With the launch of the Focus RS imminent, one of the next projects from Ford Performance might be a matching RS version of the subcompact Fiesta. A report suggests the tiny hot hatch could offer around 250 horsepower and all-wheel drive.
Kia is teasing what looks to be a concept version of its Soul with e-AWD ahead its Chicago Auto Show debut. The pumped-up take on the hatchback gets an electric all-wheel drive system and slightly more rugged styling.
With its quirky design, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo doesn't seem like the most-loved model in the BMW lineup. However, sales in the US and China have reportedly been strong enough to warrant a successor based on the next-gen 5 Series platform, likely in 2016.
Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon tells Automotive News that there is more to come from the Maybach sub-brand, suggesting the E-Class could get a piece of the superluxury trim. The company is also considering bringing the next-generation A-Class to the States.
Ford's new video teaser for the upcoming Focus RS shows some of the test cars doing some big slides in the wet and dry. The clip also announces that the Blue Oval's latest hot hatch is being unveiled on February 3.
Smart Fortwo equipped with the 71-horsepower naturally aspirated engine can now be ordered (in Germany anyway) with a six-speed Twinamic dual-clutch transmission, cutting the better part of a second off the 0-60 time but returning no better fuel economy or emissions numbers.
Hyundai has a slight revision ready for the Veloster in its South Korean home market. Along with some interior and exterior styling tweaks, the biggest change is a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox for the Turbo model.
Lexus will run a 30-second spot for the NX during this year's Super Bowl, while BMW announces it will be showcasing the i3 in a 60-second spot. Four other carmakers have announced plans to join the party, down from 11 carmakers who advertised during last year's event.
European workers who need to get small packages through narrow streets may want to check out the new Opel Corsavan, the commercial version of GM's recently updated Euro-market hatchback, introduced at the 2015 Brussels Motor Show in Belgium.
The Ford Focus ST Diesel promises hot hatch performance with better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions to European customers. But does it? Ford has staged a skewed, one-lap battle around the Castle Combe Circuit with the diesel- and gasoline-fueled versions of the ST to find out.
Alastair Moffatt has twice held the record twice for the tightest parallel parking job, his reign broken twice by Han Yue, who did it last time in November 2014. Moffatt couldn't let that stand, so he provisionally broke it again in a Fiat 500C at the recent Autosport International Show in Birmingham.
After dominating the World Rally Championship two years running, Volkswagen is out to defend its titles with the new Polo R WRC you see here – unveiled in Wolfsburg and set to tackle the Rally Monte Carlo.