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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.


Not to toot our own horn, but we did call this , didn’t we? Mini has officially announced the winner of the "MINI Originals” design contest and like we predicted, that Tron-looking Cooper, dubbed "DeLux" by creator Alex Coyle, was announced as the winner of the competition.

The blacklight-influenced Mini Cooper beat out some worthy challengers, but in the end, none were as popular to the Mini community as Coyle’s design, whose name he explained came from the word "lux," the "root meaning of the word ’light’".

As the winner of the contest, the young sophomore student studying creative advertising and photography at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA will now have the distinction of seeing his creation come to life in the form of a limited run of Coopers carrying the ’DeLux" package.

Anybody interested in it can now place orders on MINIUSA.com and through MINI dealerships across the country. Be warned, though, Mini has indicated that there will only be up to 56 models of Coyle’s DeLux package so if you’re pining for one, better place an order before the units run out.

In the meantime, the DeLux Cooper will be in attendance at the New York Auto Show next week so that’s also a good a time as any to have an up-close look at this very unique Cooper.

Click past the jump to read more about Mini Cooper.

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Previewed by a concept car that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last month, the next-generation Mini Clubman will break cover sometime next year, after the company’s engineers and test drivers are finished putting it through its paces. It was January when our skilled spy photographers previously caught the Clubman out in the open. The prototype was being tested in blistery Sweden, with very little to offer as far as its styling goes, due to its heavy camouflage.

More than two months have passed, and our lensmen met with the Clubman once again, this time in a less icy environment. Actually, they’ve encountered it in a place that’s not exactly suited for a fancy grocery-getter — the Nurburgring. Yes, I know, each and every manufacturer needs to hoon their vehicles on the "Green Hell" for approval, but it’s overrated if you ask me.

Anyway, this specific Clubman is slightly different than the one spotted in Sweden earlier this year. Firstly, the front bumper intakes and the wheels are different. Secondly, a quick peak around the back reveals a twin exhaust. These details suggest we might be looking at a Clubman S version, which would make more sense considering the location it was spotted in.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mini Clubman.

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With nine months of year-over-year sales gains during 2013 and off to a great start in 2014, the tiny Fiat 500 is becoming increasingly popular nationwide, mostly because of its classic look and affordable price. Its 101-horsepower, inline-four engine won’t break any speed records, but this is where the brawnier Abarth version comes in. Yes, the Fiat 500 Abarth is being readied for the 2015 model year as we speak, with the high-performance city car scheduled to be showcased during the New York Auto Show later this month, in both hatchback and cabrio guises.

To keep the 500 Abarth appealing for 2015, the Italians have operated a number of interior and powertrain updates without altering the vehicle’s sporty character. In fact, the new transmission the 500 Abarth is set to receive promises to offer "an even more engaged driving experience."

Last time we drove the Fiat 500 Abarth we dubbed it "mini Ferrari" . Now let’s find out if this little, turbocharged hatch is ready to carry its legacy even further.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio.

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Well boys and girls, it looks like those crazy kids at Touriclips are at it again. This time they have gotten some video footage of what appears to be a hard-core Golf GTI blasting around the Green Hell. According to the YouTube description, Touriclips thinks this is a Club Sport edition of the GTI, or perhaps a mildly camouflaged Golf R EVO. Either way, they expect the car is being shaken down for a debut at the Wörthersee Tuning Festival in May.

I am not sure I buy that though. A quick eye will notice the Wiechers Sport logo on the flanks of the car in white. Wiechers is a company that specializes in roll cages, harnesses and other racing gear. I don’t see Volkswagen putting a sponsorship decal on a test mule.

I agree that this is likely a special car for Wörthersee, but I don’t think it’s something that Volkswagen is working on specifically. Every year, Wörthersee sees many cars from other companies that are designed to showcase new parts. With the Mk7 Golf just hitting showrooms around the world, I think Wiechers Sport is finalizing tuning for new suspension and roll cage upgrades to showcase at the show.

Secretly, I do hope they prove me wrong though. A tauter, lighter Golf GTI would be an amazing machine to spend time in. It is no secret that the Volkswagen Golf is one of my all-time favorite cars, but there seems to be too much amiss for me to take this as a new special-edition car. I mean we do have proof of a Golf R wagon , so I guess anything is possible.

What do you guys think? Did Touriclips get it wrong, or am I just an idiot that likes to make things up?

I have put in a line to Wiechers to see if this is their mule, or not. If they don’t claim it, then the Club Sport GTI rumors get a lot juicier. Keep your eyes here for an update.

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The Fiat 500 Abarth is one of my all-time favorite cars. It is an uncommon dose of fun and lunacy in our increasingly beige automotive world. What is a mildly eccentric Italian company to do after creating such a machine? Apparently the answer is to create an even faster and hard-core version to take racing.

Meet the 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione.

