hatchback

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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With the market for youth-oriented, lower-priced vehicles on the rise, Honda aims to grow its share in this market with their new Gear concept that gives insight to what we can expect from the Japanese manufacturer in the future.

Quietly launched at the Montreal Auto Show, the Honda Gear Concept is designed with specific people in mind — the young with a budget (aka Generation Y). The whole aspect of the car is said to be inspired by the fixed-gear bicycles, though we don’t know exactly how that connection is made.

We can say that it looks quite good, as it features a simple and sleek design that is a clear departure from the current design of today’s Hondas. We especially like how the rear windscreen wraps around both the C-pillars at the rear profile. Being a concept, we can do nothing but hope that such a design, or rather, some design elements make it to a production model.

No details have been provided about what’s under the hood, but it’s safe to expect a frugal, low-displacement engine or a plug-in electric drivetrain.

Overall, this concept does look promising. If it goes into production, it sure will manage the young who are on the lookout for their "first car.”

Nissan has unveiled a new addition to the Versa lineup at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. This new Versa Note will go on sale in the summer of 2013 at a price of $13,990 and in four different trim levels: S, S Plus, SV and SL Packages.

When compared to the Versa sedan version, the new Note version will get its own distinctive look, feel and added hatchback utility. Design elements have been inspired by the Note designation used in other global markets, and will include steeply sloped front windshield, sculpted front doors and dramatic character lines.

All four models will be powered by an advanced 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or a Nissan Xtronic CVT transmission. This combination allows the new Versa Note to deliver an impressive fuel economy of 35 mpg, on combined cycle.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Nissan Verso Note.

When Shelby announced that they were bringing two models to the 2013 Detroit Auto Show , a lot of us already penciled in that one of those models would be a custom-tuned Ford Mustang. The other one, however, was still subject to speculation with the front runner being some sort of derivative for Ford’s mighty sports hatch, the Focus ST .

True enough, those who thought it was the Focus ST were proven right when Shelby unveiled the Shelby Focus ST, a "budget-minded" performance vehicle for those who can’t afford the bigger and meaner Shelby Mustang.

Limited to only 500 units, the Shelby Focus ST is, as its name suggests, a souped-up Ford Focus ST that comes with a plethora of aesthetic and performance upgrades that’ll turn your already awesome sports hatch into one that has the stamp of approval from Shelby themselves.

Is the Shelby Focus ST all that it’s hyped up to be? Find out if it is - or isn’t - after the jump.

The 2013 North American International Auto Show - or you can just call it the Detroit Auto Show - is replete with concept vehicles, special-edition models, and world debuts.

Italian automaker Fiat , by way of sister-company Chrysler , is preparing a pair of concept 500 vehicles tagged as the 500 Abarth Tenebra and the 500 Turbo Cattiva.

The latter of those two models is the subject of these pages and if we’re going to throw a compliment its way, it’s that it’s a lot more attractive to our eyes than its monotone co-debutante.

We’re not saying that there’s nothing appealing about the Tenebra; it’s just that we’d much rather be driving the Cattiva out and about on the road. We don’t know if Fiat has any production plans for this model seeing as they tagged it with the “concept” label, but if given a chance, we’d love to see the Cattiva in dealerships in the future.

Find out more about the Fiat 500 Turbo Cattiva Concept after the jump

Ever since the Fiat 500 rolled back into our lives a few years, we’ve been inundated with plenty of concepts and special edition models for the lovable little hatchback.

That trend appears to be continuing with the North American International Auto Show debuts of two new 500 concepts, the 500 Abarth Tenebra and the 500 Cattiva.

The Tenebra, in particular, is based on the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth . Fiat certainly didn’t pull any punches, giving this concept a unique aesthetic upgrade with hopes of highlighting the unique sportiness of the compact hatchback.

The new goodies you’ll find in the 500 Abarth Tenebra will show you how a 500 Abarth can be accessorized to stand out from the crowd. Who knows, you might find these concept versions find their way in dealerships sooner than later.

For now, though, check out all the upgrades Fiat did to this 500 Abarth after the jump.

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.


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