The Honda GEAR Is The Subcompact Honda Has To Build

This year's Detroit Auto Show was all about Acuras instead of the core brand, but the Japanese clearly didn't want to leave North America without giving us a new Honda. They choose the Montreal International Auto Show for their premier, so go ahead and blame Canada for getting the first peek at a future we hope Honda… » 1/18/13 9:00am 1/18/13 9:00am

2011 Chevy Beat Exposes Its Interior, Still Concealing US Plans

The fate of the Chevy Beat » 8/20/08 12:40pm 8/20/08 12:40pm is still , but as we see here, that isn't stopping the ongoing development of the latest GM minicar. The Beat gets a buddy for some hot weather testing and we get a look at the interior for the first time. For a subcompact, it's hard to be surprised by the spartan accommodations and the…

Ford Verve Concept Unveiled, Hearkens New Fiesta

What will Ford Europe's next generation of small cars look like? The company's giving a sneak peak by way of the Verve concept. The company says the subcompact model offers a "significant hint" at the new Fiesta, which will get a new look based on Euro Ford's "kinetic" design language. That's the styling vocab… » 8/23/07 1:15pm 8/23/07 1:15pm

Opel to Show Mild Hybrid Corsa in Frankfurt

Opel says it's plotting to show a hybrid version of its Corsa subcompact at the Frankfurt show, defying all those clean diesels who think so highly of themselves. The company says the comabination of a 1.3-liter gas engine and part-time electric motor add up to 62 miles per gallon US. That while spewing a mere 99… » 8/23/07 7:01am 8/23/07 7:01am

Accessorize Me: Fiat 500's Mondo Options List

If you thought Mini buyers had a lot of accessories to pore through, better sharpen your number-two pencil. The Fiat 500's order sheet is like sweating out the SATs, without the raging hangover. Need a refill for the "Summer citrus fruit+Essence of the night+Breath of freedom" diffuser? Better check it off. Frau… » 7/05/07 12:17pm 7/05/07 12:17pm

Over the Back Fence: US-Bound Fiesta to Be a Sedan?

Carmakers are still apparently convinced US buyers would rather be poked in the eye with a stick than drive a hatchback. BMW's opted for a coupe for its US-bound 1-Series, not a snogback like the Euro model. Now, according to Edmunds Inside Line, Ford's planning to bring its Ford Fiesta model to the states as a sedan,… » 6/11/07 9:24am 6/11/07 9:24am

Report: Nissan to Launch Cube, Two More Subcompacts in the US

The Cube is coming to the US. We've been hearing that (and its inverse) for nigh on two years. But if Japan's financial newspaper Nikkei is to be believed, a restyled Cube, along with two additional subcompacts, could hit these shores (and Europe's) as early as 2008. Long the favored hookup spot for Japanese youths,… » 5/24/07 8:01am 5/24/07 8:01am

Fiat Boss Says New 500 Could Maybe, Sort of Reach the US

The new Fiat 500 is a four-wheeled hype machine for the boys at Fiat. The car's launch has already been pulled forward from September to July of this year. Now, Fiat CEO Sergio "The Count" Marchionne has devilishly implied that the 500 could hit US shores by 2010. "Sooner or later it is a possibility," he says. Sounds… » 4/24/07 7:00pm 4/24/07 7:00pm

Jalopnik Reviews: 2007 Honda Fit Sport, Part 2

Exterior Design: ***
Fans of Hello Kitty's ber cuteness will likely enjoy the Fit styling a bit more than those who dig GI JOE with lifelike hair. We could also be wrong about that. The design is entertaining if not a textbook case of form following function. Sport version adds trick rear spoiler and other sporty bits… » 3/29/07 1:35pm 3/29/07 1:35pm

Jalopnik Reviews: 2007 Honda Fit Sport, Part 1

Back in the punk rock days of the early eighties Boston, a weekly paper called Boston Rock published a comic called Steven. Like Picasso, Steven had a friend named Brock. Unlike Picasso's pal Braque, Brock lived in a refrigerator box. From the outside his box looked like a box, but inside it was a luxurious flat.… » 3/28/07 2:00pm 3/28/07 2:00pm

Hot Hatchlet: Fiesta Supermini on the Way?

According to the UK's Autoexpress, Ford's working up a new, super-Fiesta that will share a design aesthetic with Ford Europe's other new models (e.g., Mondeo and S-Max). The mag says the car's an outgrowth of the company's new small-car platform, from which the Mazda2 (which we will likely see in the US along with an… » 1/26/07 12:58pm 1/26/07 12:58pm