Tag: Hatchbacks

Rare Rides: This 1987 Fiat Is Ritmo, Abarth, 130, and TC

<img data-attachment-id="1667832" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01313_4DEt6hywZgc_1200x900.jpg" data-orig-size="1200,805" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1987 Fiat Ritmo 130 Abarth" data-image-description=" https://newyork.craigslist.org/jsy/cto/d/west-new-york-1987-fiat-ritmo-130tc/6831314407.html ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01313_4DEt6hywZgc_1200x900-450×302.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01313_4DEt6hywZgc_1200x900-610×409.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1667832 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01313_4DEt6hywZgc_1200x900-610×409.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”409″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01313_4DEt6hywZgc_1200x900-610×409.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01313_4DEt6hywZgc_1200x900-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01313_4DEt6hywZgc_1200x900-450×302.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01313_4DEt6hywZgc_1200x900-768×515.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01313_4DEt6hywZgc_1200x900-120×81.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/01313_4DEt6hywZgc_1200x900.jpg 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Today’s Rare Ride wears a lot of different badges. The most important ones are Fiat, Ritmo, […]

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Rare Rides: A Beige Plymouth Champ – American Malaise From 1980

<img data-attachment-id="1667868" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900.jpg" data-orig-size="900,900" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="1980 Plymouth Champ" data-image-description=" https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/cto/d/portland-1980-plymouth-champ-rare/6852999373.html ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-350×350.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-610×610.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1667868 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-610×610.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”610″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-610×610.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-75×75.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-350×350.jpg 350w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-768×768.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900-120×120.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/00k0k_48hjCJmVPeu_1200x900.jpg 900w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Rare Rides has featured a couple of Plymouths before, both of which were sporty and boasted two doors. Today’s Plymouth […]

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2019 Mazda 3 AWD First Drive Review – Holding It All Down

<img data-attachment-id="1666982" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20190322_132633-e1553526723822.jpg" data-orig-size="2264,1698" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"1.9","credit":"","camera":"SM-J337A","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1553261193","copyright":"","focal_length":"2.91","iso":"40","shutter_speed":"0.0018050541516245","title":"","orientation":"3"}" data-image-title="2019 Mazda 3 AWD" data-image-description=" Corey Lewis ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20190322_132633-e1553443281687-450×338.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20190322_132633-e1553443281687-610×458.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1666982″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20190322_132633-e1553443281687-610×458.jpg” alt width=”610″ height=”458″>Earlier this year, Mazda showed off its all-new 3 sedan in Los Angeles. The new compact’s intent is to impress a revised, upscale image on the brand. While the 3 delivered in quality, […]

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2020 Volkswagen Golf Spotted at German McDonalds?

Despite the 2020 Volkswagen Golf arriving later this year, VW hasn’t done much to tease it. In fact, the only glimpses we’ve had of it were of the Sasquatch variety — unconfirmed, low-resolution images taken in the wild before the elusive creature vanishes. There’s now another one. Last week, Instagram user johannes.vag captured a couple of […]

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Rare Rides: The 1987 Nissan Be-1 – a Little Retro Ride

Today’s Rare Ride is a Nissan Be-1 from 1987. As the first of four Pike cars, it set the stage for the upcoming Pike cars and commanded immediate attention from consumers. Come along as we check out this hatchback cheerful economy car. We’ve seen one of the Be-1’s brethren previously — when we learned about the industrial […]

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Rare Rides: Control Yourself With the 1985 Isuzu Impulse

Today’s Rare Ride has brown paint, a tweedy tan interior, and super rad 1980s Italian design. Think you can control your Impulses? Okay, no more puns. Known elsewhere as the Piazza, Isuzu’s new rear-drive coupe debuted as the Impulse in North America for 1983. Impulse was a direct replacement for the Giugiaro-designed luxury 117 Coupe, […]

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Rare Rides: This Merkur XR4Ti From 1989 Is Pristine

Imagine you’re an American auto executive in the 1980s, looking on in desperation as all the youthful and wealthy customers head almost solely to BMW showrooms for their sports-oriented sedans and coupes. Now imagine you work at Ford, and you’ve decided to do something about it. By the way, you’re Bob Lutz right now. It’s […]

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Rare Rides: A Nissan Pao Is Old School and Also From 1990

The Rare Rides series has explored once before what happens when a Japanese manufacturer designs a modern car with retro appeal, when we covered the little-known Toyota Origin. Today we take a look at something else in the new-but-retro category. It’s a Nissan Pao, from 1990. In the late 1980s, Nissan planned a special project […]

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Rare Rides: Justy a Little Subaru, From 1990

Just two Subaru models have graced these Rare Rides pages in times past. The first was a very beige Desert Fox edition of the midsize GL wagon, and the second was a clean example of the very first car Subaru ever offered in the United States: the tiny 360. Today we combine the characteristics of both […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Economical All-purpose Hatchbacks From 2010

Three hatchbacks from 2010 (we might call them crossovers today), all of them about to disappear for various reasons. All three promise utility for their owners, and all provide four driven wheels. Thinking with your 2010 hat, which one do you take home? Subaru Impreza Subaru’s third-generation Impreza went on sale for the 2008 model […]

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The 2019 Kia ProCeed: You’re Never Gonna Get It

When an automaker decides to launch a new station wagon in Europe, it’s usually a pretty safe assumption that we won’t see it in North America. Kia’s new ProCeed, scheduled for a public debut at the Paris Motor Show next month, is the latest example of this relentless phenomenon. Still, while we’re still annoyed we […]

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America’s Brief Infatuation With The Volkswagen Golf Is Fizzling Fast

Midst the turmoil of a diesel emissions scandal and the crisis that followed in late 2015, there was a quiet but striking development inside Volkswagen’s U.S. showrooms. Americans were buying Golfs. A lot of Golfs. More Golfs than at any point since Ronald Reagan was president. Volkswagen Golf volume nearly doubled, year-over-year, in 2015, and […]

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Buy/Drive/Burn: Checking Out German Strippers From 2002

German cars in North America are not immediately associated with base, no-option models or economical motoring. But that didn’t stop Adam Tonge from suggesting today’s trio. Which vehicle gets the Buy when you’re shopping at the bottom of the German luxury barrel in 2002? Ladies and gentlemen, select your strippers. Each member of today’s trio […]

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