Design and lifestyle have always played an important role in Italy. Also at the car maker Fiat, who celebrates his 120th birthday this year and has launched for this reason, the current special model series "120th" of the 500 series. That's why the Fiat 500, 500X and 500L not only roll with modern technology and lush equipment. They also show their colors visually, with new colors, chic bicolour finishes and other special ingredients.

Simple, secure and intuitive solutions that are democratically democratic in the best sense, because they are available to everyone – this approach Fiat is following in the words of Europe boss Luca Napolitano on connectivity. That's why all three Torino Turin children have a standard Uconnect 7-inch touch screen compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. "With Apple CarPlay, the iPhone can be used with the Uconnect touchscreen," says FCA Germany. The driver can navigate through Siri voice control or the touch screen, use Apple Music, send and receive messages, make phone calls, and more.

Fiat has received prominent support for the colorful commercial for the special models: celebrities Shaggy and Sting, who suddenly appear on the back seat of a night-time drive of two young ladies into a karaoke club to the tunes of their hit "Just one Lifetime" – A reference to the selection of around 50 million Apple Music songs that "120th" buyers in selected European countries can listen to for free for up to six months – including a special 120-year Fiat playlist.

For a jubilee also includes elegance and the right outfit, that's why Fiat dresses his "120th" -Sondermodelle special. Well, in chic combinations of black and white called Tuxedo, the English term for tuxedo. In addition, the "normal" Cinquecento as a sedan or convertible can also in Cortina Gray, Carrara Gray, Vesuvio Black, the three-coat Ghiaccio Wei and Gelato Wei to have, in the other two siblings, the selection of chic paints and color combinations is very versatile.

Gro is also the respective range of engines, it is enough for the Fiat 500 from the 1.2-liter petrol engine with 69 hp on the 0.9 liter TwinAir two-cylinder engine with 85 hp to the particularly efficient LPG version with 69 hp. The 500X is to have a petrol engine with 120 hp and two diesel units with 95 and 120 hp, which are combined with a 5- or 6-speed manual transmission. And with the 500L, there is the choice between the 95-hp 1.4-liter Fire gasoline engine with 6-speed manual transmission, the equally powerful turbo diesel with automated Dualogic transmission and the 120-hp 1.6 multi-diesel with transmission.

The price list for the "120th" special models starts at the Cinquecento at 16,790 euros, the 500X is available from 20,190 euros and the 500L from 18,290 euros.

The article "120 Years Fiat: Three Special Models for Birthday" was added to the category Novelties by Rudolf Huber on 30/04/2019 with the keywordsCar, Anniversary, Small Car, SUV, Special Edition, Connectivity, Presentation,published.

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He has long been part of the usual street scene: the Mitsubishi Space Star. In the class of micro cars, he is now a proven size with now about six years. Once, because he is comparatively very spacious. And then Mitsubishi kept updating him over the years. With quite positive effects.

In any case, the test car of the Motor Information Service (mid) could not afford to think about a waiver in the mini-segment given its complete equipment. In his only 3.80 meters was pretty much everything packed, what the Japanese for the Space Star have to offer. Finally, he rolled in the equipment version Top and with the additional extra package for 1,100 euros, the about 15-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, DAB + radio, LED indicators in the exterior mirrors, LED parking lights, automatic climate control, fog lights and a smart-key system including start-stop button. Any questions?

On the positive side, moreover, not only the exterior was much more chic during the last facelift of the little one. Even inside, the designers put their hands on and packed about chrome and piano paint applications on the multifunction leather steering wheel, better readable instruments and a higher-resolution display into it – it all looks pretty grown-up and no longer kleinwagenmig.

In addition there are the long-haul front seats and the good space for two in relation to the overall size of the Japanese, and the still quite good for three passengers on the back seat. The space for the elbows and over the head is well-measured, anxiety is not an issue. The usual variable trunk is with 209 to 881 liters capacity for the Kleinstwagenklasse in order. And the service is what you want it to be: straightforward and easy to understand.

