There's nothing cowardly about the yellow Smart Fortwo being introduced at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Why the bright color? Daimler says it's in response to both trends in car colors and customer demand for more personalization on the city car's higher-end Passion trim level. The newest Smart edition has been christened Cityflame. It features eye-popping pearlescent flame yellow side body panels and black safety panels and roof and 15-inch black alloy wheels.
Toyota's extensive portfolio of subsidiaries includes the brand Daihatsu, a relatively unknown name here in the States. Daihatsu offers a lineup of budget vehicles, mostly hatchbacks, and sells some models, such as the Altis, which is nothing more than a rebadged Toyota Camry. Daihatsu focuses on minicars, often offered at rock bottom prices and sold overseas, particularly in European countries.
According to a report in Autocar, designers of the Vauxhall / Opel city car will be getting final approval for the new car within the next six to eight weeks and the production vehicle will be ready to go on sale by the end of 2012. Autocar spoke with Nick Reilly, head of General Motors Europe, and he offered up a bunch of little details about the upcoming city car. Reilly stated:
It's been widely reported already that Fiat is working up a new city car that would revive the old Topolino nameplate in Europe. Now it seems that the Italian automaker is considering launching a completely new marque for that city car along with two additional models that would be based on architecture already used in emerging markets such as Brazil. Of course, style-conscious European tastes would ensure that the new city cars would be completely remodeled. One of the three vehicles would like
Fiat is rumored to be working on an all-new brand to launch small, inexpensive cars into the Western Europe, with two of the three proposed models being based on vehicles from emerging markets. The third is much more interesting. The new supermini, which could revive the Topolino moniker, is expected to get a new twin cylinder engine that could offer as much as 65 mpg when mated to a dual-clutch gearbox. Naturally, Fiat is targeting the smart fortwo, Toyota iQ and the upcoming up! minicar from V
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