We're talking about people who buy a new car every other year, wear only designer clothes, eat breakfast at the Starbuck's drive thru and the other two meals a day from the McDonald's drive thru, run up tens of thousands of dollars in credit card bills, then file for personal bankruptcy (on a regular five year cycle) and explain to their attorney and credit counselor that they can not live without their cable TV and cell phone while they walk out from under all their bills.
The economy and the price of gasoline are both going to have to get much worse before people would even consider smaller cars, and the population would have to starve down to a size that they would actually fit into smaller cars at all.
One family friend said she never had a car she could sit in comfortably before she got a minivan. She is almost four foot wide.
It's a problem of both brain washed mind set, and the ergonomics of gluttony.
It doesn't help that people view transportation as isolation, instead of simply getting from here to there. Everyone wants to go from their McMansion to their office park lot or garage, hermetically sealed in a big, cavernous, tall carpet and thickly cushioned interior, that is silent, with the tinted windows rolled up, and their AC cranked. They want to look down on everyone else from a high perch. And they have to have many cup holders big enough to hold 50 gallon trash barrel size drive thru beverages.
...The problem is that ending gluttony would make a cycle.
Smaller people would require less fuel to transport them, on land and air (always amuses me when a 350lb person has removed the radio from their Camaro "to save weight"), and would additionally free up infrastructure/transport resources necessary to transport unconsumed food, which would then possibly be made more affordable to starving citizens of third world countries...
The decrease in medical problems would also stop us from sinking so much money needlessly into the nation's health care system, freeing up doctors, etc... As well as increasing the productivity of American labor, cutting down workman's comp/disability...
Point is, I'd miss the Evo if Mitsu went, and the Suzuki Verona was kind of cool, what with the straight six and all, but it's not like they make it anymore, and I think it was always a Daewoo to begin with.