Stealing a great idea: Small, foreign cars disguised as domestic models

Posted on December 12, 2012 by PeteRizzo

Despite enjoying widespread popularity in this day and age, smaller cars haven't always been looked at as a reasonable or even attractive option for new car buyers. It wasn't too long ago in the '90s and '00s that seemingly every driveway in your neighborhood had a huge SUV or minivan. Even in the '60s and '70s, the bigger the boat that you drove, the more street cred you earned. Today, however, even companies like Buick, which is notorious for giving consumers oversized and overstretched sets of wheels, have thrown their hat into the subcompact ring.

Smaller cars are hardly a new thing, and even back in Detroit's golden days, American manufacturers took a whack at producing subcompacts for what was then a niche market.

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