See? It's not about cutting costs - it's about improving fuel economy.
Automakers say roadside assistance plans will cover major tire punctures and spare tires aren't needed much anymore. According to car website www.edmunds.com, 14 percent of new cars are coming without spares. This can cut down the car's weight, making it easier for manufacturers to stick to tighter fuel economy standards.
21 October 2011
Committed to improving automotive fuel economy
Your next new car may not have a spare tire. As cited by a WKOW television report: