This article in USA Today acknowledges what many domestic automakers have known for years: Americans are getting larger and, thus, their vehicles need to get bigger.
Over sixty percent of adults are considered overweight or obese. One way foreign automakers are reacting is by increasing seat widths. The new 2006 Honda Civic’s front seats, for example, are three-quarters of an inch wider than the 2005 model.

The import vehicles are getting larger, too. Many readers have noted the new and larger 2006 Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Santa Fe (though the latter could have been increased to better differentiate the SUV from the similarly sized Tucson).

Will the wave of compacts coming from Asia next year not be so "compact" after all?


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