Itty-bitty Scion iQ gets not-so-small $15,995 price

The Scion iQ, the minicar Toyota plans to launch Scion's long-delayed rebirth with, will arrive late this year with a sticker price that starts at $15,995. » 7/13/11 1:45pm 7/13/11 1:45pm

How The U.S. Government Killed The Safest Car Ever Built

Thirty-five years ago, the U.S. government built a fleet of cars that were safer than anything on the road. Twenty-five years ago, the government shredded them in secret. Two escaped the crusher. This is their story. » 5/27/10 4:15pm 5/27/10 4:15pm

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

Spy Photos: Ford Minicar to Be Verisa?

As Bob Pollard says, the popular mechanics are at it again. They've caught what looks to be a Mazda Verisa near Ford's headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. Could Ford be planning to go quite this small for a potential B-segment entrant? As Popular Mechanics points out, the Verisa is only 150 inches long, which means… » 4/23/07 12:01pm 4/23/07 12:01pm

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 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

Cinquento Nuovo! New Fiat 500 Pics Arrive

According to our sources at Interpol, Fiat's revealing its new 500 minicar this week. As as such, early press shots have already leaked to the web. The new minicar, which takes its cues from the classic Cinquecento by way of the Fiat Trepiuno concept car of 2004, will hit dealerships in Europe later this year. The… » 3/20/07 5:50pm 3/20/07 5:50pm

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

Sketches Emerge of New Fiat 500

Fans of race-bred Fiats of old will be pleased to see the Abarth badge associated with the Fiat Trepiuno concept, which is said to be a harbinger of a new, retro-styled Fiat 500 on the way. Eurocar Blog located some sketches that depict the Trepiuno in the red-and-white livery of legendary motorsports tweaker,… » 4/10/06 9:58am 4/10/06 9:58am

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

Audi A1 Minicar Concept: Family Tree?

We'd remarked earlier that the spec'd Audi A1 minicar on a recent cover of AutoBild could have its roots in the third-generation Ford Torino. But a reader identified what may be the missing link — that is, none other than the Datsun B210 of the mid-1970s. Will the A1 in three dimensions recall the same couple of… » 2/11/06 8:29pm 2/11/06 8:29pm

US Debut of Toyota Yaris Set for Spring 2006

Toyota's PR folk released info this week on the company's upcoming economy subcompact, the Yaris, whose US closeup will come in Spring 2006. Offered in both hatchback, sorry, liftback (holy 1975!) and sedan versions, the Yaris will get a 1.5-liter four producing 106hp at 6,000 RPM and 103 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200… » 12/27/05 10:30am 12/27/05 10:30am

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

Ford and Fiat Team up on new Fiat 500, Ka

It's official: Fiat is building a new Cinquecento (500) minicar with an unlikely partner. As you may remember, Fiat showed an updated 500 in the guise of the Trepi no concept in Geneva this year. Now, the company has announced it will develop a production version of the Italian icon — the cultural equivalent of the… » 9/08/05 1:13pm 9/08/05 1:13pm

Mazda Releases Photos, Info on Sassou Concept

Mazda let fly with a press package on its new Sassou urban minicar concept, which the company will unveil in Frankfurt. Based in part on the Japanese "Shoji principle of hiding and revealing, the Sassou has a body design only a planar geometrist could love, with three independent lines that barely overlap. A set of… » 8/30/05 8:27am 8/30/05 8:27am

Toyota to Introduce Endo Concept in Frankfurt

Toyota will be bringing a new, urban-car concept, the Endo, to Frankfurt. Not likely named for its ability to do a bumper-over-roof flip, the spacious Endo was designed at ED2, Toyota s European design studio in the South of France, which was also responsible for the company's redesigned Yaris minicar (below), with… » 8/29/05 8:54am 8/29/05 8:54am