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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.

Mired in the shadows of the more commonly known Passat, the Volkswagen CC is actually a much better option to consider for interested buyers.

That might be a bold statement, but it doesn’t come with any tinge of hyperbole, either.

There’s a lot to like about the CC. It’s body dimensions convey the look of a luxury car and the interior does its best to make you feel like you’re in the same environment. It also has a choice of powertrains that you can pick depending on your preference.

And best of all, you know that you’re not going to burn any holes in your pockets by buying one. Sure, getting the top-of-the-line 3.6 VR6 4MOTION Executive might be a stretch at $42,895, but all other models fall in the range of $32,000 to $38,000.

At the very least, you know you’re getting a ride that’s worth the money.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volkswagen CC.

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Today joining the list of manufacturers who have showcased their cars ahead of the official release in Geneva is Audi with the S3 Cabriolet.

The S3 Cabriolet is the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer’s attempt at creating a new convertible for everyday use with a slightly insane engine, and the automaker has succeeded.

With prices announced and delivery of the S3 cabriolet expected to begin this summer in Germany, the new Audi convertible, with it’s high power and relatively low cost, will certainly act as a high volume generator for the German car maker.

As of now, we do not have any news of the new convertible arriving to the U.S. shores soon but still we welcome the new entrant as it creates a new segment where we will hope to soon see more challengers.

Click past the jump to read all that you need to know about the Audi S3 Cabriolet.

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The Fiat 500L is the bigger version of the fun and funky Italian Fiat 500. In the stretch, some of the style and excitement was lost in the larger design. Where the 500 looks cute and lithe, the 500L looks a little…frumpy. The larger front end is a bit lumpy, and the longer wheelbase upset the near perfect proportions of the normal 500 .

Fiat has just gone a long way to improving the overall look and style of the 500L with the new Fiat 500L Beats Edition. With a full collection of special exterior embellishments and changes, added to a similar interior treatment, the 500L Beats Edition looks good.

Apart from the improved styling the Beats Edition also comes loaded with a signature Beats Audio stereo. As you may have guessed, the Beats By Dr. Dre stereo collaboration is what paved the way for this stylish five-door’s creation.

Read on for more details on the Fiat 500L Beats Edition

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When the Kia Soul dropped onto the U.S. market in 2010 , hipsters everywhere saw Kia in a whole new light. This boxy compact car had all the tuning capabilities the Honda Civic had when it was a tuning phenomenon through the late 1990s and early 2000s, plus it had a catchy commercial with hip hop hamsters . All was well in the world of the Soul, and it’s about to get even more real with the preparation of the future-generation model.

Fresh off of its facelift in 2011 , the most sold model from Kia has just entered a new generation. The 2014 Kia Soul was unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show and will be put on sale in the third quarter of this year.

For the new generation, the Soul has switched to a new chassis, received a new design language inspired by the Track’ster concept and features significant suspension upgrades.

Updated 02/19/2014: TopSpeed editor in chief, Justin Cupler, got his hands on the top-of-the-line Kia Soul for a whole week. Check out the "Driving Impressions" section after the jump to see what he thought.

If there was ever a car in Volkswagen’s lineup that probably has nine lives, it’s probably the Eos . Talks of discontinuing the model have risen to the surface numerous times and yet, here it is, alive and kicking in 2014.

The 2014 Volkswagen Eos continues on in its slot as Volkswagen’s resident entry-level convertible . Not much has changed since the current generation model arrived in 2011 and in some ways, that can be attributed as a positive for the Eos.

See, over the course of its time, the convertible has been offered with some impressive features, including a hardtop roof, comfortable seating, and yes, the option to do away with a ceiling and let your hair enjoy the cool breeze of Mother Nature.

Even its turbocharge engine can be attributed as a boon for the Eos because at the end of the day, riding a convertible is only as good as the power it has under its hood.

So welcome to 2014, Volkswagen Eos. You’ve certainly earned your stay at the party.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volkswagen Eos.

Volvo’s rise back to relevancy has caught the auto industry’s attention. At the Geneva Motor Show , the Swedish automaker is prepared to take it to another level with the upcoming release of its third and final concept car.

