Cars tend to get bigger with every generation. It's kind of the evolution process playing out as focus groups and customer surveys want more power, quieter interiors and more space. But how out of control has this gotten? Well, for some companies, it's way out of control.
Let's take Audi as an example. The 2015 Audi S3 shown in New York recently will be available as a sedan for the first time. Lots of people realized the size was very similar to the first Audi A4's, launched in 1995. The A4 has done three significant revisions since then and it's now a considerably larger vehicle, leaving room in the lineup for something that's sized like the old old old A4.