minicar

noun
mini·car | \ -ˌkär \

Definition of minicar 

: a very small automobile especially : subcompact

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Keep in mind that today the Fiat 500 is one the best-selling minicars in Europe, with total sales of nearly 200,000 vehicles per year. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "The Future is Now," 8 June 2018 The Renault Twizy is a road-legal electric minicar with scissor doors and delusions of grandeur. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "All Glory to the Renault Twizy, the Greatest Electric Car in the World*," 19 Apr. 2018 Nobody's stealing an underpowered electric minicar while marooned on an island. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "All Glory to the Renault Twizy, the Greatest Electric Car in the World*," 19 Apr. 2018 Other activities: To help keep kids entertained, there is a playground with minicars, along with falconry displays in the summer. Michael Milne, Philly.com, "Beaulieu: Downton Abbey-Style Estate With Something for Everyone," 7 Feb. 2018 Nissan took a controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors last year after that company was caught inflating fuel economy figures for its minicar models, which are also sold under the Nissan brand. Yuri Kageyama, Detroit Free Press, "Subaru chief says inspections were flawed, like Nissan's," 27 Oct. 2017 Even so, the second-place Silverado could handle the weight of a Smart ForTwo minicar in its bed with about 200 pounds to spare. Car and Driver, "2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500," 5 Oct. 2017 Nissan stepped in after Mitsubishi was found inflating fuel economy figures for its minicar models, also sold under the Nissan brand. Yuri Kageyama, The Mercury News, "Ghosn steps aside as Nissan CEO, to focus on larger alliance," 23 Feb. 2017 A sit-down scooter with a crumple zone and aluminum roll cage, the C1 was intended to entice minicar buyers with an even smaller alternative that offered the same level of crash protection as most European small cars. Keith Barry, WIRED, "BMW Brings Back the C1, and This Time It’s Electric," 7 Oct. 2009

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1948, in the meaning defined above

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