But before that, Volvo’s also introducing its new Ocean Race lineup for the V40 , V40 Cross Country, V60 and XC60. Each model will be given the "Ocean Race" nomenclature and will come with an assortment of colors, including Ocean Blue II, Bright Silver, Black Sapphire and Crystal White.

In addition, each of the Ocean Race models also stand to receive either black or blonde leather upholstery with matching orange stitching, as well as "Volvo Ocean Race" branded sill plates. The same stitching is also be found on the door panels and floor mats, with the latter also carrying a special rubber tag attached. And in case there’s any confusion on the uniqueness of these models, the V60 and XC60’s load cover will be decorated with a Volvo Ocean Race map and logo.

For their part, the V70 and XC70 Ocean Race editions have their own unique offerings, including high-gloss black accents, a special set of 17- or 18-inch Portunus-style alloy wheels, and a lowered suspension that’s exclusive to the V70. Likewise, both models come with black leather seats, cream contrast stitching and sport pedals.

The Volvo Ocean Race Editions will make their debuts at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show before going into production this spring.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Volvo Ocean Race Edition.

What you’re looking at above is one of ten examples of a specially-designed Mini Cooper created by fans of the German marque.

So why are these designs relevant? Well, one of them will be built by Mini as a special-edition model.

All ten of these Mini Coopers, each with custom graphics and special accessories, are going to be part of a special promotion by Mini wherein fans will be given a chance to vote for their favorite design on a dedicated website. Best hurry, though, because the deadline for votes ends today.

Whichever design gets the most votes will be announced at the New York Auto Show on April 16th before Mini goes back to its design lab and builds 56 models of the winning design.

Now that we’ve gotten the specifics out of the way, here’s our three finalists: the Tron-inspired design, the white Cooper with an intricate blue dragon graphic, and the orange Cooper with the tiger on the roof. The last one may be a little tacky for some, but hey, it’s going to definitely stand out, right?

As for our favorite, the Tron Cooper gets our vote.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mini Cooper.

Source: Mini

In a market rife with competition from some notable models, the 2014 Kia Rio 5-Door is determined to make its mark.

Over the years, the Rio has done just that, keeping pace with its rivals with a package that can best be described as pleasant. But with the new generation Rio only a year old, Kia is becoming more aggressive in its desire to be a player in the compact hatch market.

That’s where the 2014 Rio comes into the picture. Mixing attractive aesthetics with a comfortable interior and an impressive powertrain, the 2014 Rio is bent on making waves. To its credit, it’s got all the tools to do sol; the only caveat is whether it can topple some of the more established models already in the fold.

Legitimate questions that the 2014 Rio has answers for. And if you’re still not sold on the model, maybe its high time you introduce yourself to Kia’s little hatch-that-can. Besides, it’s ready to show you what it’s got — and then some.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Kia Rio 5-Door.

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Mini Cooper 5-Door

With the new-generation Mini Cooper Hardtop the boys and girls at Mini are finally creating the one body style everybody asked for and never got; a five-door hatch. We have spy shots of this new, more practical Mini undergoing some cold-weather testing. To get the extra doors on the Cooper, the car has been stretched slightly and the traditional flat rear gate now has a slope to it.

It is important to note that this is not a replacement for the Clubman . This is an entirely new model based on the standard Cooper Hardtop. The Clubman will be getting a true replacement in the coming year.

Powertrain options for the five-door should be identical to the standard three-door. The same goes for transmission choices. That means a pair of turbocharged gasoline engines, and customers across the pond will also get a diesel engine.

To find out the rest of the details on the new five-door Cooper, hit the jump.

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If you have just found yourself looking for information on special edition hatchbacks that won’t be sold in the United States, we have some great news for you. This is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz A 250 Edition Night.

This Japan -only special edition is consists of a collection of visual enhancements that are slapped to a standard A-Class , specifically the A 250 Sport or A 250 AMG Sport. The entire package is based around adding black exterior features, making the whole car darker, like the night.

So it’s basically a German JDM hatchback with lots of blacked out extras. If I was a forum lurker looking for the “best car evah” my head would have just exploded.

While the Edition Night model is technically only a Japanese market affair, many of the parts do mimic a special edition car available in the United Kingdom called the Night Package, making it slightly less special.

For all the details about the A 250 and the Edition Night extras hit the jump.


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