Hatchbacks

  • 2020 Honda Fit (Jazz) spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    The Honda Fit, known as a Jazz in some markets, is about to be redesigned. Prototypes have been spotted and reveal a rounder, more streamlined shape for the new subcompact hatch. The prototypes also provide a glimpse at the new interior design which looks to feature a large infotainment screen in the center of the dash. Honda is thought to be planning a hybrid powertrain as the sole option for the new Fit. It will likely be a variation of the setup used in the latest Insight, where a 1.5-liter Atkinson cycle inline-4 is pair with two electric motors that replace the transmission. The...

  • 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 GMC Sierra 1500 spy shots

    Earlier this week we brought you spy shots of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Today we have the first shots of the pickup’s corporate cousin, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500. The current Sierra was introduced in 2014 and updated in 2016. The Sierra seen here testing is more of an extensive update...

  • Tanner Foust hoons a GoPro-covered Volkswagen Golf GTI
    Choose Your Own VW GTI Adventure With Tanner Foust & GoPro: Video

    So you have a GoPro. Maybe you even have two. But you don’t have dozens. Volkswagen does, and it stuck them all over the car, put stunt driver, racer, and Top Gear USA host Tanner Foust behind the wheel, and came up with this. MUST SEE: Angry Supercar Hater Throws Rocks At Lamborghini...

  • 2014 MINI Cooper Countryman
    MINI Production At Magna Steyr Ending In 2016, Moving To U.K., Netherlands

    BMW's version of the MINI is an unusual vehicle, and it's built in unusual places. Currently, many MINIs are built in the Oxford, England plant that's most closely tied to the brand's heritage. But the Countryman and Paceman are made under contract by Magna Steyr in in Graz, Austria. The latter...

  • 2014 MINI Cooper spy shots
    2014 MINI Cooper Spy Shots

    MINI is working on a whole new range of models, each based off a brand new front-wheel-drive platform developed together with parent company BMW, which will use it for its own range of entry-level hatchbacks and even the next-generation X1. These latest spy shots show a prototype for the new MINI...

  • Chevy Sonic to race in Global RallyCross with PMR Motorsports
    The Newest Global RallyCross Car Is A ... Chevy Sonic?

    Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic boom. Sonic screwdriver. Many things go with Sonic, but Global RallyCross? Apparently that one works, too. At least, that's the plan for Pat Moro, 2012's most successful privateer in the GRC series. This weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Moro will debut the new PMR...

  • MINI on the Mack

    MINI is most certainly NOT NORMAL. Anyone who has spent time with the cars will know that. A tiny joystick on the floor that controls the speedo-mounted nav? Yeah. Totally normal. In an effort to enhance its reputation for doing stuff not because it makes sense, but simply because it's not against the fundamental laws of physics, MINI is planning a record-breaking convergence of cars on Mackinaw City, Michigan. Specifically, the brand is angling for more than 1,451 vehicles to convoy across (and hopefully span) the 26,372-foot long, 500-foot high Mackinac Bridge. The current world record for...

  • Volkswagen GTD (Euro spec)
    2015 Volkswagen GTD Preview Drive

    It’s the fastest, most powerful GTD ever—capable of getting to 60 mph in less than seven seconds, and hitting a top speed of 143 mph, yet returning more than 40 mpg on the highway. What even is the GTD, you ask? We don’t expect many Americans—not even many driving-enthusiast...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf R spy shots
    2015 Volkswagen Golf R Spy Shots

    Volkswagen’s seventh-generation Golf and GTI have made their official debut, but the cars won’t be on sale in local in showrooms until the start of next year. Hopefully by that time, development of the ultimate Golf, the all-wheel-drive Golf R, will be complete. These latest shots show...

  • 2014 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo
    2014 BMW 5-Series Family On Video

    Just over a week from its official web debut, the 2014 BMW 5-Series is now showing off on video. From sedan to wagon to Gran Turismo, the updated 5-Series range adds more power, a new diesel engine, and interior refinements. We Americans will miss out on the 5-Series Touring (wagon), again...

  • 2008 Alfa Romeo MiTo
    Next-Gen Alfa Romeo MiTo May Spawn Crossover, Reach The U.S.

    One of Alfa Romeo’s most attractive cars that we barely hear of is its tiny MiTo hatchback, which has been on sale since 2008. The MiTo comes exclusively as a three-door and competes with other subscompacts such as the Audi A1 and MINI Cooper. Although the Alfa Romeo brand returns to these...

  • 2015 Volkswagen GTI (Euro spec)  -  Preview Drive, April 2013
    2015 Volkswagen GTI: Preview Drive

    We're hustling along in the all-new Mk7 Volkswagen GTI, on a tightly curved back road in mountainous Southern France. Just as traffic opens up and I can see a fair distance ahead, I raise our speed into the next bend. But it turns out to be a flat, decreasing-radius corner. I pull my line tighter...

