Suzuki increases its supermini options

Suzuki now has two superminis to offer buyers, but they see them appealing to subtly different markets. The Swift is seen as their supermini with a bit more of a sporty image. The new Baleno, produced in India, will be aimed at buyers whose main motoring priority is practicality.

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Fiat 500 holds its appeal

In my student days, one of my classmates turned up one day in an elderly Fiat 500. I became the unofficial mechanic and, on one occasion I was trying to fettle the car, I asked the proud owner why she had bought the 500. “It looked like it needed a mummy,” she replied.

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Celerio is a stronger Suzuki city car offering

Suzuki is back to specialising in what they do well – producing superminis and 4x4s with the launch of the Suzuki Celerio. Sitting below the Suzuki Swift, it is aimed at the city car market.

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Vauxhall Adam lives up to its quirky name

Vauxhall, and its European counterpart Opel, have clearly been watching the sales success of superminis like the Mini and the Fiat 500 and thinking long and hard about how they could grab a slice of the action.

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Vauxhall Adam first pictures

These are the first official pictures of the Vauxhall Adam Vauxhall a car designed to take on the growing market for chic, stylish small hatchbacks. As such the Adam will squaring up to cars like the Mini and the Fiat 500.

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Kia Picanto asserts itself in supermini class

Yes, the Kia Picanto may not have the chic appeal of the Fiat 500, or a Mini, but it does have a crisply-designed fashionable suit of clothes that stands comparison with the likes of the Ford Fiesta.

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Suzuki's small family "crossover"

A year ago I brought you my first impressions of the Suzuki SX4, which is probably best described as small hatchback/SUV/MPV crossover. The model I tested then was the front-wheel-drive 1.6-litre. This time I had a chance to try the four-wheel-drive version with the new two-litre DDiS engine.

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Audi A1 downsizes the prestige car

Audi hasn’t had a competitor in the small hatchback class since the avant garde Audi A2, with its aluminium body. But, it must have been impossible for the product planners at Audi to ignore the gap it left in their range, especially seeing the success that BMW was having with its Mini brand.

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Suzuki Swift surprises

If you are in the market for a vehicle in the supermini class, Suzuki has made a strong bid for your custom. Whereas most manufacturers will have, at most, two vehicles to offer the compact hatchback market, Suzuki has four.

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Baby Chevrolet lacks spark

Think of Chevrolet and do you think of a big American car? If you do, you are behind the times and this particular Chevrolet is one of the smallest – it’s the Chevrolet Spark and it is powered by a tiny one-litre engine! So no big “coobic inches” V8 here!

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Citroen rediscovers style and class

The success of the Mini and the Fiat 500 has led car manufacturers to examine how they could grab a slice of the growing market for ultra-chic superminis. One of the latest to aim for a slice of the action is Citroen with the launch of the DS3.

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New Suzuki Swift unveiled

Suzuki has released the first images and preliminary information of the new, third generation Swift which will go on sale in the UK in the Autumn.

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Citroen C3 endears itself

Oh, dear! I really shouldn’t have preconceptions when I hear what car is coming up next for test. But, being only human, I do. I was prepared for a rather dull and uninspiring time with the Citroen C3 1.6 HDi. But, in actual fact, I found the little car rather endearing.
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A1 is Audi's new compact supermini

Audi say they have ‘shrink-wrapped everything they stands for to create the new A1’. This is their first small hatchback since the Audi A2 and it will be launched at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

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