The mid-test car was powered by the stronger of the two offered three-cylinder petrol engines, which brings it from 1.2 liters to 80 hp. The engine runs smoothly, produces the typical three-way sound and makes it possible for a car of this size to achieve sufficient performance. With some patience you can reach on the highway also the highest speed of 180 km / h, on 100 is the Space Star in 12.7 seconds. The five-speed manual gearbox is matched to the engine characteristics.

The test person was conspicuously genius in the test – with 5.2 liters of super per 100 kilometers, he was only slightly above the figures for the standard consumption. Also important: The 2019er models are long since designed for September of this year applicable Euro 6d-Temp emissions standard.

And how does he lead himself, the bonsai Asian? Apart from the somewhat too soft designed steering, there is nothing to cringe at the Space Star. He can safely and happily circling through curves, offers befesgemen comfort and at medium speeds also acoustically very restrained. Very pleasant in everyday life is the turning circle of only 9.2 meters – which helps with the snarl in the city as well as when parking. Not only ladies will appreciate the seat heating. And pleasant ingredients such as rain sensor, automatic tempo or the very effective hill start help ensure that the passengers do not feel like in a micro car.

The price list for the Space Star starts at marketing-related 9,990 euros, the tested 1.2-liter version in the Top equipment costs from 14,290 euros, as extras Mitsubishi has the metallic finish (490 euros) and the installed extra package for 1,100 Euro to offer.

Conclusion: The Mitsubishi Space Star is a pleasant companion through the car's everyday life, especially in city traffic, he enters sympathy points, but not disappointed on the longer tour.

Jutta Bernhard / mid

Specifications Mitsubishi Space Star 1.2 MIVEC ClearTec Top:

Five-door and five-seater microcar, length / width (without mirror) / height / wheelbase in millimeters: 3.795 / 1.665 / 1.505 / 2.450, unladen weight (including extra package): 997 kg, gross vehicle weight: 1.370 kg, payload: luggage compartment : 235 to 881 l, turning circle: 9,20 m, trailer load braked / unbraked: 200/100 kg, tank capacity: 35 l, price: from 14.290 euros.

Propulsion: Three-cylinder petrol engine, Displacement: 1,193 cubic, Power: 59 kW / 80 hp at 6,000 rpm, max. Torque: 106 Nm at 4,000 rpm, power transmission: five-speed manual gearbox, 0 – 100 km / h: 12.7 s, top speed: 180 km / h, standard fuel consumption combined: 5.0 l / 100km, CO2 emissions combined: 114 g / km, emission standard: Euro 6d temp.

The article "Mitsubishi Space Star: Munter und raumig" was added on 29.04.2019 in the category Driving Report by Wolfgang Bernhard with the keywords Car, Test, Driving Report, Small Car, Test Report, Press Preview, Test, Report, Short Test, Presentation released.

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In autumn, the new Opel Corsa rolls to the dealers, from summer 2019 it is available for ordering. Opel engineers are still putting the sixth generation of the small car through its paces. They promise a better Corsa than ever before.

"In the development of the sixth Opel Corsa generation, we put special emphasis on increasing efficiency," says Thomas Wanke, Global Lead Development Engineer, Vehicle Performance. The Corsa anno 2019 is lighter and more economical, promises Opel. Developers and test engineers have been working on suspension, powertrain, electronics, lighting and other adjustments since January, refining and improving the small car steadily towards the market launch in the fall.

"We want to offer our customers a top chassis with the perfect balance of safety, comfort and driving pleasure," says Wanke.

With more than 13.6 million cars sold in five generations since 1982, the Corsa is one of the brand's best sellers in the world of lightning – and the sixth generation, which will be electric for the first time, is also set to capitalize on these successes.

The item "New Corsa on the way to the grid" was added on 29.04.2019 in the News section of Mirko Stepan with the keywords Car, Novelty, Test, Small Car, Presentation, released.

