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.
The Volkswagen Group’s Seat division presented the Ibiza Cupra as a close-to-production concept car at the 2012 Beijing International Motor Show. The production version arrives at the end of this year with 180 HP and is an icon of the brand since 1996 when the first generation hit the streets.
2012 Seat Ibiza Cupra concept.
The 1971 Chevrolet Vega Hatchback Coupe could either be a very roomy 2-seater with the rear seats down, or a very practical 4-seater, still with plenty of room to haul your stuff. It had standard front disc brakes, an overhead cam engine in addition to a double-panel steel roof, side-guard beams in the doors, a 50,000 mile air cleaner, foam filled front and rear seats and even an electrical fuel pump that cuts out to stop the car if the oil pressure drops too low.
The Audi Quattro is automotive legend. It is what put that brand on the modern map. Total sales in the USA were 664 and everyone wanted one. It was first shown at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show on March 3rd on an ice rink. Its five-cylinder turbocharged engine delivered 147 kW (200 hp) from 2.1 liters of displacement. The Sport quattro, the homologation version designed in 1984 for the Rally World Championship, had even more power. Thanks to its four-valve technology and aluminum crankcase, the five-cylinder engine delivered 265 kW (306 hp).
The Lexus LF-Ch Compact Hybrid Concept made its North American Debut at 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show and a world premiere on September 15, 2009 at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The LF-Ch Hybrid Concept offers dramatic style, premium features, an innovative drivetrain with low emissions, and impressive fuel economy in a sporty yet versatile five-door package.
Three things we like are all in this post. Naturally, hatchbacks is number one. BMW is number two, despite the fact that they are not very big in this segment, and last, but not least is Bring A Trailer. These guys religiously scour the world for some of the most unique, fun and even rare cars and offer them to all of us via their daily email. This 1974 BMW 2002 Touring ALPINA A4 Tribute was featured some time ago but we just love everything about it. (image source: BAT)
1974 BMW 2002 Touring ALPINA A4 Tribute
1974 BMW 2002 Touring ALPINA A4 Tribute
In 1984, The Encore was Renault‘s application of European aesthetics to the functionality of a hatchback design via its panoramic dimensions of the rear window. The aerodynamics not only produced visual pleasure, it also reached an impressive 52 MPG on the highway and 38 in the city. The independent suspension, power front disc brakes, and electronic fuel injection created sophisticated handling and performance. The 60/40 split rear folding seat was a real benefit when loading large objects. It was built in the USA by American Motors and had an MSRP of $5,755.
The 1975 Chevrolet Monza 2+2 had an impressive sports suspension via a new rear torque arm which helped isolate driving and braking forces. Stabilizer bars where also standard. Besides its standard 4.3 liter 4-cylinder engine, a new small displacement V8 was also available. It had a series of engineering improvements including a catalytic converter, High Energy Ignition, GM-Specification steel-belted radial tires and other engine refinements and an 18.5 gallon gas tank so you could go a very long way between fill-ups. And when the rear seats are flied down, you had a spacious carpeted floor giving you the ability to haul just about anything around.
The 1981 Mercury Lynx LS-3 Hatchback was only sold in Canada. It’s sophisticated world-class technology had 13 patents with an additional 14 pending approval. Innovations like the new Compound Valve Hemi-head (CVH) four-cylinde engine, teamed with the standard four-speed, fully synchronized manual transaxle with fuel-efficient fourth-gear overdrive as well as an optional all-new three-speed automatic transaxle achieved world-class fuel economy.
With a highway rating of 54 MPG highway and 42 MPG city, it had the highest fuel economy rating of any North American car sold in Canada.
The Lynx was front wheel drive and featured four-wheel independent suspension system, with steel-belted radial tires, new design split-diagonal dual brakes and a new rack-and-pinion steering system.
The interior was roomy and held four adults comfortably with contoured front bucket seats and generous cargo space, especially with the rear seats down.
1981 Mercury Lynx LS-3 Hatchback
The 1978 Toyota Corolla SR-5 Liftback made driving fun again with its standard 5-speed overdrive transmission mated to a 1.6 liter engine. It also had MacPherson strut front suspension, power assisted front disc brakes and steel belted radial-ply tires.
1978 Toyota Corolla SR-5 Liftback
1986 Honda Accord AeroDeck was sold as a three-door hatchback with a flat roof over the rear seats. It was offered only in Japan and Europe where it was known as a shooting-brake. You can even take a peek at the AeroDeck TV spot from Japan. (images: Tamerlane’s)
1986 Honda Accord AeroDeck
1986 Honda Accord AeroDeck
I would love to have this 1974 Audi 50, despite the fact that we all know it would drive drastically different than any other vehicle they’ve produced since. It was produced until 1978 and only sold in Europe and was built in the former NSU factory in Germany.
$5,399 got you into the 1985 Honda Civic, complete with front-wheel drive, rack and pinion steering, full carpeting, door glass defrosters, steel-belted radial tires, overtaking headlight flasher, power assisted self-adjusting front disc brakes, trip odometer, torsion bar front suspension, trailing link rear suspension with nitrogen gas filled shock absorbers, front air dam, remote-control outside mirror, a coin box, day/night rearview mirror, reclining front bucket seats with adjustable headrests and opening rear quarter windows, all pushed by a a 1342cc engine.