Tiny Cars


The 1990s are about to officially end on the nation's highways. GM has announced it will end production of the giant Hummer H1.

Now, a stampede of stylish, sporty, gas-sipping tiny cars is headed onto the American roads. Not yet the teeny-tiny cars of Europe — those are coming — but a rush of small sub-compacts with more miles, power, finish and flair than their 1970's oil-crisis ancestors ever had

We know that somewhere, in the back of your mind, as you dump fifty dollars worth of gas into a fill-up, you're wondering what it would be like to drive tiny. Today, we'll tell you, and look at the options and the future.

Hear about a whole new generation of tiny cars.


Larry Webster, Technical Director for Car and Driver Magazine

Phil Patton, writes about cars for the New York Times and is the author of "Bug: The Strange Mutations of the World's Most Famous Automobile"

Ryan Chin, MIT Media Lab's Smart Cities Project, contributed to the design of the stackable concept car

Peter Horbury, Ford Motor Company Executive Director for Design, North America

Rick Woodbury, inventor of the Tango, an ultra-slim electric commuter car.

This program aired on May 17, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.


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