Smaller Vehicles Apparent on Auto Show Floor

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NBC News - January 15, 2013

As the industry moves toward smaller vehicles with better fuel economy, small crossovers like the Honda Urban can be seen at the Detroit Auto Show.

Find out what’s coming down the tube for auto shoppers.

The North American International Auto Show is expected to be dominated by subcompact and compact SUVs and crossovers.

Two years after ending production of the intentionally ugly-duckling boxy Element, Honda showed the Urban SUV Concept, a thinly disguised look at a new small crossover that will slot in below the CR-V in the Honda lineup at the Detroit auto show. Key competitors will be the quirky Nissan Juke and the Fiat 500L, a supersize version of the diminutive Fiat 500.

Honda said the Urban will use its Earth Dreams Technology for increased fuel efficiency. Inside, it will feature a layout that is similar to the Fit, including its trick MagicSeat, which can be configured for a variety of passenger and cargo options. Honda did not show the vehicle’s interior, but said it will be modern and feature the latest telematics technology.

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