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Read the passage and answer the questions that follow.

In the automotive business these days, big is out and small is in. Sales of large sport-utility vehicles are down 45%. Small-car sales have increased 70%. Of course, having suffered from $3-plus-a-gallon gasoline for longer, the rest of the world has been thinking small for years. And there is no production car smaller than the Smart Car from DaimlerChrysler.

But can a car that is just slightly more than 8 feet long and 5 feet high with 15-inch wheels co-exist with the mastodons that rule the American road? . . . Only time will tell.

—BusinessWeek, August 24, 2006

1. What topic is the writer describing?

2. What facts are given in the selection?

3. What do you already know about the subject?

4. What conclusion can you draw about why small-car sales are increasing while sales of large sport-utility vehicles are decreasing?

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