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.

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.

Source: AutoCar

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.

“Gimme the Gig II,” the follow up to the successful “Gimme the Gig” series, decided to do more than just have a televised battle of the bands show. This year, it presented a task that only Galpin Auto Sports could have pulled off. So what exactly could an automobile tuner have to do with a television show that revolves around music? Well, GAS was tasked with taking a Ford Focus – the main sponsor of the television show, of course – and turn it into a rolling recording studio.

GAS, Ford and Don Was, a Grammy-winning producer, collaborated for the task and installed top-end equipment that includes: BAE preamps, Empirical Labs compressors, Neuman, AKG, Sure and Marshall mics, Little Red Box and Sennheiser headphones, Sony hi-fi sound system, and Apochee Syphony interface. This all came together to create a recording studio that anyone could be proud of that can travel along with you.

As for the car, there is not too much information on what GAS did, but we can tell that the Focus features a matte-black coat of paint that gives it a slightly sinister look. GAS then added in a set of aftermarket rims that have a gloss-black face and red outlines. Up front, the red accent treatment continues on the upper and lower grilles, and around the fog lamps.

Inside, you can see a custom red-and-black interior with leather seats.

Under the hood, it appears is bone stock, sans some electronics that are likely necessary to run the extra gadgets.

Race engineers, no matter how skilled and talented they may be, also need time to build a race car.

It’s no different with Mazda , although you can make a case that their accomplishment - taking a Mazda2 and turning it into a B-Spec Race Car - is pretty impressive in its own right.

See, this time-lapse video goes to show the hours it took for Mazda’s racing engineers to build a B-Spec race from a standard Mazda2. From completely gutting the car of anything deemed unnecessary for racing purposes all the way up to dressing up the exterior with all those racing liveries, it only took Mazda 25 hours to completely turn the Mazda2 from a regular, run-of-the-mill compact hatchback into a bonafide race car.

Big props to Mazda’s engineers, all of whom managed to make the 25-hour transformation at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando, Florida. Even more impressive is the fact that as soon as the build was completed, the new race car was immediately thrown into the fire at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race.

Source: Mazda Speed
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It’s no surprise that most car manufacturers try to get into the spirit of Christmas and wish their fans and customers, happy holidays. Each brand tries their best at sending a holiday message to the viewer, be it hilarious, jaw-dropping or simply just "Merry Christmas.”

In response to Mercedes AMG’s Christmas message, which was pretty good, the boys at BMW decided to make one of their own. This has more to do with competition than celebrate the spirit of Christmas.

The volunteer chosen to spread the wishes is the fantastic BMW M135i. Being a 2-minute-long video with a performance car starring in it, one can expect that this is no ordinary message.

They put a dignified a capella band in the BMW M135i and DTM Champion Martin Tomczyk behind the wheel. With Martin torturing the Bimmer through some intense twist, the band had to sing “Jingle Bells.” Singing Jingle Bells itself is a pretty simple task, but when you’re drifting through the apex of a turn, it can be a little, shall we say, “difficult.”

Valiant effort, BMW, but the Mercedes AMG vid is still better. What do you think?

Volkswagen has added a new special edition to its Golf Plus lineup. The new Golf Plus Life will be offered with a choice of seven petrol and six diesel engines and prices will start from €21,200 - around $28,000 at the current exchange rates - for the 1.4-litre petrol-engine version.

Exterior updates offered by the new Life edition include: new 16" ’Spokane’ alloy wheels, chrome rims on the air inlet grilles, LED registration plate light, fog lights and tinted rear and side windows. A "Life" logo has been placed on the car’s wings. For the interior Volkswagen has added tons of standard features, including high-comfort seats in ’Matrixline’ seat fabric, a multifunction steering wheel in leather and a leather gear-lever knob.

Customers will also get: include Climatronic automatic climate control, a winter pack, the RCD 310 radio, ParkPilot, the Light and Sight pack and the multifunction Plus display. With all these updates, the new Plus Life Edition offers a price advantage of almost €3.400 ($4,400).

As a further addition the company is also offering a new LIFE Plus pack priced at €950 ($1,250). It adds: an electric slide-and-tilt panoramic glass sunroof and a choice of two set of wheels: ’Orlando’ or ’Seattle’, both in 17-inch size.

BMW i3

Our spy photographers have caught the upcoming BMW i3 out for another testing session. For the first time, the prototypes are now fitted with the real headlights and taillights, and also got the front design elements we are going to see in the production version. If you are going to take a closer look, you will also notice that a lot of fake panels have been removed so that we now can see more of the car’s real lines and shapes.

The model has been previewed many times, with the most recent concept version being unveiled earlier this year at the Paris Auto Show. It will be powered by a powerful 170 horsepower electric engine that will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in under 8 seconds and up to a top speed of 93 mph.

The new BMW i3 will go on sale sometime in 2013 at an estimated priced of $55k.

Infiniti Etherea

It has been rumored for quite some time now that Infiniti is preparing to attack the premium segment for the first time with a new compact hatchback model. While rumors are out for about three years now, Infiniti decided to keep it a secret and only today the company confirmed that such a model is indeed under development and that it will arrive in 2015.

The model will be built as a production version for the Etherea concept unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. While previous rumors suggested such a model will be offered with an electric drive, we expect it to be offered with both gasoline and diesel engines, but also with the same hybrid power train featured in the concept.

Infiniti’s new compact hatchback will be just one of the new models underlining the brand’s ambition to become a major worldwide competitor. Still, it will have to take on models likeAudi A3 and BMW 1-Series - models that are leaders on the market.

The new model will be built at the Nissan’s production base in Sunderland, United Kingdom where Infiniti plans to invest around £250mn and to create an additional 1,000 jobs.

BMW M135i

Last week we reported that the BMW M135i lapped the famous Nordschleife track in just 8:05 minutes, but new details suggest that the time was in fact set on a Bridge to Gantry lap which is shorter and measures only 11.9 miles.

Now, the guys over German magazine Sport Auto lapped the car at the actual Nurburgring Nordschleife track (12.93 miles) and obtained a time of 8:18, making the new M135i just three seconds slower than the the 1-Series M Coupe . The car lapped at the Green Hell was a standard M135i featuring a rear-wheel drive configuration and using a six-speed manual gearbox. All we can do now is wait for an official lap time from BMW .

As a reminder, the M135i is powered by a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 320 HP at 5,800 rpm and 331 lbs-ft of torque. The model will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds and can hit a top speed of 155 mph.

Source: BMW Blog

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