The Roaring Subminis

When top brass from Sweden's Volvo visited executives of France's Renault before their Sept. 6 merger, one of the most popular sessions of the day featured test drives of Renault models. The French looked on in surprise as Volvo executives scampered past fancy sedans, such as the Safrane, and headed straight for Renault's bottom-of-the-line Twingo minicar. "There was a mad rush to get to the Twingo," recalls one participant.

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