Through the years, economy of scale has led to various product innovations. Thus, you should not be surprised that many popular products of the past generations are now revived and modified. Many popular equipments and machines in the past are now being modified to have their respective mini or smaller versions. Thus, microcars are very popular nowadays.
Small seems to be the universal size of the modern times. Almost all machines are now coming in smaller sizes. That is because small size is considered economical. In cars, small sizes are more beneficial in many ways. First of all, small sizes require lower energy. Oil consumption is minimised significantly because the car would not need too much energy to roam and move around.
Second, microcars are easier to park. These types of cars would be space saving. On top of that, microcars are practically faster and much speedier compared to conventional cars. In terms of expenses and documentary requirements, the use of microcars does not require driver's licenses. In some countries, microcars are not yet considered as real cars. Thus, driving these vehicles is not like driving conventional cars, and there is no need for professional regulations and licenses.
Technically, microcars have sizes in the range of 3 meters long and 85 cubic feet in interior volume. Usually, microcars can only have seats for the driver and one other passenger only. Not much baggage can also be carried by these vehicles. Thus, such cars are comparatively lesser in size than the traditional cars. You could easily spot the differences.
In Portugal, Spain, Germany and Austria, microcars are not considered as real cars, but as motorcycles. Thus, car drivers are not needed when driving and carrying such vehicles. Thus, owning and driving microcars in such nations are more advisable for elderly people and for those who do not own car and driving licenses. Driving such cars is also considered beneficial for drivers whose licenses have been revoked due to violations like drunk driving.
In the past, microcars are characterised as having only three wheels. However, in the past decades, microcars evolved to exactly look like the conventional cars. Now, microcars are also four-wheeled vehicles. Even the engines used and installed are minimised versions of the conventional and traditional vehicles.
Many countries are also experiencing higher sales for microcars. That is because more car buyers prefer to own microcars. There are also tax exemptions that are implemented to such small-sized cars. That is true especially in some European countries, where taxes imposed to cars are tied to types of engines and power requirements.
American and European microcars are different in that those machines have their own distinct identities. Engines are specialised and power requirements are different. In Japanese versions of microcars, such cars are very much identical and similar to traditional cars except of course from the size. In Japan, such cars are also called as keicars. In France microcars are called voiturettes.
Microcars are expected to be among the popular car types of the future. When buying your own car, also consider settling for modern and fashionable microcars. You would not resent it.
Original Authors: Manny
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 10/06/2008