The 1984 refined and improved Hyundai Pony was new for Canada, but had already been rolling off the production line since 1975 was was very familiar in the rest of the world and was a best seller in South Korea. The Pony L had fully reclining front bucket seats, a rear window defroster, full interior carpeting from the tip of the driver’s toe to the end of the cargo space. It came with Michelin all-season steel belted radial tires, childproof door locks, and even a cigarette lighter. All for just $5,795. The more deluxe GL package was $6,395. Of course, if you were a big roller, you could opt for the GLS package for $6,695. All with the proven Swedish Tuff Kote Dinol factory rust proofing system.
Rover SD1 is both the code name and eventual production name given to a series of large executive cars built by British Leyland (BL), under the Rover marque. The car was produced from 1976–1986 and 303,345 produced in total.m In 1971, Rover began developing a new car, and the project was first code-named RT1 (for Rover Triumph Number 1) but then soon changed to SD1 (for Specialist Division Number 1) as Rover and Triumph were put in the new “Specialist Division” of BL. It was launched on its home market in June 1976 in liftback form only. Between 1976 and 1981 there were some very minor updates to the car including new badging (front and rear) and chrome backed door mirrors. In 1980 Rover obtained US type approval for the SD1 and re-entered the American market after a ten-year absence. The car was only made available as a single variant, using a modified version of the V8 engine and badged simply as “Rover 3500” as you can see in this 1980 Rover 3500.
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Golf Mk1 – 1974 to 1983.
The first full-production Golf rolled off the production line in Wolfsburg in March 1974 and was in Volkswagen dealerships that May. In those showrooms, where for decades the Beetle and thus rear-mounted engines and rear-wheel drive had dominated the scene, a new era had thus dawned: that of the transversely mounted front engine and front-wheel drive. This trend had been heralded a short time earlier by the Scirocco and – as the first Volkswagen front-wheel drive car, based on the K70 taken over from NSU – the Passat, launched in 1973. With the launch of the Golf, the highest volume vehicle category had now also been switched to the new technology.
As the successor to the legendary Beetle, of which over 21.5 million units were made, the Golf Mk1 designed by Giorgio Giugiaro had to live up to the great expectations of continuing the success story of what until then was the world’s most successful car. In the spring of 1974, nobody could really be sure that this would indeed be achieved. However, the modern and reliable drive system, the spacious internal layout with a tailgate and fold-down rear seat and ultimately the design as well won over the market to such an extent that production of the one-millionth Golf was already being celebrated in October 1976.
Volkswagen wrote at that time about the new car: “The Golf offers maximum luggage space and safety. It is laid out uncompromisingly for practical use. The low beltline provides clarity, the sloping bonnet allows a clear view of the road right up to just in front of the car and the low rear window makes reversing easy.” And that applies to this day.
Like every Golf thereafter, the first generation too was already a reflection of the progress and automotive trends of its era. Thus, for example, in launching the first Golf GTI (in 1976) Volkswagen heralded the introduction of greater dynamism in this class, while the Golf D (naturally aspirated diesel engine, 1976) and the later Golf GTD (turbodiesel, 1982) marked the breakthrough for diesel cars in the compact segment. In 1979, with the Golf Cabriolet – at times the world’s best-selling open-top car – Volkswagen brought a breath of fresh air into a vehicle category that by that time had long been simply called the ‘Golf class’. 6.72 million units of the first generation Golf, including all derivatives and the Jetta (at that time based on the same body), were sold across every continent of the globe – the Golf had proved itself a worthy successor to the Beetle. (source: Volkswagen)
1974 Volkswagen Golf (Mk1)
1986 Acura Integra RS 5-door was produced until 1989. It had a 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder that produced 113 hp @ 6250 rpm, 99 lbs-ft @ 5500 rpm. Available tramsissions incliuded a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic.
1986 Acura Integra RS 5-Door
The 1981 Pontiac T-1000 was produced until 1987 on GM’s T-Platform. It had either a 1.4 or 1.6 L OHC gasoline I4 engine producing from 53 to 70 horsepower. It was pretty much identical to the Chevette, but of course had unique grille, body molding and vertical lined taillights. Here you see a 3-door and 5-door model. (image source: John Lloyd)
Hyundai introduced the all-new 2013 Elantra GT at the North American debut of the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. This five-door compact hatchback looks like alot of fun to drive, with its 148 HP, 1.8-liter Nu four-cylinder engine that achieves Best-in-class standard fuel economy estimated at 28 mpg city, 39 mpg highway. The all-new Elantra GT rides on a 104.3-inch wheelbase and has an overall length of 169.3 inches. The height is 57.9 inches and the width is 70.1 inches.
The 1985 Citroen BX costs £453 less than a Volvo five-door 340DL, listing at £5,199. It had self-leveling suspension for a silky ride and MacPherson struts for sharp handling. This 5-seat, 5-door hatchback with a 1360cc engine, capable of reaching 96MPH. It was promoted as only needing 2.5 hours of servicing a year.
The 1985 front wheel drive Citroen Visa 11E is a five-door hatchback who’s MSRP was £4,117, which was £489 less than the Ford Fiesta Plus 1.1. It was unusually roomy with a very well-equiped interior. It was promoted as only needing 2.5 hours of servicing a year.
Another example of badge engineering is this 1978 Simca Horizon GL, which was produced by Chrysler Europe and sold as Simca, Dodge, Plymouth and Talbot. (image source: John Lloyd)
The 1978 Simca Horizon LS was produced from 1978 and 1986. It came in varied version, but more importantly, since it was produced by Chrysler Europe, it massively re-badged as Simca, Dodge, Plymouth and Talbot. (image source: John Lloyd)
1984 was the first year for the Carroll Shelby-modified Dodge Omni GLH five-door hatchback and was the ultimate Omni. The original name, “Coyote”, was rejected, and Shelby’s choice, the initials GLH, which stood for “Goes Like Hell”, were taken instead. (image source: John Lloyd text source: Wikipedia)
There seems to be a “circle” theme implemented into the front-wheel drive Fiat Ritmo, from the cool round door handles to the the round headlights, all the way down to the round-tipped bars on the wheels. It was launched in 1978 and styled by Bertone of Italy. This 65 CL had a 1.3 Liter engine that produced 64 bhp.
The Focus Electric, which launched in 2011, is the flagship of the new Ford family of electrified vehicles. Aston Martin must have left behind a few drops of DNA when they left the Ford family because the brand’s new front grill, while very beautiful, has a very strong resemblance.
It has a top speed of 84 mph, with a full recharge is expected to take three to four hours. Our friends at Shiny Side sent us these great images from a current test drive IDM Photo‘s Ian did.
This 1949 Kaiser Vagabond is an odd inclusion in this blog I know, but in several ways, it does qualify (at least in my mind) as a hatchback (or lift back). It was a very unusual vehicle at the time and is perhaps one of the very first direction towards what we know of as the hatchback today. While practical and unique, the Vagabond saw limited production, with just 4,500 produced between the 1949 and 1950 model years. (source: Charvet Classic Cars)
If you like the new Ford Focus, you can now have the opportunity to get your hands on the very beautiful 2013 252 HP ST since the order bank is now open. Its new “Aston Martin” looking front grill gives it a real mean and nasty look (in a good way) and we’re even partial to this very energetic and bright orange color.