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Canadian Club: The Small Cars That U.S. Buyers Can’t Have

Canadian Club: The Small Cars That U.S. Buyers Can’t Have

Canada is bigger than the U.S.; the distances are equally vast; and there’s way more land area per person. And yet Canadians tend to buy smaller cars. Why is this? The simple answer, at least from the south side of the border, is that Canadians are less ostentatious. They typically spend... read more

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Toyota i-Road electric urban mobility vehicle

Toyota i-Road Electric City Car: Here's How It Leans

Toyota might not be planning to invest in a mainstream electric vehicle for the U.S. anytime soon, but now, globally, it has this oddity: the i-Road. As we caught last month... read more October 29, 2014 by 


 
2015 Nissan Pulsar

New Nissan Pulsar Compact Hatch Rivals VW Golf, But No U.S. Sales Planned

Back in the 1980s, Nissan attached the name Pulsar NX to an unusual compact coupe that could be converted into a hatchback with removable panels. Now, Nissan is using the... read more September 22, 2014 by 


 
Ford Fiesta Red and Black 1.0 Ecoboost

Ford Fiesta 3-Cyl Boosted To 140 HP: Forbidden Fruit Quick Drive

At 123 horsepower, Ford's 1.0-liter Ecoboost Fiesta already develops an impressive output for its diminutive size. That it does so while delivering entertaining handling and... read more June 26, 2014 by 


 
Toyota Aygo minicar European drive

Toyota Aygo Minicar Driven: Much-Improved Scion iQ Alternative U.S. Won't Get

The Scion iQ has not been a success story for Toyota's youth-orientated brand. In 2013, just 4,406 iQs found homes in the U.S. That's half as many as were sold in 2012... read more June 20, 2014 by 


 
Volkswagen e-Up electric car with Douglas C54 transport plane at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport

Volkswagen e-Up: Driving VW's Smallest Electric Car (Forbidden Fruit)

Of the three plug-in VW cars we drove in Berlin this month, the one we liked best is the one we won't get in North America. The Volkswagen e-Up battery-electric minicar is a... read more March 28, 2014 by 


 
Nissan Micra now available in Canada

Nissan Micra Minicar: Now Available In Canada, U.S. Still Denied

Compared to Europe and Asia, the U.S. market for subcompacts and minicars is tiny, with dozens of models available elsewhere that will never hit U.S. shores. One of those is... read more January 21, 2014 by 


 
Volkswagen Tiguan TDI (European model), Catskill Mountains, NY, Dec 2013

Volkswagen Tiguan TDI: Forbidden Fruit Drive Report

It seems to be the season for diesel compact crossovers. Since September, we've driven the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250 BlueTEC and the new 2014 Audi Q5 TDI. Now we've added... read more December 18, 2013 by 


 
Volkswagen XL1 (European model), New York City, Dec 2013

Volkswagen XL1 138-MPG Diesel Plug-In Hybrid: Drive Report

We didn't expect the Volkswagen XL1 to be as much fun to drive as it is. Which makes it doubly a shame that Volkswagen won't be selling its radically efficient, two-seat... read more December 16, 2013 by 


 
Volkswagen up! five-door

Volkswagen Twin-Up: XL1-Powered Plug-In Minicar Revealed

VW has hinted for some time that the diesel-electric drivetrain from its XL1 eco-supercar would appear in something a little more humble and affordable. Now, writes Autocar... read more November 7, 2013 by 


 
European Ford Focus gets lower-emission 1.0 3-cyl EcoBoost

Forbidden Fruit: Europe's Ford Focus 3-Cyl EcoBoost Gets Even Greener

As the U.S. still eagerly awaits the introduction of the 3-cylinder EcoBoost Ford Fiesta, European drivers are buying Ford's tiny-engined cars in their droves. Various... read more August 14, 2013 by  6


 
2014 Mazda 3

2014 Mazda Mazda3 Hybrid Announced... But Only For Japan

Mazda hasn't made much of a fanfare about its future hybrid models of late. In fact, you might not even have known the company was planning any, such is its silence over the... read more July 12, 2013 by  1


 
Toyota Auris Touring Sports Hybrid first drive, Mallorca

Toyota Auris Hybrid Wagon: Are You Missing Out On Europe's Prius V Alternative?

It's easy enough to find a hybrid these days, with plenty of automakers offering cars that blend gasoline engines and electric propulsion to one degree or another. More... read more June 27, 2013 by  9


 
Mercedes-Benz A Class diesel: UK drive

Mercedes-Benz A-Class 200 CDI Driven: Taster For Diesel CLA?

There are many reasons why certain models aren't sold in certain markets, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating when you can't get hold of them. For fans of diesel... read more May 30, 2013 by  6


 
Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC diesel (European version)

The 60 MPG Honda Civic... Not Sold In The U.S.

The most frugal Civic U.S. drivers can currently buy is the 2013 Civic Hybrid. The low-key sedan manages 44 mpg in city, highway and combined driving, sips gasoline, and goes... read more May 17, 2013 by  30


 
Mahindra e2o electric car

Mahindra E2O Electric Minicar Launches In India, Nee Reva NXR

The car you see in the images above has actually been in the making for several years, and for drivers in India it's one of the more significant vehicles released this year... read more March 18, 2013 by  1


 

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