Over the Back Fence: BMW to Build New Isetta Minicar?

We're pretty sure there won't be a Hayabusa mill to perform miracles of speed. But the latest from the UK rumor mill is BMW's bringing back the Isetta, the popular econo-egg from the 1950s — created by Italy's Iso and popularized by BMW — that grabbed a generation of cosmopolitan Europeans by the lapels and screamed … »11/28/07 8:00am11/28/07 8:00am

Frankfurt Auto Show: Brabus Ultimate 112 Smart Fortwo

Shrinking the t-top Pontiac Firebird concept down to a road hugging turbo minicar is the Brabus Smart Fortwo Cabrio. Touted as a true city sports car by the Smarts, the diminutive urban block carver features a searing orange paint job and cabrio top that folds away in seconds. The rest of the roof stows away in a back… »9/12/07 12:30pm9/12/07 12:30pm

New York Auto Show: Chevy Leverages The Sexual Appeal Of Faux Hipsters, Reveals Trio Of Minicars

Mmm...Chevy wants to bring SexyBack (Yeah!), and they've attempted to use faux hipsters to spice up the new trio of "urban" minicar concepts to do it. Whether or not it works is up to you, but hey, sex usually seems to sell — even when it's like we're watching Rent on stage at the Javits. If you want to find out… »4/04/07 11:23am4/04/07 11:23am

More on The Mitsuoka Motors K-4: One for the Do-It-Yourselfers

The Mitsuoka K-4 may be pedal-car small, but at least it's probably scary as hell to drive and you can put it together yourself. (Those are pretty serious selling points for some.) Although the K-4 is powered by 50cc engine and tops out at 30 mph, we'd still get one just to bang around the Jalopnik country estate in,… »3/26/07 10:30am3/26/07 10:30am

BOOM! Sha Lak Lak Boom! Daihatsu Minicar Got Some Ponies, Yo!

Well, relatively speaking anyway. 133 miniature stallions churn away in the engine bay of Daihatsu's BOOM X4, faces planted in turbocharged feed-bags. Routed through a 5-speed gearbox, the power goes down via an AWD system. Total weight? Less than a metric ton. The hoons are screaming, Clarice. [Thanks to James for… »3/13/06 7:00pm3/13/06 7:00pm