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    Report: Consumer Reports finds small hatchbacks most reliable, upscale cars least
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    Following up on its report on which carmakers it found to be the most and least reliable, Consumer Reports has released its predicted reliability ratings based on vehicle type. Those at the top are a varied crew but mostly adhere to one theme: they're small, or small for their segment. Hatchbacks ...

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    Top 10 Forgotten Hatchbacks
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    The annals of U.S. automobile history may be littered with the occasional hatchback success story, but for every Volkswagen Golf or Toyota Prius, there are dozens of failed three- and five-door hatches that, for whatever reason, fizzled out shortly after hitting the American market. In fact, this ...

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    2009 Kia cee'd gets Intelligent Stop & Go
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Kia cee'd
    Stop/start technology is like a trial membership for hybrids: it lets drivers in on the fuel savings and lower carbon emissions without forcing them to become a card-carrying member of the hybrid brigade. Kia is will be offering buyers just such ...

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    Ford Focus RS starting abroad at 24,995
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Ford Focus RS
    The 2009 Focus Rallye Sport has a price: £24,995 when it goes on sale in the UK in March. That will put you about £4,000 over a Focus ST3, but for that extra money you get a car that could be much closer to Ford's WRC competitor ...

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    LA 2008: Nissan unleashes the slightly less cube-y Cube [w/VIDEO]
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Nissan Cube
    The Cube is ready for America, and it's coming in three flavors just to make sure it has all... sides... covered. Each of them gets the 1.8-liter engine good for 122 hp and 127 lb-ft., with trim levels being just 1.8, 1.8 S, and 1.8 SL. The ...

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    SEMA 2008: Mugen kits the Honda Fit Sport
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    Click above for high-res gallery of the Honda Fit Sport by Mugen
    The 2009 Honda Fit Sport will soon be able to shop at the Mugen outlet store thanks to a host of Mugen accessories that were announced today at SEMA. They include a front grille and spoiler, side skirts and rear spoiler, new wheels, ...

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    Paris 2008: In love with Kia's funky Soul
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    Click above for high-res gallery of the Kia Soul The Scion xB may have written the book on small-and-boxy, but it appears that Kia may add another volume to the work with the Soul. We have no idea how the new Soul will go on the road, or how it will hold up – either materially or financially ...

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    Paris 2008: Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart and Colt five-door
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart
    Even for utilitarian transport, the Colt is a fine looking vehicle – Mitsu's new grille is a one-size-fits-all beautifier, and there are some nice details around the car. The dip in the headlights isn't original, but it's ...

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    Fiat creates special edition Fiat 500 Lupin III
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    If the song is true that "to everything, turn turn turn, there is a season, turn turn turn," then we're going to need a lot more seasons for the Fiat 500. In addition to versions by StudioTorino, Diesel and Abarth, not to mention a convertible and an F1-themed run of 12, Fiat is making a special ...

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    VIDEO: New Citroen C4 actually a dancing robot
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2010 New Look Citroen C4 and robot
    We often wonder why French wine, fashion and architecture make total sense to us, yet French commercials often make us go "Um, ok, all right...." Citroen's C4 dancing robot first appeared back in 2004 -- well before ...

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    Kia Soul gets its emo on, visits Vans Warped Tour
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    Looking startlingly like a Vans shoe, preproduction versions of Kia's Soul will be doing their roadie routine with the Vans Warped Tour in the U.S. this summer. The front and rear of the car will be hidden under camo tape done up like Vans trademark checkerboard pattern, and dark windows will keep ...

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    Nissan 360: the Note
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    The Nissan Note was the smallest of the "big" cars we sampled at Nissan 360. Sold in -- yet again -- Europe and Japan only, the English-built Note hatchback has been on the market for just a year. The car is aimed at "parents who need a practical five-seater," and the inside of the car feels like ...

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    Geneva 2008: Peugeot 308SW says big and funky in French
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    Click the image above for hi-res shots of the Peugeot 308SWThe Peugeot 308SW (for SportWagon), on the show floor, does not look like a big car. It certainly doesn't look big enough to swallow seven full-sized people. On the rotating podium, however, the car looked almost monstrous. Get inside, and ...

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    We've heard this before: USA Today reports hatches are coming back
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    Being the auto-obsessive types that you are, we're sure you can recount endless conversations with potential car buyers about the variety of body styles on the market, and how several of the CUVs and wagons currently available are, at times, far superior to their overblown SUV counterparts. The ...

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    Saturn's version of Opel Astra to hit next year; Ion gets stay of execution
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    Saturn's new small car, a version of the well-regarded Opel Astra, should be hitting the shores of North American sometime a bit beyond the middle of 2007. This will replace the not-so-well-regarded Ion, which is now scheduled to be produced through March of 2007 - three months longer than ...

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