Monday, April 06, 2009
Why Not Hatchbacks
In Europe hatchbacks are prevalent whereas in the U.S. they are more of a niche item. Americans opt for sedans and car manufacturers are reluctant to bring hatchbacks over here. I don't understand this. A hatchback is a sedan that just has a little more cargo room (significantly more really) and is easier to load. They're quite utilitarian and perform every bit as well as their sedan platform mates on the road. I find them more attractive personally but I am apparently in a very small minority. I wonder how much of the American buying public's aversion to hatchbacks is rooted in a hatchback's likeness to a station wagon (considered a baby mover and a dowdy one at that- yet again, I like station wagons). Or, maybe Americans do secretly love hatchbacks and car manufacturers marketing departments are filled with dolts. I hope it's the latter.