TOKYO – Roughly one out of every three Japanese buying an automobile these days is thinking small, really small. They are choosing minicars, minivans or minitrucks with mini 0.6L engine that hardly can keep up with anything on the road but are cheap to buy, own and run. Minivehicles, unique to Japan, soon will account for nearly 35% of the total domestic market. Some auto makers here are annoyed by the size of the bite being taken out of the demand for their more spacious, expensive and ...

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