Big Apple Goes for the Small Cars

By Vita Kuo

Seeking the big trend in the car industry? Now is the time you’d better think small. With ever-changing gas prices and consistently limited available parking in New York, automakers at the New York International Auto Show provided sleeker, sexier and smarter choices. The switch to smaller, more fuel-efficient cars has definitely gained in popularity in recent years. And the small cars being produced today are exciting, economical and fun to drive. Asian Fusion visited this year’s Auto Show at the Javits Center and lists below our top five sweetest and coolest models.

Ford Fiesta


Hitting the market in 2010 with an affordable price and cute look, Ford Fiesta has been pleasing car lovers with its near- perfect package. At NYIAS, Ford debuted the 2013  Ford Fiesta, complete with a more fashionable interior style. The new Fiesta includes two-tone leather-trimmed seats with harmonizing door trim inserts, color-coordinated steering wheel and instrument panel trim. With a quality interior and economical engine, Fiesta will certainly provide lots of fun when you sneak out onto the street.

Fiat 500


Previously, Fiat released a new commercial, featuring the sexy Romanian supermodel Catrinel Menghia, to promote the Fiat brand in the U.S. market. The new fiat 500 at NYIAS has a city-friendly four-passenger A-segment size, all-new fuel-efficient 1.4-liter Fiat MultiAir® engine and refinement adaptations for the U.S. market. This beautiful Italian styling icon, combined with timeless functionality and innovative technology, brings to life the legendary racing experience for everyday driving.

Mitsubishi i


As the price of gas continues to fluctuate seemingly week to week, the all-new 100% electric Mitsubishi i can help you save a fortune. Mitsubishi i replaces the internal combustion gasoline engine with a clean, efficient electric motor along with a high-tech drive train that produces absolute zero on-road emissions. When you drive the Mitsubishi i on the road, you will never have to feel guilty of hurting Mother Nature in any way. Welcome to a whole new era of transportation along with a refreshing driving experience.

Mini Cooper


With charming looks and great driving dynamics, Mini Cooper has been quite a popular brand in the small car market. At the start of NYIAS, Mini announced that the second generation of MINI Cooper, GP II, would be launching in May. The car will feature a particularly high-performance turbo engine, racing-oriented suspension system and exclusive, aerodynamically optimized body components. We are pretty certain that it will once again take the public by storm.

Scion iQ


As the world’s smallest and cutest four-seater car, Scion iQ is only ten feet long yet still can seat four people. This little car carries functional packaging along with intelligent design. The iQ is equipped with a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 94 horsepower and 89 lb.-ft of torque. It successfully concentrates big ideas into a small package, and definitely meets the needs of the growing new trend of urban drivers.