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2018 Kia Stonic unveiled for Europe

Similar to its automotive adversaries, Kia is doubling its efforts in filling each gap in its line-up of high-riding crossovers and SUVs. Now the South Korean company has unveiled a small, city-friendly model that is called the "Stonic". The 2018 Kia Stonic will be geared to go head to head against Toyota C-HR, Ford Ecosport, Nissan Juke, Hyundai Kona and Honda HR-V. Kia claimed that this new release will be one of its hottest crossovers to date.

According to the Korean vehicle manufacturer, 21% of consumers are choosing to upgrade their beloved hatchback into a taller and bigger vehicle, and its new 2018 Stonic might address these needs and be a strong contender in the crossover range. The Kia Stonic has a significant advantage – its much desired ride height. That’s because the crossover was based on the same platform as of the new Kia Rio.

Its plastic cladding and contrasting roof rails add a more tough aesthetic. The latest crossover is seen sporting the familiar "tiger nose grille" that is located between a pair of detailed headlights, and the new car can be fitted with an eye-catching roof that has an array of 20 different two-tone color combinations to choose from. For the interior space, Kia has given a high priority in this area, with the new crossover offering a class-leading shoulder room. Although the cabin is fitted with some scratchy plastics, don’t worry as the cabin is solid enough to tolerate a high force impact, including tantrums from a toddler.

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Kia introduces the Stonic and reminds us of a Hyundai Kona

Less than a week ago, Hyundai revealed to us the new Kona. And now, photos of the brand new Kia Stonic subcompact crossover have been leaked just before its official reveal at Amsterdam.

At first glance, you will be able to tell that both the Kona and the Stonic are related in some way, though the latter has a more mainstream design, reminding us of a Rio light hatch. We are well aware that Hyundai is trying its best to give each one of its cars a distinct look on the outside, especially up front where the cars indicate their brand's styling features.

Both cars have a similar silhouette, and the Korean company offers the same two-tone schemes so buyers could customize their cars, with different coloured roofs to contrast with the colour of the body. What's new is that the mirror caps can now be customized as well depending on the buyer's preference.

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Tesla shares first teaser of the Model Y, its upcoming all-electric compact SUV

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has already revealed the first teaser image of the upcoming Model Y during the company’s shareholder conference this week in California. The compact SUV, which will underpin an entirely new platform, is expected to hit the roads in 2019.

Along with some of the company’s initiatives, the CEO finally discloses more information about the Model 3 sedan. The Model 3 will reportedly come with limited configurations at least for the choices of alloy wheels and body color.

Also at the meeting, Musk reiterated the fact that the Model Y will have a different architecture from the Model 3, saying it is a “big mistake” to come with the same platform as they did with the Model X and Model S. Having said that, Musk thinks it would be more appropriate to design a sedan or an SUV based on their own separate standards.

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Kia teases its most customizable vehicle – the Stonic compact SUV

Kia will soon unleash a new compact SUV that will try its luck in the already highly competitive B-segment crossover segment – the new 2018 Kia Stonic.

According to the South Korean carmaker, the new Kia Stonic takes inspiration from its larger SUV siblings in its current lineup – both in terms of form and function. Thus, just like its larger siblings, the new Kia Stonic features a design with a splash of European taste.

People may wonder why this new compact crossover is dubbed as Stonic. It is not because it is as solid or as archaic as a stone. Rather, the moniker Stonic is a fusion of two different words – “Speedy” and “Tonic,” which usually refers to the first and the last note in the musical scale. Thus, in a sense the Stonic moniker was given to Kia’s newest compact crossover to suggest that this new product isn’t just quick and agile but is also a vehicle that offers something new and fresh in its segment. After all, the new Kia Stonic will have to challenge more renowned compact SUVs like the second generation of the Nissan Juke as well as the Renault Captur.

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If yesterday the Mazda2-based crossover was just a rumor, today the new vehicle became official at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. That’s right folks, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 was officially unveiled and just like the bigger CX-5 is arrives with the full range of Skyactiv Technology and KODO-Soul of Motion design.

The front end of the vehicle is dominated by the stylish front grille with seven silver-painted fins and new headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights. The peak of the front fenders is pushed rearward to lie beneath the base of the A-pillars, while the front half of the body features a long nose with a flowing shape.

At the rear, the license plate is located in the upper part of the rear bumper, while the entire rear end resembles the bigger CX-5. Also, the CX-3 shows a new colour called Ceramic Metallic. Inside, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 shows the Heads-up Cockpit concept and features high-quality materials such as Parchment leather and off-black Lux Suede.

