Tag Archives: Hatchbacks

Ford’s new Focus ST tipped to receive RS’s 2.3-liter engine

Ford has just redesigned its Focus but the sporty ST version isn't quite ready yet. (The debut is expected to take place at the 2019 Geneva auto show next March.) Prototypes for the new Focus ST suggest the car will follow a familiar path in terms of styling, but what's making up the mechanicals remains unclear. Last year we heard reports that Ford will...

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2018 Volkswagen Golf R first drive review: no juvenile delinquent

Automaker family portraits are like most of ours. See that mohawk in the back? That's the Honda Civic Type R. The blue-face scoundrel flipping the bird? Hello, Ford Focus RS. Every family has someone bound for the pokey—even short stretches, but the 2018 Volkswagen Golf R skips hard time because it's effectively the VW GTI's twin...

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2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 hatchback spy shots

Mercedes-Benz in February unveiled a new A-Class hatchback, the first of eight members planned for the automaker's new generation of compact cars. Some of those eight members will have high-performance variants developed by Mercedes-AMG. And this time around there will be direct replacements for the current crop of 45 series cars from AMG, plus a new crop...

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Buick Velite 6 hybrid and electric cars bound for China

Buick on Wednesday revealed a new electrified car called the Velite 6 that's due to hit the Chinese market this year. It's a follow-up to the Velite 5 extended-range electric sedan Buick launched in China last year, the brand's biggest market. However, unlike the Velite 5, which is really just a rebadged Chevrolet Volt, the Velite 6 is a standalone model...

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2020 Ford Focus ST spy shots

Hot on the heels of last week's reveal of the redesigned Ford Focus comes the first spy shots of a prototype for the car's sporty ST variant. Caught testing on the Nürburgring and on some of the German race track's surrounding roads, the new Focus ST looks to follow a familiar path in terms of styling although the same is unlikely to be true for the...

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2020 Volkswagen Golf spy shots

A test mule for the next-generation Volkswagen Golf, the nameplate's eighth iteration, has been spotted. A test mule is where the new mechanical package is hidden beneath the makeshift body of another model, in this case the current seventh-generation Golf. The new Golf will look different to what you see here. VW's Golf GTE Sport concept unveiled at the...

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BMW’s next-gen 1-Series to spawn i1 electric variant?

The BMW Group will launch 12 electric cars by 2025, the first of which will be a model from Mini due in 2019. Most of the 12 cars will be electric versions of regular BMW Group models. For example, the electric Mini will be based on the Mini Hardtop. An electric BMW X3, to be called the iX3, is also in the works and will arrive in 2020, and BMW Group CEO...

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2020 Ford Focus preview

Ford on Tuesday took the covers off a redesigned Focus in hatchback, sedan and wagon body styles. The car represents the fourth generation of the popular compact and is due in most markets later this year. Unfortunately the United States will have to wait until the fall of 2019 meaning we'll see it arrive as a 2020 model. And we'll likely only get the hatch...

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Next Ford Focus teased ahead of April 10 reveal

Ford has started its teaser campaign for the next-generation Focus and confirmed the reveal date as April 10. The first teaser is a video revealing some intricate details planned for the car like jewel headlights and sculpted body panels. The sporty wheels, equipped with Michelin rubber, suggest we might be looking at a version equipped with the ST-Line...

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatch heads to 2018 New York auto show

We just saw it at the 2018 Geneva auto show, but now Toyota's new Corolla Hatchback is on its way to the United States for a local debut at next week's 2018 New York auto show. The new compact hatch, which is called an Auris in Europe, is due in showrooms this summer as a 2019 model. It replaces the Corolla iM and will be joined shortly by a redesigned...

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