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    Official: Nissan Note gets minor upgrades for 2012
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    For 2012, the funky little Nissan Note is getting some upgrading for its top two trims, the oddly named Acenta and N-TEC+, while the Note lineup itself is getting some downsizing. Outside, the Acenta sits on 16-inch wheels now and gets "chrome-effect" caps on the side-view mirrors and around the ...

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    Official: Peugeot tackles supermini market with new 208 [w/video]
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    Superminis are big business for European automakers, and Peugeot has just released its latest salvo in the form of its new 208. Available in both three- and five-door body-styles, the 208 represents a complete overhaul of the French carmaker's core model. Its wheelbase is the same as the 207 it ...

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    Rumormill: Could the Fiat-Chrysler deal yield a North American Ford Ka?
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    The 2009 Ford Ka - Click above for a high-res gallery
    It's a long shot, but according to The Detroit Free Press, Chrysler's deal with Fiat could result in Ford offering the cutesy Ka for sale in North America. As you may recall, Ford co-developed the Ka's platform with Fiat (it shares its chassis ...

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    SEAT sketches out Ibiza ST concept
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    The Ibiza ST is going to be the third body style in the Ibiza line, a tiny wagon -- or "supermini estate" in UK parlance -- that will go on sale next year. SEAT has been in the segment before with its Cordoba Vario from 1998. Currently, the segment is dominated by capable-but-not-exactly-exciting ...

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    Hyundai planning Toyota iQ rival
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    It is codenamed "green baby," and it is Hyundai's answer to the Toyota iQ. A Hyundai Europe insider hinted that the car could be funkier and "more basic and functional" than the iQ. The iQ Concept had a pretty neat interior, but there really isn't much space between it and the backstop of basic ...

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    U.S.-bound 2011 Volkswagen Polo headed to Geneva
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    Volkswagen's continuing push into the U.S. market could be called Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. "New" would be the coming mid-sized sedan, "borrowed" would be the Routan, "blue" would be BlueSport, and "old" would be the VW Polo. The version of the Polo we'll be ...

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    Spy Shots: Fiat Punto Abarth
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    The Fiat Punto Abarth -- the tarted up version of the Punto by Fiat's in-house tuning arm -- has been seen on the roads of Turin, and it's hot hot hot. The car looks every bit as good as the concept, perhaps even better, having swapped the white mirrors for red ones. It will have a turbocharged ...

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    Rendered speculation: BMW building a supermini?
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    According to Motor Authority, word on the wire is that BMW will be making a minicar below the 1-series that will share the current MINI platform. The car will also be front wheel drive, and cost less than the MINI, which would make it the cheapest BMW one could buy. Apparently the car is driven by ...

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    Geneva Motor Show: Hyundai i30
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    Click on the image above to check out 76 hi-rez photosAlongside the QarmaQ crossover concept, Hyundai unveiled it's new i30 here at Geneva, and in the process took the wraps off its new nomenclature. Hyundai is ditching names like Sonata and Accent for alphanumeric designations starting with "i", ...

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    CitroŽn offers boy-racer-look C1 Chrono
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    Click for hires image galleryCitroën's C1 supermini is getting some new casualwear from the French automaker. Last week, the automaker released the C1 Chrono. Mechanically identical to any other C1 with the 68-horse 1.0i 3-cylinder, the C1 Chrono is equipped with a -- wait for it, kids -- ...

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    Toyota moving forward with the Endo
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    The Toyota Endo appears to be moving closer to production, as a tiny Toyota-badged mule has been spotted during testing in Japan. First shown in Frankfurt last year, this supermini competitor offers seating for 4 in a package barely larger than the 2-seat only ForTwo from rival SMART. Insiders are ...

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    Paris Motor Show: Renault Twingo Concept
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    Although our guy Noah just posted info on this a few days ago, we now have some live pics and a full press release for this funky fun concept. Renault has introduced its new Twingo concept at the Paris Motor Show, foreshadowing the much-anticipated replacement for the popular supermini. The Twingo ...

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    Mazda2 receives freshening, equipment upgrades
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    We're not sure how this slipped by us, but word came down earlier this month that the diminutive Mazda2 supermini is getting a once-over from the Japanese automaker. The baby Zoom2 is the beneficiary of revamped light fixtures (front and rear), and some fascia alterations. The net-net is a more ...

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