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.

During the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Honda has announced a few details on its future plans, and we sure like what we have heard so far. The company has announced that the new generation Civic will also receive a station wagon version and a more powerful Type R derivation. As proof of this statement, they have also unveiled a teaser image of the wagon model.

A first concept version of the next Civic Wagon has been unveiled in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, with the production version to arrive in dealerships in early 2014.

The upcoming Wagon will look pretty much identical to the sedan version, except, of course, for a swooping roofline, bulging wheel arches, a roof-rack, and its capability to accommodate more luggage.

The car will be built on the same platform and will be offered with the same engine line-up as the sedan, but we will also see a new 1.6 i-DTEC engine. A hybrid version could also be a possibility.

UPDATE 03/07/13: Honda has unveiled new images and video for the new Civic Tourer Concept unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

With a tuning firm like Carlsson , you can always expect a number of surprises.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , the German tuner has unveiled a race edition for a car you normally wouldn’t associate the word “race” with: the smart fortwo .

Aerodynamically, the fortwo Race Edition comes chock-full with new components, including a modified body kit, a new set of LED daytime running lights, a sports exhaust system, an in-house sports suspension that drops the car’s height by 15 mm (0.59 inches) on the front and 30 mm (1.18 inches) on the rear. Finally, Carlsson also fitted the compact car with a new set of 17-inch one-piece alloy wheels.

Since the car is a "race edition", Carlsson just had to make improvements on the fortwo’s performance numbers. But thanks to some fine German engineering, Carlsson was able to drive up the output of the car’s 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine from the standard 84 horsepower and 88 pound-feet of torque all the way up to 112 horsepower and 116 pound-feet of torque.

With the upgrades in tow, the fortwo Race Edition can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.9 seconds with a top speed of 96 mph, 6 mph faster than the stock fortwo.

Renault’s plans of establishing a name for itself in the sports hatchback market came to a head at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , as the French automaker debuted the Clio GT .

Unfortunately, the Clio GT doesn’t come close to approaching the performance credentials of the 200-horsepower Clio RS 200 Turbo that was introduced late last year. But fret not, because Renault and its sports car division, RenaultSport, did some justice to the car’s engine to justify giving it the GT name.

Although Renault said that the Clio RS 200 and the Clio GT 120 share similar technical credentials, including turbocharged downsized petrol engines, EDC dual-clutch six-speed multi-mode transmission, steering-column-mounted gear shift paddles, and specific chassis settings, the former’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engine’s output of 200 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque is more powerful than the GT’s likely output of 120 horsepower.

In the Clio GT’s corner though is that its engine comes equipped with direct fuel-injection while also having an EDC transmission whose gear shifts deliver dynamic performance credentials. On top of all that, the Clio GT’s powerplant features significantly lower CO2 emissions of only 120g/km and a combined-cycle fuel consumption of just 5.2 liters/100km (45.2 mpg).

Aerodynamically, the Clio GT was developed with a slew of new components, including a new front bumper, a more pronounced grille, new door and mirror trims, larger air vents, and newly configured LED daytime running lights that now find themselves moved into the spoiler.

Collaborations are always happening in the auto industry. Whether it’s with a fashion label, a timepiece maker or even a furniture company, there aren’t any shortages of partnerships that give birth to special-edition models.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , smart is bringing one special edition model, called the fortwo BoConcept.

Built and designed in collaboration with the Danish interior design company BoDesign, the fortwo Concept is based on the cabriolet version of the [fortwo->http://www.topspeed.com/cars/smart/2012-smart-fortwo-ar124008.html and was designed to really catch peoples’ attention.

For starters, the fortwo BoConcept was given a matte-white paint, and complemented by a roof and door mirrors that were treated to a matte oriental brown metallic finish. The exterior is then fitted with a set of Brabus Monoblock VII alloy wheels to give off a pretty impressive look for a smart fortwo.

Inside, smart and BoDesign wanted to recreate a mobile living space and, for the most part, they accomplished that by using such materials like tobacco brown leather covers the steering wheel, seats and door trim panels, a grey finish on the doors and backrests, light-lemon stitching on the seats and the steering wheel, and a few more yellow accents on the mirrors.

All told, there really is something about the fortwo BoConcept that catches your attention. Take away the fact that it’s a fortwo for a second and concentrate on the uniqueness of the product; that’s what makes this collaboration pretty special.

Rounding out the four Abarth 695 ’fuoriserie’ models that will be in attendance at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is the 695 Record.

As with the rest of its kind, the 695 Record comes with the usual digs that Abarth is offering to its customers as customizable options dedicated to ensuring top-level uniqueness and exclusivity that you won’t normally find in any other Abarth 695.

The 695 Record belongs in the fuoriserie’s New Heritage Collection with the 695 Scorpio and was built to target a market that understands the homage paid to the Abarth 750 Record Bertone.

The silver body paint of the 695 Record may look a little plain to the eyes, but once you add the red-and-silver checkered roof to the equation, as well as he polished interior trim bearing the same colors, you begin to see the customization angle attributed to Abarth’s fuoriserie program.

Plus, the 695 Record also features the 180-horsepower, 1.4-liter 16v Turbo T-Jet of the standard Abarth 695. A powerful engine plus a classy personalization program always equates to a sweet ride, and the 695 Record is no different.

Abarth’s booth at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show will feature a cavalcade of finely dressed vehicles and a quarter of that belongs to the automaker’s new “fuoriserie ,” a program devoted to customers who prefer the exclusivity typical of custom cars together with top performance levels.

One of these models is called the Abarth 695 Black Diamond, a special-edition model from the “New Wave” collection, one that also includes the Abarth 695 Hype. Built and designed to cater to the customer seeking refinement and style on his Abarth, the 695 Black Diamond is arguably the most finely dressed of the four special-edition ’fuoriserie’ models.

