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2016 Smart Fortwo Faces Mercedes S-Class In Crash Test: Video

2016 Smart Fortwo Faces Mercedes S-Class In Crash Test: Video

Reassuring people that its tiny Fortwo city car is safe must be a constant struggle for Daimler's Smart brand. In Europe, where the diminutive cars roam around streets barely wider than the car, it's not such a problem. But in the U.S, where half the population drives 5,000-lb pickup trucks, people... read more

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Honda's N-One retro minicar - image: Honda Motor Co

Japan's Government Clamps Down On Tiny Kei Cars, Fearing Irrelevance

Japan does small cars like no other country on earth--mainly because they have to. The nation's Kei-jidosha car class was set up to make a class of car that was cheaper to... read more June 10, 2014 by 


 
Smart ForTwo tipped over in San Francisco. Photo by NBC Bay Area.

Smart Tipping Continues: Tiny Cars Upended In San Francisco, Again

Some trends are harmless: think hula hoops. Some trends don't hold up well in the harsh glare of history: think acid-washed jeans. And some trends constitute felony... read more June 9, 2014 by 


 
2014 MINI Cooper automatic, Bear Mountain, NY, May 2014

2014 MINI Cooper Automatic: Quick Drive

The all-new, third-generation 2014 MINI Cooper three-door hatchback--now called "Hardtop" by MINI--sports a longer nose, a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, and an... read more June 3, 2014 by 


 
Priscilla Briggs with her new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, Boston, May 2014

Why One Young Woman Bought A 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage: Frugal Shopping

Many people approach car shopping in the U.S. looking for the largest, most luxurious vehicle they can afford, from the best brand possible. Still, at least a handful of... read more June 3, 2014 by 


 
Tata Nano Twist (Images: Indian Autos Blog)

Tata Nano Twist: World Cheapest Car Tries To Get Hip, Move Upscale

How do you make the world's cheapest new car more appealing? Make it more expensive. Sounds crazy, but that's the strategy Indian automaker Tata is using with its new Nano... read more June 2, 2014 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Spark, Catskill Mountains, Apr 2014

2014 Chevrolet Spark With CVT: Gas Mileage Review

We're fond of the Chevrolet Spark minicar; it's by far the best-executed of the several smaller-than-subcompact cars sold today. But our fondness had been limited to the... read more May 12, 2014 by 


 
Teaser for new Smart Fortwo and Forfour

New Smart Fortwo Minicar Slides In Sweden, Due This Fall? (Video)

It's fair to say the Smart brand hasn't been one of Daimler's bigger successes, but bosses will be hoping the third-generation car is closer to "third time lucky" than "three... read more May 6, 2014 by 


 
2014 Scion iQ

Toyota's Trendy Scion Small-Car Brand To Get New Products, After Long Drought

Be honest: Have you ever thought about buying a Scion? Toyota's trendy small-car brand has been distinctly neglected over the past several years, and fewer buyers each year... read more April 30, 2014 by 


 
Smart ForTwo tipped over in San Francisco. Photo by NBC Bay Area.

New San Francisco Sport: Smart Tipping (Cows Are So Passe)

There aren't many cows in San Francisco, so cow-tipping is rare. But a few creative citizens seem to have found a substitute. Flipping over Smart cars has apparently emerged... read more April 7, 2014 by 


 
Nissan Micra now available in Canada

2015 Nissan Micra: $10K Minicar For Canada--Paid For By Smart?

A fuel-efficient five-door hatchback a little smaller than a subcompact--for less than $10,000? That sounds like a pretty good deal. Unfortunately, it's a deal only available... read more February 21, 2014 by 


 
Honda Vision XS-1 concept [Photo courtesy of MotorBeam].

Tiny SUVs Shown By Chevy, VW, Honda At India Auto Expo

Automotive fashion plates now have a new trend to follow: very small SUVs. At the 2014 India Auto Expo in New Delhi, automakers debuted a crop of concept models with... read more February 5, 2014 by 


 
2014 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

2014 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive: What It's Like On The Road

With minimal changes from the model launched last year as the least expensive electric car in the U.S., the 2014 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive remains the smallest and shortest... read more January 21, 2014 by 


 
Mini E electric vehicle

Will There Be Another Electric Mini E Within A Few Years?

Back in 2009, the MINI E electric car was BMW's very first attempt at building a battery-electric vehicle. The fleet of several hundred electric MINIs was leased out to... read more December 19, 2013 by 


 
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV  -  First Drive, Portland, July 2013

Chevy Spark EV Electric Car: No Retail Sales In Canada, Europe

It's a frequently asked question: Will the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV be sold where I live? (Assuming you don't already live in California or Oregon, where the subcompact... read more October 24, 2013 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

2014 BMW i3: First Drive Of BMW's Radical New Electric Car

You may have read stories lately that suggest the BMW i3 is the first luxury competition for the Tesla Model S electric car. It’s not. You may also have read that... read more October 21, 2013 by 


 
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