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    Geneva: 2014 Renault Twingo is a rear-engined cutie
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    At this point, we thought the formula for small, inexpensive hatchbacks was pretty much dialed in: transverse engine, front-wheel drive. Then along comes Renault with its cheeky new Twingo, just to throw a curveball into the mix. Sporting a rear-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive, the Twingo is ...

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    Geneva: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer pulls its way onto the stage
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    We know what you might be thinking: here comes another BMW with yet another kind of roofline. Only this isn't just another BMW. It's the first front-drive BMW, and the first time we've ever seen it in person. That model, of course, is the new 2 Series Active Tourer, debuting here in Geneva as ...

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    Geneva: 2014 Volkswagen Scirocco still looks hot, still not coming to the US
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    Ever since its debut in 2008, we've been lusting after the mean-faced, squat-stanced Volkswagen Scirocco. And while there are still no plans to bring the car to the US, folks in other markets are being treated to a slightly updated version of The People's (Other) GTI. The Scirocco formula hasn't ...

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    Geneva: Volkswagen Golf GTE is mean, green eco machine
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    I have this theory that keeps coming up when recommending new cars to people: "Just buy a GTI." Seriously. It's a perfect little hot hatch, with a comfortable, well-appointed interior, and the sort of dynamics that make it a nice everyday driver while still offering gobs of fun when the roads get ...

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    Geneva: Abarth 695 Biposto revealed as quickest Fiat 500 yet
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    The Fiat 500 is supposed to be a budget model – something you can pick up with less than twenty grand to your name. But once Abarth gets its hands on it, all bets are off. The Scorpion brand is charged with getting the most performance it can out of budget-oriented vehicles like the ...

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    Geneva: Honda speeds towards its dreams with new Civic Type R Concept [w/videos]
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    A war is coming. It's been brewing for some time between the top-performing hot hatches, and will be determined by the ultimate bragging rights: the lap record at the Nürburgring for front-drive cars. Renault claimed it and reclaimed it again with successive versions of the Megane RS, then ...

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    Geneva: 2014 Audi S1 is a little hatch hiding huge power [w/video]
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    The Audi S1 takes the Four Rings' high performance brand to its smallest model yet. Offered in three- and five-door forms (pictured above), the S1 is a subcompact hot hatch that seems specially suited for Europe's dense cities and tight roads. The S1 follows the rest of the Audi S vehicle lineup ...

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    Geneva: 2015 Ford Focus gets more Aston-y [w/video]
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    With more and more members of the Ford brand adopting a new familial face, the Focus has been left looking like an odd man out. At the Geneva Auto Show, though, it properly rejoined the family, adopting the now familiar Aston Martin-ish grille that's proliferated throughout the range. Overall, ...

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    Geneva: Mazda Hazumi Concept previews next Mazda2 in Geneva [w/videos]
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    The official photos of Mazda's Hazumi concept leaked out yesterday, but we have finally gotten to see it in real life at the Geneva Motor Show. Our view is that its Kodo lines looks as good on the diminutive car's sheet metal as they did in photos. The Hazumi was designed to appear to be ...

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    Official: Peugeot 308 nabs European Car of the Year laurels
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    Each year since 1964, an international jury of European journalists come together to name their Car of the Year. After identifying the candidates, they whittle the list down to the finalists announced in December and finally name the winner at the Geneva Motor Show. And that's just what they've ...

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    Geneva: 2014 Toyota Aygo marks the spot [w/video]
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    Following the leaked pictures we showed you yesterday, we have the full battery of images and info of the all-new Toyota Aygo, in addition to our gallery of live photos from the floor of the Geneva Motor Show. Like its cousins from Peugeot and Citroën, the Aygo foregoes a diesel engine in ...

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    Report: 2014 Toyota Aygo is so cross with itself
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    It almost made it, but images of the redesigned Toyota Aygo have leaked ahead of its official debut at tomorrow's Geneva Motor Show. The new Aygo sports an aggressive look overall with a, um, mark on its face. That distinguishing design feature aside, we quite like the angular headlights and ...

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    Official: Vauxhall Adam S is another hot hatch we can't have
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    Put your pouty faces on American enthusiasts, because there's yet another European hot hatch that won't be making a trek across the pond. This is the new Vauxhall Adam S, a "close-to-production" version of the adorable Adam city car, which is also sold in continental Europe as an Opel. With the ...

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    Video: Did Seat take FWD Nürburgring lap record with new Leon Cupra?
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    While Porsche and McLaren vie for sub-seven-minute lap records at the Nürburgring, there's another hotly contested category, and it's not for the fastest time of any vehicle. It applies specifically to front-wheel-drive cars, and is contested between European hot hatches. The record was set ...

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    Report: Buick Adam a reality after all... but only in China
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    General Motors may have parred down its brand portfolio, but it still has more under its umbrella than most. That's why, while a company like Ford might market the same vehicle under its own name in markets around the world, GM uses different brands in different markets. But no two are aligned ...

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    Report: Mazda Hazumi concept gets punchy, comes out of its corner early
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    The official images Mazda Hazumi concept, which previews the next-generation Mazda2, have leaked out from Chinese website Auto.sohu.com ahead of its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The subcompact, four-door hatchback shows off Mazda's Kodo design language in its smallest size yet. Hazumi ...

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    Official: Fiat updates Euro-spec 500 with new equipment, Cult trim
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    It's been seven years since Fiat relaunched the 500, and it has, by and large, been a runaway success for the Italian automaker. Numerous variations on the theme have followed – from the convertible 500C and performance-oriented Abarth models to the 500L minivan and upcoming 500X crossover ...

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    Official: Citroën beefs up new C1 with Swiss & Me concept
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    The joint city car venture between PSA and Toyota is set to yield a whole basket of fruit at the Geneva Motor Show this year. That's where Citroën will unveil the new C1, sister-brand Peugeot will present its 108 and Toyota will reveal the latest Aygo. Each will be available in numerous ...

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    Motorsports: Mercedes A-Class gears up to tackle British Touring Car Championship [w/video]
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    Most of the Mercedes-Benz lineup is based on rear-drive architecture that would make for great racing platforms. That's how you end up with the C-Class in DTM and Superstars, the E-Class in V8 Supercars and the SLS AMG in GT3, to name just a few. But don't think that Benz's new front-drive ...

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    Official: Honda Insight finally, officially dead
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    Earlier this week, we told you that the Honda Insight was scheduled to get the axe – something that had been rumored for a long time. Now, Honda has officially confirmed that the Insight is being put out of our its misery. That's right, America's most affordable mass-produced hybrid will ...

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