Small cars

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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NEWS ANALYSIS

Flashy rainbow of colors lights up Geneva

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2014
Automakers are turning to vivid, freely mixed interior and exterior color combinations to set apart their new small cars and crossovers. At the Geneva auto show this month, the colors were flashier than normal on new models from Nissan, Toyota, Renault, Opel, Peugeot and others....
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Mercedes, Infiniti to pool small cars, plant, sources say

March 5, 2014 15:15 CET
Mercedes and Infiniti plan to pool development of compact cars to cut costs, expand the German carmaker's North American production and broaden the Infiniti lineup, sources said....
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PAUL MCVEIGH

Renault Twingo: a new French revolution

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2014
The Renault Twingo will stand out in Europe's crowded minicar segment because of its rear-engine layout and rear-wheel drive....
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Daimler is open to further Renault-Nissan cooperation; projects with Tesla

Jan. 31, 2014 10:23 CET
Daimler is open to broadening its cooperation with partners Renault and Nissan to include other car segments and to new projects with Tesla, CEO Dieter Zetsche said....
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Most tiny cars miss mark in IIHS crash tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
The smallest cars on the road fared poorly in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's challenging small-overlap crash test....
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Volvo, Geely develop subcompact global car

Jan. 27, 2014 18:58 CET
Volvo and its Chinese parent, Zhejiang Geely, have begun development of a subcompact vehicle platform in Sweden. The model would be used by the Geely brand to compete against cars such as the Ford Fiesta, VW Polo, Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris....
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Geely, Volvo planning subcompact global car

12:58 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and its subsidiary, Volvo Car, have begun development of a subcompact vehicle platform in a Swedish r&d center that the partners opened last year....
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Malaysia eases rules on manufacturing small cars to lure foreign automakers

Jan. 21, 2014 12:11 CET
Malaysia has relaxed restrictions on foreign automakers manufacturing small and eco-friendly passenger vehicles as the market competes with Thailand for investments....
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What was hot, cold in 2013

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 3, 2014
Small crossovers and big pickups soared in 2013, as the two segments combined to account for one of every four vehicles sold. But growth in the compact and mid-sized car segments slowed significantly, and minivan sales declined....
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Honda's new plant takes manufacturing to the next level

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2013
Honda's newest assembly plant was seven years in the making, twice delayed and may be the last greenfield car factory in Japan for a long time....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Honda S660 vs. Daihatsu Kopen? No contest

10:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2013
In theory, the Honda S660 and Daihatsu Kopen should compete head to head. In fact, it's more like head to navel....
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Nissan opens small-car plant to feed U.S. dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2013
Nissan opened a $2 billion assembly plant here last week to capitalize on growing U.S. market demand for fuel-efficient small vehicles....
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Nissan's new Mexico plant ready to unleash small cars

9:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2013
Train cars are standing by to begin shipping Sentras to dealers in the United States from Nissan's newest assembly plant, which opens today in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Nissan has spent $2 billion on the plant in hopes of capitalizing on growing market demand in the United States for fuel-efficient small vehicles....
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BMW Group outsells Fiat in Europe as small luxury gains traction

Sept. 19, 2013 08:34 CET
BMW, Audi and Mercedes are gaining market share in Europe at the expense of mass-market rivals as they push into making smaller cars....
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FourJoy reveals stats of Smart ForFour

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
The FourJoy concept Smart will unveil at the Frankfurt auto show this week is a preview -- minus the doors and roof -- of the second-generation ForFour, a four-seater bound for the United States in 2015....
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You know that tattoo you regret? Well ...

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2013
It's no Weinermobile. But as pork-related vehicles go, it's pretty close....
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THINKING SMALL

Ford and GM successes are creating a tough subcompact war

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2013
America-made small cars selling at lower prices. Competition will be intense, observers say, because the subcompact segment is unlikely to see much growth in market share....
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