It’s not too often I speak highly of Kia, but their recent shift in product improvements (across the board) has impressed me so greatly that I felt compelled to comend them, particularly on the 2012 Kia Rio 5 hatchback.
We just love hatchbacks.
Ford is doing a great job lately and is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with the Fiesta Sport Special Edition variant, which is not coming to the US. More on Cartype.
The second generation of the new BMW 1 Series is still the only rear-wheel-drive model in its class. Model versions include the 116i, 118i, 116d, 118d, and the 120d. This is not my favorite Bimmer, but it’s better than the coupe. The Four-cylinder in-line diesel has 184 hp, and you can read more on Cartype.
Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. unveiled the Subaru XV concept at the 2011 Auto Shanghai. They are calling it a “crossover” but we think that due to the smaller size, it feels more like a large hatchback. The glass roof is very nice, as is the interior. Read more on this vehicle at Cartype.
Seat is a huge brand from Spain and part of the Volkswagen Group but not very known in the US. It presented the IBE Concept at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and is a stunning of what a great looking, electric hatchback can look like. I hope they build it. They need to. For the brand and for the future. It proves that cars like this don’t have to be as ugly as the Nissan Leaf. To read more, visit Cartype.
I can’t think of a brand that has been thru so many ups and downs as MG. This new Zero concept doesn’t have much “MG-ness” to it. It looks like a Volkswagen. Read more on Cartype.
The new Chevrolet Sonic made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in both sedan and hatchback version. Guess which one we like better. To see the whole post, visit Cartype.
For those who find the Volkswagen GTi not satisfying enough, in 2012 Volkswagen offers the Golf R, the most powerful Volkswagen sports performance vehicle ever built. Read more on Cartype.
The Opel GTC Paris will be shown for the first time at the Mondial de l’Automobile 2010 in Paris on October 2–17. This is easily one of the most elegant vehicles presented to the public in recent memory and certainly one of the most beautiful hatchbacks, with more info to be found on Cartype.
I continue to be mystified why there is a belief that Americans won’t buy hatchbacks. Maybe it’s true, but everyone I ask seems to like them as much as I do. That said, the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback will not be offered in the U.S. market. More info at Cartype.