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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BMW 1-Series GT Seven-Seater

Earlier this week, we brought you the first spy shots of a seven-seat version of the upcoming BMW 1 Series GT and today, the car was caught again, but this time it’s on public roads.

In the last images, we only caught profile shots of the seven-seat 1 Series GT , but this time our spy photographers managed to catch it from multiple angles. From these new angles, we can see - as far as the camouflage allows - that the seven-seat version will look nearly identical to the standard 1 Series GT version, except the longer rear doors, the overhang and upright rear.

The two versions will share the same BMW UKL1 platform and both will be offered with a front-wheel-drive setup. The engine lineup will include a new three-cylinder engine, a hybrid three-cylinder drivetrain and four-cylinder engine.

We expect the seven-seat 1 Series GT to arrive about a half-year after the standard version hits the market.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 1 Series GT with seating for seven.

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The British market received yet another special edition; this time it comes from the Italian automaker, Alfa Romeo , and it is called the Giulietta Collezione Limited Edition. The easiest way to distinguish it from the rest of the lineup is by its exclusive contrasting roof offered as a standard feature. The roof is painted matte Magnesio Grey on models donning a black body, whereas Alfa Red and Ghiaccio White models receive a black roof.

Along with the roof, Alfa Romeo offers special 17-inch titanium-finish alloy wheels, titanium-effect wing mirrors, darkened headlight surrounds and chrome door handles. For the interior, the Collezione Limited Edition adds black and red competizione cloth upholstery, and titanium-finish inserts on the doors, central console and dashboard.

The new Giulietta Collezione Edition can be ordered in four different engine configurations: 1.4 TB with 120 horsepower, 1.4 TB MultiAir with 170 horsepower, 1.6 JTDM-2 with 105 horsepower or 2.0 JTDM-2 with 140 horsepower.

On the British market, the model is priced at £18,265 (roughly $27,500 at the current exchange rates).

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

The Volkswagen Polo is one of the smallest cars in the manufacturer’s massive portfolio, but it’s also one of its most fun and most successful models as well. From tiny fuel sipping diesels up to WRC homologation models with high-stung turbocharged engines, there are many different flavors of Polo to suit everyone. They even make a Polo GTI if you want it. Of course, the tiny hatchback isn’t for everyone, so VW make a small crossover and a sedan version as well.

The car has been a massive sales success for Volkswagen , and the company has been doing everything it can to keep the car competitive and fresh. Apart from the various trim levels and engine options, the car has received regular and through refreshes. The last big one came in 2009 with the introduction of Mk 5 car in 2009. Now coming into 2014, the Polo receives another refresh that brings new engines, revised looks, better fuel economy and more equipment than ever before.

Oh, and before we get too far, this is all for our Euro friends. The Polo has no US release plans.

Click past the jump to read more about the new 2015 Volkswagen Polo.

Dodge is pretty serious about giving its customers the full Dart treatment. That’s why it wasn’t surprising that it decided to unveil a slew of special-edition packages for its sporty sedan, built and designed to give the Dart an even more appealing look.

One of the special editions is called the Dart SXT Special Edition. It’s a slick name that’s backed up by a variety of new components that give more to the Dart without compromising its essential trait as a sporty model with tremendous character. It got off to a good start with unique black crosshair grille that was installed in favor of the standard make. From there, Dodge installed cool light setup on the Dart, fitting it with dark-tinted projector headlamps, projector fog lamps and LED racetrack taillights. Now that’s what we’re talking about.

There’s also an integrated dual-exhaust system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone, a tire pressure monitoring display, active grille shutters and an underbody aerodynamic treatment.

For all of these additions, Dodge is only charging $18,590 and that already includes all the standard features of the sporty entry-level sedan, not the least of which is its 2.0-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine that churns out 160 horsepower.

Click past the jump to read more about the Dodge Dart

When automakers start brainstorming a new model, expectations are usually met with risks. Is the car going to be sell? Will it be popular? Will it vanish into thin air as fast as you can say "rebate?”

Fortunately, Dodge doesn’t have to worry about any of that with the 2013 Dart . Popular as it is affordable, the Dart has been a masterstroke for the folks over at Chrysler . And to give customers an opportunity to enjoy more of the sporty sedan, Dodge has decided to unveil a series of special-edition models of it, including the Dart Limited Special Edition.

It shouldn’t be confused with the Dart STX Special Edition , so let’s get that out of the way. The Dart Limited Special Edition is impressive in its own right. It comes with the smorgasbord of standard features that are included in the standard Dart while also adding some luxury touches to improve its styling credentials.

Anytime you hear “premium Nappa leather seats,” you immediately think of high-end models. The Dart Limited Special Edition has just that. But that’s not all; those front seats wrapped in Nappa leather are heated too. The heat treatment goes for the steering wheel too.

It also has a power sunroof, racetrack LED taillights, a Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with Garmin navigation, SiriusXM Satellite radio and Travel link, dual-zone automatic temperature control, a remote start, and a universal garage door opener.

We don’t know about you, but as far as we’re concerned, all those additions are more than enough to justify the car’s $21,805 price tag.

Click past the jump to read about the Dodge Dart

If you’ve seen the trailers for Fast and Furious 6 - really, who hasn’t? - you probably noticed that one of the cars that was used in the movie is none other than the Alfa Romeo Giulietta .

It might not be the first car you associate with being “fast and furious,” but the Giulietta does have a lot of appeal to it; enough of it, at least, to be featured in a series of new promotional ads for the upcoming blockbuster.

Notice that one of the Giuliettas used in the posters is all sorts of banged up. We reckon that it’s the same one that was used in the movie; after all, you can’t really expect a car like the Giulietta to get subjected to that kind of beat down unless Vin Diesel or one of his crew was driving it.

Ultimately, it’s a good promotional tie-up for Alfa Romeo , particularly for a brand that’s looking to reestablish itself as a serious player in the industry.

And what better movie franchise to hitch your proverbial wagon on than Fast and Furious?

Click past the jump to watch the final trailer of Fast and Furious 6 and another video showing the Giulietta’s involvement in the movie

Mercedes tuner extraordinaire Brabus has been quite busy the past few days. Earlier this week, it unveiled its very first program for the new CLA-Class and though it wasn’t as extensive a project as what we’ve come to expect from Brabus, it was still enough to draw significant attention.

This time, Brabus is following that up with its new take on the Mercedes A-Class , particularly the A 220 CDI diesel model.

There’s a tendency to ignore the A-Class because it’s the littlest brother in the Mercedes family. But doing so would be to ignore what makes it such a special car. It’s little, yeah; but it’s also affordable, especially to the younger market who can’t afford anything north of the CLA-Class.

And when you have an entire generation fixated on a car that they can attach themselves with because it’s a Mercedes, then you have one that can sell more than a handful just by sitting still.

Brabus knew that, hence the program for the A 220 CDI. Everybody should too.

Click past the jump to read about the components Brabus installed on the Mercedes A 220 CDI

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


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