  • Ford Focus RS on Jay Leno's Garage

    A few years ago, Ford’s Focus came in two different flavors: the lame duck version we received here in the U.S., and the more refined and much more powerful version (in certain trims) sold everywhere else. Thankfully, with the Blue Oval’s ‘One Ford’ policy firmly in place, we’re finally getting the Focus the rest of the world enjoys, including the 252-horsepower Focus ST variant, which we think is simply brilliant. However, the previous-generation Focus that we missed out on had one additional performance variant, the Focus RS, which put out 300 horsepower in...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf models - image: Volkswagen of America
    Volkswagen Debuts 2015 GTI And Golf In New York

    American consumers will need to wait until next year to buy a 2015 Golf or GTI at their Volkswagen dealer, but New York Auto Show attendees can see the Mark VII models in the flesh (or in the sheet metal, actually). Volkswagen’s latest Golf models will use the modular MQB platform, and North...

  • 2011 Volvo C30 Black Design
    Volvo Tuner Polestar Gives The C30 A Proper Farewell: Video

    Late last year Volvo quietly discontinued its C30 hatchback from the market, with nary a mention of a reason why or a possible replacement. It’s likely the fact that Volvo only managed to sell around 4,500 C30s annually in the U.S., which, understandably, is not nearly enough to justify its...

  • 2014 Volkswagen GTI (Euro spec)
    2015 Volkswagen Golf Coming To New York, But Why Does America Have To Wait A Year?

    The Mk VII Volkswagen Golf was launched to the world at the Paris Auto Show last September, and has been on sale in Europe since late 2012. The new GTI will join it in May. But we Americans won't get the newest version of the Golf until the first half of 2014 as a 2015 model. Why? Because the Golf...

  • 2014 Volkswagen GTI (Euro spec)
    2014 Volkswagen Golf GTI (Mark VII): Geneva Motor Show Preview

    Sitting across the table from Porsche AG CEO Matthias Mueller once, we asked why the 911 had changed so little in its design over time. He answered simply: you don't mess with what works. Corporate groupmate Volkswagen holds to the same philosophy with its Golf, and the Mark VII model is very close...

  • 2014 Ford Fiesta ST
    2014 Ford Fiesta ST Priced From $22,195

    Ford quietly posted pricing for the 2014 Fiesta models on its website, and that includes the hot hatchback ST model. If you're planning on buying the Fiesta ST, you'll need to find at least $22,195 in the couch cushions, and that's before options. Here's a quick refresher course on the 2014 Fiesta...

  • 2013 MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL4

    Puerto Rico probably isn't the first place you think of when you think about great driving roads--or driving at all for that matter. Beaches, beer, sun, sand, and time away from work and the daily stresses of life--that's what Puerto Rico is usually about. But not today. No, today it's about the 2013 MINI Cooper Paceman, in particular, the Cooper S Paceman ALL4. While not quite the sportiest Paceman possible, it's close, and, surprisingly, it's a lot of fun. Yes, the Paceman is taller, heavier, and softer than the MINI Cooper hardtop, and that's immediately obvious behind the wheel. But the...

  • 2014 Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback spy shots
    2014 Mazda Mazda3 Spy Shots

    Mazda is readying its next-generation Mazda3 Hatchback and Sedan for debut this coming year, with the new range expected to arrive as 2014 models. These latest shots, depicting a prototype of the hatchback variant, reveal Mazda designers are going with the same styling theme applied to the 2014...

  • 2013 Subaru WRX and STI Special Editions
    2013 Subaru WRX And STI Special Editions Priced From $28,795

    Last year’s Subaru WRX and WRX STI Special Editions have just been priced, with the most affordable model only costing $500 more than the price of the standard model on which it's based. Pricing on the 2013 Subaru WRX Special Edition will set you back just $28,795, which is only $500 more...

  • 2014 Audi A3 Sportback
    Audi A3 Allroad In The Works: Report

    If you’re after a capable soft-roader but not quite ready to move up to a crossover or SUV, there are now several toughened-up vehicles on the market that are worth a close look at. At the more affordable end of the market you have vehicles like the Subaru Outback and possibly a new VW...

  • 2013 Shelby Focus ST
    Shelby Goes Small With Custom Ford Focus ST: 2013 Detroit Auto Show

    It’s not quite the EcoBoosted Shelby we were expecting, but the legendary American tuner formed by the late Carroll Shelby has stayed true to its word, unveiling at this week’s 2013 Detroit Auto Show a new product powered by one of Ford’s fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines. That new...

  • Fiat 500 Turbo ‘Cattiva’ concept, 2013 Detroit Auto Show
    Fiat Unveils Racy 500 Design Concepts: 2013 Detroit Auto Show

    Fiat isn’t making a big deal of this week’s 2013 Detroit Auto Show but the Italian brand, now in control of Chrysler, hasn’t forgotten the show altogether. Fiat has unveiled two new design concepts in Detroit based on its sporty 500 Abarth and 500 Turbo models. The automaker says...

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