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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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

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.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

What's going on in retail sales?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2013
Small cars are hot. All the talk about fuel economy and high gasoline prices has made them the big winners in the first six months of this year.... Read More »

 

Aero tricks, weight cut helped Versa capture fuel-economy crown

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2013
Nissan has claimed another best-in-class fuel economy title with its new Versa Note.... Read More »

 

What's hot, cold at halftime of 2013

3:54 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
Pickups and crossovers were big reasons that new-vehicle sales rose more than expected in the first half of 2013.... Read More »

 

Lincoln targets fastest-growing segments

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
As Lincoln tries to reinvent itself, Ford Motor Co.'s struggling luxury brand will target only the fastest-growing luxury segments in which it can competitively and profitably field entries, the company said.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi weighs Mirage sedan for U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will show a sedan version of its Mirage hatchback compact car to visitors from North America this month in Thailand, to gauge prospects for exporting the car to America.... Read More »

 

Toyota scraps dowdy compact strategy with bolder, roomier Corolla

11:30 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2013
Toyota is tossing aside a reliable but aging compact recipe by adding room, refinement, and bolder styling to the redesigned Corolla for 2014.... Read More »

 

Daimler, Ford exchange information on gasoline engines

May 24, 2013 06:01 CET
Already collaborating with Ford on the development of fuel cell vehicles, Daimler and the U.S. automaker recently exchanged information about their gasoline engines. Daimler got a closer look at Ford's award-winning EcoBoost engine while Daimler shared details on its stratified lean-burning powerplants.... Read More »

 

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