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At the i-Mobility 2019, the Smart Mobility Fair, the car industry will mainly show new electric cars and hybrid models. For example, Peugeot presents two vehicles that are all about sustainable technologies: the all-electric compact car e-208 and the compact SUV 3008 with hybrid drive. Both cars will be available from winter 2019 on the market. I-Mobility will take place from April 25 to 28, 2019 in Stuttgart.

"With the new Peugeot 208, we are implementing our new strategy of flexibility," says Steffen Raschig, Managing Director of Peugeot Germany. "Our customers choose a model and the right drive for their lifestyle." The SUV segment is also continuing the quest for sustainable mobility: The Peugeot 3008 comes with four-wheel drive and is equipped with state-of-the-art hybrid technology, according to Raschig.

The e-208 is powered by an electric motor with 100 kW / 136 hp and thus reaches a distance of 340 kilometers according to WLTP standard. The engine develops from the stand a maximum torque of 260 Newton meters. Meanwhile comes the 3008 Hybrid4 with the "PureTech engine" and two electric motors, which are installed respectively on front and rear axle, on a total output of 220 kW / 300 hp. The compact SUV accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.5 seconds and leads to WLTP standard up to 50 kilometers purely electric.

The item "Peugeot drives to the fair i-Mobility" was added on April 23, 2013 in the category News by Lars Wallerang with the keywords Alternative drive, Exhibition, Novelty, Car, Subcompact, SUV, Hybrid vehicle, Electric car, Presentation, released.

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He is small, but great, the Renault Clio as a special model. With numerous extras, it has the French small car fustdick behind the ears. The Clio "Collection" offers details such as the rear parking aid, the keyless access and start system Keycard Handsfree, light and rain sensor as well as the rear window and side windows with a dark tint starting at 14,740 euros. The price difference to the already extensively equipped Clio "Limited" is only 150 euros. The "Collection" can be ordered from April 15th.

Renault offers the new edition exclusively for the Clio Fnftrer. As engine options are the petrol engines TCe 75 (from 14,740 euros) and TCe 90 (from 15,740 euros) and the turbo diesel dCi 90 to choose (from 17,890 euros). The basis is the "Limited" with features such as the manual air conditioning and the audio system R & GO including integrated smartphone holder and USB port. Add to that the height-adjustable driver's seat and surfaces in a soft-touch finish.

The article "Clio with four fists" was published 04/04/2019 in the category News by Lars Wallerang with the keywords Special edition, Subcompact, Equipment, Prices, News, released.

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The Smart is a popular city-racer for young and old. He looks so small and fragile that one does not dare to say something bad about this car. But the parent company Daimler must save. So how does it continue with the small car brand Smart?

"A decision will be made in 2019," writes the "Handelsblatt" (online), citing the environment of designated CEO Ola Källenius. Born in Sweden in May 2019 to succeed the long-time Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche. In the group, the impatience grow with the deficit small car, it is said. Even Opel write after two decades in the meantime profits.

In 2004, the Smart brand reached its all-time high with more than 150,000 units sold worldwide. In 2018 sales fell by four percent to 130,000 units. The original sales target of 200,000 units has never been met since the introduction of the Smarts, it is said.

For comparison: When BMW revived the Mini, set the Munich in the first full sales year 2002 from the stand 144,000 models of the British cult small car. Over the years, sales increased steadily.

In 2018, with about 362,000 units, almost three times as many minis as smarts were handed over to customers. For Daimler a bitter defeat – and expensive. Smart has injected billions of euros in losses to Stuttgart so far, reports the "Handelsblatt". The corporations therefore put a lot of scrutiny to the test – and in the case of the naked numbers, the sympathy points for the smart ultimately play no role. What a pity.

The article "It's going to be smart" was published on 25.03.2019 in the News category by Ralf Loweg with the keywords Car, Small Car, Financial, Economics, News, released.

