Chrysler LLC and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. are taking a second look at their small-car partnership as the segment makes milestone gains in the U.S. Small cars, which comprise the B- and C-segments according to Ward’s data, last year recorded their largest share of the U.S. car market, 36.9%, in more than two decades. In 1987, small cars accounted for 35.6%. Parallel to the upward trend in gasoline prices, B-segment car sales have been steadily rising since 2003, totaling 393,240 last year, ...

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