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Could Small, Efficient Speed Be the Demise of American Muscle?

November 30th, 2011

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In the midst of the world’s dire need for an energy revolution, there’s a welcome, though probably feeble, theme emerging from automakers:

Small, agile, efficient and fast.

Fast fun cars that are easy to drive and cheap to fill were once a mainstay on U.S. roadways. The Nissan 280ZX. The Toyota MR2. The Honda S2000. The Mazda Miata. Then the road behemoths of the 1990s and early 2000s took over, and only now are they slowly being replaced by smaller crossover SUVs. I wonder if the same fate awaits the heavy muscle cars that currently dominate sales charts.

Could the return of small, efficient speed be the demise of American muscle?

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