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B-Segment Cars Battle

Spinout: News, gossip and rumors-we sort it out for you here.

Dec 24, 2009

The B-segment is heating up like a marshmallow that's hovering too close to the campfire. The class of super-small (read '93 Civic hatch), super-fuel-efficient cars that includes the likes of Honda Fit, Scion xB, Nissan Versa and Toyota Yaris will be seeing some fresh faces in 2010.

Fiat
The Italian automaker may be bringing its 500 Abarth over to its newly acquired Chrysler showrooms. We suggest something along the lines of the tasty Abarth Assetto Corse R3T, a rally-prepped version of the pint-sized powerhouse. The R3T features a de-cluttered interior, rollcage, high-ground-clearance bodykit, roof-mounted air scoop, protruding light pods and 1.4-liter turbo four rated at 180 horses. That's down 20 ponies from the roadgoing Corse, but hey, what are boost controllers for anyway?

Mazda
The stylish Mazda2 is for sure coming to America. Built on the Ford Fiesta platform, the Deuce looks to make an immediate impact. The Mazda2, known as Demio in JDM speak and on game consoles from coast to coast, sports a number of different gasoline engines ranging from 1.3 liters to 1.5 liters and 62 to 102 hp. Rumors suggest America will get a big-block 1.6-liter with output being as high as 120 ponies. Mazda says the Deuce will be in showrooms by late 2010.

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Scion
The once hip and edgy brand hasn't seen a new platform launched in some time. The remedy? Fresh blood. The iQ, which we have reported on in SpinOut before, has been given the green light and will hit the scene in late 2010 as a 2011 model. Motivation for the funky iQ comes compliments of a 1.3-liter four that may compare to an electric razor in output. Further, in tribute to its JDM roots as a "city car," it seats an odd combination of three adults and one child.

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