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Teeny-tiny Cars: Are they cheap and fuel-efficient enough to justify their drawbacks?

The San Francisco US press launch of the teeny-tiny two-seat 2008 Smart Fortwo involved an interesting presentation and drive experience. I learned that its history dates back to the late 1980s when SMH (Swatch watches) CEO Nicolas Hayek decided that a substantial number of people wanted a small, stylish city car that was built like a Swatch watch with Swatch-type personalization.

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A family's 10-year history with a 2003 first-gen Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius has put in its time as the benchmark for hybrids and fuel efficient vehicles on American roads. For Scott Burns, it's put in time as a family car as well, and one he's been incredibly happy with.

Small Cars Don't Always Deliver The Best Fuel Economy

A midsize sedan can offer better fuel economy as well as other benefits

A new study shows you don't have to sacrifice legroom for fuel economy.

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Nissan New Mobility Concept is perfect even for mom [w/video]

Nissan is taking the careful approach as it brings out its second electric vehicle. To show off the car's practicality, Nissan gave seven moms in suburban Japan the chance to test drive the New Mobility Concept vehicle to see how it works transporting their kids, going shopping and running errands. The Tokyu Cor

GM says young people like Chevy Spark because it's efficient, cheap

General Motors is touting some numbers it has, showing that its venture into the low-priced, high mileage mini-car segment seems to be paying off by bringing in young and female buyers who've never owned a Chevrolet before. Since launching in the summer of 2012, the 2013 Chevrolet Spark has sold more than 12,000 units. GM's i

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Hyundai HB20 a Brazil-exclusive flex-fuel car, coming in October

The Brazilian Hyundai subsidiary has launched a Brazil-only flex-fuel model called the HB20. It will be manufactured at its new plant in Piracicaba, Brazil, which starts production September 20 ahead of an early October sales launch.

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

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

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

2011 Infiniti QX56 – Click above for high-res image gallery

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

2011 Infiniti QX56 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chrysler turns to Fiat for boost in Canadian small car market

Chrysler's international sales in both the minivan and pickup categories are strong, but the company lacks strong small vehicle sales outside of the U.S. In Canada, Chrysler may be fairing well in the light truck market, but is virtually non-existent in both the B-segment and the C-segment of passenger cars. With limited international success in the small car market, Chrysler struggles to gain a strong foothold. B-segment and C-segment vehicl

GM to build new small sedan for emerging markets

2010 Chevrolet Spark – Click above for high-res image gallery

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 development of small cars, both with its Smart brand and the Jonathon Ramsey

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 development of small cars, both with its Smart brand and the Jonathon Ramsey

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

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EDITORIAL: Attention Wall Street Journal - Ford does not use Toyota's hybrid system!

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery

EDITORIAL: Attention Wall Street Journal - Ford does not use Toyota's hybrid system!

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery

GM reportedly picks Orion Township plant for upcoming small car

The state of Michigan finally got some good news Thursday when it learned that General Motors chose its Orion Township plant as the location that will produce the automaker's future small car. GM plans to make up to 160,000 cars at the plant, likely over two shifts.

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