It's called size creep. The current civic is bigger than the original Accord! Every once in a while they have time come back and introduce a new one at the bottom, like the fit. Mini SHOULD introduce a new smaller model similar to the original, but hopefully they will not put gigantic cartoon tires in it!We had a friend go looking at minis a couple weeks ago. Wanted something small like a smart but with four seats. Came back disappointed as it wasn't that much smaller than his SUV. Then went to look at a VW beatle. Another nice little car that got huge. And then there's the Jetta. Super size me boys. Seems to be a trend. Wonder how big the smart will be next time around.