Minicar

Opel plans EV version of its Karl minicar, report says

Jan. 23, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel plans an electric version of its new Karl minicar, a German magazine reported. The Karl EV could go on sale by the end of 2018, the report said....
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Daimler seeks profitability at Smart with 2 minicar sizes

Jan. 20, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler hopes to make its Smart small-car unit sustainably profitable by offering the same car in two sizes: the two-seat ForTwo and the four-seat ForFour....
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Opel prices new Karl to win former Chevrolet customers

Jan. 15, 2015 11:31 CET

Opel said its new Karl minicar will cost 9,500 euros in Germany. The Karl will offer safety and driver systems not common in the segment including lane departure warning, Opel said....
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VW to expand Slovakia plant, report says

Jan. 13, 2015 13:00 CET

Volkswagen will invest up to 500 million euros in its Slovakia plant, a report said. The plant builds minicars and large SUVs for the VW group and will add production of bodies for the Bentley Bentayga SUV....
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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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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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BLOG: 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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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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