s improved engine than to see it in an all-out burnout competition, complete with lots and lots (we mean LOTS) of smoke.

The American aftermarket company managed to take a video of the Focus ST doing its best tire burning exhibition and it’s totally ridiculous, bordering to the point of insanity.

We knew that with a right program, a car like the Focus ST is capable of doing some impressive burnouts. But what we didn’t expect was the kind of smoke this Hennessey-tuned Focus ST managed to produce. Really, there are sports cars that can’t come to the burnout level that this sports hatchback managed to accomplish effortlessly.

Check out the video and you’ll understand why we’re so impressed with what the Hennessey-tuned Focus ST was able to do.

The Fiat 500 isn’t exactly what you’d call a sexy car; far from it, actually. Cute, yes, but not sexy…

But even with its rather simplistic design, the 500 is still an attractive car. In fact, it’s attractive enough for Italian design house, Castaga Milano, to build a unique, beach-ready design called the Tender2.

First introduced back in 2008, the 500 Tender2 is now headed to the U.S. and it has a number of new updates to go with the unique set of features it already had.

As the first car Castagna Milano is shipping to the US in almost 60 years, the one-off designed 500 Tender2 is quite a doozy of a compact hatchback. It’s been chopped up and rebuilt to look like a beach comber, complete with a yacht-like wood veneer, champagne cooler, narrow wood decks in place of doors, a pair of touchscreen units and, apparently, a shower.

It also features an electrically operated ladder in the rear and a bespoke luggage set, ensuring that this one-off creation remains as such: a dynamic one-of-a-kind.

A big congratulations to the man, Bert Dewik, who decided to have this 500 built. He reportedly paid quite a pretty penny for it to the tune of $104,000. But for the chance of owning a car nobody will ever have, we’d say that’s a pretty good deal.

German tuner extraordinaire, Vath, has made a living building some of the most impressive Mercedes programs this side of Brabus.

Recently, Vath added another program to its growing portfolio, this time for the 2013 Mercedes A-Class. The program is actually based on the A250 and comes with a host of upgrades that give new life to the German automaker’s resident sports hatchback.

To be fair, the A-Class already looks pretty good in standard guise, but it certainly looks better with Vath’s aerodynamic program. The carbon front spoiler lip (€1416 / $1,840) adds sporty aggression to the sports hatch while the car’s brakes were improved with the addition of stainless-steel brake lines and Castrol SRF racing brake fluid. Rounding out the list of exterior enhancements is a set of 19-inch wheels and tires (€2,545 / $3,310) and lowering springs (€333 / $433) that drop the car’s height by 30mm (1.18 inches).

Inside, there are not a whole lot of upgrades, but at least there’s a new sports steering wheel to go with several wood and carbon applications inside the cabin.

Moving to the engine, Vath kept the A250’s 2.0-liter gasoline engine, but thanks to a remapped ECU unit (€940 / $1,222) and the installation of a 270 EVO downpipe system, a stainless-steel, 200-cell tri-metal catalyst and a rear silencer (all priced at €5,450 / $7,090), the tuner was able to improve the output all the way to 245 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque. Those new output numbers translate to a 0-to-100km/h (62 mph) time of just 5.9 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.


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