Monday, June 20, 2011

New cars sold without spare tires: Automakers sell more cars without spare tires - latimes.com

New cars sold without spare tires: Automakers sell more cars without spare tires - latimes.com

That spare tire in your trunk may be going the way of the typewriter and transistor radio.

Automakers are selling more cars without an extra wheel to trim weight, boost gas mileage and shave a few bucks off of their costs.

What happens if you get a flat? Some manufacturers equip cars with run-flat tires, while others are putting flat-fixing repair kits in the trunk.

The no-spare club includes the Hyundai Elantra and Chevrolet's Cruze and Malibu, three of America's top-selling sedans. Buick's 2012 Regal GS and upcoming hybrid versions of its Regal and LaCrosse sedans will be sans spare, as will some versions of next year's Kia Optima.

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