Automotive manufacturers are simply trying to keep up with the ongoing size increase...of Americans! I remember a fellow college student (circa 1980) who was gigantic yet drove a Rabbit - he looked like Ziggy from the comic papers! He was the exception in 1980, but sadly, the rule too often today.
Car Sizes Through The Years [Infographic]
It's a common trope among auto scribes to clamor for diesels.
What I don't understand is why all these small cars are getting bigger (including sports cars), but then at the same time large cars are getting smaller? Even a Honda accord today has marginal legroom compared to an old American sedan. Is the reason because of MPGs? That doesn't make sense because small/light is better so why the growth? Is it simply for the reasons of safety? That would make sense but I just wish they would keep our sports cars simply and small, just the basic safety, and no need for heavy technology like sat navs and power seats in a car like a Porsche and S2000 Honda's.. My Boxster and even my friend's 996 GT3 has stripped out weight and that's the way it should be on sports cars. I hope with advances in material engineering and whatever else safety advances come out of F1 and other racing, that automakers can bring back pocket rockets and more importantly, simple straight-to-the-point sports cars.