I agree, the automakers make what people want, but there in lies the dilemma. I believe we have the technology to make a vehicle that is both sizeable and thrifty and inexpensive. Why it is not being done, is another question. And yes you have luggage racks and little trailers but looking at those cars, you may fit 4 people at the max, 4 small people...a normal 6 foot person is going to be OK around the city, but take that little thing on a 8 hour trip and they will be ready to scream to get out. There has to be a happy medium here.
And what gets me is this..those cars are run on what fuel? and why not put your efforts into another fuel driven technology?
You take the high road and I will take the low road..and I will get there before you