Eensy-weensy cars that took automobile industry by storm
Small cars have their own charm and fan following. On the one hand, they are easy to maneuver in the city street; they are can also be power-packed to meet the demanding motor racing requirements. Here is a list of some small cars that were loved the world over.
When people think of small cars, Mini Cooper comes to mind at the top. It first appeared in 2002 in the market that was dominated by SUVs and king-cab pickup trucks. What made them relevant and so famous in the world dominated by the likes of Humvee? 2008 meltdown hurt the economy, and the oil prices soared. This made this small car all the more attractive.
This Fiat model was inspired by the classic Fiat design of the 1960s. But the latest models have ultra-modern amenities and quite a powerful punch as well. The newer model is afoot wider and a couple of feet longer than the earlier models.
Japan has always been known for their small or micro cars that are easiest to maneuver and park in crowded cities. When the American market was ready for small cars, Japan introduced their Hello Kitty cute car, Scion iQ, to the people of North America. This car looked straight out of the manga comics because of its looks and small built.
Launched in 1964, for over half a century, Peel P50 held the Guinness World Records for being the world’s smallest production car. P50 came into the limelight when BBC show Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson did some ridiculous things in the cyclopean car. For the enthusiasts, Peel Engineering is planning to come up with a new limited run of P50s.
This 1955 make was an egg-shaped wonder. Early models were three-wheeled designs, with the whole front of the car being a door used by the driver to get in and out. Later BMW bought the idea from its refrigerator manufacturing owner and made it into a 4-wheeler. But it was cuteness all-around considering car standards!
Launched in 2008 at an asking price of under USD 2,500, it was a wonder-car. Positioned as the cheapest car in the world, Nano has a 37-horse power engine. This rear engine hatchback was intended to appeal to the motorcycle and scooter owners, but commercially it did not do as was expected. It was discontinued in 2018.
Despite their small dimensions, these small cars will continue to attract car lovers given the cuteness quotient and fuel efficiency!