Fiat already has an Abarth Assetto Corse for both the 500 and 695 cars, but this new Evoluzione model turns things up to 11. Power is up, weight is down, and in true race car fashion, there are a lot of minor improvements learned over the last few years of competition combine to make repairs and adjustments easier. The car obviously still retains the full complement of FIA-approved safety equipment.

If you already own one of the older 695 Assetto cars and want to stay competitive in the Trofei series, Fiat is offering the full Evoluzione kit as an upgrade.

Read on to get the scoop on all the new upgrades and enhancements.

For all of the cute little descriptions attributed to the Ford Fiesta, it’s important to remember that the hatchback has a racing soul hiding underneath its compact appearance. It’s not an accident that guys like Ken Block use the Fiesta for their racing exploits, and now, ahead of the Global Rallycross season, the Fiesta is once again taking center stage as the car-of-choice of Barracuda Racing.

Barracuda Networks, Inc, a leading provider of cloud-connected security and storage solutions, will be making its maiden foray into the world of rallying and it couldn’t have picked a worthier car to compete with than the Fiesta. If anything, it should serve veteran Bryan Herta and rookie driver Austin Dyne as they compete under the Barracuda Racing banner.

In order to compete in Global Rallycross, the team reconfigured the Fiesta to be an all-out powerhouse, tweaking the car’s engine to produce a staggering 600 horsepower, enough to hit 60 mph in just 1.8 seconds. In addition, Barracuda Racing also gave the Fiesta an impressive new livery that features a predominantly black finish with blue and orange trims spread throughout the race car . A huge rear wing spoiler and what looks like a roof exhaust have also been installed, largely attributed to improve the Fiesta’s performance and handling.

Click past the jump to read more about Ford Fiesta.

The top-of-the-line Opel Adam S made its long-awaited debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show , and from the looks of things, Opel turned in quite an impressive vehicle to serve as the Adam’s flagship model. As a series production model, the Adam S adds some muscle and sprit to the line’s already outstanding attributes as one of the best-connected small cars on the market.

That’s the important part here because the "market" has plenty of notable competitors to give the Adam a run for its money so it goes without saying that Opel needed a model that could compete with the high-powered hatchbacks knowing that the standard Adam just couldn’t cut it.

This is where the Opel Adam S comes into the picture. Sportier and far more powerful than its brethren, the Adam S the culmination of Opel turning its fashionable city car into one that comes with matching performance credentials.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Opel Adam S.

A lot of today’s younger generation might not know this, but there was a time when Alfa Romeo was as esteemed as any automaker in the world. It’s got a treasure trove of history to its name, not the least of which is the Quadrifoglio Verde, the green clover leaf emblem that has been around since 1923.

Recently, Alfa Romeo brought back the Quadrifoglio Verde to distinguish what the top-of-the-line models of the MiTo and Giulietta will be henceforth be called. Similar to the Mini Cooper John Cooper Works and the Ford Focus ST , the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio was presented at the Geneva Motor Show .

You don’t need to be adept at knowing Alfa’s history to know that the new iteration of the Giulietta QV is about as enticing a model the company has produced in recent memory not called the 4C . So with all these gushing words, the question on whether the Giulietta QV is coming stateside becomes all the more important.

Here’s a message to Alfa Romeo: bring it here!

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Alfa Romeo Giulietta ’Quadrifoglio Verde’

So this is Subaru’s plan to promote the incredible 2015 WRX STI . It’s what appears to be a fake a trailer for a fake movie called "The Ride of Her Life," and it spends as much time promoting the WRX STI as it does telling the about of a condemned love story between a renegade and the sheriff’s daughter.

Pinch us if you’ve seen this before.

We have to give some credit to Subaru for taking this route in trying to build up the WRX STI. As far as we’re concerned, this is the one Subaru vehicle that doesn’t need any advertising. But hey, it’s Subaru’s show...or movie trailer...or whatever it is that it’s actually trying to pull off here.

We’re guessing that it’s a prelude of bigger things to come; not necessarily better, but we expect maybe a few more cheesy trailers with C-list, trying-hard-to-be-funny voice-overs.

From there, well, we have no idea what Subaru is planning with this "movie."

The Mercedes A45 AMG may be considered as the baby brother of AMG’s full lineup, but there’s nothing small about this model once you add Brabus into the mix. Thanks to the German tuner’s comprehensive aerodynamic and performance upgrades, this A45 AMG is ready to tussle with the big boys.

The program is typical of what you can expect from Brabus. Slap on some new aero components, dress up the interior, and drop a performance upgrade on the engine. It’s the three-step process to turning cars like the A45 AMG into veritable pocket rockets.

But the best part about this program — apart from having Brabus’ seal of approval — is the fact that on its own, the A45 AMG is already a pretty powerful Mercedes , capable of producing in excess of 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. This insane power allows the A45 AMG to hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph.

But even with those impressive numbers, Brabus was still able to add more ponies to the engine, which in a lot of ways proves that when it comes to Mercedes models, nobody does aftermarket programs better than this tuner.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG by Brabus.


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