5/10/2012 5:05:34 PM - by Your Friends at DETROIT –
Mini-cars like the coming Chevrolet Spark
are a fraction of the size of the average American 1973 full-size
sedan, which were some of the largest passenger cars ever. But looks can
be deceiving. Designers are putting a lot more inside small cars
than might be expected.
Based on dimensional averages based on published data for popularly
priced 1973 American sedan models marketed by three leading American
manufacturers, here are four facts comparing today’s subcompacts and the
- Exterior - The mini-car is 50 percent smaller than the typical ’73 American full-size sedan.
- Height - New subcompacts like the Chevy Spark are actually 6 inches taller than the 1973 sedan.
- Wheels - The wheels on the new 2013 mini cars and the 1973 full-size cars are equal – both maintain their poise on standard 15-inch rims.
- Interior - The 2013 subcompacts have front and rear headroom and front legroom that match the average 1973 American full-sized sedan.
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world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries
and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet
provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited
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