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The Fiat 500 is the epitome of a small, cuddly car. Something like a gag-ball for generations. This Italian is out and about on the streets as a punk. Is it really possible to turn this cult object into a bad wolf? Yes, you can! You just change the name – and then the Fiat 500 is a transformation artist who has it fist thick under the small hood.

As Abarth 595 Competizione, he puts on his grim mask and shows with loud howls his teeth: of course, only figuratively spoken. This Tifosi is a fire-red spam mobile, which the engineers and designers have relished. You really have to get used to the daily traffic, otherwise you'll soon be able to negotiate with these poison dwarfs the well-known horses, as shown in the test drive of the Motor-Information-Service (mid).

The pure performance data initially assume nothing special. Let's face it: with 132kW / 180hp, many other small cars are already entering the ring today. It's great fun: in the first three gears, the Abarth 595 Competizione, with a maximum torque of 250 Newton meters, makes it a real pleasure for ambitious motorists. That's where the real racing feeling comes from. The heart opens and one craves for more.

But the acceleration orgy (6.7 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h) is over pretty quickly. Unfortunately. Because from Tempo 140/150 this dwarf runs out of steam, which does not seem surprising at a displacement of almost 1.4 liters. The four-cylinder engine is doing at the further Vorwrtsdrang but noticeably difficult. Only after a felt eternity, the specified maximum speed of 225 km / h is reached. Since acts then the loud kick, which organize the four tailpipes in sports mode, slightly exaggerated.

One thing is certain: The small Abarth 595 Competizione is very thirsty. After all, anyone who buys such a spam mobile wants to retrieve the available service as often as possible. And then the consumption already breaks the 14-liter mark; with a small tank of 35 liters you will soon be regular at the gas station. Sure: You can reduce the consumption to seven to eight liters of gasoline, but then you should constantly cruising at pace 120 on the highway. Only: Who wants to buy, no such Rennsemmel, but rather a very civil Fiat 500.

Let's get to the interior. Carbon elements, Alcantara steering wheel, aluminum gear knob, multimedia navigation system with touch display – everything is sporty, quite well made and up to date. Disadvantage: The seating position is too high. As a driver, you feel like the monkey on the famous whetstone. This is very much in need of attention and anything but athletic or sexy.

Conclusion: The Abarth 595 Competizione is a Spamobil. Especially on winding country roads, he is in his element. But the Fahrspa has its price: At least 25,690 euros have to beblttern customers for the poison dwarf. For the same money there is already a VW Polo GTI – with lively 200 hp under the hood.

Ralf Loweg / mid

Technical data Abarth 595 Competizione:
Three-door compact car, length / width (with exterior mirror) / height / wheelbase in millimeters: 3.660 / 1.893 / 1.485 / 2.300, empty weight: 1.145 kg, payload: 315 kg, luggage capacity: 185 – 610 l, tank capacity: 35 l, price: from 25,690 euros.
Drive: 1.4l in-line 4-cylinder with turbocharging, 16 valves, displacement: 1,368 cc, power: 132 kW / 180 hp at 5,500 rpm, max. Torque: 250 Nm at 3,000 rpm, 5-speed manual transmission, 0 – 100 km / h: 6,7 seconds, top speed: 225 km / h, front wheel drive, standard fuel consumption combined: 6,8 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions Emission: 155 g / km, emission class: Euro 6d-Temp.

The item "Abarth 595 Competizione: Fire Red Fun Car" was added on March 25, 2014 in the category Driving Report by Ralf Loweg with the keywords Small car, driving report, lifestyle, test report, press presentation, test, report, short test, presentation released.

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All good things are four: After Touareg, Tiguan and T-Roc starts now the smallest in the SUV team of VW. The T-Cross is based on the Polo and scores the first time you get to know each other with a very successful overall package – from the look of the space to the drive and suspension. At 17,975 euros it starts.

