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    Official: Mitsubishi Mirage configurator is alive
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    Well, here's the butter knife Mitsubishi is bringing to the subcompact gun fight. It's called the Mirage, and its configurator has just gone live on Mitsubishi's consumer page, allowing those that absolutely must have a brand-new car for not a lot of money (and have never heard of the Nissan ...

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    Report: Subcompact car sales in a funk despite high gas prices
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    When gas prices rise, knee-jerk consumerism means that sales of small cars increase in lockstep, right? Well, sometimes – but that's not always the case. Ward's Auto reports that sales of subcompact car sales in America are off despite fuel prices pushing and holding at $3.50 to $4.00 a ...

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    Rumormill: Lexus to get own version of Toyota Prius C?
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    The CT 200h proved that Lexus could make up for the sins against excitement committed by the company's short-lived HS 250h. Its bold styling and greatly improved handling combined with a fuel-efficient drivetrain suggests a brighter future for the compact luxury hybrid segment. Word is, though, ...

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    Report: EPA says Fisker Karma is a 2.5-ton subcompact
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    The Fisker Karma is 16.5 feet long and tips the scales at 5,300 pounds. Sounds more like a 1960s Lincoln than an extended-range green machine capable of 32 miles on electric power alone, doesn't it? Actually, if you ask the Environmental Protection Agency, the Karma is a lot more like a ...

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    Reader Spy: 2012 Hyundai Accent hatchback caught napping
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    2012 Hyundai Accent hatchback – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Eagle-eyed Autoblog reader James spotted a camouflaged compact hatchback sitting in a parking lot in South Korea the other day, and fortunately for us, he had a camera with him. At first glance, this is obviously a new ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Mazda2 puts fun before frugality
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    2011 Mazda2 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Mazda says there's a little bit of Miata in everything it does. While it's easy to chalk that up as marketing frippery, when the automaker launched the Little Roadster That Could back in 1989, it proved that great things can come from a ...

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    2011 Mazda2 dealer order guide surfaces on the interwebs
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    2011 Mazda2 – click above for high-res image gallery
    You only have two more months to wait for the Mazda2 to appear in your local showroom, but you can start practicing your mixing and matching right now with the newly freed dealer order guide. The 2011 Mazda2 starts at $13,980 plus a $750 ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Ford Fiesta aims to be the new subcompact king [w/video]
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    2011 Ford Fiesta - Click above for high-res image gallery
    With over 750,000 Fiestas floating around Europe and a highly-successful social media campaign (if one can quantify such a thing) under its belt, the 2011 Ford Fiesta is nothing if not overexposed. And we've driven it. Thrice. So is there ...

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    The DetroitBureau.com on Autoblog with Paul Eisenstein
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    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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    REPORT: Subaru says it can't Justy-fy selling a subcompact in the U.S.
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    What do Toyota, Nissan and Honda all have in common? (Besides the fact that they are all Japanese automakers, that is?) They all re-entered the subcompact market in 2006 after abandoning it years ago. What's more, Mazda is planning to bring its subcompact Mazda2 to U.S. shores next year, Suzuki ...

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    Spy Shots: First look at the 2011 Chevy Aveo
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    Back in August, in the wake of General Motors emergence from its pre-packaged bankruptcy, the automaker gave select members of the media a preview of several upcoming products. Among those was the next Chevrolet Aveo, which will take up the B-segment mantle to battle the new Ford Fiesta, Mazda2, ...

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    REPORT: Consumers increasingly shying away from small cars; owners unhappy
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    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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    REPORT: VW logs 13,000 orders for new Polo ahead of launch
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    2010 Volkswagen Polo: Click above for a high res-gallery
    The new Volkswagen Polo is all-new for 2010, and early returns show plenty of interest in the little European hatchback. VW is reporting 13,000 pre-orders for the B-segment five-door; news that is sure to have executives at the German ...

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    Honda Fit dominates Consumer Reports subcompact test
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    Click on the image above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Honda Fit Sport
    The folks over at Consumer Reports have ranked the Honda Fit Sport top among tested subcompact cars in their March 2009 issue. "We found the new Fit the most practical and enjoyable car in this month's group," says ...

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    VIDEO: Welburn teases NAIAS-bound production Chevy Beat on Today Show
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    This morning's Today Show on NBC featured General Motors' design chief Ed Welburn talking with host Matt Lauer live from General Motors' Warren Tech Center. Welburn previewing the Detroit Auto Show's coming attractions, including the new Buick LaCrosse and the Chevrolet Camaro. Most newsworthy, ...

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    Autogas Chevrolet Matiz Concept = LPG for the masses
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the fahgmitgas Matiz LPG Concept
    Thanks to a company called fahrmitgas ("go with gas", get it?), our European readers will soon be able to cut their fuel costs to the low, low price of €3 (about $4.20 USD) for every 100 km of driving. Of course, they'll ...

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    Toyota working on Yaris-sized 7-Seater?
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    If you've been distressed by not being able to buy a clown car at any local lot, Toyota has news for you: the company is working on a Yaris-sized seven-seater. That is odd enough to make us ask "What?" and "Why?" in several languages. Even better, though, is when Toyota engineer Hiroki Nakajima ...

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    Ford Verve production likely headed to Mexico
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    Ford's European-developed Verve will go on sale in the States sometime in 2010, aimed to capture some of the burgeoning small car market. Making money on small cars is always the sticking point when talk turns to subcompacts, and Ford's eyeing Mexico as the production location for the Verve. The ...

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    Hyundai i10 revealed in India
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    Hyundai's rolled out a new city car, the i10, which they feel is so good that it will double Hyundai's sales in that segment. Manufacturer propaganda always ladles on the glowing prose, but after reading through the specs, we were nodding in approval, too. A quick glance at the pictures had us ...

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    Toyota set to unveil microcar in Frankfurt
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    Automotive News has a quick blurb about a new model set to debut from the folks at Toyota during this year's Frankfurt Motor Show. According to AN, Toyota's 3000mm-long microcar will be known as the Endo and will slot in below the Aygo, the smallest vehicle in the automaker's European ...

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