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2012 Kia Rio Sedan Pricing Released

Kia released the redesigned 2012 Kia Rio 5-Door ahead of the sedan, but the four-door is soon to follow. It will be available in early 2012 and will start at $13,400, according to Kia. That makes the Rio sedan just one more addition to a slew of compact cars, like the Hyundai Accent, Nissan Versa and Chevrolet Sonic, that are redesigned or all-new for 2012. In terms of price, the Rio is more expensive than both the Accent and ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Sonic, Affordable Small Cars

Chevrolet Announces Pricing for 2012 Sonic

General Motors has announced that the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, due in dealerships this fall, will have a starting price of $13,735 for sedan models. That’s about $1,800 more than the outgoing Chevrolet Aveo, which it replaces, and about $1,300 more than the base Ford Fiesta, another affordable small car. Inside Line writes, “The Chevrolet Sonic has the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit in the crosshairs when it comes to pricing.” But while the Fiesta’s starting ... continue reading»

Tags: Prices, Chevrolet Sonic, Affordable Small Cars, Model News

Cool Small Cars Lead to Hot Sales

Small cars are finally getting some respect from consumers. In May, small cars were the second most popular type of vehicle sold in the U.S. with a market share just 0.7 percentage points behind SUVs, the  most popular vehicle category in May. “Small cars are becoming more fashionable now,” says Jesse Toprak, vice president of industry trends and insight at TrueCar.com. “The biggest change in the last three years has been the fact that before then, you ... continue reading»

Tags: Analysis, Sales Trends, Affordable Small Cars

Volkswagen Prices 2012 Beetle

Volkswagen announced pricing on the 2012 Beetle Tuesday, which will go on sale in October. “The new Beetle will start at just $18,995, offering an agile, driver-oriented coupe that respects the Beetle’s past yet looks to the future,” says Volkswagen in a press release. Some analysts think that pricing the new Beetle a tick less than $19,000 was a smart move. “Volkswagen carefully priced the redesigned 2012 Beetle under the critical $20,000 mark and in the ... continue reading»

Tags: News, New Cars, MINI Cooper, Fiat 500, Volkswagen Beetle, Affordable Small Cars, new car prices

Used Car Trade-in Values Expected to Increase in June

If you’re planning on trading in your used vehicle for a new car or different used vehicle soon, you may want to wait until June. The National Automobile Dealers Association says that compared to June 2010, trade-in values of small cars are predicted to increase more than 30 percent in June. "Strong consumer demand for small used cars is driving up prices," says Jonathan Banks, senior analyst with the NADA Used Car Guide, in a statement. "The NADA Guide ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Used Cars, Affordable Small Cars, trade in values

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