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    Hatchbacks Could Be Bucking the Downward Trend In Passenger Car Sales


    • The bright spot in the passenger car market could be the hatchback

    Hatchbacks have never sold well in the U.S., but that could be changing thanks to new entrants and hotted-up models. According to a forecast done by IHS Markit, sales of hatchbacks are projected climb 19 percent this year. By 2020, the firm projects sales of 567,000 hatchbacks. What has changed?

    Some of this comes down to hatchbacks finding a niche market. Michelle Malcho, spokeswoman for Chevy cars and crossovers tells The Detroit News that active, urban buyers who are wanting a bit more functionality with their vehicle are turning to hatchbacks.

    “I think the U.S. likes the functional thought. The hatch for some people offers that without stepping up to that next level ... It really does fit what you need to do on a daily basis,” said Malcho.

    Helping out are new models and hotted-up versions. The Chevrolet Cruze hatchback made up 10 percent of the model's total sales in January. Over at Ford, the sales of hotted-up versions of the Fiesta and Focus grew 21 percent last year.

    But Stephanie Brinley, senior analyst with IHS Automotive cautions this will only cause a slight spur some growth in the compact class.

    “Hatchback sales have not traditionally been good in the U.S. It’s a relatively small opportunity ... they should help stem the losses in the (small car) segment,” said Brinley.

    “The cars are just so much better than they were, and it’s no longer a penalty (to drive a hatchback). It’s taking a while, but people are starting to understand.”

    Source: The Detroit News

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    ^^^^^

    I agree, who can Photoshop this for us and cut off the space between the rear wheels and the tail light. That would be interesting to see.

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    36 minutes ago, balthazar said:

    Sure there were :
     

    I wasn't thinking of old cars..thinking modern era.  GM hasn't had any US market midsize hatchbacks that I can think of in recent decades except the goofy looking Malibu Maxx..

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    15 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

    Corsica was borderline, or "large compact".  Gorgeous hatchback bodystyle available.

     

    Don't think I've ever seen a Corsica described as 'gorgeous'..thought of them, but decided that was too long ago..vehicles GM did 20-45 years ago aren't relevant to the thread.

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    HHR was a tall Cobalt wagon Hatch.
     

    So in essence the Cruze hatch and the HHR hatch both were in the same class and similar sized platform. In fact the Cruze is the HHR equal in size and platform.

    The problem is the Cruze will never sell in the numbers the HHR did due to the fact is does not look like a SUV. Also the lack of hatch room in the back with the seat up renders the Cruze hatch less usable with 4 people in it.

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    Lets Just admit it, that society has moved on from their love affair with cars to a love affair with CUVs.

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    31 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    Lets Just admit it, that society has moved on from their love affair with cars to a love affair with CUVs.

    True. I've long liked SUVs, am warming to CUVs.  Practicality is winning.  So many cars are just too impractical with their tiny trunks and lack of space. 

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    11 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    HAHAHA look at this adorable little dude!  He's like Alvin the Chipmunk!  2017 Spark Activ Manual in Toasted Marshmallow!

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    That color kicks so much ass! Maybe it's just a great picture of it or maybe it's actually cool but it looks awesome in this picture.

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    12 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    HAHAHA look at this adorable little dude!  He's like Alvin the Chipmunk!  2017 Spark Activ Manual in Toasted Marshmallow!

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    Nice Ocnblu, the photographer did an outstanding job of using bounce lighting to highlight the side profile, the body lines, plus the warm color just makes it over all an outstanding looking Spark! :metal: 

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    Like the Cruze hatch....but it looks so short!:lol:

    I think if I could look past that, I could see myself in one.....

     

     

    Seen 5 hatches in the last week.....

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    balthazar

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    Having had a Jeep Liberty in the driveway for a year now, I have no problem with CUVs (tho being BOF, perhaps the Liberty is an SUV). But it has a passable amount of room in it, esp with the rear seat folded (flat).
    SO many of these uber-teensy CUVs have room for 2 grocery bags, but I agree; it's not that they are appealing, it's that cars have gotten so cramped.

    IMO; OEMs F-ed up when they strove to make cars smaller & smaller; first it forced truck sales to explode, then SUVs, now CUVs. Meanwhile convert & coupes are like woolly mammoths anymore. I know it's not going to happen (and I don't believe it will, either), but in the day when a mid-size car was 200-in and a full size was around 212 and larger, the insides, the rear seat and the trunks were immense. There were only a few SUVs and trucks were for farmers.

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