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  • 2013 Honda Civic sedan range live photos, 2012 L.A. Auto Show

    Automotive critics, it seems, are a hard bunch to please. We look at things in a different light than most consumers, paying careful attention to details like the material used to cover a dashboard, or the quality of plastic used throughout the interior. While we’re quick to pan a car that’s taken a step backward in terms of perceived quality, the public is infinitely more forgiving. If you need proof, look no further than the recent remakes of the Volkswagen Jetta or the 2012 Honda Civic; while auto journalists slammed both for being cheap compared to previous models, the public...

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    Lincoln Compact Car Remains On Track, May Debut This year

    While we still hold on to hope that Lincoln will eventually launch a new rear-wheel drive model, we can be certain that the brand will be offering at least some new products in segments it doesn’t currently compete in, though they aren't likely to be all that sporty. One of these will be a...

  • 2012 Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid
    Volvo Considering MINI Rival

    Volvo’s entry-level C30 has been in production since 2006 and will soon be in need of renewal. Though the Swedish automaker has just unveiled a five-door version dubbed the V40, this model essentially relies on the same technology as the older C30 and is currently not offered in the U.S...

  • Production of Mercedes-Benz compact cars
    Valmet To Fill Additional Demand For New Mercedes Compacts

    Strong demand for Mercedes-Benz’s new range of compact cars has forced the automaker to call on independent vehicle manufacturer Valmet to help supply more cars. Based in Finland, Valmet has built luxury cars for a number of automakers including the Boxster and Cayman for Porsche, the B2...

  • 2011 Audi A2 Concept
    Audi's A2 Supermini Growing Up For Its Second Generation

    Audi’s original A2 was a “supermini” five-door hatchback, produced from 1999 until 2005. Meant to combat the likes of the Mercedes-Benz A Class, sales of the A2 never lived up to Audi’s expectations. Last year, Audi revealed a concept version of a modern A2, also in...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback
    Is A BMW 1-Series Sedan In The Works?

    The BMW 3-Series sedan, like many of us, has picked up a few additional pounds and inches over the years. Since its launch in 1975, the BMW 3-Series has grown by over 10.5-inches in length, over 8-inches in width and nearly 2-inches in height. That makes the current 3-Series larger than the E28...

  • Zombies hate the Chevy Cruze.

    If we were making a list of the “Top Ten Vehicles To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse,” the Chevy Cruze compact sedan wouldn’t make the grade. In fact, no compact sedan would, only because our own preferences involve something with brush guards, four-wheel-drive and an abundance of ground clearance. Our own biases aside, the video does make a semi-compelling argument for the Cruze in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. It is good on gas and it does have a rather tight turning radius, both of which could potentially come in handy when the undead roam the earth. It's even got...

  • 2013 Acura ILX
    2013 Acura ILX Priced From $26,795

    The 2013 Acura ILX compact sedan range will start at $26,795, including a destination charge of $895.

  • The Fiat Viaggio
    Fiat Shows The Dodge Dart's Chinese Twin

    Wondering how to say “Dodge Dart” in Chinese? We’re not sure how to translate that into Mandarin, but in Fiat-Chrysler speak, “Dodge Dart” will soon be pronounced “Fiat Viaggio,” which is Italian for “voyage.” Fiat will debut its new Viaggio at...

  • MINI marks its 10th anniversary in the United States
    MINI Marks Its 10th Anniversary In The United States

    Ten years ago, MINI set out to shatter the myth that Americans don’t like small cars. While it was at it, it took on the myth that American’s won’t buy hatchbacks, and that we prefer boring sedans and SUVs over entertaining commuter cars. In the decade since, MINI has all but...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ
    2012 Chevy Sonic Turbo Now Available With An Automatic Transmission

    Chevy's Sonic Turbo, introduced last year with a six-speed manual gearbox, now offers a six-speed automatic transmission option, too.

  • Ford Focus ST, launched at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2012 Ford Focus ST: Los Angeles Auto Show Preview

    It's finally here, although Ford still hasn't quite said when it will go on sale in the U.S. Right now, all we know is "next year." But the 2012 Ford Focus ST, to be sold not only in the U.S. but 40 other countries too, looks like it will be worth the wait. If you're a regular MotorAuthority...

  • 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback

    Now that we’ve had a few days to absorb the controversial look of the new 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback’s styling, dare we say it, it's actually starting to grow on us--just a little. Over the course of the last couple of days, BMW has also released some promo videos for its latest 1-Series, giving us a preview of what the car will look like out on the road and the specific buyer type BMW is targeting. The videos show off a lot more detail, especially what the car looks like from varying angles. This is especially true for the nose section of the car, which in images looks rather...

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