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There is additional incentive in markets like Japan for tiny cars, as you may know. Tiny cars get big tax breaks. Kei cars, like the Zest pictured, are limited to being only about 134 inches long and the power output of the engines is restricted to 64HP, at least to stay within their tax category. We do not have that incentive in the United States, nor the same concerns about congestion in cities. Some of our larger cities are congested, of course, but they are not where most Americans drive or live. I like small cars, myself, but the reasons those cars can be successful in a different market where they are not here also has to do with government controls, or lack thereof, here and there. And these controls are a result of differnt cultures, values, and mindsets, too.