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This is the New Smart ForTwo and ForFour City Cars [Video]

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New Smart ForTwo city car

Proving unpopular the first time around, the Smart ForTwo is back for round 2, bringing its four-door fraternal twin, the ForFour, along for some city adventures.

The all-new, completely-redesigned ForTwo promises to offer more room, equipment and safety feature than its predecessor without an increase its length (it measures 2.69-meter, or 8.8 feet). Naturally, the larger ForFour is longer at 2.69-meter (8.8 feet), offering room for two more passengers or a much larger cargo volume should the rear seats be folded flat.

Design-wise, the small city car is still as pint-size as ever, featuring very short overhangs. It borrows a few styling cues from the Smart ForJoy, ForStars and For-Us concepts, such as the large grille; the prominent logo described as demonstrating “self-confidence”; and the larger, more angular headlights and taillights. Buyers will have the choice of approximately 40 different two-tone color combinations.

The upgraded interior houses a three-spoke leather steering wheel with multifunction controls, a 3.5-inch display on the instrument cluster, a free-standing touchscreen display for the infotainment system, funky air vents, heated seats and many other interesting goodies. A JBL sound system is optional, bringing eight speakers to the ForTwo or 12 speakers to the ForFour.

For motivation, the two Smart models will be offered with three different three-cylinder engines, including a 1.0-liter naturally-aspirated unit making 70 horsepower (72 PS) and 91Nm, a 0.9-liter turbo mill rated at 89 hp (90 PS) and 135Nm, and — later on — a 59 hp (60 PS) petrol engine. Power is sent to the front wheels either by a five-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch six-speed automatic gearbox.

Smart is particularly proud of the super small turning circle the two cars, which is set at 6.95 m (from kerb to kerb) and 7.30 m (from wall to wall) for the ForTwo, and at 8.65 m (kerb to kerb) and 8.95 m (wall to wall) for the ForFour.

In Europe, the new Smart ForTwo will have a starting price of under 11,000 euros (~$14,880 USD), while the more spacious ForFour with the same engine will fetch around 11,600 euros (~$15,690 USD). North American pricing will be announced at a later date.

Here is some trivia: The latest ForTow and especially the ForFour are mechanically related to the new Renault Twingo. What do you think about how they turned out?

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New, 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback Debuts As A Mazda2 With A Nose Job

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New, 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

It’s a Toyota by name only and a Mazda in just about every other way.

Toyota gas brought back the Yaris Hatchback to compliment the new Yaris sedan that went on sale in 2018.

Like the Yaris sedan, the new Yaris Hatchback is essentially a Mazda2 with a Toyota face. The interior and mechanical bits, as well as the rest of the exterior, are all Mazda.

The latest Mazda2 is a good car, so the fact that Toyota decide to rebadge it is not necessarily a bad thing.

For it’s 2020 model year, the Yaris Hatchback will be offered in LE and XLE trim levels, both with a 1.5L four-cylinder rated at 106 horsepower. Power is governed by a six-speed automatic transmission.

Yaris LE models come standard with a seven-inch Touchscreen display audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 16-inch alloy wheels, Smart Key Entry with Push Button Start, a rear backup camera, a first aid kit, and several other features.

Upgrading to the Yaris XLE gets you such extras as leatherette seating surfaces, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic LED headlamps, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake handle.

Manufactured by Mazda in Mexico alongside the Yaris sedan, the new 2020 Toyota Yaris goes on sale in the second half of 2019.

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Fiat 500L Goes Extra Black For 2019 With Urbana Edition

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2019 Fiat 500L Urbana Edition, black MPV

Yes, the 500L is still sold in North American, and it’s just gotten darker.

Fiat has brought back the Urbana Edition for the 2019 500L Trekking trim in hopes of enticing more people to buy the ostensibly forgotten five-door, five passenger MPV.

Outside, the 500L Urbana Edition comes with a blackout theme complete with dark 17-inch aluminum wheels, door handles, body-side moldings, fog lamps, side mirrors and fascias.

Buyers can choose from five exterior paint colors — Black, Bronzo Metallizato bronze, Bianco white, Grigio Scuro gray, and Verde Bosco green — four of which can be matched with a black contrasting roof.

Inside, the dashboard dons a copper 500 logo and the seats are upholstered in black leather with copper contrast stitching.

Power for the 500L Trekking comes exclusively from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 160 horsepower (119 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton-meters) of torque, transmitted to the wheels by a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 500L has struggled to find success in the United States. Last year, Fiat delivered just 1,413 units in all of 2018, representing a 15 percent drop from the volume in 2017.

Deliveries of the Fiat 500L Urbana Edition begin in spring 2019, with pricing starting at $23,920. Have you been enticed to get one?

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Toyota Kills The Prius C, Replaces It With Corolla Hybrid

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2018 Toyota Prius C Hybrid Hatchback

Buyers are encouraged to go for the new Corolla Hybrid instead.

Now that there is a hybrid version of the popular Corolla, Toyota figures it has one too many small hybrid vehicles in its lineup. It has quietly killed off the Prius C hybrid to give more breathing room for both the regular Prius and Corolla hybrid.

The Prius C debuted in 2011 as a smaller alternative to the Prius Liftback, but the Corolla Hybrid is bigger and more efficient, matching the standard Prius’s 52-mpg combined rating in the United States compared to the Prius C’s 46-mpg combined rating.

“You’re probably not going to see Prius C for long,” Toyota marketing vice president Ed Laukes told . “The Prius C has served its purpose well.”

The fuel-sipping Corolla is intended to maximize sales of Toyota’s hybrid powertrain platform by appealing to a broader group of customers who may be put off by the Prius’ polarizing looks but still want extremely good fuel efficiency.

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