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Chevrolet launches high-power stylish hatchback version of 2017 Cruze

Chevrolet has unveiled the 2017 Cruze Hatchback at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. It builds on the driving attributes and technologies of the 2016 Cruze sedan, with the addition of available functional and sporty elements. It boasts of having more standard safety features than other compact cars like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic.

For instance, the 2017 Cruze Hatchback could be availed with adaptive features like Lane Keep Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Park Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Just like the sedan models, the Cruze features a 106.3-inch (2,700 mm) wheelbase.

However, this hatch comes with a distinct roof as well as a rear-end structure that includes wraparound taillamps and an integrated spoiler on top of the lift gate. When opened, the lift gate reveals 22.7 cubic feet (643 liters) of cargo space.

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Mark Reuss wants a modern-day station wagon, new Cruze hatchback

There may soon be a Chevrolet Cruze hatchback variant and a modern-day station wagon, General Motors North America president Mark Reuss told Forbes. Reuss said that to stay competitive, the automaker may also have to add at least three other vehicle types to its portfolio. This modern station wagon would be a mainstream, inexpensive model, instead of an updated Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon or a car that could rival wagons built by Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.

Specifically, it will be a “contemporary” model that could function as an in-between for buyers who are not sure if they want to exchange a sedan for a crossover. For now, GM sells just one traditional wagon model in the U.S., the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon and CTS-V Sport Wagon.

These two are based on the outgoing version of the CTS. Reuss added that it was a “pre-bankruptcy planning mistake” not to offer a Cruze hatchback in the U.S. Chevrolet sells a five-door and a wagon variant of the Cruze in Europe. However, they’re not available in the U.S. where there’s competition with hatchback versions of the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus. Nevertheless, the Chevrolet Cruze sedan is one of GM’s top-selling vehicles, with 211,862 units sold so far in 2013.

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2011 Geneva Motor Show: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback is exactly what we expected

Chevrolet’s booth at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show has now the the hatchback version of the popular Cruze, a model specifically designed for the European market. It is scheduled to go on sale this spring. In a statement, Chevrolet said that the new Cruze will have the same front fascia as the sedan, but with a hatchback-style rear end.

It is built on the new body-frame integral system (BFI) that offers increased stability and solidity. The hatchback has a 400-liter trunk volume and will feature 60/40 split rear seating. Chevrolet will offer three possible engine configurations, two gasoline and one diesel.

The petrol options include a 1.6-liter 16V that develops 124hp and a 1.8-liter 16V that has an output of 141hp. The model will also be offered with a 2.0-liter diesel unit with a maximum output of 163hp. According to sources, Chevrolet is thinking about maybe presenting a second diesel option, a 1.4-liter unit but if this is true, it’s not expected to arrive before year-end.

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2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

Chevrolet will showcase the hatchback version of the Cruze at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. This model is designed specifically for the European market and is set to start selling this spring. In a statement, Chevrolet said that the new Cruze has the same front fascia as the sedan, but with a hatchback-style rear end. It is built on the new body-frame integral system (BFI) that raises its stability and solidity.

 The hatchback has a trunk volume of 400 liters and will feature 60/40 split rear seating. Chevrolet will offer three possible engine configurations: two gasoline and one diesel.

The petrol engines are a 124hp 1.6-liter 16V and a 141hp 1.8-liter 16V. The diesel option is a 2.0-liter unit with a maximum output of 163hp. Sources say that Chevrolet is studying the possibility of introducing a second diesel option, a 1.4-liter unit but it isn’t likely to happen before the end of the year.

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As you may know already, Chevrolet unveiled the Cruze Hatchback Concept at the Paris Motor Show and due to the positive feedback received for the new car it announced today that it will unveil the production version of the vehicle in March at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. As expected, the car will follow the same design line as the concept version and promises to offer one of the biggest load areas in its class as well as a new level of style in order to match its versatility.

Moreover, the car will feature an attractive sweeping coupe roofline as well as short front and rear overhangs, and will enjoy the same dynamics as the saloon model. Under the hood, we will find a new range of engines, with the range-topping diesel unit capable to deliver 163 PS and mated to the standard six-speed manual gearbox. Same engine is also found on the 2011 Chevrolet Orlando.

One can say that the Cruze is already a winner considering that it has won both the British Touring Car Championship and World Touring Car Championship. Chevrolet though believes that this is not enough and that is why at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, it will be unveiling a version that the brand hopes will bring even more success in terms of sales.

