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Compacts of All Shapes and Sizes – Various Cities, Italy

October 15th, 2010 by Ian

Traveling through Italy on a recent business trip, I had expected to see all manor of exotic sports cars from the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. But it quickly became apparent that my thinking was that of a wishful, wide-eyed tourist and all those articles I had read on issues plaguing urban mobility and Europe’s small streets and even smaller modes of transport were totally accurate. Hell, you could probably fit 5 Italian streets across the width of Sixth Avenue (okay maybe not, but you get the point). Another truth about small cars in Europe…people actually like them. Everywhere I looked, there was a small car of some sort – fancy ones, purposeful ones, classic ones and racy ones. I got back on the plane desperately wanting to park myself in an Alfa Giulietta or Fiat 500. Hopefully my fellow Americans will get the small car memo once much improved, and drastically more exciting, new compact products like 2012 Ford Focus hit our shores.

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