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

U.S. getting smallest Chevy ever built

The 2012 Chevrolet Spark is reportedly back on track for the US market. The Korean-built subcompact, sold in a previous incarnation as the Daewoo Matiz, will arrive next year as a 2013 model, riding on GM's Yo Gabba Gabba platform. Ok, no. » 8/04/11 11:31am 8/04/11 11:31am

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…

Audi A1 Mule Spotted

With all insiders saying the Audi A1 will make an appearance at the Tokyo motor show next month, it's no surprise that various prototypes are making the rounds. A new series of shots from the Nizzurbring show what spies say is a VW Polo Cup edition body over an A1 chassis. Fender flares have been stapled forth to… » 9/26/07 1:49pm 9/26/07 1:49pm

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

Tokyo Auto Show: Audi A1 to Debut in Japan

If you thought Audi would roll out its new entry-level luxe subcompact for Europe in Frankfurt, Germany's Auto Motor und Sport says, sie sind eine grosse dumbkoff!! The A1, the mag says, will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in October as a hybridized concept. According to Michael Dick, commandant of Technical… » 8/03/07 9:43am 8/03/07 9:43am

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

Fiat 500 Arrives, But Not for US

Fourth of July was the official launch date — 50 years after the original "Nuova 500" debuted. And a press conference this morning confirmed and elucidated what had been known for nearly a year. Fiat's new, new 500 is here. That is, in Europe; Fiat CEO Sergio Macchione dashed all hopes of a US-bound 500 in a… » 7/05/07 8:33am 7/05/07 8:33am

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… » 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.… » 4/24/07 7:00pm 4/24/07 7:00pm

Spy Photos: Fiat 500 En Route Somewhere!

Fiat's resurrection of the Cinquecento is nearly complete. The company's already sent out shots of the Nuova 500 to the auto press, given it its own minisite (curse the faux-reggae sound bed!), and targeted it for hipster-dork uptake. The last stage is to show the damn thing. And according to a set of images on … » 4/12/07 12:31pm 4/12/07 12:31pm

Jalopnik Reviews: 2007 Honda Fit Sport, Part 3

Why you should buy this car: Because you want an economical yet sporty car that gets very respectable fuel mileage, has a good measure of practicality, and throws fun to drive into the soup pot of miserly subcompact automotive selections. Because you fancy yourself a apex-carving Pompurin. » 3/30/07 2:00pm 3/30/07 2:00pm

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… » 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

Geneva Pre-Show: The New Mazda2

Mazda's new Mazda2 subcompact entry will debut tomorrow at the Geneva auto show, but press-kit images leaked over the weekend ahead of an official revealing. It's the first incarnation of Ford's new Fiesta platform, for which the company reportedly has global ambitions. With more swages and wrinkles than a mechanical… » 3/05/07 6:30am 3/05/07 6:30am

Compact High: The New Mazda2

Mazda today revealed the redesigned, flame-surfaced subcompact that is its new Mazda2, ahead of its unveiling at the Geneva show next month. Built on Mazda-Ford's new global B1 platform, the new two is rumored to be headed to the US to compete with the Nissan Versa, Honda Fit and that Toyota that looks like a… » 2/13/07 7:52am 2/13/07 7:52am

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

Spy Photos: Mazda2, Wagon Too

So yeah, Mazda's been working on a new, world-market subcompact based on the same platform (B1) as the Ford Fiesta sold in Europe and elsewhere. That car, spies have said, is the Mazda2, whose appearance in the US is fairly certain, though a version from Ford model is still rumored to be in the works. Said spies also… » 1/05/07 11:37am 1/05/07 11:37am