Thursday, February 20, 2020

Confirmed: U.S. market Honda Fit to be dropped after current model year

Well, we just got the official word from Honda: the Fit will be dropped from the U.S. lineup after the current generation.

Monday, January 20, 2020

2019 Subcompact Sales Summary

2019 Chevrolet Trax

There's been a long discussion about how small car sales are waning and how larger vehicle sales are gaining in popularity in the U.S. Heck, many thought 2019 would not be a strong car sales year for all cars. Well, the U.S. sales were down, but there were still 17 million vehicles sold (that five years with more than 17 million car sold, FYI). Pretty dang good. How'd the smaller cars do? Let's look.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Yes, You Can Buy a New Suzuki Hustler in the USA

Suzuki Busy Badger / Suzuki Hustler

I was having lunch with a good friend yesterday and we got talking about Suzuki cars. He told me how much he liked the new Ignis which he saw in Mexico. I told him I saw them in Iceland last summer. I then told him I am in love with the Suzuki Hustler, a small, tall kei car. He said, you know you can buy one in the U.S. right? Wait, what?

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Mitsubishi Releases 2021 Mirage, G4 Photos

Redesigned 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4

Mitsubishi Motors debuted its Thai-made 2021 Mirage (aka Space Star) and Mirage G4 (aka Attrage) in Thailand yesterday. The new subcompact hatchback and sedan receive an exterior and interior refresh, and how feature the company's Dynamic Shield front end. Both cars will be on display at the Thailand International Motor Expo 2019 on November, 28.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Next Honda Fit Debuts in Tokyo

2020 Honda FIt

Honda has unveiled its redesigned 2020 Fit at the 46th Tokyo Motor Show 2019. According to Honda, without compromising its spacious cabin and excellent visibility, the fourth-gen Fit was developed with the intention of becoming the globally accepted standard for compact cars suited to this new era.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Quick Drive: Hyundai Veloster N w/Performance Package

Hyundai Veloster N driving in Oregon
Photo by Doug Berger
Hyundai revamped its funky Veloster for 2019. It maintained much of the said funkiness from the previous model while offering up new style and new features. We always enjoyed the Veloster Turbos we've driven, as reviewed in the past. When the latest generation was announced, we were told a high-performance model was going to come out in its new N lineup. I got to drive the Veloster N with the Performance Package, and must say that it's at the top of the hot hatch game.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Small Car Stereotype: Poor, Bad Credit, Horrible Life

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage GT

There's a good discussion on The Truth About Cars' "Ace Of Base: 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage" post. It seems to be one of the few articles I've seen about the Mirage that doesn't simply trash it and reader comments don't add fuel to the dumpster fire. However, one post caught my eye.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

New 2020 Toyota Yaris to Debut at 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

2020 Toyota Yaris Front

Toyota showed off its next-generation Yaris liftback today on its global website. This means after more than a decade, the Yaris will finally get a full redesign. It will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show, which begins October 23.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Little Mitsubishi Mirage Continues to Sell Big

2019 Mitsubishi Mirage - Subcompact Culture

The Mitsubishi Mirage has been called a lot of foul things by many automotive journalists and, frankly, the general populous. It's one of the lowest horsepower cars on the North American market. It's got three cylinders. It's very small and fairly raucous. It's not fast. Yet consumers keep buying them and sales continue to increase. What's up with its success?

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Yes, We Drove the 2019 Suzuki Jimny

2019 Suzuki Jimny in Iceland

We went to Iceland several weeks ago and were able to rent what is pretty my our semi-realistic dream car, a new Suzuki Jimny. I say semi-realistic because we, as residents of the U.S., cannot buy one here because Suzuki no longer sells cars here.