Sunday, September 09, 2007

World's Smallest Cars

I love this compilation of the world's smallest cars from Dark Roasted (via Treehugger).

When will the current accepted American standard for cars change to something other than a combination of speed and size? Certainly the Mini is a change in the right direction. The Fit too. And the Prius is #11 best selling car (or something like that). And my favorite small car, the Miata, is one of the very rare cases of a car not changing in size since it was introduced 17 years ago. But we've still got a long way to go. My Miata has actually gotten smaller over the years, at least proportionally to other cars on the road. I think the American obsession with 4x4 do everything big cars has at its root a deep paranoia: should catastrophe appear, or I just want to escape, I can take virtually all my possessions with me and hit the road.
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