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.

Polestar may be the most renown company in the Volvo modifying business, but these Swedish cars have gone through many workshops for visual and performance upgrades in recent years. One of them belongs to Heico Sportiv , a German venture that has left its fingerprint on anything from the compact Volvo C30 to the full-size XC90 SUV .

More recently, though, the crew located near the city of Darmstadt has been busy turning the V40 hatchback into a more nimble machines. Using various tricks, the Germans came up with the T5 HPC and V40 "Pirelli" , both outstanding in terms of performance and looks.

For 2014, Heico Sportiv decided it’s time to take the V40 Cross Country to another level and turn it into a crossover capable to take on rougher paths without losing its much appreciated driving dynamics. To achieve that goal, Heico started by raising the vehicle’s suspension by about 30 mm (1.2 inches) and designing specific shock absorbers and springs.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volvo V40 Cross Country By Heico Sportiv.

You know how our smartphones and tablets always needs to have distinctive-looking cases that make them stand out from our friends’ gadgets. It’s not just with phones and tablets. The same also holds true for surfboards, wallets, or really anything that we can attach our personalities, too.

In some respects, car customization has also been around for a long time. But while it always used to be in the hands of the automaker or tuners to customize our cars for us, StickOut is offering all of us a chance to do the customization ourselves.

Is all goes well with the company’s Kickstarter fundraising campaign, all we will need to do is go to its website and we are in charge of the design, color, and layout of our very own customization plan for our car. It’s an idea that’s been around for a while but not to the extent where we’re left to our own devices to imprint our personalities into our rides.

It’s a fascinating thing to check out, especially if you’re the type who’s down for dressing up your own ride to fit your personality. Do check out the video and hop on to their site if you think it’s worth looking into.

Check out more videos from the company after the jump.

You’re looking at a flatbed trailer full of "slightly used" BMW 1-Series ActiveE electric test cars that recently paid a visit to the crusher. The saddening sight of low-mileage Bimmers spray painted, pancaked, and parked atop each other is an unexpected part of the automaker’s initial testing of fully electrified vehicles in preparation for the i3 and i8 models.

BMW launched the testing program in 2010 with some 700 1-Series in a massive real-world field study with regular owners (that BMW termed electronauts) behind the wheels. BMW studied everything from driving habits to the cars’ performance over time while the owners reported back their thoughts and findings. However, now that the production version of the i3 is available and the i8 coming in limited numbers, , BMW ended the extended lease program.

The automaker announced it would be sending many of the used cars to a car-sharing service in California, but only 70 units have been allotted. The remaining cars’ fates were left in question as the owners turned in their cars for new i3 vehicles. That is, until this pictures surfaced recently on Facebook.

Granted, the ActiveE cars were all pre-production models that could never legally be outright sold to a regular buyer, but we can’t help but wonder why BMW isn’t donating these leftover cars to high school and college technology programs around the country. Perhaps we’ll take solace in knowing this flatbed represents only a small portion of the 700 ActiveE electric cars and the rest might receive happier fates.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW ActiveE.

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If you happen to be a fan of slightly quirky Japanese cars with AWD, I have great news for you. It seems Subaru is finally spending the money to bring new platforms and engines to its lineup of cars.

The report comes from Automotive News, who is claiming that after six straight years of record-breaking growth, the Fuji Heavy Industries subsidiary is going to bring a new modular platform to market in a 2016. Along with this new platform that will underpin, the new Impreza and Outback as well as the Legacy and an unnamed three-row crossover , Subaru will add direct injection to every single engine it builds in an effort to improve fuel economy. Adding direct injection will also improve emissions and improve performance.

The goal is to make its models even more enticing to buyers by providing all the same Subaru greatness with even better fuel economy, traditionally a downside of Subaru’s love of AWD.

Click past the jump to read more about the current Subaru Impreza.

Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed if it will sell a Golf R wagon in the future, but it appears its engineers and test drivers are busy developing a hot grocery getter. Now just in prototype form, the Golf R Variant showed up at the Nuburgring track to practice its skills and give us a taste of what we may be getting in showrooms. Not surprising, the wagon borrowed many body details from the hatchback , including the more aggressive front bumper, the 19-inch wheels wrapped in low-profile tires and a quad-exit exhaust fitted below the rear bumper. Some of these features set it apart from the mule we’ve seen earlier this year .

There are no badges proving the wagon we’re looking at is the Golf R, but our spy photographers have confirmed that Volkswagen is indeed testing it on the Nordschleife before giving it the green light.

If the Germans decide to go ahead with the project, the Golf R Variant will most likely be powered by a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-pot rated at 290 horsepower and 280 pound feet of torque. The wagon should take fewer than six seconds to sprint from 0 to 60 mph on its way to a top speed limited at 155 mph. The 4MOTION all-wheel-drive and the six-speed manual gearbox will come standard, while VW will offer the six-speed DGS as an alternative.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R Variant.

Only one year has passed since Nissan revived its Datsun brand by introducing the GO hatchback , and the Japanese manufacturer has just confirmed its return to the compact car segment (C-segment in Europe) with a brand-new vehicle.

