Playmobiles: Fiat battles Mini for sandbox supremacy. It’s on like Donkey Kong.
The wide boulevards, endless expressways, ?and three-car garages of the United States are not what you might call prime territory for tiny city cars. Sure, they’re big business in Europe, the hatchery?that birthed these automotive Peeps, with all major carmakers (including Mercedes-Benz and Audi) looking for a piece of the action. But without the need for space efficiency that guided the development of these runabouts, few Americans seem willing to put up with the resulting trade-offs. Previous efforts largely failed to break Americans out of the small-is-cheap mind-set. ?And cars like the quirky-but-joyless Smart Fortwo, and soon the Scion iQ, test the outer limits of American good humor.
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