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hatchback

  A hatchback is a type of automobile design, consisting of a passenger cabin which includes an integrated cargo space, accessed from behind by a hatch or flip-up window. Hatchbacks are also often called three-doors (two entry doors and the hatch) or five-doors (four entry doors and the hatch) cars.

Peugeot 308/301

The next- generation Peugeot 308 has been caught testing many times, but the latest spy shots reveal the car during its first winter test. Previous rumors suggested the new generation could drop the current 308 name in favor of a new 301 moniker, but the latest rumors say the new car will keep its 308 name.

The new 308 will be built on the same platform as the Citroen C4 and DS4 , and will be lighter and more agile.

The engine lineup will once again be shared with Citroen models and will include a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, plus an all-new diesel hybrid. Peugeot will also offer the new three-cylinder family in an attempt to reduce fuel consumption as much as possible.

Even if the car is still heavily camouflaged, the new 308 will be a mixture between the 208 and the SR1 Concept car, featuring a more elegant and compact body then the current generation.

Expect the new Peugeot 308 to be unveiled later in 2013.

For the latest episode of his show, Jay Leno has turned his attention from the supercars he usually reviews and reviewed the latest addition to the Fiat lineup: the 500L . Alongside Jay, you will see Tim Kuniskis, head of Fiat North America who is offering us a few more details on the car.

The 500L is two feet longer than the standard 500, but it offers 42 percent more cabin room and is just as fun to drive, according to Fiat. What do you think, does Jay Leno agree with this statement? Watch the video and you will find out!

As a reminder, the 500L will be offered with two petrol engines - the 101 horsepower 1.4-liter in-line four-cylinder engine from the standard 500 and a TwinAir version - as well as one diesel turbocharged 1.3 MultiJet II engine.

In the same episode, Leno announced he will update his Abarth with the Esseesse kit and will bring it next week in Detroit.


Toyota will offer proof that the hybrid technology is "no barrier to creating eye-popping custom concepts" at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon the. It will achieve this with the unveiling of the Aqua G Sports — a concept car based on the Prius hatchback — a model that quickly become one of Japan’s best-selling cars since its launch last year.

The new Aqua G Sports concept adds a more aggressive appearance to the exterior and interior, plus a re-tuned suspension and body-reinforcing braces to strengthen its sporting character and handling. Despite these updates, the Aqua concept keeps the usual hybrid powertrain found in the Prius. This means the new Aqua concept will be powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 99 horsepower combined with an electric motor that adds another 82 horsepower.

Full details on the new Toyota Aqua G Sports concept will be unveiled during its official debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

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Audi A3 Sportback

To roll with the increasing popularity of hybrid vehicles, Audi is all set to unveil a plug-in electric hybrid at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

According to reports, the hybrid will be based on the newly announced A3 Sportback , a 4-door version of the standard A3 .

The aspect we’re interested in is the hybrid setup. The powertrain will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine coupled with an electric motor and an 8 kWh lithium-ion battery. This setup could enable the hybrid to produce a combined output of nearly 237-horsepower. Furthermore, the car is expected to average 117.6 mpge and to have an Audi-claimed 50 km (31-mile) range in electric-only mode, which is on-par with current hybrid standards, maybe better.

Audi is not setting the hybrid segment on fire, so such a model would help their quest for a cleaner footprint. However, given the expected price tag of $47,000, which is quite baffling considering the base gasoline-powered twin costs around $29,000, things aren’t looking so bright for the tree-hugging Audis.

We’ll update you once Audi officially announces the A3 Plug-in Hybrid.

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The current-generation Opel Corsa received its first update back in 2010 and it looks like the company is now preparing a second one, mainly because we won’t see a fifth-generation Corsa anytime soon. The announcement was made by Opel , who said the company has no money to develop an all new car.

Even though it’s still camouflaged, the facelifted Corsa will borrow a lot of its front-end design from the recently released Opel Adam , including a wide front grille, a new wing-shaped chrome bar with the embossed Opel emblem and headlamps with wing-shaped daytime running lights. Additionally, our spy photographers caught a few snapshots of the interior and it looks like it has also been influenced by the Adam city car.

Expect to see the facelifted version of the Opel Corsa at the Frankfurt Car Show in September. Full details will be unveiled in the upcoming months.

Mercedes B-Class EV

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive was previewed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and now, a few months later, the car has been caught for the first time charging its batteries during winter testing in Sweden.