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Chevrolet will add a hatchback version of the Cruze sometime in 2011. These are the sketches of its production version that it revealed after GM trademarked the design. This Cruze Hatchback model was previewed at the Paris Auto Show earlier this year.

The production version looks a lot like the concept, with its sweeping roofline and short overhangs at both the front and the rear. The hatch will be built on a body-frame integral system (BFI) and will offer 400 liters of luggage space due to its use of a custom-tuned chassis.

The hatchback will be offered with the same engine range as the sedan. Buyers may choose from two petrol units (1.6l/113 hp and 112.8 lb-ft of torque, 1.8l/141 hp and 129.8 lb-ft. of torque) and a diesel (2.0l/150 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque).

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What if Chevrolet dealerships in the US will soon add a sleek, five-door hatchback to the Cruze lineup? As you may know already Chevrolet is planning to introduce this car on the European market in early 2011.

This new model will be displayed at the upcoming Paris Motor show in a concept form, but until now there is no official information regarding a possible debut in the US.

Already touted as one of the carmaker’s most important vehicles, the Cruze compact sedan has received plenty of awards from the press. GM dealerships expect the Cruze, which replaces the Cobalt, to do well. The sedan had been selling worldwide for more than a year but it only started selling in the US this week.

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Chevrolet Cruze started what would be a revolutionary design language for the brand with its unique and powerful body lines. It is no wonder that when it was first launched back in 2009, it won the hearts of drivers around the world.

Once the Cruze Hatchback is officially launched, the brand will have a stronger presence in the compact segment of Europe, considered a one of the most hard-fought. While the Cruze Hatchback will have the versatility and style of a standard five-door car, it will have the same qualities as that of the award-winning Cruze Saloon.

Chevrolet Europe President and Managing Director Wayne Brannon shares that the Cruze Hatchback will allow the company the chance to expand its presence in the compact segment. The Cruze Saloon was the brand’s best-seller in 2010 and on that basis, it is possible to say that the Hatchback will give the brand significant growth in the Europe market, he adds.

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Chevrolet will debut a hatchback version of the upcoming Cruze compact sedan at the Paris Motor Show. GM had denied that it had plans for a Cruze SS and Cruze coupe, but apparently, the green light for the hatchback had been given. Incidentally, GM's Holden unit in Australia, which is known for its large cars, has penned the Cruze hatchback.

Holden is also responsible for the styling of the Aveo RS that was displayed at Detroit earlier this year, indicating how far the brand had expanded as a small car designer. What has been divulged so far is that the four-door Cruze hatchback will be produced in 2011.

It has yet to be revealed in what countries the car will be sold but we know that for Australia's domestic market, the vehicle will have a Holden badge. It's also possible that the production and sales of the Cruze hatchback will include Asia and Europe. It's expected that the mechanicals of the Cruze hatchback will be the same as those of the Cruze sedan.

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Honda has commenced sales of the latest iterations of the Honda Civic Hatchback and the Honda Civic Type R. Both models of the Civic have been upgraded for the 2019 model year, especially inside their cabins. Interested customers could now head out to their nearest Honda retailers to avail of the new 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback and the new 2019 Honda Civic Type R.

The Honda Civic Hatchback is one of the cash cows in the carmaker’s Civic lineup. Accounting for around 20 percent of all Civic sales, the Civic Hatchback is on its way to become best-selling car in the United States in 2018, thereby defending its crown it has held in the past two years. For 2019, the Civic Hatchback will still be available in five trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L with Navigation and Sport Touring. Its core remains the 1.5-liter DOHC direct-injected turbo in-line 4-cylinder engine with two power levels. This engine delivers 174 hp of max output in LX, EX and EX-L Navi trims, as well as 180 hp in peak output in Sport and Sport Touring trims.

As standard, the 2019 Honda Civic Hatchback (all trims) feature the Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technologies, which include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow; Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

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Mercedes-AMG has a new entry-level performance model that will compete in the compact segment. Set to go against the Audi S3 hatchback, the new Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC is out to prove that premium hot hatches are able to deliver a new level of driving performance on the road.

The Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC was developed along with the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class right from the start, allowing AMG to inject the vaunted AMG DNA into every detail of the new hot hatch. The Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC makes use of the design idiom of the new A-Class with the addition of distinctive AMG elements.

For instance, the front end of the new AMG A 35 4MATIC is marked by a radiator grille with twin louvers, a front splitter and a AMG Line front apron with flics on the air intakes. Silver chrome trims are also found on the louvers in the outer air intakes. On the sides, the premium hot hatch features side sill panels of the AMG Line as well as aerodynamically optimized 18-inch light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design. The rear end, meanwhile, is defined by a spoiler lip on the roof, two round tailpipe trims and a rear apron with a new diffuser insert.

