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Old 02-03-11, 09:36 AM   #1
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Old 02-03-11, 09:49 AM   #2
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With more cheap food readily available (and all the growth hormones found in our food), people have gotten bigger, taller, and (for the most part) fatter. The industry had to adjust for that.

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Old 02-03-11, 10:27 AM   #3
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And the original Mini carried 4 normal adults as opposed to 3 adults + a legless child in the case of the Toyota iQ/Aston. My mother regularly travelled the country with both my grandparents plus my brother and I in hers.



^ As she discovered, some gaps are too narrow even for a mini...

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Old 02-03-11, 10:37 AM   #4
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It always catches me by surprise when i see a mini, morris minor, first gen Honda or even our '66 Toyota Corona in the parking lot at the mall.
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Old 02-03-11, 11:52 AM   #5
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I'd like to see a picture comparing their lengths
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Old 02-03-11, 12:11 PM   #6
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is called the Aston Martin Cygnet

http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/a...net-2009-06-29
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Old 02-03-11, 12:55 PM   #7
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Toyota iQ is actually shorter than Mini, it is taller and wider of course.

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Old 02-03-11, 02:11 PM   #8
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I saw a first gen Rabbit the other week and it looked so tiny next to my M3.

On a side note, I have noticed the new Caddy CTS-V coupe weighs 4200+ lbs ()
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Old 02-03-11, 02:45 PM   #9
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The original Mini really stands out in the US.
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Old 02-03-11, 03:33 PM   #10
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At the D.C. Auto Show, the Fiat display included a yellow 1970 500 to compare with the latest new 500 models sold today. By our standards, it is ridiculously small (in fact, even the Italians nicknamed it "Topolino" meaning "Mouse")...makes you wonder how adults ever fit into it. The new 500s, of course, are significantly larger and roomier.



Back to the thread title (the original Mini), it was one of the most revolutionary cars of all time. Designed in 1959 by Sir Alec Issigonis and his staff (a Greek auto engineer working for the Austin/Morris company), it was the first mass-produced vehicle to incorporate a transversely-mounted engine/transaxle and FWD for space efficiency. In time, of course, a majority of the auto industry would adopt that basic layout....and it is still in widespread use today.


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Old 02-03-11, 04:52 PM   #11
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jeez, the new mini looks huge compared to the original mini. i don't think i'd fit in the original one, but i wouldn't mind having one.
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Old 02-04-11, 05:39 PM   #13
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Is our small really small?
This isn't car related but is "small" related.

I've been watching House Hunters International and I couldn't believe how small those apartments and homes are compared to the U.S. where a small apartment or home would be considered "big" outside of the U.S.

I think us Americans are spoiled and we tend to be bigger in size due to the abundance of cheap food and our lackadaisical lifestyle where we have to pay a fee to physically exert ourselves (aka gyms).
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Old 02-04-11, 07:27 PM   #14
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Ask your parents or grandparents who came from the old country what they think of the larger apartments, homes, parks, and cars of the U.S. Immigrant members of my extended family love(d) it here.
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Old 02-04-11, 07:50 PM   #15
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This is even smaller
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJfSS0ZXYdo
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