And Chrysler did not file for bankruptcy, GM did that and GM has small cars to sell.
Chrysler did not file for bankruptcy??? Your kidding right.
Chrysler's financial situation did not result in Chrysler being owned outright by the US Federal Government, the president of the United States being the de facto corporate executive officer of the company, and an unjustified witch hunt against their main rival, a foreign corporation who have been exonerated of all accusations of computer programming problems in the sudden acceleration fiasco, though the foreign company is still on the hook for 16 million dollars for a problem that did not exist. That would be GM.
Chrysler finally has the Fiats to show, but not to sell.
The new Fiat is just as much a farce as the New Beetle. The appearance of the original was dictated by the function of the machine, a rear engine. The new vehicles are a skin of the original over a much larger FWD chassis.
A majority of Chrysler's auto show displays are trucks and giant SUVs. The same for GM. Toyota's display at the largest NA show once again spotlighted their NASCAR participation and their large truck towing capacity above all other aspects of their product line.
People may be talking about fuel economy, but they buy and drive trucks.
40 years of progress in materials technology negates any and all argument of weight gain due to safety requirements. They didn't have carbon fiber available when they built the first generation Civic, and they do now. Weight is a function of the crap they put in cars now: rear seat DVD players, blue tooth receivers, motorized seats, etc.
The same for tires, radial technology allows less weight and less roll resistance. But wheels are still made out of metal, and if more of the circle is occupied with metal instead of rubber, the weight goes up quick. Added wheel width ads even more weight. And lower profile tires weigh more due to the need for stiffer sidewalls and additional structure to prevent the wheel from being damaged when the car encounters a pothole.