At 4.11 meters long and 1.56 meters high, the T-Cross is a bit longer and significantly higher than the Polo on which it is based. This has given the interior designers the opportunity to create airy spaces. Even in the rear, big people feel comfortable, but not more than three. And thanks to the 14 centimeter sliding back bench, there is a flexible trunk with a volume of 385 to 455 liters, which is considerable for this class. When advancing, an unfathomably deep crater is created between the boot lid and the rear seat backrests, in which smaller cargo can disappear completely. This cheap solution does not really correspond to the style of the house VW and looks like an annoying permanent temporary.

If the 40:60 divisible backrest is folded down, up to 1,281 liters fit into the boot. And with the optional fold-down passenger seat backrest also a surfboard or rack transport is possible.

When looking at the handle and the plastics used in the interior is clear that is also expected at VW with the cent: There is plenty of hard plastic. But to comfort also colorful decors in 2D and 3D for the dashboard, in the better equipment lines "Life" and "Style".

There is nothing to complain about in terms of functionality, especially if the buyer has opted for the digital "Active Info Display" and the 8-inch touchscreen. An inductive charging station and four USB ports provide sufficient power and timely networking.

To start in spring, the drive selection is still rather manageable. Front-wheel drive is required, in addition there is a three-cylinder petrol engine with 95 and 115 hp. The lighter TSI is basically coupled to a five-speed gearbox, the stronger to a six-hand or a seven-speed DSG. In Krze still follow from the Golf and Co. known 1.5-liter TSI with 150 hp and the 1.6-liter TDI with 95 hp.

At the first on-road gallop on the country roads of Majorca, the manual 115 hp version showed that more power and more cylinders are not really necessary for a car of this size. The small petrol engine pulls vigorously from below through, allows on occasion sometimes a small intermediate sprint and is not under full load to the acoustic load. 193 km / h are maximum in there, the 100 sprint is completed in 10.2 seconds. And the standard consumption is 4.9 liters. In reality, the T-Cross on acceptable 6.7 liters, he has to be from 19,400 euros.

For the sake of completeness: As mentioned from 17.975 euros offered 95 hp model is about 180 km / h, 11.5 seconds and according to standard also 4.9 liters.

VW is offering a total of seven assistance systems for the new SUV. Standard versions already include the front and Lane Assist, Fugnger recognition and blind spot warning systems in the basic version. The Lower Saxony is clearly proud of the optional, 300-watt Beats sound system in the T-Cross. As with the Groen there is an ambient lighting inside or LED light at the front and rear, plus twelve exterior paints and various rim designs – even in colorful.

Conclusion: The T-Cross is a pleasing and adult-looking addition to the small SUV segment. Thanks to the clever use of space, he puts the larger T-Roc quite close to the baton. And: his direct competitors such as Peugeot 2008 or Opel Crossland X will probably get his market entry clearly.

Rudolf Huber / mid

Technical data VW T-Cross TSI 1.0

Five-door, five-seater SUV, length / width (with exterior mirrors) / height / wheelbase in millimeters 4,108 / 1,977 / 1,584 / 2,551, boot capacity: 385 to 1,281 l, turning circle 10.6 m, unloaded weight: 1,250 kg, max. Payload: 555 kg, trailer load unbraked / braked: 620 / 1.200 kg., Tank capacity: 40 l, price: from 19.400 Euro.
Engine: Three-cylinder petrol engine with 999 cc displacement, power: 85 kW / 115 hp at 5,500 rpm, max. Torque: 200 Nm at 2,000 – 3,500 rpm, 0-100 km / h: 10.2 sec., Top speed: 193 km / h, standard fuel consumption: 4.9 l super to 100 km, CO2 emissions: 111 g / km, emission standard: Euro 6d-Temp, six-speed manual, front-wheel drive.

The article "VW T-Cross: The quartet is complete" was published on 12.03.2019 in the category Driving Report by Rudolf Huber with the keywords Car, Lifestyle, SUV, Small Car, Novelty, Driving Report, Test Report, Press Preview, Test, Report, Short Test, Presentation released.

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