Datsun is back, but only in India (at first) with more vehicles and markets planned in Indonesia, Russia and South Africa by the end of next year. The first vehicle is this butt-ugly GO five door hatchback that will sell for under $6,700.
We just love hatchbacks.
1979 Toyota Starlet 1.2 1200 GL 5-door hatchback came with a 5-speed manual transmission (the 1000 GL had a -speed) and courtesy lights on al five does as standard. Another feature to note is the bi-level heater which could allow cold air to come in from the dashboard vents, and warm air to emerge at feet level. There was also a special air-mix mechanism which lets you adjust the temperature freely and had side window dimisters and was somewhat quiet since it was “soundproofed”. Outside, it had a distinctive look with its sport wheels, matte black bumpers which were as practical as they were attractive and all-around protective side moldings. Other features fitted as standard included a door mirror, lockable petrol flap, matt-black windshield wipers to cut down on glare plus a heated rear window with washer/wiper. The hatchback door could either be opened from the outside with a key or from a lever in the driver’s compartment. Even the both the back seats up, there’s still 6.0 cubic feet of space for luggage. They fold independently, but when they are both folded down, your space grows to 21.2 cubic feet.
The fun, efficient Toyota Yaris, which was all-new for the 2012 model year, continues into 2013 in this five-door liftback model, and is also available in a three-door version. With a $14,370 MSRP, it 1.5 liter 4-cyliunder develops 106 HP. The 2013 Yaris is offered in three grades, with the entry-level L and value-packaged LE editions available either as a three-door liftback or five-door liftback. The sport-tuned SE is available only as a five-door.
In 1977, the Mazda GLC 5-door hatchback had a $3,694 MSRP. GLC stood for “Great Little Car” and was capable of 46 MPG highway and 35 City. It had split rear seats, a standard four speed manual but also had an option of a five speed manual and an automatic transmission.
GTD – these three letters say it all. They stand for “Gran Turismo Diesel” – the long-distance express car of the Golf range. Now there is a new Volkswagen Golf GTD, and this 5-door’s 2.0-litre turbo diesel get 184 PS and up to 380 Nm torque, a combined fuel consumption of just 4.2 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km, this sporty and sharply designed GTD is more powerful, fuel-efficient and lower-emitting than ever.
The 1979 Fiat Strada was one of seventy designs considered. It was available with a 1300cc or 1500cc engine, a four or five speed or automatic transmission and even a three door version. Even the most basic model came with an FM Stereo, front and rear seats belts, rear wash and wipe and wrap-around bumpers. Prices ranged from £3,044 to £3,742 and got up to 56 MPG.
If you wanted raw excitement, then the 1986 MG Maestro was for you. It was propelled by its electronically fuel injected 2.0 liter O-series engine, it could reach 60 MPH in 8.5 seconds and reach speeds of up to 115 MPH. The Maestro’s seats were trimmed in standard MG grey with red piping and included features such as central door locks, tinted glass, a 3-band stereo radio cassette with four speakers, variable delay and programmed wash/wipe and most distinctively an ergonomically designed one-piece fascia. All this, and it got 47.4 MPG at an MSRP of £8,399.
The 1987 Vauxhall Cavalier SRi 130 MK2 had a 2.0 liter fuel injected engine, controlled by the Bosch Motronic management system which monitored injection and ignition timing 400 times a second. This high compression unit produced 130 HP making it the most powerful Cavalier to date. It was front wheel drive and came with alloy wheels and low profile tires. It also boasted a superb security coded 4-speaker stereo radio/cassette. It had an MSRP of £10,740.
1980 FSO 5-door, 5-seat hatchback Polonez featured a rigid passenger safety compartment with front and rear crumple zones and impact absorbing bumpers with protective side strips. It had a 1,481 cc engine with a top speed of 94 MPH. Other features included Dunlop radial tires, independent suspension, servo assisted disc brakes on all wheels, brake system failure warning lights, adjustable head restraints, adjustable rake steering column, twin front halogen headlights, rear high-intensity fog-lamps, reversing lights, rear wash/wipe, childproof rear door locks, 2-speed wipe/electric wash, hazard warning lights, rear hatchback remote opening, rear luggage compartment cover, heated rear window, quartz clock, lockable fuel cap, mud flaps, laminated windscreen, flow through ventilation and a glove compartment light. all for an MSRP of £3,375.
The 1982 Vauxhall Cavalier ‘s model range included a front wheel drive 1.3, 1.6 and a rear wheel drive 1.6L. They all had a inline 4 cylinder engine, but the 1598 cc in the 1.6 developed 90 HP. A 4-speed manual was standard, but there was an option for a 5-speed in the GLS only. It had front independent MacPerson struts, coil springs and stabiliser bar and rear torsion bean axle, semi trailing arms and stabiliser bar. Other standard features included servo disc/drum brakes, rack and pinion steering, This 2,282 pound hatchback had a top speed of 102 MPH with a 0-60 rating of 12.1 seconds. It had a fuel economy rating of 46.3 MPG.
The overall length of the 1985 Austin-Rover Metro was 11’2″, making it a very agile hatchback. But it also had a wide track, which made it more stable than other cars in its class. The low profile tires plus rack and pinion steering made it light and precise. It had outstanding all-around visibility at 88% and the aerodynamically designed hood sloped down for an even better view of the road. With its back seats down, there was an enormous 33.8 cubic feet of storage, and a full tank of gas would take to 400 miles. The MRSP for the 1.3 Metro was £6,384. It made it Britain’s best selling car.
The 1986 Hyundai Pony was a fraction longer than the Ford Escort, and this made the “surprisingly spacious little thoroughbred” behave beautifully, at least according to Hyundai. Its most appealing standard features on the 1.5 GLS were front-wheel drive, a five-speed gearbox, four-speaker radio-cassette and split folding rear seats. It had an MSRP of £4,500.
As you’ve probably noticed, we tend to favor the classic hatches here, but while the new 2014 Ford Fiesta ST 5-door hatchback will be a bit pricey, it delivers class-leading performance with 197 HP. With an aggressive, sporty design, this ride is Ford’s newest contribution to the world of hot hatches. Fiesta ST offers a 6.5-inch MyFord Touch® screen, unique ST high-mounted rear spoiler, interior trim accents, leather shift knob and seats for that race car feel.
This 1995 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evolution 2, with its 2-litre 16-valve turbo inline four, produced 215 HP and is the car that buried the Audi Quattro, both in the World Rally Championship and on the open road. The first Evolution cars rolled of the production line at the end of 1991 and through 1992. Presented in June 1993, the second Evolution version of the Delta HF Integrale featured an updated version of the 2-litre 16-valve turbo with a new water cooled Garrett turbocharger. A catalyst was also fitted to lower emissions but overall the power was increased to 215bhp.
In order to underline the even more advanced engineering and performance of the 1993 version, the new Integrale was also given a cosmetic and functional face-lift including body coloured roof moldings, improved air intake grilles, an aluminum fuel cap and a red painted cylinder head. (image and info courtesy of 4Star Classics)
The Renault 6 was launched at the 1968 Paris Motor Show and this 1969 Renault 6 (with an 850cc engine and a 4-speed transmission) is surely a rarity, especially in this condition and in the USA. It is currently available on eBay, and there are many more images to look at in this Shutterfly album. Production and sales in France and most of Europe ended in 1980 with no direct successor, but in Spain and Argentina the car was still produced and sold until 1986.