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A few days back, we discussed that Ford’s plan involves retiring most of its compact cars and sedans and replacing them with SUVs. However, there would be two small models that will remain in the lineup -- the Mustang and the Focus Active, at least for the United States. So what is the automaker’s reason for doing so? Well, the answer is as simple as this - money.

To support that statement, Jim Hackett, Ford’s CEO said in his interview with Automotive News that they have decided to just focus on the healthier part of the business, referring to trucks and crossovers. In the first quarter of 2018 alone, the company’s sales of $3 billion all came from this segment. Soon, 90 percent of all sales will come from this.

The CEO added that they will soon deal with the parts of the company that destroy value. He, of course, is speaking of sedans and hatchbacks. In fact, by 2022, they hope to uncover $25.5 billion in savings with the switch to SUVs and trucks. This is double the amount identified back in October ($14 million).

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The Toyota Corolla iM, once offered in the United States under the name Scion iM, is a compact five door model that the Japanese automaker decided to give a new name for the next generation - the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. This model essentially is a North American version of the Euro-spec Auris that made an appearance at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

When being compared to the model it replaces, the car has been elongated by 1.5 inches, now being 172 inches long. The wheelbase, on the other hand, measures 103.9 inches long and and is now 70.5 inches wider (1.2 inches wider), it has also been lowered by an inch, now being 56.6 inches from top to bottom.

Similar to the Auris, and most of Toyota’s new models, the Corolla Hatchback will soon be be based on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, that comes along with a quieter cabin, thanks to the extra seals in the body panel gaps and the sound proof materials.

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After Opel’s launch of the Insignia GSi last year in a liftback and a wagon body styles, Opel is ready to add the “GSi” badge on the Corsa. This will probably be the last variant for the current generation of the supermini, and the hot hatch version will have a three door body style to make it stand out from the lesser models of the range. Standard features that it will get include larger air vents, a honeycomb front grille, red brake calipers, a chrome exhaust tip, and a new set of 18 inch wheels.

The Opel Corsa GSi’s main highlight will be the Sport chassis that it borrowed from the hardcore OPC version that makes the hatchback feel more nimble around the corners. It had also been equipped with a beefier roof mounted spoiler that will boast the model’s visual appearance, while also generating extra downforce to keep the car close to the road when it is going fast.

At this moment, the automaker has not shared photos of the car’s interior cabin, but we do know that customers will be given the possibility to upgrade to Recaro seats if they are willing to spend a little more. There is also a leather wrapped sports steering wheel, as well as the leather wrapped sporty gearshift knob. An aluminum sport pedal set finishes off the upgrades in the Corsa OPC’s cabin.

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The outgoing Kia Cee’d nameplate has had a pretty huge success since it was first revealed in 2012, with sales figures of around 640,000 units. However, the segment has become more challenging for the Korean automakers because of how its rivals have improved their offerings, including the Honda Civic, Volkswagen Golf, and the upcoming 2018 Ford Focus. And this is why Kia decided to raise the model’s game as it revealed their all new model ahead of its debut at Geneva next month.

Now, the automaker made a slight change to its name, now turning it into “Ceed”, by taking out the apostrophe. The reason for this is for it to appeal to the worldwide market. Ceed actually stands for “Community of Europe, with European Design”.

Similar to its predecessor, the 2018 Kia Ceed still has the automaker’s signature “Tiger Nose” grille tradition, flanked with ice cube daytime running lights that are pretty standard for them. This model gets more straight lines instead of creases and tapering lines like that of the previous model.

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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, aka the fourth generation A-Class, has arrived. And some of the few things it boasts would be the technology upgrade, three new engines, and a slight increase in size. Overall, the hatchback gets a handful of cool features that makes it stand out from other models, while receiving physical improvements that turn it into a more stylish hatchback.

Firstly, its wheelbase has grown by 1.2 inches (30 millimeters), while its track is half an inch (14mm) wider. Because size has been increased, there will be more space for passenger, and I mean more shoulder and head room. Plus an increase in cargo capacity where they can put larger suitcases in. Passengers will also benefit from a more comfortable ride, thanks to the revised suspension. There are also optional active dampers that can be adjusted depending on the driving mode you choose.

