Alternative Aspirations: 2011 Honda CR-Z vs. 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Street Cup Edition

How can a gearhead tread a little lighter and still get their kicks? We matched the 2011 Honda CR-Z against the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Street Cup Edition to find out.

Autoblog Podcast #197

Listen along as we cover the newly expanded powertrain selections for the Ford F-150, a potential diesel-powered car from GM, America's apparent love of hatchbacks, the just-out-of-reach Mahindra Pik-Up, the definitely unattainable Bugatti Galibier and the rush to pre-order the Nissan Leaf.

Hatchbacks: Who says Americans don't buy 'em?

"Sorry, fellas, Americans just don't buy hatchbacks." Typically, that chestnut is trotted out whenever an automaker is compelled to explain why a particularly desirable new hatchback won't be sold in U.S. showrooms. Thing is, this commonly accepted bit of wisdom isn't as true as we've been led to believe.

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