January 2010

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Small Cars

In a market long driven by bigger is better, a surprising number of American motorists have begun to adopt a different mantra: Small is beautiful. Though big cars and trucks still dominate the sales charts, small and economy cars comprise the fastest-growing segment of the market. The reasons are many, industry analysts say. Among them, the weak economy has led many buyers to downsize purchases. And even though fuel prices have fallen since their mid-2008 peak, American motorists generally assume they will climb again. There’s yet another reason for the shift, analyst Dan Gorrell suggests. “There are a lot more 8good small cars to choose from, and they’re no longer the stripped-down econoboxes most of us, especially baby boomers, grew up with,” he says.

Time to Shape Up

As a new year rolls around again, people make the same predictable resolutions to improve their health and fitness. Just as predictably, their vows rarely stick. However, if you need inspiration to remain true to your exercise-and-diet regimen, look to these five fit metro Detroiters. Each offers advice that carries real weight.

Tuning Up

Auto companies have long used music in commercials to score with consumers. But finding the right song goes beyond just a catchy tune.
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