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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.

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After taking care of the standard seventh-gen Golf and the GTI version , German tuner, ABT Sportsline, decided to do the same with the GTD version .

It’s no surprise that the updates offered for the GTD version are nearly identical to the ones offered in the standard version and include updates to the exterior and some extra horses under the hood.

Most of the work was made under the hood where the tuner installed its ABT Power kit that increases the four-cylinder’s output up to a total of 210 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque - up from the standard 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.

To give the Golf the look to match the added power, ABT Sportsline also offers an aerodynamic kit and a set of aftermarket wheels. Also, for a better engine sound, the rear pipes were replaced with new ones.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Golf GTD by ABT Sportsline.

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In the last episode of Drive’s "Chris Harris on cars," Chris Harris had the opportunity totest-drive the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder. In the newest episode, he decided to go for something a little more timid and got behind the wheel of a Ford Fiesta ST .

Ever since the Fiesta ST was announced, there was a great dispute on which one was the better subcompact pocket rocket: the ST or the Renault Clio RS? So, Harris tries to help you find an answer to this question, as he tested the car on the road and track, and ended up being quite impressed by the petite ST. Of course, the car could use some improvements here and there, but overall, he thinks the ST performs quite well.

The Fiesta ST is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with an output of 197 Horsepower and 214 pound-feet of torque; all rather impressive stats for a subcompact hatch that tips the scales at only 2,720 pounds and sets you back only about 21k.

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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.

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Now that Volkswagen unveiled both the standard and GTI version of the seventh-generation Golf , the next model we expect is, of course, the R version. We’ve brought you plenty of spy photos of the 2014 Golf R , but this time we present to you a video showing the upcoming Golf R taking a beating on Nürburgring.

The upcoming Golf R will be powered by a revised version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a DSG or a six-speed transmission. The revised engine will deliver 256 horsepower in the U.S. version and 270 horsepower in the European model.

As for aesthetics, the next-gen Golf R will receive the same R treatment as the current model, but it will get the some of the design improvements seen on the other seventh-gen Golf variants, including: revised headlights and taillights; a new grille and front bumper; and a revised backside.

Stay tuned for more information and spy shots on the new Golf R as we slowly approach its debut.

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.

A few days after Citroen introduced a special-edition RCZ Coupe to the masses, its French sister from another mother, Renault , introduced its own.

This one, though, has been a yearly tradition for the French automaker (at least since last year) owing to its partnership with Formula One’s Red Bull Racing team.

This is the Renault Megane RS Red Bull RB8 Edition. You might recall that last year, Renault released a similar special-edition version for the 2013 Megane RS called the Red Bull RB7 Edition .

One of the most distinctive features of the new special-edition Megane is the Crépuscule Blue finish of the car, the same colors adorning the Red Bull RB8. Keeping with the theme of the model, Red Bull Racing graphics adorn the rear and the sides of the limited-edition car. Platinum Grey details on the F1 blade, door handles, door mirror housing and rear lip spoiler, as well as a monochrome laurel on the rear side windows that celebrate the team’s 2012 Constructors’ world title round out the exterior treatment of the Megane RS Red Bull RB8.

Inside, there are more of the same distinctive features, including Red Bull Racing branding on the numbered aluminum sill guards and carpet mats, as well as Renault’s R-Link and R.S. Monitor 2.0. Also inside are Recaro seats trimmed in an all-new fabric/leather combo with Red Bull Racing logos embroidered on the headrests.

As with any Megane RS, this special edition comes with a 265-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that twists out 250 pound-feet of torque. This is enough to get the hatchback up to 62 mph in 6 seconds and up to a top speed of 158 mph.

The model is expected to be sold in 26 countries at a price of €36,000, which is about $46,300 based on current exchange rates.

Anybody that has ever been a fan of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will attest that the event holds a unique place of its own amid the races in a calendar year.

For French automaker Peugeot , 1988 and 1989 were special years, as it scored back to back triumphs with Ari Vatanen and Robby Unser. The two drivers won Pikes Peak while driving a Peugeot 405 T16 Grand Raid, a car that gained notoriety for having a wheel steering system on top of its prevalent use of carbon Kevlar variant on its body to go with a new chassis made of sheet steel and tubular steel.

In tribute of those two successful runs at Pikes Peak, Peugeot released a special tribute video directed by Jean Louis Mourney called “Climb Dance”. Well, for those that haven’t seen the video, Peugeot has digitally-remastered the film, which not only means you can watch the whole thing over again, but you’re watching a version that’s more appropriate to the high-definition times of today.

Click past the jump to check out Peugeot’s new ride for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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The standard BMW 1-Series GT was caught testing many times, but this is the first time our spy photographers managed to catch the longer, seven-seat version. To be completely honest with you, the car was not really “testing;” rather, was just parked inside a BMW test facility.

This makes it pretty easy to spot the differences between the new, seven-seat version and the standard 1-Series GT . Up to the B-pillars, the two cars look the same, but this is where the changes come. The rear doors are longer and the overhang at the back is also longer on the seven-seat model. The back is also more upright, offering more room for the rear passengers.

The seven-seat version will be built on the same UKL1 platform as the standard 1-Series GT and will be offered with a front-wheel-drive setup. Under the hood, the engine lineup will again be shared with the standard version and will include the new three-cylinder, hybrid three-cylinder and four-cylinder powertrains.

The standard 1-Series GT will make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and the seven-seat version is expected to arrive six months later.

Updated 05/23/2013: Our spy photographers managed to caught the upcoming 1-Series GT Seven-Seater out for another testing session.

Click past the jump to read more about the seven-seat BMW 1-Series GT.

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


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