Although the small car trend was still fairly new in 1970 as Car and Track host Bud Lindemann explained, manufacturers had already had small cars on the drawing boards for a while by then.

The show followed the development of the notoriously terrible 1970 Vega from the Detroit styling studio of General Motors to the Chevrolet assembly plant in Ohio.

We don't envy anyone who had a part of the 240,000 test miles Chevrolet put on the Vega.