Gas prices are rising and government fuel economy requirements are going up, too. This time around, Detroit's ready for the fight.
General Motors, for instance, is entering the increasingly competitive mini-car market with the Chevrolet Spark. Mini-cars are even smaller than subcompacts.
The reason for selling them isn't that they get better fuel economy, though. Generally speaking, subcompacts and minicars don't get better mileage than larger compact cars. Beyond a certain point, there's just no gain from shrinking cars any further. (You won't see actual fuel economy numbers for some of the cars in this gallery, including the Spark, because they've not yet been tested by the EPA.)
The reason for offering a car this tiny is competition. Some customers, especially younger buyers living in crowded cities, want a really small car. If Chevy didn't offer the Spark, those buyers might go get a Scion iQ or Fiat 500 and GM wants every small car sale it can get.
From a 1,200 horsepower Bugatti convertible to the Bentley SUV, performance rules at Europe's most important car show.
|Ex-CIA boss amazed Trump doesn't believe Russia hacked US election|
|Trump & Boeing: It's not about Air Force One, it's about China|
|JCPenney, Kohl's, Macy's and Sears sued over misleading prices|
|India's cash crisis is 'a mammoth tragedy,' says former prime minister|
|Carl Icahn: Trump stock market rally has 'gone too far'|