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2020 Toyota Yaris global car is an all-new hybrid

It gets the TNGA platform, new three-cylinder hybrid, autonomous parking

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Alfa Romeo to unveil compact crossover in Geneva, report says

It would slot underneath the Stelvio

It would slot underneath the Stelvio.

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Toyota won’t make a lIftback version of Yaris for 2019

An announcement about the Yaris is planned for New York in April

An announcement about the Yaris is planned for New York in April.

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Refreshed 2017 Toyota Prius C adds standard safety features

More safety features complement the Prius C's sterling fuel efficiency.

Toyota complements collision-avoidance, lane-assist, and automatic high-beam deployment features on its Prius C compact hybrid with improved styling.

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Next Nissan Juke to get new platform, hybrid option possible

New design is still "edgy and less mainstream," but will still be a Juke.

Nissan is making big changes for its second-generation Juke, but as long as it's still fun to drive, we aren't going to complain that much.

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Kia prepping Provo-inspired Mazda CX-3 challenger for 2017

Subcompact CUV would ride on the next-generation Rio's platform.

Kia wants in on the hotly contested subcompact crossover game.

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Cadillac to fight Audi A3, Mercedes CLA with small rear-drive sedan?

Compact luxury sedans are fast becoming the trend among upscale automakers. Mercedes has the new CLA (and its many platform-mates), BMW has the 1 Series and 2 Series, Audi has the

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Let Nissan teach you how to shoot your car

Anyone can take a picture of his car. But is it a good picture? Probably not.

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2013 Buick Encore snags 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway EPA ratings

General Motors has announced that its all-new 2013 Buick Encore subcompact crossover achieves 25 miles per gallon in city driving and 33 mpg on the highway (28 mpg combined) in front-wheel drive spec.

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New Rules: Dodge Set For Dart Debut During All-Star Game

The all-new compact car faces a tough road ahead

Tonight, during the Major League All-Star Game, Chrysler Group LLC will once again try to capture the nation's imagination with a 90-second spot debuting the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart.

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Mazda says CX-5 is the first to use all Skyactiv features

Mazda is pitching its CX-5 compact crossover as its first model to use all of its Skyactiv fuel-saving technologies, including fuel-saving improvements to its engine, transmission, body and chassis (details on all that here).

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Interest in Toyota, GM compacts, hybrids jumps in January

Toyota and General Motors were among automakers whose compact cars and hybrids received a jump in shopper interest last month as gas prices approached $3.40 a gallon, according to the New Car Insights Report on AutoTrader.com.

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China's Chery, Magna developing 3 compacts for Europe

Joint venture Chery Quantum Auto – owned by China's Chery Automobile and Israel Corporation – will reportedly export three compact vehicles to Europe in 2012. Austrian supplier Magna Steyr will be tasked with developing the vehicles, according to Financial Times Deutschland.

Gas prices not scaring car buyers as much this time around

With gasoline prices soaring this year, one might assume, justifiably, that hybrid and fuel-efficient small vehicle demand must also be on the rise, mimicking the market situation in 2008. However, history may not be repeating itself this time around. AutoPacific President George Peterson says, based on a study by the consulting group, that "small car and hybrid consideration is not tracking anywhere near the rate of the price of fuel as it did in 2008." Of the 68,000 people surveyed, only 21 pe

Story of a Decade: compact cars gain weight, become more fuel efficient

Over the last decade, compact cars have ballooned in size. How much? On average, compact cars sold in the U.S. are 549 pounds heavier and sit on a wheelbase that's 6.4 inches longer than those sold here ten years ago, according to analysis by Edmunds.com. With that added weight comes the need for more power and today's compacts pack an average of 64 more tire-spinning horses than those built a decade ago. Edmunds' AutoObserver senior editor, Bill Visnic, explained the reasons for the inflated co

First Drive: 2011 Mazda2 puts fun before frugality

2011 Mazda2 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Upscale small cars face hard times against hybrid rivals

2010 Volkswagen Golf – Click above for high-res image gallery

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