The two-tone black and polished grey 695 Diamond was carefully designed to adhere to its name as a sparkling example of the fuoriserie’s exclusivity. Add the checkered roof bearing the same two-tone finish and you have one special edition Abarth 695 that definitely reflects the company’s inspired attention to ensuring that its customers can get the best things out of Abarth.

All four fuoriserie Abarth 695 models will come with the standard 1.4-liter 16v Turbo T-Jet that produces an impressive 180 horsepower.

Abarth’s fuoriserie lineup that’s headed to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show comes with four pretty desirable models, all of which come with their own share of merits.

We couldn’t pick our favorite one so we decided that we loved all of them. Parity...you gotta love it!

One of these models is the Abarth 695 Hype, an aptly named creation, considering that it more than lives up to the hype of being part of the Italian brand’s fuoriserie program. That’s hard enough on its own, considering that individualistic nature of Abarth’s program.

But the 695 Hype pulls it off, remarkable considering the car it shares the stage as part of the New Wave collection - the 695 Black Diamond - is no slouch either.

The former is aimed at younger customers interested in cutting-edge trends, while the latter satisfies those seeking refinement and style.

The 695 Hype’s two-tone livery features a grey finish on the lower part of the vehicle, and a matching olive green color on the hood and the Abarth scorpion-adorned roof of the car, separated only by a yellow strip that goes around the entire length of the car.

Inside, it’s more of the same treatment, which particularly finds its way into the seats, adding a distinctive styling cue that fits in well with Abarth’s fuoriserie program.

The Abarth 695 Hype is powered by a 1.4-liter 16v Turbo T-Jet that develops 180 horsepower, giving the car even more reason to be as desirable as it should be.

The Fiat 500 has become so popular in the eyes of many that the model has been treated to numerous collaborations between Fiat and a host of other companies.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show , we’re going to see another one of ’em, in the form of the 500 GQ. Yep, that “GQ” stands for the popular Gentlemen’s Quarterly men’s magazine. If you needed an authority on style and culture trends among men, GQ is the Holy Grail.

The 500 GQ is a limited-edition model that’s set to hit dealerships in June. It’s been dressed in a refined two-tone matt grey and carbon black livery that really makes the 500 stand out like a finely-tailored suit would on Ryan Gosling.

That sounds appropriate, considering that Fiat is specifically targeting the 500 GQ for what it describes as the "metropolitan man of the third millennium.” In short, somebody with the style and panache of Gosling.

In addition to the two-tone livery, the 500 GQ also comes with chrome-plated mirror covers, a ’GQ’ logo on the pillar, orange 500 logos on the hub caps, orange brake calipers, a grey aesthetic liner and a set of 16-inch wheels.

The interior also gets bequeathed with its own share of fancy digs, particularly the exclusive orange Fiat 500 GQ logo fitted on the dashboard and leather seats with matching stitching. A sports pedal unit with aluminum effect and a leather gear knob round out the cabin upgrades.

The 500 GQ is available for both the coupe and convertible versions and a variety of powertrain options, including the 69-horsepower 1.2-liter, the 85-horsepower 0.9-liter TwinAir, the 100-horsepower 1.4-liter petrol, and the 95-horsepower 1.3-liter MultiJet.

The auto industry and the fashion world have had collaborations since time immemorial. So it comes as no surprise that with the 2013 Geneva Motor Show just around the corner, we’re seeing more and more of these partnerships come out of the woodwork again.

The latest one comes by way of smart and French urban fashion label Zadig & Voltaire. Considering the target market for both companies - the young, lifestyle-oriented, “it” crowd - the smart/Zadig & Voltaire collaboration appears to be, well, a "smart" one.

Available for both the coupe and cabriolet models of the fortwo , the Zadig & Voltaire limited edition will come to Geneva dressed to impress in a black finish with a silver motif trim that’s distinctively dressed in the famous Zadig & Voltaire styling. The mirror caps also stand out for the choice of color while the LED daytime running lights add a touch of luxury to the normally subdued compact car.

Inside, the modifications are more striking, particularly the use of a black and anthracite leather with matching yellow stitching, including the enormous yellow embroidery on the back seat that pretty much tells you who designed this car: "smart by ZV".

If you look at the lower part of the dashboard and doors, more of the black and anthracite leather with embossed pattern and yellow stitching can be found, ensuring that there’s no way you’ll ever think of the smart fortwo by Zadir & Voltaire as just a standard model.

As soon as it finishes its stop at the Geneva, the fortwo Zadig & Voltaire Edition will retail in dealerships for €17,100 ($22,876) for the coupe and €20,450 ($27,358) for the cabrio.

Audi S1

The Audi A1 is all set to get a much needed facelift for the 2014 model year, but that’s not all that will be happening with Audi at that time. According to a report from “sources within Audi,” the A1 facelift will also bring about the introduction of the S1 – a higher-performance variant of the compact hatch.

We expect this hot hatchback to come equipped with a 2.0-liter TSFI engine that is tuned to pump out 220 to 240 horsepower, but nothing is confirmed just yet. We also assume that the S1 will feature Audi’s famed quattro all-wheel-drive system. This would likely translate out to a 5-second run to 60 mph and a top speed nearing 155 mph.

Now it’s time for the bad news. Also reported by these supposed “insiders” is that the Audi RS1 is officially off the table. This 300-plus-horsepower hatchback is said to be a no go because officials think it would be too expensive to market in the compact hatchback realm. We can certainly see where this could be an issue with the Focus ST dominating the class at just over $20K, but there is definitely a market for a $30K-plus high-performance hatchback in our opinion. We’re willing to bet that the S1 will test the market and if it performs well, the RS1 will launch.

We’ll see what happens.

Source: Fourtitude

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