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Mazda to build Mazda2-Based Car for Toyota

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Mazda has announced that it will develop a subcompact car for Toyota at its new plant in Mexico. Based on the Mazda2, the upcoming model will be built at Mazda’s newly-constructed factory in Salamanca, Mexico, with production expected to slated to begin in the summer of 2015.

The subcompact will likely be based on the next-generation Mazda2, rather than on the current model. It will be sold mainly in North America, with Toyota expecting annual sales of 50,000 units.

In exchange for the vehicle, Toyota will give Mazda an “appropriate” amount of money to cover the car’s development and production.

In the absence of details, some have speculated that the model will slot below the Toyota Yaris. However, given that the current Mazda2 is around the same size as the Yaris, we think it will most likely be the Yaris’ replacement.

Toyota president Akio Toyoda has made it clear that he wants Toyota to be a more exciting brand. Known for its sporty cars, Mazda could help Japan’s largest automaker deliver on that goal. The Mazda2 is considered one of the most fun-to-drive cars in its class.

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New, 2019 BMW 1 Series Arrives With FWD Setup, More Of Everything

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New, 2019 BMW 1 Series M135i, blue exterior

BMW’s small hatchback enters a new era with a front-wheel-drive platform.

The all-new, 2019 BMW 1 Series has been unveiled, bringing a number of firsts for the nameplate.

Developed from the ground up, the third-generation 1 Series represents a vast departure from predecessor. It is the first 1 Series to have a front-wheel drive layout instead of rear-wheel drive, which theoretically would make it less of an enthusiast car.

The old 1 Series looked a bit gawping with their large headlights and slightly-awkward styling proportions, something the new 1 Series remedies with a more chiseled design that neatly integrates BMW’s current styling language. Flanked by a sleek set of headlights, the twin-kidney grille is of a tasteful size, while wider and slimmer tail lamps give the rear end character.

The interior is roomier than before, and like the exterior, features a familiar design seen in BMW’s latest vehicles. A standard 8.8-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system comes standard and supports gesture controls, while high-spec models get a bigger 10.25 inches screen, complemented by a fully-digital instrument cluster of the same size.

In Europe, the new 1 Series will be offered with three diesel and two gasoline engines, with output ranging for 116-horsepower to 302 ponies. A six-speed manual transmission will be available, as well as a seven-speed dual clutch on higher trims.

The M135i (pictured) is powered by a 2.0-liter gas unit that produces 302 horsepower and 450 Newton-meters, making it BMW’s most powerful four-cylinder engine ever. The capable engine, combined with a eight-speed Steptronic gearbox and an all-wheel drive system, allows it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than five seconds.

In keeping with the competition, the long list of driving aids include lane-keeping, city-braking functions, active cruise control, and an array of parking assistants.

The all-new, 2019 BMW 1 Series goes on sale in September 2019 shortly after making its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. How do you think it compares with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Audi A3?

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You Can Now Order Volkswagen’s New ID.3 Electric Car

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The German automaker is taking orders for its first serious shot at competing against Tesla.

Volkswagen has revealed the first production ID electric vehicle, the ID.3 hatchback.

Roughly the size of a VW GOlf, ID.3 hatchback goes on sale in 2020 with a tarting price of less than $33,570 in Germany and three battery options, offering 205 to 342 miles of driving range according to the WLTP test cycle. Priced at around $44,750, the “ID.3 1st” launch edition is equipped with a mid-range battery that delivers an estimated 261 miles on a single charge.

“With the ID.3, we will be ushering in the third major chapter of strategic importance in the history of our brand, following the Beetle and the Golf,” Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen marketing and sales head, stated. “With the ID.3, we are making the electric car fit for mass mobility. Initially, we will electrify Europe with the ID.3 and then other regions with further electric models in the ID. family which are to follow in the near future.”

According to Volkswagen, the ID.3 is the third major chapter of strategic importance for the brand, following the Beetle and Golf. It’s the first of a whole family of ID electric vehicles that will be introduce overtime.

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Base VW Golf Is Dead In America, Golf GTI And Golf R Live On

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2017 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback, White

Driving enthusiasts need not worry — only the boring members of the Golf family are canned.

The base version of the eight-generation VW Golf will reportedly not be sold in United States and possibly Canada, but the hotter Golf GTI and Golf R will remain.

According to , the Golf hatchback will not be replaced once the all-new Golf arrives due to the shrinking, albeit virtually non-existent hatchback segment.

The Golf family of models sold a combined total of 11,468 units in the first four months of 2019, which is only slightly greater than the number of Tiguans sold in April alone! The Jetta outsells it by a margin of more than 2-to-1.

“The Golf R and GTI are confirmed, but other Golf models are under consideration for the North American Region, however,” VW spokesman Mark Gillies told the automotive outlet.

The Golf Sportwagen is also said to be dead, while the electric e-Golf will likely be phased out when the electric ID hatchback hits the market. The fate of the off-road ready Golf Alltrack has yet to be decided.

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