2006 was an interesting year in the automotive world, particularly for US manufacturers. General Motors held onto its spot as the world’s biggest auto manufacturer, but Toyota shocked many people by overtaking Ford and coming in at a close number two. Not bad going for a company that nobody really took seriously 30 years ago!
Car makers around the world continued to develop new styles in 2006, with Crossover Utility Vehicles like the Ford Edge combining SUV looks with efficient car engines. At the same time, a range of smaller cars were given facelifts as manufacturers continued to refine their compact models. The 2006 Yaris likely helped Toyota move up to their number two position behind GM, while the Honda Fit proved that a little car with a 1.5l engine can still be great fun to drive.