Tag Archives: Hatchbacks

2019 BMW 1-Series Hatchback spy shots and video

The current BMW 1-Series Hatchback is somewhat of an oddity in the world of compact cars, because it comes with a sporty rear-wheel-drive layout and available inline-6 engines. That's odd because the rear-wheel-drive layout eats into interior space, making an already tight cabin even tighter, while the longitudinally-mounted inline-6 makes the front of the...

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2019 Audi A1 spy shots and video

Engineers from Audi are out testing prototypes for a new generation of the A1 subcompact hatchback. The current A1 debuted in 2010 and sadly was never offered in the United States. We're afraid there's also little chance we'll see the redesigned model as Audi has ruled out launching anything smaller than the A3 in these parts...

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2019 Ford Focus leaked

A completely undisguised 2019 Ford Focus hatchback has been snapped during what looks to be an official photo shoot. The photo, from Hungarian website Vezess, shows a stylish design with proportions similar to a key rival overseas, the Opel Astra. Ford is expected to launch the new Focus soon, as the latest prototypes are wearing barely any camouflage gear...

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2019 Audi A7 first drive review: evolution in Africa

Cape Town, South Africa - The South African landscape is unusually parched. Late January is midsummer here, and the country is in the throes of a drought that threatens the water supply. Day Zero is April 16, about a month before the rainy season that could stave off this water crisis. It's an impending problem for a beautiful country still transforming...

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2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class aims higher for compact luxury cars

Mercedes-Benz has new ideas for the compact-luxury car class, and the 2018 A-Class is the first indication. On Friday, the luxury brand unveiled the new A-Class hatchback with a sleeker design, and an interior fitted with the brand's new MBUX infotainment system. The A-Class has grown up, and it's safe to say the S-Class took the compact hatch under its...

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2019 Lynk & Co. 04 spy shots

The third model from Volvo sister company Lynk & Co. has been spotted. It's a compact hatchback set to reach the market sometime in 2019. Lynk & Co. is already selling its 01 compact SUV in China and will soon start sales of the 03 compact sedan there as well. The automaker will eventually add another SUV to fill the 02 slot, thus likely making this...

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2020 Mini Electric spy shots

Mini is set to launch an electric Hardtop in 2019, and we've got the first spy shots of a prototype. The car was previewed by the Mini Electric concept at 2017's Frankfurt auto show, and is only the first of 12 electric cars the BMW Group will roll out by 2025. As expected, Mini is using its signature Hardtop model for its first volume EV. But there isn't...

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Toyota Yaris GRMN hits the track

As much as we love cars like the Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R, there's no denying they lack the lightness and chuckable feeling of hot hatches from the '80s and '90s. Something like a Peugeot 205 GTI or even the first Civic Type R. There are some modern options that come close, such as the Fiat 500 Abarth or Ford Fiesta ST, but if we had our pick...

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Next-gen Volkswagen Golf coming in 2019

Volkswagen on Friday revealed critical details on its next-generation Golf during a presentation with suppliers. The automaker said it is spending $2.2 billion developing the new Mk8 model, which is due to enter production at VW's main plant in Wolfsburg, Germany in June 2019. We'll likely see the car reach showrooms as a 2020 model. Overseeing the...

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