|They grow up so fast. A '16 MINI Clubman is 168.3-inches long. An '08 Clubman was 155-inches long.|
This got me to thinking: Why is it new cars are, indeed, almost always bigger than the ones they replace? I want to know: Are people demanding bigger small cars? (How's that for an oxymoron?) Are buyers constantly wishing they had more room? Do automakers assume people simply want larger cars? How much does the Empire State Building weigh? Baby carrots are simply large carrots cut down? WTF carrots!
I say stop making small cars bigger. Some people actually like the size of their vehicles the way they are. If I want a bigger car, I'll buy a bigger car. Some might say this is a growing problem ...
It's not just Ford's Focus that is ever-expanding. In fact nearly every new car gets bigger after a redesign. (The most recent exception is the newest Mazda Miata, which actually is 3.2-inches shorter than the previous model.) Have you seen the size of a MINI lately? MINI 4DR? How about the new minorly enormous MINI Clubman? The thing is "MINI" only in name.
|Table represents the length of the shortest models available from 1972–2016.|
I want to know why it's almost universally a prerequisite that cars get bigger as they are redesigned? Can't we be happy with the size of a car and simply keep it that way? Maybe it's the manufacturer's way of getting you into a more expensive car. Maybe it's so that when the new models come out the manufacturer can say that it's even bigger and better than last year's model.
But I say if people want more room, they need to move up. Civic too small? Acquire an Accord. That teeny-tiny Chevy spark doesn't have enough room for the kids? Swoop into a Sonic. Can't get all your shit into your Yaris? You're craving a Corolla.
Sure a little gain here and there can be fine. But when these things start getting really big (see '16 Civic, '16 MINI Clubman), it's time for an intervention.