Its new exterior, especially up front, has been made to look more angular. It also looks more aggressive because of the new downward sloping nose and a pair of tilted headlights. Customers can then upgrade to a set of Multibeam LED headlights, with 18 individually actuated LEDs.

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Immediately after the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, automakers are now shifting their focus to the next major event, and that is the 2018 Geneva Motor Show that will be taking place in March. One of the first companies that have teased us with what’s soon to come would be Land Rover, with their fancy new Range Rover SV Coupe. Now, it is Kia’s turn as they are ready to reveal the sporty GT Line specification for its Rio supermini.

To give you a refresher, some models that are members of the GT Line family include the Picanto, Sportage, Optima and Sorento, and this new Rio GT Line is simply a visual pack that will give the B-segment hatchback a sportier exterior appearance. Up front, there will be a set of four-point “ice cube” LED fog lights, as it sits on a set of 17 inch alloy wheels that you can only get in this version. Kia has also added a few glossy black accents all over the model, contrasted with a chrome window trim and twin exhaust tips.

As for the interior, there aren’t a lot of things to discuss because the Rio GT will have the same interior as the standard Rio models. In fact, the only interior upgrade it gets is that it is now covered in a black synthetic leather and cloth upholstery with grey stitching, metallic accents, and carbon fiber look for the dashboard. It also gets a new flat bottomed steering wheel that gets a “GT Line” badge.

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Hyundai revealed to the press that it doesn’t plan on breaking any kind of top speed records with its newest N performance line. That is because the brand mainly focuses on the comfort and pleasure of driving its two new hatchbacks. When it comes to fun, the VW Golf GTI may be the first thing that comes to mind but the Korean automaker boldly claims that they might have beaten the said hatchback.

Albert Biermann, former head of BMW’s M division and the current head of Hyundai’s M division, shared to Australian publication Car Advice some details regarding the brand’s first high performance hatchback, the i30 N. He mentioned that the goal of this car is to make sure it is fun to drive daily, despite it being track-focused.

The automaker’s plan for the i30 N was to have it be a closer fit for the track than a Golf GTI could ever be. He also said that many GTIs can be taken to the track, but a standard GTI isn’t the same. Furthermore, regular GTIs are not as fun to drive, at the same time, they don’t have as strong a character.

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It has been a while since Ford stared their campaign for the 2019 Focus, and this whole time, they have been sharing teasers of the car that will supposedly make its debut sometime next year. Apart from the teasers, we have actually already spotted two variants of the prototype on public roads - the hatchback and the sedan. Both prototypes were dressed in a unique livery with a hastag that says “TimeToFocus”. And just before the holidays, we got another teaser from the automaker, and that is a final look at the new hatchback.

To be frank, the new teaser is nothing new from what we have already seen so far. And as mentioned earlier, it is dressed in a colourful livery with the same hashtag. But this time, it is slightly more distinguishable. Ford’s campaign and tag line “time to focus” actually mean focusing on their new products in 2018. However, they automaker did not comment on the medium sized camouflaged car that has been tapped to be launched in Essex, Germany, and the United States.

If you have not heard, the Ford Focus will be manufactured at the company’s Changan facility in China. This decision they made will help the American company save as much as $1 billion in costs as opposed to manufacturing the cars in the United States. For American-spec models, the cars will be imported from China and will be assembled in Ford’s Wayne, Michigan plant. They did not mention anything about shipping costs though.

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There may be several owners of the Ford Focus RS who have experienced seeing white smoke coming out from the exhaust of their performance-laden hatchback. Now, the American carmaker has admitted that a version of the engine powering the Focus RS for the 2016 and 2017 model years is causing this issue, Autocar has reported.

The issue became apparent after some Focus RS owners took their predicament to Focus RS forums and even posted videos about their concerns in social sharing site YouTube. Some owners even reported that the engine – an early version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost mill – couldn’t be repaired by their dealers. Ford confirmed that the engine could develop an issue that causes it to consume coolant fluid. When the engine burns the coolant fluid, it would emit a white exhaust smoke as a result. So far, Ford hasn’t divulged the official cause of the issue, which reported affected cars with as little as 6,000 miles on their odometers.

A spokesman for the carmaker told Autocar that Ford is working on a repair for all customers, which may mean that even Focus RS models not exhibiting the issue would receive the fix. But before Ford rolls this out, it is saying that customers may bring their rides to their dealer – for an inspection and repair under warranty – if their Focus RS are showing the aforementioned symptom of white exhaust smoke. So far, Ford has only replaced affected engines with new mills built to the latest specs under warranty.

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