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 8:00am 11/28/07 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 12:30pm 9/12/07 12:30pm

New York Auto Show: Chevy Leverages The Sexual Appeal Of Faux Hipsters,…

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 11:23am 4/04/07 11:23am

GM Releases Info on Minicar Concepts for Real

The General whose prime directive is Motors will unveil three concept minicars at the New York auto show. John Q. Public will be bid to vote on his favorite of the three urban runabouts on www.vote4chevrolet.com. The first to be revealed is the Trax concept (shown). Common sense says the contest results will have the… » 3/29/07 1:01am 3/29/07 1:01am

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 10:30am 3/26/07 10:30am

VW Representing Intelligence, Not Playing Dumb on Smart Car Rival

Martin Winterkorn, the new boss at Volkswagen, told the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung that he had proposed the "design and development of a new, very small, model below the Fox." According to a translation from the folks at Car und Driver, the car will be an "economical, everyday small car that looks… » 2/12/07 3:50pm 2/12/07 3:50pm

Hello Little Cars: The Mitsuoka Micro

The dark wizards at Mitsuoka Motors — builders of the "yuck, what's that in its mouth" Orochi supercar — are planning a new roadster for tight, urban spaces. How small is it? It's so small, it only requires an ing space (you'll get it later). Actually, the Micro is 400 lbs, has a 50cc engine (seriously) and is sold… » 10/03/06 3:25pm 10/03/06 3:25pm

Faster Yaris for Paris: Toyota to Show TS Version

Toyota says it's bringing a more powerful Yaris minicar to the Paris show next month. Where the base model barely scratches the double digits in horsepower (106), the Yaris TS will wring 132 horses from a new 1.8-liter four with dual VVT-i engine and ride on a retuned suspension. Top speed on this ball of rolling… » 8/28/06 9:28am 8/28/06 9:28am

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 7:00pm 3/13/06 7:00pm

A Look At the New, Small Cars Coming to North America

Treehugger is so pleased Japanese carmakers have decided to ship some of their smallest specimens to North America — and, in some cases, all the way to the US — that they've devoted column inches to examining some of the models on the way, like the Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit (both of which are bound for the states).… » 9/09/05 12:48pm 9/09/05 12:48pm