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    Spy Shots: Audi A1 now testing after S1 Geneva debut
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    Audi showed of its new S1 hot hatch to the public at the Geneva Motor Show last week, but the Four Ringed brand isn't done tweaking the smallest member of its lineup. Here are spy shots of an upcoming refresh of the standard A1. The camouflaged model on display here appears to be the three-door ...

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    Video: A first-person rally video is just as intense as it sounds
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    Yesterday, we told you about a pair of World Rally Championship drivers that used a giant bottle of Corona in place of coolant after their radiator developed a leak. We called it an example of the sense of ingenuity that all rally drivers seem to possess. In that same post, we also talked about ...

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    Motorsports: WRC driver fills radiator with beer from sponsor Corona
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    Rallying requires lightning quick reflexes and the ability to turn off one's sense of self-preservation. This much is not in doubt. Anyone that's ever seen a rally car hurtle along a tree-lined spit of dirt road at high speeds could tell you that. What many people don't know is that it also ...

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    Report: Opel putting Astra Extreme into production
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    Even more than in years past, this month's Geneva Motor Show press days were absolutely teeming with lust-worthy hot hatches. There was the new Seat Leon Cupra, the Honda Civic Type R concept, Volkswagen Scirocco R and Golf GTE, Audi S1 and Abarth 695 Biposto. But one of the most enticing of them ...

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    ETC: Petition to bring Honda Civic Type R to US picking up steam
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    Never mind what the executives say – we've had a sneaking suspicion all along that the upcoming Honda Civic Type R won't be coming to North America. And with good reason: both the prototype we drove in Japan and the concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last week were based on the ...

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    Report: Toyota will use Mazda's Skyactiv engine in new subcompact
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    It looks like Toyota is going to have a little more zoom-zoom in the future. The giant Japanese automaker has struck a deal with Mazda to use its Skyactiv engines for the possible replacement to the Yaris. The new subcompact will be built under contract by Mazda at its new factory in ...

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    Report: Mini nixes plans for 7-seater, Countryman to stay largest model
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    Contrary to popular belief, it seems that Mini's growth plans do have a limit both in size and number of models. During the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, it unveiled the six-door Clubman concept (pictured above) that was 4.4-inches longer and about two-inches wider than even the current Countryman ...

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    Report: Focus ST diesel variant coming, just don't look for it here
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    A few years back, Volkswagen made some waves when it announced the Golf GTD - a diesel-powered car that, aside from its ultra-efficient, ultra-torquey engine, was identical to the gas-powered GTI. That meant cosseting sport seats, larger wheels, sportier suspension, larger brakes and a body kit ...

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    Video: Audi S3 pitted against BMW M135i in track battle
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    Audi and BMW have long been enemies on both the road and the track, with their respective M and S/RS lines duking it out to the delight of auto enthusiasts everywhere. In this video from Evo, two of the rivalry's newest combatants take to the track - the Audi S3 and the BMW M135i. The new Audi ...

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    Geneva: Opel Meriva gets refreshed with more chrome and new diesel
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    Opel's Meriva hatchback has received a slight refresh at the Geneva Motor Show with new styling and two tunes of a new 1.6-liter diesel engine. Its tech gets a slight upgrade as well with better smartphone integration for the infotainment system. The Meriva still features its suicide opening ...

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    Geneva: Peugeot 108 completes the trifecta of the Citroën C1 and Toyota Aygo platform
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    Renault's rear-engine Twingo isn't the only little French city car launching at the Geneva Motor Show. Peugeot has launched its new 108 as a more conventional front-engine, front-wheel-drive competitor. The 108 is being offered as a three- or five-door hatchback with either a conventional fixed ...

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    Geneva: Fiat Panda Cross is a tiny off-roader for city and country
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    Fiat already offered its compact Panda in a slightly off-road oriented 4X4 trim, but at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show it's debuting the Panda Cross that takes the style even farther. The Panda Cross is meant to be a utilitarian hatchback that drivers can use in the dirt if the need arises. The ...

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    Geneva: Opel Adam S and Adam Rocks make us want GM's Euro city car even more [w/poll]
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    There aren't a lot of products that General Motors offers overseas that we don't get back in America in one form or another, but the Opel Adam stands as a notable exception. GM's assault on the fashionable city car market, the Adam isn't likely to find its way to US showrooms... even if it does ...

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    Geneva: The Fiat 500 Cult celebrates the little car's success with a new top model
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    The Fiat 500 has proved to be a huge success since first being introduced in 2007. In that time, Fiat claims that it has sold over 1.2 million units worldwide. For the 2014 model, the Italians are celebrating with a new top-spec version called the 500 Cult at the Geneva Motor Show, but it likely ...

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    Geneva: Volkswagen throws a Polo-palooza with four new or upgraded models
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    Volkswagen unveiled a parade of new and upgraded Polo models at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, including the Polo TSI BlueMotion, Polo TDI BlueMotion, Polo BlueGT and CrossPolo (pictured above). While they will likely never make an appearance this side of the pond, it is fun to see what European ...

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    Geneva: Qoros 3 Hatch is China's answer to the C-segment hatchback [w/video]
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    It was one year ago that Chinese brand Qoros launched the 3 Sedan, a handsome, if conservatively styled, attempt to once again move Chinese-designed and built cars outside the People's Republic. For the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, we're getting a first-hand look at the brand's followup to the 3 Sedan ...

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    Geneva: Citroën C4 Cactus Adventure Concept takes fuel efficiency to the trails
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    Alongside the auto show debut of the new Citroën C4 Cactus, the French marque also rolled out this, the C4 Cactus Adventure Concept. Not surprisingly, the C4 doesn't belie itself as an off-road vehicle. With the Adventure Concept, Citroën is looking to change that. Finished with an ...

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    Geneva: Redesigned Citroën C1 brings a bit of Paris style to Geneva [w/video]
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    Fans of super-small city cars should be enjoying our Geneva Motor Show coverage, as the flashy Toyota Aygo, the Peugeot 108 and this new Citroën C1 are all making their introductions. We already told you about its polarizing eyelashes over the headlamps, and we'll admit, they're a dominant ...

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    Geneva: Opel Performance Center takes Astra to the Extreme [w/video]
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    If hot hatches are your thing, this year's Geneva Motor Show is the place to be. Seat used the occasion to reveal its Ring-running Leon Cupra. Not to be outdone, Honda showed up with its Civic Type R concept. VW has got the new Scirocco R and Golf GTE to show off, Audi finally bestowed the new S1 ...

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    Geneva: Seat Leon Cupra is the new front-drive King of the Ring [w/video]
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    We know you might be thinking that this is just another Volkswagen Golf clone. But what you're actually looking at is the new King of the Ring. That is, as far as hot hatches go. Because here in Geneva, VW's Spanish subsidiary Seat has confirmed what we reported a couple of days ago: that the ...

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