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Chevrolet Spark only Minicar to Perform Well in Newer IIHS Crash Test

Chevrolet Spark IIHS small overlap test The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently put some of the smallest cars on the market through its crash tests, and overall, they did not do well. Out of 11 minicars from the 2013 and 2014 model years tested, only the Chevrolet Spark earned a Top Safety Pick award. The Spark received the highest rating of Good in the IIHS’ side, roof strength, head restraint and moderate overlap front tests, as well as the second highest rating of Acceptable in ... continue reading»

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Volkswagen Beetle Convertible is Back

Volkswagen introduced a restyled, more masculine version of its iconic VW Beetle for the 2012 model year. The automaker has continued to round out the model line with a TDI Clean Diesel version, and by the end of 2012, the Volkswagen Beetle Convertible will return to showrooms. Aside from its retractable soft-top roof, which lowers in about 10 seconds, according to Volkswagen, the 2013 Beetle Convertible’s exterior doesn’t stray from the redesigned coupe model. “Based off of the ... continue reading»

Tags: MINI Cooper, Fiat 500, Volkswagen Beetle, Model News, Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

2013 Fiat 500 Turbo to Hit Dealerships This Fall

FIAT unveiled its new 500 Turbo last week at an event in California, saying that the turbocharged subcompact offers a middle ground in the Fiat 500 lineup. The 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo has a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, which gives it more horsepower and torque than the base 500’s 101 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque, but less than the high-performance Abarth model’s 160 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. “With 135 horsepower and 150 lb ... continue reading»

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Fiat 500 Abarth Buyers Put on Wait List

If you were considering buying a 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth, the high-performance version of FIAT’s small car, you’ll have to wait for more to be built. Chrysler Group says in a statement, “Dealer orders for the Abarth … exceeded the production run of this model for the 2012 model year.” The 500 Abarth hit dealerships in April, and overall FIAT May U.S. sales were up 128 percent compared with the same month a year ago. Shoppers who want ... continue reading»

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Chrysler Group Will Retire Town & Country and Jeep Compass

Chrysler Group LLC will make some significant changes to its Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and FIAT model lines within the next few years. The Chrysler Town & Country will end production in 2014, according to Automotive News, and an all-new crossover will take its place. Automobile Magazine speculates that the minivan’s “replacement will be an upscale crossover that might resemble the Mercedes-Benz R-Class.” When the Town & Country is retired, the Dodge Grand Caravan will be the automaker’s sole minivan. In ... continue reading»

Tags: News, Jeep Compass, Fiat 500, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, FIAT, Chrysler Town Country, Dodge Dart

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