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Chevrolet Set to Unveil New Spark Next Month

New minicar set for deal debut in New York and Seoul.

by on Mar.09, 2015

Chevy hints the 2016 Spark will be sleeker, and more aerodynamic than the old minicar.

Chevrolet plans to take the wraps off the new 2016 Spark – twice, with a dual debut scheduled at the upcoming auto shows in New York and Seoul.

The Korean-made minicar has been defying recent trends that have seen sales of small passenger cars slump in light of the drop in fuel prices. Demand for the Chevrolet Spark surged 32% during the first two months of 2015 compared to the same period last year.

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Though the 2016 Spark will retain its basic, tall hatchback shape, GM promises a “sleeker, more aerodynamic profile and a progressive take” on the outgoing model’s basic design cues. That fits into efforts to win over young urban buyers who want something small but not necessarily a basic econobox.


New Nissan Tiida to Return as 2012 Versa

More stylish look for maker’s smallest American offering.

by on Apr.20, 2011

The 2012 Nissan Tiida will reappear in the U.S. as the next Nissan Versa.

If you want to get an early look at what to expect from Nissan when it updates its smallest American offering you can wait for this week’s New York Auto Show or turn your attention to China, where it’s already on display.

True, the car showcased at the Shanghai Motor Show carries the unfamiliar Tiida badge used in Asia, but the more stylish remake of the subcompact will soon show up here with the familiar Versa nameplate.

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The 2012 Tiida is designed to minimize the econobox look, with a more sculptured shape that includes a rounded roof line flowing into the rear hatch, and updated headlamps that reach well into the front fenders.

Nissan describes the updated design as “premium and agile styling,” and said the key goals were to give the Tiida a “fluid and brisk” appearance.


First Look: 2011 Ford Focus

Ford goes global, and customers could reap the benefits.

by on Jan.11, 2010

The 2011 Focus is the next part of Ford's global product development strategy.

Ford is going global. Again.

In classic form, the automaker would routinely develop separate models for key markets like the U.S. and Europe, even though it was a costly way that the Japanese long ago proved ineffective.  Following the strategy of the company’s new Fiesta, the next-generation Ford Focus will be produced and marketed all over the world.  And buyers could reap some real benefits from that new approach, if the car debuting at the 2010 North American International Auto Show is any indication.

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Sharing the same underlying platform as Europe’s C-Max and Grand X-Max “people movers,” the 2011 Ford Focus is a better looking and more sophisticated offering than the one currently found in U.S. showrooms.