Auto makers have big hopes for small cars in the U.S. market as they discover there is room for minis in the land of hulking Hummers and 1-ton pickups. But please don’t call them subcompacts. Better to think tiny but tasteful. That’s because today’s small cars are not the cheesy econo boxes of old. Just as station wagons and hatchbacks are making comebacks dubbed as sports wagons and cross/utility vehicles, diminutive cars have transitioned into classy affairs – with more power, ...

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