Dubbed Pulsar, a name previously used for a line of compact cars sold in Asia and Australia since 1978 (not to be confused with the Pulsar NX sports car marketed in the U.S. between 1983 and 1990), the new vehicle is a five-door hatchback aimed at models such as the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus .

Nissan ’s recipe for the Pulsar is pretty much simple and includes an instantly recognizable design with styling cues borrowed from the Qashqai , small, turbocharged engine that deliver decent power and return attractive fuel economy, and a price tag that’s likely to put the hatchback below most of its competitors.

A big bet for the Japanese automaker in Europe, the Pulsar is basically insignificant to the U.S. market, with Nissan having no plans to ship it across the ocean. This might very well change depending on vehicle’s success in Europe, but we’re at least a couple of years away from a pertinent verdict. Either way, the Pulsar is a hatchback worth looking at, and that’s what we’re about to do after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Nissan Pulsar.

Oh Mini Cooper and its infinite number of look-alike models. It appears from these spy shots, the BMW sub-brand is further expanding its lineup with this five-door version of the standard hatchback, yet not to be a replacement for the Clubman. We say that because it’s seemingly parked next to a new, third-generation Clubman five-door.

This blue model coated in a yellow, swirly wrap still has its hatch-like trunk area, while getting the two extra side doors. It’s not clear what exactly separates the two side-by-side cars except their boots, but they are definitely being developed together. The car itself also appears to have gained some extra width with, surely helping its interior volume and passenger comfort.

Of course this new Clubman hatchback will join the slew of other Mini products in the coming months. It’s possible the cars will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show happening sometime in September, but that’s pure speculation. Just stay tuned to TopSpeed for any breaking news on Mini’s ever-expanding lineup of not-so-small cars.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Cooper 5-Door.

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When the Cadillac CTS dropped onto the market, it was available in a variety of versions, including a sedan , a coupe and a station wagon . Now, the same recipe for success is being applied to the new ATS . Cadillac will first put out a sedan and a coupe version, but a station wagon version and a convertible are also said to be in the mix. Why? Well, Americans need cheaper alternatives to German coupes and Cadillac is ready to deliver just about anything we’re looking for in order to pick up sales.

They have the platform to build on and will more than likely make sure they get their money’s worth on it.

At the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Cadillac finally revealed the all-new 2015 ATS Coupe, and borrowed a host of features from the sedan version, except for the new body panels, the equally new Cadillac badge and the sedan’s two rear doors

The ATS Coupe is also built on the same rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform and is offered with nearly the same engine lineup as the sedan: a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with 270 horsepower, and a 3.6-liter, V-6 with 321 horsepower. The engines are combined with either a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic transmission. There will also be an option for an all-wheel-drive system.

BMW and Audi better start prepping themselves for some competition.

Update 5/15/14: Cadillac has announced a starting price of $38,990, including the $995 delivery fee for the 2015 ATS Coupe.

Updated 07/25/2014: We added a new set of about 50 high res images to our ATS Coupe gallery. Check the new pictures in the ’Photos’ tab.

Introduced in 2012, the Veloster Turbo isn’t the nimble hatchback Hyundai was hoping for. At least not against more popular choices like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST .

That being said, we’re not at all surprised that the Koreans are revamping the compact for the 2015 model year. Spotted during testing for the second time the past week — this time at the Nurburgring track — the Veloster Turbo will adopt some of the styling cues seen on the recently unveiled 2015 Genesis, which our Mark McNabb took for a drive last month.

The visual updates will consists of an enhanced front grille, reshaped bumpers, and revised headlamps and taillights. It will also include a set of fancier, bi-color wheels for some added style. We’ve already seen the latter in the first batch of spy shots, but we’ll have to wait a bit longer to gain access to the full pictures.

The cabin is another area that won’t remain untouched, with an updated Supervision Cluster to replace the current unit. The overall configuration of the interior isn’t likely to change much, but expect more soft-touch surfaces and options to appear.

Things shouldn’t change much under the hood, where the 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine will continue to deliver 201 turbocharged horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo.

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer may have been a disappointing appearance to most brand enthusiasts, due to its front-wheel-drive layout, but the Bavarian manufacturer hopes to score big with the compact MPV in both North America and Europe.

The regular 2 Series Active Tourer, which is powered by a tiny, 1.5-liter, inline-three unit rated at 136 horsepower, will be followed by an M Sport version with a plug-in hybrid model to arrive shortly after.

Unlike its gasoline-exclusive counterparts, which will require an xDrive option to get all four wheels moving, the plug-in hybrid will feature an all-wheel-drive setup by default. Although BMW has yet to reveal any details, the same three-cylinder engine is likely to be in charge of the front axle, while an electric motor will be added to take care of the rear wheels.

Total output is expected to sit around the 200-horsepower mark, with 136 horsepower coming from the conventional mill and the rest provided by the silent, battery-powered motor. As for mileage, the Active Tourer Plug-in Hybrid should return at least 50 mpg when using both units, though it won’t be able to travel more than around 20 miles in EV mode.

Styling-wise, the hybrid version won’t be any different than the gasoline Active Hybrid, with only a few badges to highlight its greener nature. The MPV has already been spotted testing in Germany so we might see it in production form by the end of the year.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid.


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