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Audi is planning to enter the subcompact SUV/crossover segment fray in Europe by introducing a new model dubbed as Q1 by 2016, according to a report by German magazine AutoBild. Once materialized, the Audi Q1 would be the German carmaker’s first premium entry in the segment. Rival Mercedes-Benz is also working on a subcompact SUV – the X class -- that could be launched in 2018, according to reports.

An Audi spokesman told Automotive News Europe that the carmaker wouldn't comment on “rumors.” The increasing popularity of subcompact SUVs has prompted carmakers in Europe to enter the segment. The most recent entries to the subcompact SUV segment include the Opel Mokka, Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008. VW is also taking on the segment with the Taigun.

According to AutoBild, the Audi Q1 would have a price of around EUR20,000 in Europe. It would also be the smallest offering in Audi's Q range, which currently includes the large Q7, the mid-sized Q5 and the compact Q3. According to Autobild, the Q1 would be derived from the Volkswagen Polo and would be powered by engines from the Audi A1 subcompact hatchback.

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Volkswagen AG is planning to introduce a subcompact sports utility vehicle in the United States as early as 2016, according to Marc Trahan, executive vice president of VW of America. Trahan said that the new SUV might be built at the carmaker’s Chattanooga site in Tennessee. He said that VW has made a “significant investment” in Chattanooga.

He also said that VW wants to realize the full potential of this site. Trahan's statement was the clearest indication that the Chattanooga plant may build the SUV, which could also be built in Mexico, depending on the decision of the group’s top management.

Volkswagen is seeking to increase its sales in the US as part of its goal to become the largest carmaker in the world in terms of sales by 2018. The German carmaker posted a 1.3-percent drop in sales of VW-brand vehicles in the US in the first eight months of 2013 to 282,913 units.

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The small crossover segment currently does not exist. However, in mid-2014, Honda would be creating the segment by fielding the first small crossover ever. Honda is planning to build a crossover based on its Fit subcompact and is expected to dominate the still-to-be-seen crossover segment for years, until the carmaker’s rivals decide to field in their own entries as evidenced by their wait-and-see attitude.

Honda practically announced to the world that it would barge into a new segment by unveiling the Urban sports utility vehicle concept at the Detroit Auto Show. The Urban measures around 169.3 inches long, making it 9 inches shorter than the Honda CR-V and giving it a limited cargo capacity. Honda, however, plans to address this by using the Fit's fold-flat "Magic Seats" and by placing the fuel tank under the front seats.

It is expected that Honda will have the production version of the Urban come after the redesigned Fit in the U.S. introduction cycle. Honda will roll out the Fit in early 2014, and the crossover will arrive later in the mid-year. The carmaker will produce both the Fit and the Urban at its Celaya plant in Mexico, which initially could produce up to 200,000 units annually. Since Honda is targeting tech-savvy yet budget-minded young buyers for the Urban, the carmaker needs to feature more content.

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Wondering how the new Mazda CX-3 would look like when the Japanese carmaker launches the vehicle in late 2014 or early 2015? According to a speculative rendering, the Mazda CX-3 mini sports utility vehicle will have the carmaker’s new family look, which features the five-point grille connected to the headlights through a strip of chrome.

Mazda CX-3 will be designed and developed using Mazda’s Skyactiv technologies to control the weight of the mini-SUV. The vehicle will be powered by Mazda’s new 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which will also power the Mazda2 and next generation Mazda3. Mazda is also expected to offer an efficient and low-emission 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine for the Mazda CX-3.

CX3 also features an ingenious seating layout, with rear seats that can fold flat rear seats with a touch of a button. The Mazda CX-3, based on the Mazda2 city car, is an ideal small sibling to the CX-5 and CX-9 SUVs.

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Fiat is investing over 1 billion euros, or $1.3 billion, to produce subcompact SUVs for the Fiat and Jeep brands in Italy. Fiat is relying on this move to increase capacity usage and cut losses in Europe by concentrating on high-margin cars. At the plant in Melfi, southern Italy, which is where the models will be assembled, CEO Sergio Marchionne said that the company has made the decision to move away from mass carmaking and join the upscale market.

The CEO added that this is the only plant in the world to build a new small SUV for Jeep. Marchionne is planning to increase the sales of its costlier models to stimulate Fiat's European operations, which are predicted to incur losses of 700 million euros this year.

In addition, Fiat is also under political pressure at home due to criticism that its European arm is now struggling since it focused too much time on managing its takeover of Chrysler Group. Fiat Chairman John Elkann has a contrasting opinion. Elkann released a statement to say that Fiat's alliance with Chrysler “took something away from Italy.” He said that without this alliance, the Melfi investment won’t have been a possibility.

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