More American's than ever are struggling with their weight, but who knew that our cars are also suffering from an obesity epidemic?
It wasn't always this way. If you go back to the sixties, America's cars were huge hulking beasts, then the original oil crisis in the early 1970s put our cars on a strict weight loss program. But like most diets, the weight shedding eventually ran out of steam, and since the mid 1980s cars have been putting on the pounds again.
To be clear, I'm not talking about the shift from sedans to giant SUVs. Just look at successive generations of a single model, and you'll find that they just keep getting bigger and bigger. Now I'm sure a lot of this is due to stricter safety requirements and all the tech toys we have today, but I wonder how much the car makers have enlarged the cars to accommodate our ever expanding rear ends?
These neat graphics from the folks over at Jalopnik tell the ugly story for some popular models.