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Compact

The new Mini 5-door has two proper rear doors, thanks to an extension of the wheelbase

The Mini Cooper got a bit less mini as BMW rolled out its first 5-door version of the premium compact. Having launched its new Mini line last year, BMW is following up with four petrol and diesel-powered variants that boast not only an extra pair of doors, but also a longer wheelbase, more interior room, and a redesigned central instrument cluster for better at-a-glance feedback.  Read More

The CityHome project solves typical spatial issues with hidden amenities controlled by han...

For many residents today, the idea of fitting furniture into a 600 sq ft (56 sq m) condo or apartment has become a compact reality. Now a team from MIT’s architectural program have come up with the CityHome project; a versatile appliance-like solution, designed to increase usable space by two or three times.  Read More

The Concept Coupé SUV hints at an expansion of Mercedes' SUV range

At the Beijing Auto Show on Sunday, Mercedes Benz took the wraps off its new Concept Coupé SUV. Building on the compact GLA SUV launched last year, the new concept flags the company's intentions to carve out a new class merging on and off-road vehicle design.  Read More

The Honda HR-V compact SUV

So, you like the basic idea of the Honda Fit (or Jazz, depending on where you live), but you want something a little more ... versatile. Well, that's where the HR-V comes into the picture. It's a Fit-based compact SUV, and Honda just revealed the first photos of it at the New York International Auto Show.  Read More

The Mokai ES-Kape

Designed to give sportsmen and outdoor explorers a motor-powered means of reaching more distant waters, the MOKAI ES-Kape is an innovative boat with an integrated jet drive system. It eliminates the need for trailers and racks by breaking into three pieces that nest inside each other, allowing it to fit inside an SUV.  Read More

Canadian company Safari Condo has recently released the Alto R 1713 and R 1723 recreationa...

Standing the test of time, and in conjunction with rising fuel prices, the traditional teardrop camper has resurfaced in recent years as an economic alternative to your large clunky caravan or fully decked out Winnebago. Raising the bar with an intelligent and modern teardrop design, Canadian company Safari Condo has recently released the Alto R 1713 and R 1723 recreational campers.  Read More

The second iteration of Volkswagen's Taigun compact SUV concept that debuted in New Delhi

Causing headaches for letter-transposing typists familiar with its Tiguan compact crossover, Volkswagen unveiled its Taigun compact SUV concept in Brazil in 2012. Based on subsequent feedback, the automaker has debuted a second iteration of the vehicle at Auto Expo 2014 in New Delhi, describing it as a "near-production concept."  Read More

The BMW 2 Series has monoblock headlamps

For ten years, the BMW 1 Series has been the company’s big gun when it comes to luxury compacts. Over the years, it’s gone through a number of variants and iterations, but now BMW is taking the lessons learned from the rear-wheel drive 1 Series, mixing them with its TwinPower Turbo technology, and has come up with the BMW 2 Series Coupé. Harkening back to the BMW 02 range of 45 years ago, the company is aiming to make the 2 Series distinct from its predecessor and able to see off the car maker’s competitors in the luxury compact market.  Read More

Gizmag's compact camera comparison guide looks at the features and specs of some of the be...

In recent years the compact camera market has received a comprehensive battering from smartphones on one side, and interchangeable-lens cameras on the other. However, there are still some quality compacts out there worthy of your gadget-buying attention, as they can offer a great balance of image quality and portability. In this guide we'll take a look at some of our favorites.  Read More

The Olympus Stylus 1 premium compact superzoom

Should you find yourself wondering what would happen if the OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera and the XZ-2 compact had a baby, the answer from Olympus is the 12 MP Stylus 1 premium compact superzoom. Combining DSLR-like operation and performance and compact camera portability, the prothusiast camera features a 300-mm constant aperture zoom lens (with the option to extend the telephoto end via an adapter and add-on lens), a tilting touchscreen display and an electronic viewfinder, and built-in Wi-Fi.  Read More

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