Small cars

VW to launch low-cost car family for China, possibly elsewhere, in 2018

9:16 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2015

Volkswagen plans to launch a family of low cost budget cars in China and possibly elsewhere starting in 2018, CEO Martin Winterkorn said in a newspaper interview published Sunday....
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GM readies wireless downloads of new features

12:11 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

GM is preparing to roll out vehicle technology that allows new features to be downloaded wirelessly, the company's head of global product development says. Under the new electrical architecture, called "Global B," much of a vehicle's computer power will migrate to the mobile internet, or cloud....
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Chevy makes next Cruze longer, lower, lighter

7:00 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

The next-generation Chevrolet Cruze will be lighter, larger and packed with connected-car technology and safety features, a bid by Chevy to solidify its status as a top small-car contender....
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Hyundai gives 2016 Elantra compact a Value Edition variant

11:15 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Hyundai, preparing for a 2017 redesign of the Elantra compact car, is adding a 2016 variant with a Value Edition trim while keeping the vehicle’s starting price at $18,075, including shipping....
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Europe's biggest segment is poised for a rebound

May 15, 2015 06:15 CET

European sales of subcompact cars including the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta are forecast to rise to 23 percent of the overall auto market in 2015. The increasing popularity of small crossovers, however, means the segment will never again reach the record share seen in 2009, analysts predict....
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Audi sees compact cars driving sales in China

April 22, 2015 11:52 CET

Audi sees compact cars increasingly becoming the main driver of sales in China as the country's booming middle class looks for more affordable luxury....
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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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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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