Date: 20 Aug 2002 12:06:09 GMT
Subject: Re: no more hatchback?

Someone who looks an awful lot like Walt Kienzle <> wrote: > Is that because many of the manufacturers have discontinued the hatchbacks > and the 4 door models are all that remain available? That is certainly the > case in the US. For the 2003 model year, the only hatchback available in > the US that isn't total junk is the Volkswagen Golf. I might have to > consider a Hundai Elantra GT. I hear that they are moving to be a step > better than junk. Hi, Walt. Look at the history - With the exception of the 99 to 900 model change (which only did the front end of the car), they've been consistant in that they don't release the hatch the first year, but do shortly after. The exception is the 9-5 which they turned into a wagon. I'm thinking it's a combination of engineering and marketing reasons - takes some time to design the back end, but if they tell everyone that it's coming "next year", then people will delay their purchase until they can buy what they want. Apparently they feel that the customers they lose, are fewer than the number of folks who will just buy the sedan. Then again, maybe I'm wrong and this time, they really aren't going to make one. Dave Hinz

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