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The upcoming Chevrolet Cruze will use a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine.

The Pontiac Solstice GXP uses a turbocharged, direct injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
GM goes high-tech to improve fuel efficiency





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RE: So basically...
By Hoser McMoose on 8/26/2008 3:44:42 PM , Rating: 2
In some sense though you're sales numbers are kind of proving the previous posters point: People want bigger and better at the same price and the same or better fuel economy.

Look at the Honda Fit for 2009, it is roughly the same size as a Honda Accord from 30 years ago and has a more powerful engine.

The Civic, Corolla, Focus, etc. are all getting bigger and with more powerful engines but keeping the same fuel efficiency (or at least close to it).

Put quite simply, North Americans have NOT bought into small cars at all, we've just redefined what we used to call a mid-sized car to be a 'subcompact'.


RE: So basically...
By mdogs444 on 8/26/2008 3:58:58 PM , Rating: 2
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orth Americans have NOT bought into small cars at all, we've just redefined what we used to call a mid-sized car to be a 'subcompact'.

Very true. Like how until 1996, the Civic was a subcompact. Now its just a compact. In the 1980's, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry were considered compacts, no larger than a Pontiac Sunbird or Cavalier. Now their a midsize. The new 4 door Honda Accord is almost like a Maxima, which is considered an Executive.


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