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    Report: Consumer Reports finds small hatchbacks most reliable, upscale cars least

    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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    Study: Cheaper cars are more expensive to insure

    Life is not fair. That's about the only rational explanation we can offer for this little fact of life: A low MSRP is likely to mean big insurance payments. Citing information from, MarketWatch says the average price to insure a 2012 Honda Civic sedan, for instance, is about $2,353 ...

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    Subcompact sales fail to impress; Ford Fiesta and Chevy Aveo selling similarly

    2011 Ford Fiesta – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Despite the wave of all-new compact and subcompact fighters hitting the market right now, sales of small cars in the U.S. don't appear to be budging much. According to, models like the much-hyped Ford Fiesta are struggling ...

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    Report: GM considering CVTs for small cars

    2010 Chevrolet Spark – Click above for high-res image gallery
    General Motors is considering the introduction of continuously variable transmissions in its next round of small cars in an effort to improve fuel efficiency. According to a report from Automotive News, the Chevrolet Cruze is ...

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    Peel looking to reintroduce world's smallest car [w/video]

    Peel P-50 and Trident pose with a Rolls-Royce – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Sure, there's an increased emphasis on small cars here in America and all around the rest of the world, with brands like Smart and Mini vying for customers that think it's a big deal to go small. But none ...

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    Report: Large SUV segment outpacing small car sales growth in America

    2011 Infiniti QX56 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Finally, after years and years of stagnation and painfully slow sales, small cars are starting to take a foothold in the United States. Or are they? While conventional wisdom makes us believe that Americans are ready to take the ...

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    The on Autoblog with Paul Eisenstein

    Betting on small cars... My friend, Sam, is your classic Texan. Big home, big pool, big personality and, of course, a big car, a Chevrolet Silverado pickup that he uses a couple times a year to haul lumber and yard supplies from the local mega-mart. But most of the time he's sitting in Dallas ...

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    Zetsche reportedly says Daimler to pick new compact car partner by mid-2010

    Despite rumors of Daimler and Renault collaborating on a four-door Smart model, no official tie-up between the two companies has been announced. That could change next year when Daimler will reportedly decide who its small-car partner will be. Daimler is getting even more heavily into the ...

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    REPORT: Consumers increasingly shying away from small cars; owners unhappy

    2011 Chevrolet Cruze - Click above for high-res image gallery
    When gas prices spiked above $4 per gallon in the summer of 2008, car buyers appeared to find their small car zen. Toyota Corollas, Honda Fits and Civics, Chevrolet Cobalts and Ford Focuses were flying off dealer shelves at a fevered ...

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    Chrysler's deal with Chery on hold

    It may be time to stop holding your breath. The planned deal between Chrysler LLC and the Chery Automobile Company to bring a Chrysler-badged Chery to our shores seems to be completely over... no, really this time. While there was nothing inherently wrong with the concept of importing the small ...

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    Paris 2008: Chevrolet Cruze meets an eager Europe

    Click above for high-res gallery of the Chevy Cruze LT
    The Chevrolet Cruze is three kinds of car: small, American and important. And with the state of General Motors, it isn't even the individual words that mean the most: it's whether The General can combine them into a reliable, fuel efficient ...

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    Ford: We can make money on small cars!

    Click above for high-res gallery of the Euro Ford Focus For years, enthusiasts have been clamoring for Euro-only Blue Oval models to be sold in American dealerships. This dream is finally coming true, starting with the new Ford Fiesta and next-gen 2010 Ford Focus. Mark Fields has revealed that the ...

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    Honda considering offering JDM models in the U.S.

    Much attention has been paid to Ford's decision to bring six Euro Fords over to the States, but the Blue Oval isn't the only automaker that has good looking, fuel efficient vehicles overseas. Honda has a variety of petrol-sipping vehicles in its Japanese home market, and is now studying whether ...

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    Nardelli: New fuel efficient model might be out next year

    Click above for high-res gallery of the Dodge Hornet conceptBesides the introduction of the Dodge Challenger, there has been very little good news coming out of Chrysler lately. Sales are down 22% for the year due to a lineup that's still heavy on trucks and SUVs, but there may be some help on the ...

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    GM's Plan: Small cars making a big profit

    GM currently owns about 13% of the small car market. With demand for small vehicles increasing with the price of black gold, GM is out to increase that market share. Nevertheless, even if it doesn't increase its share, it plans to make more money off of each small car sold. How? By raising the ...

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    Die, Die, Die! - Things that should be euthanized in 2007

    (Ed. - The views expressed in this post are those of Dan Roth and not Autoblog in general. Dan asked if he could channel the grumpy old man inside of him, and for better or worse, we took off his leash.)Our morning commute often gives us time to contemplate our navels, as the traffic engineers ...

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    Saturn's version of Opel Astra to hit next year; Ion gets stay of execution

    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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    Will the American market's new small cars resonate with young buyers?

    Continued gas price hikes have intensified media coverage on subcompacts like the Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit and upcoming Nissan Versa. Bloomberg's Doron Levin, though, questions if young Americans will truly embrace the 'Small is Beautiful' trend. He points out that today's young people don't ...

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    Mazda to join compact car craze?

    The Jiji Press reported that Mazda president Hisakazu Imaki was quoted on saying that compact cars are necessary in the long term because of rising fuel prices. Thus there is increased speculation that the automaker, well-known for its sportier cars, could bring its compact vehicles such as the ...


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