Mercedes wants to be the first of the luxury automakers to bring an all-electric vehicle into the B-segment. You will say that Toyota is already offering such a model with its Prius v model, but Mercedes-Benz wants to offer a car for those who are looking for a premium alternative to the relatively bland Prius.

Initial details suggest that the next B-Class EV will be offered with a lithium-ion battery from Tesla and is expected to provide an overall range of 200 km (124 miles).

The new Mercedes B-Class EV will go on sale in late 2013 as a 2014 model and it will be the only B-Class model to hit the U.S. market.

Stay tuned for more info.

Body-kit-bearing vehicles are usually a little too tacky for our liking, but German tuner extraordinaire Hamann Motorsports was able to create a program for the Fiat 500 that is centered around a body kit that actually looks pretty good.

Actually, the program is much more extensive than just slapping on those new body panels. You’ll notice that there’s also a new front bumper unit that comes with a pair of LED daytime running lights, a welcome addition to the 500, if you ask us. There are also new side skirts, new fender extensions, a new rear bumper unit, a set of 18-inch Design "Largo Forged" Anodized wheels wrapped in FA 215/35R18 and RA 225/35R18 tires.

Our inquisitive minds also found out that the program also comes with a new Sportivo suspension-lowering kit, a sport rear muffler with quad tail pipes, and an engine upgrade that involves ECU remaps for both the 1.3 Multijet 16V Diesel model and the 1.4i 16V that increase the output from 75 horsepower and 107 pounds-per-feet of torque, and 101 horsepower and 97 pounds-per-feet of torque to 90 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 136 pounds-per-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm and 112 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 108 pounds-per-feet of torque at 4,250 rpm, respectively. To rein in this power, Hamann added in a set of 11-inch rotors squeezed by a set of four-piston calipers.

For the more powerful 500 Abarth , Hamann is offering a Power Kit HS I engine upgrade that bumps up the output to 160 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 210 pounds-per-feet of torque at 3,700 rpm.

Volkswagen Polo R WRC Street

The latest addition to the Volkswagen Polo lineup is the powerful Polo R WRC Street version powered by a 2.0-liter TSI engine with an output of 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This version sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds and can hit a top speed of 151 mph. The only problem is that it comes only in front-wheel drive.

Well, now it looks like VW may be having second thoughts about this hot hatch carrying only FWD. According to head of R&D Ulrich Hackenberg, Volkswagen may offer a four-wheel drive version of the Polo R WRC Street, but only for several countries in the world. He confirmed that such a model is still not under development, but he "could imagine it."

If built, the Polo R WRC Street AWD would likely be developed on the company’s PQ25 platform that has already been used for the all-wheel drive Audi A1 quattro. Unfortunately, there we won’t see it here in the U.S., but it’s still cool regardless.

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Hyundai recently released an updated version of the i10, but it looks like the company is already hard working on the next-generation i10. Our spy photographers have caught the first prototypes out for a testing session, and, as you can see, the car is heavily camouflaged so it is pretty difficult to see the changes the new i10 will bring.

Still, it is pretty easy to notice that the grille has become bigger in order to show the family face. The car’s general lines have been slightly updated, so now the i10 will feature a clearer side profile and a more sloping roof. At the rear, the lights seem to have received a horizontal position compared to the vertical lights on the current version. In the front bumper, the fog lights have an LED stripe above.

The new-generation Hyundai i10 will make its world debut in September 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The New Year has brought two special editions to the Citroen lineup: DS3 DStyle Red & DSport Red. The two special editions will be based on DStyle and DSport trim levels, and are now on sale with prices ranging from £15,655 ($25,450 at the current exchange rates) to £18,060 ($29,300).

The two models are offered in either Polar White or Perla Nera Black body colors combined with red insertions on the hood, door mirrors, front grille and chevrons. The two special editions come with 16-inch Ashera alloy wheels painted DStyle Red models and 17-inch Bellone alloy wheels for the DSport Red versions. For both models, the wheels can be ordered in either white or black.

The same combination is also used on the interior, where Citroen installed a "Connect Signature" package that adds Bluetooth and USB connectivity, an enhanced Hi-Fi system and additional speakers for superior sound quality.

Under the hood the two special editions offer both petrol and diesel engines, but only a 6-speed manual transmission is available.


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