A joint venture with Toyota the Citroen C1 is a popular city car, and the priciest on our list. It has a low carbon footprint and is perfect for bombing around Paris.
As of January 2008, the only car legal in America that you could park inside somebody else's mini van. The Smart ForTwo is as popular as the mini dog in Paris Hilton's purse. Just don't take it on the highway.
An affordable sedan with room for 5, the Chevy Aveo gets you 34 MPG on the highway and was made originally by Daewoo. It certainly looks better than the mail truck you've been considering. And it's street legal, unlike many of the cars to come.
The 5-person Hyundai Getz hatchback has become popular in India, although a hybrid version is available in South Korea and there are plans for an electric version in New Zealand.
The Fiat Palio travels the globe before it hits the road, made in Brazil and sold in India. Models that stay in Brazil are multifuel, so you could probably fill them up with local rum. The Weekend, shown above, is wagon. The standard Palio is a hatchback.
Hyundai is India's third largest car company and hopes the i10 will steal some of the glory of the Tata Nano.
It started out as the first car from India but the Tata Indica has been exported to Europe as well. Like most of the subcompacts in this list, the Indica is a hatchback with a manual transmission. Tata completely eclipsed the success of the Indica with the Nano.
Just like the country where it was made, the Yugo no longer exists. It was introduced to the United States in the 80's for a mind-blowing $2K, which would cost about $6800 now, far less than anything new you could get Stateside. On the minus side, the 1985 GV was rated as one of Time Magazine's Worst Cars of All Time.
The Renault Logan is Renault's love child with Romanian firm Dacia and can be had for cheap. Romanian labor unions have recently shut down production because of low wages, so this one might start costing as much as the French equivalent.
Based on an 80's Daihatsu, the ChineseGeely HQ gets a solid 36 MGP and goes the blistering speed of 52 MPH. Unlike the other subcompacts it has a little extra room for cargo, so it stands as China's equivalent to the SUV.