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With sales of the smart going well and cars like the MINI flying off the showroom floor, you might expect the big automotive giants to want in on that action too. Perhaps they do, but it doesn't seem likely that General Motors will be entering that particular segment of the market anytime soon. So says Fritz Henderson, who would know as one of the men making decisions at the top of the company's ladder. Despite the recent sales success-stories and the rapidly dwindling market for large vehicles, Henderson suggests that Americans are still more likely to choose a compact over a subcompact. For instance, if GM could get nearly the same mileage from a vehicle the size of the Cobalt, it would sell better than a car the size of the Beat. On the other hand, these types of cars sell very well in Europe, and we'll never know how well they can do in the States (now that Americans have gotten a taste of high gas prices) until an established automaker offers one. It looks like we'll just have to wait for the Ford Ka and Scion iQ to find out.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]


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