Plenty of compact car class action
COMPACT: The Honda Civic Euro hatch.
Wheels, grille and valances: They're the telltale points on the SR over the less powerful normally aspirated model.
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The new Subaru Impreza 2.0I-SL.
Soft wedge: Redesigned hatch has more emphasis on smoothing aerodynamics than the severely lined previous Civic five-door model.
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Nissan Juke: London-designed C-segment crossover has a startling look which means you'd always pick it out of a crowd.
Autocar Car Of The Year
There was plenty of new-car action in this popular class of the AMI NZ Autocar Car of the Year awards.
Two Hondas figured large: first, the ninth-generation Civic sedan launched, and then the Civic Euro hatch, which uses similar mechanicals but has both a sportier body shape and more up-for-it dynamics. The Civics convince on many fronts.
Also in contention is Subaru's new Impreza, which majors on improved fuel economy, space and refinement, at the expense of sportiness and character.
Hyundai has been busy, introducing the Accent and i30 to complement the Elantra and Veloster. Mazda debuted its SkyActiv-powered 2.0-litre GSE compact, sporting a quick-shifting six-speed auto.
Nissan released another small hatch disguised as a crossover, the quirky-cute Juke, while Citroen added a stylish and sporty DS4.
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