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Citroen mulls production of SUV-styled C1

Oct. 14, 2014 10:36 CET
Citroen will launch a production version of the C1 Urban Ride concept if public response is favorable, the brand's CEO Linda Jackson said. The SUV-styled concept is based on the brand's C1 minicar....
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Renault's radical new Twingo could become segment leader

Oct. 10, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault's new Twingo is radically different than the two previous generations of the minicar with a rear-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive and five doors. These features could help it pass the Fiat 500 to lead Europe's hotly contested minicar segment....
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Opel targets Chevy buyers with new entry-level car

Sept. 11, 2014 12:41 CET
Opel/Vauxhall will launch a budget minicar in Europe next year to win customers from the Chevrolet brand, which will be discontinued in the region at the end of 2015....
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Citroen touts 'cheerful' C1

Sept. 11, 2014 06:15 CET
Citroen is touting the C1's "cheerful" front-end design, open-top variant and a modern infotainment system as key attractions for the latest-generation minicar....
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Toyota Aygo gets 'fun' makeover

Aug. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota is aiming its new Aygo minicar at younger buyers who don't take themselves too seriously, particularly men, who make up just 40 percent of current buyers....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars

12:02 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help....
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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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Citroen designer on how PSA, Toyota made JV minicars more distinctive

May 9, 2014 06:01 CET
When the first generations of the Citroen C1, Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo sibling minicars looked too similar, the automakers avoided discussing the designs of the second-generation cars to prevent that from happening again....
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Opel to add EV as soon as 2016, report says

April 7, 2014 15:00 CET
Opel plans to add an electric car below the Ampera by 2016 or 2017 as part of its effort to meet tougher EU emission targets, a report says....
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Fiat to expand automatics in 500 lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2014
Fiat will offer an optional automatic transmission in the top performance versions of the 500 minicar in the United States for the 2015 model year....
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VW's Slovak unit raises vehicle output 2% in 2013

March 27, 2014 15:51 CET
VW Group raised output at its Slovak unit 2 percent last year on strong demand for the SUVs and minicars built at its Bratislava plant....
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Renault aims for No. 2 spot with the Twingo

March 21, 2014 06:15 CET
Renault aims to challenge Fiat's decade-long dominance of the minicar segment with its new Twingo, but says it will not be offering the car at a low price to win sales....
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70% of Twingo's components -- but not styling -- come from Smart cars

March 18, 2014 06:01 CET
The new Smart ForTwo and ForFour will share up to 70 percent of their components with the redesigned Renault Twingo, but they will bear no resemblance to the new Twingo....
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Automakers tap smartphone technology in battle over city cars

March 8, 2014 06:01 CET
Carmakers are tapping smartphone technology to spruce up low-cost minicars and try to get an edge in a market that has grown to account for almost 10 percent of new-car sales in Europe....
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Toyota reconfirms commitment to PSA minicar alliance

March 7, 2014 08:43 CET
Toyota reconfirmed its commitment to its minicar alliance with PSA even though the French automaker has agreed a capital tie-up with China's Dongfeng....
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Minicar mania: Renault, PSA, Toyota debut key new entries at Geneva show

March 4, 2014 06:15 CET
Sales in the European minicar segment, the region's third-largest after subcompacts and compacts, are forecast to rise by nearly 20 percent in the next three years as automakers reveal a host of new models....
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2014 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Citroen reveals softtop C1; touts 'cheerful' design

Feb. 24, 2014 12:52 CET
Citroen has given its new C1 minicar what it calls a "cheerful" design. The brand is also adding a C1 variant with a sliding fabric roof to compete against models such as the Fiat 500 Cabrio and Opel Adam Rocks....
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2014 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Opel expands Adam range with off-road-inspired and high-powered variants

Feb. 18, 2014 13:21 CET
Opel/Vauxhall will expand its Adam minicar range with the Adam Rocks, an off-road-inspired variant, and the Adam S high-performance version....
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2014 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Suzuki Celerio will replace Alto and Splash minicars

Feb. 11, 2014 15:10 CET
Suzuki says its Celerio minicar will replace its Alto and Splash models in Europe, marking the end of the automaker's cooperation with Opel in the minicar segment....
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500L, spiffs help propel Fiat past Mini

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Ever since Fiat re-appeared in the United States in early 2011, it has been comparing itself to BMW's Mini brand. But the cars, though similar in size, aren't similar in price and seemed aimed at different consumers....
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Fiat 500 helps automaker maintain minicar lead

Feb. 6, 2014 06:15 CET
The Fiat 500 is the first near-premium model to top Europe's key minicar segment. Its rise ended the Fiat Panda's nine-year run as the top-seller in Europe's third-largest segment....
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EDITORIAL

Making vehicles safer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
It's not surprising that several minicars and subcompacts generally fared poorly in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small-overlap crash test. In the short term, the results may embarrass some automakers. But longer term, it's good news for consumers because automakers will make better vehicles for the next round of testing....
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Adam helps lift Opel/Vauxhall's European market share

Jan. 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Opel/Vauxhall increased its European market share in 2013 as sales of the new Adam minicar helped counter a declining auto market. Opel has struggled to retain market share in recent years, suffering from management disruption and a scarcity of new products....
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