Will Cars Ever Stop Getting Bigger?

In case you missed it, today is Maximum Mini Cooper Clubman Day here on Los Jalops. A Cooper Clubman is an embiggened Mini with 5 doors instead of 3. And we have no problem with that. Our problem lies in the fact that the new Mini is bigger than the last Mini and that all BMW-based Minis are orders of magnitude larger than the design Issigonis laid down in 1957. We even get all the reasons why (more mandated safety stuff, Americans equate larger with safer, Americans are fatter than ever, etc.). We just don't like it. You know what we like, though? Colin Chapman. We like him a lot.