Small cars

Honda readies 'epic' Civic with American pedigree

2:15 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Just three years after giving its Civic compact a major overhaul, Honda is doing it again. The company's latest compact is based on a new global platform with a distinctly American pedigree. The car's sporty turn is aimed at luring coveted Generation Y buyers now in their 20s and 30s....
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Scion packs new iM, iA with advanced electronics, safety gear

9:00 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Toyota is banking on new technology to give momentum to its struggling Scion brand. At the New York auto show on Tuesday, the automaker unveiled two new Scion nameplates, each boasting some advanced electronics and other features not often found in entry-level vehicles....
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Chevrolet readies redesigned Spark for New York

9:00 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

One of General Motors' vital cogs in the global market for small cars is getting a nip and tuck. Chevrolet will unveil the revamped 2016 Spark at the Seoul and New York auto shows on April 2....
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Mazda thinks beyond small cars in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Mazda's production in its Salamanca, Mexico, plant could go well beyond the small cars it builds there....
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Ford, at long last, plans Focus RS for U.S.

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

U.S. fans of the Ford Focus RS -- a pocket rocket long sold overseas -- soon will be able to get their hands on one. The all-wheel-drive hatchback, the first RS model to be sold in North America, will arrive next year, possibly as a 2017 model....
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BMW, Toyota may cooperate on new Mini, report says

Jan. 30, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW and Toyota may cooperate on a small, decontented entry model for the Mini lineup that would be called the Minor, a German media report said. Toyota could sell its own version of the car, which may be called the Starlet, the report added....
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Hyundai falls 4% as small cars tumble

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 2, 2014

Hyundai Motor America's November sales fell 4 percent on weak demand for small cars such as the Elantra and Accent....
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Scion's iM and what comes after

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

After teasing the iM concept hatchback last month with shots of the nose and rear, Scion has released pictures of the entire car before its debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Renault, Peugeot, Opel get big boost from booming small SUV segment

Oct. 8, 2014 06:30 CET

Mass-market automakers such as Renault, Peugeot and Opel are getting a much-needed boost from Europe's booming small SUV segment, which is forecast to more than double in western Europe to nearly 1 million sales by 2020....
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EVs, small SUVs are winners in first half

Sept. 17, 2014 06:30 CET

The European car market underwent a big shake-up in the first half as there was a change at the top of nine of the 24 segments tracked by Automotive News Europe. The biggest gainers were electric vehicles and small SUVs....
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Mini Cooper tops other small cars in latest round of overlap crash tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014

The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman stood out among its peers in a new round of insurance industry crash testing, receiving the only good rating among 12 small cars evaluated....
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YANG JIAN

BLOG: VW, Ford, Nissan eye China's entry-level market

4:35 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

Global automakers have long been reluctant to sell cheaper vehicles in China as they seek to protect their healthy profit margins. But now foreign automakers are moving into China's entry-level segment in a quest for market share....
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2014's stars, laggards at halfway mark

5:29 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2014

If it was a new compact or premium crossover or a large or mid-sized SUV, chances are it lit up the United States sales chart in the first half of the year. If it was a minicar or a mid-sized or large sedan, it probably lost some luster. Light trucks were hot in the first half of 2014, driving up overall new-vehicle sales 4 percent through June. Sales of light trucks increased 9 percent through June, while car deliveries were flat....
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PLAYING SMALL BALL

Chevy's making a big splash with Sonic, Spark

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014

Long an also-ran in small-car sales, Chevy now outsells Toyota, Honda, Ford and Hyundai in the subcompact market while boasting incremental minicar volume, thanks to the success of the Sonic and Spark....
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Subcompact car sales slow on demand for small SUVs

June 12, 2014 06:01 CET

The subcompact segment's eight-year reign as Europe's largest car class is likely to end because of rising demand for small SUVs. Subcompact sales are forecast to fall to 2.64 million this year from 2.72 million in 2013....
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Opel plans return to profit through closer ties with parent GM

June 4, 2014 12:38 CET

Opel aims to return to profit and increase its market share in Europe by focusing on smaller cars using more components from parent company General Motors, CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann says....
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PSA to move Citroen C3 output to Slovakia from France, sources say

May 22, 2014 14:58 CET

PSA will build its next C3 subcompact in Slovakia instead of France, sources close to the carmaker said. The move is part of a strategy to shift production of low-margin small cars away from western Europe, where costs are considered too high....
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Ford cars struggle in April, but pickups, crossovers minimize the damage

3:58 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014

April was a difficult month for Ford. Every one of its car nameplates slumped vs. a year ago.
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GM doubles size of Korean design center, hub for small-car development

12:59 pm U.S. ET | April 25, 2014

GM has doubled the size of its South Korean design center to take on a host of new tasks, from full-scale modeling to 3-D printing, as the carmaker aims to fortify its global hub for small-car development, design and manufacturing....
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BIG SOFA, LITTLE CAR?

When Scion's too tiny, Toyota pilot program allows a larger loaner

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

Scion is rolling out a pilot program that will allow vehicle owners to use other Toyota models as short-term loaners....
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