No matter. We absolutely dig this vehicle. For exactly the passions that it evokes. » Read more..
Archive for Hatchbacks
At least until 2010. Introducing the Kia Soul, South Korea’s first memorable car. » Read more..
In 1999—when the radical first-generation Focus made its debut—Ford had demonstrated that it could make a world-class compact car. But since then, with an increased emphasis on making and marketing profit-generating SUVs in the 2000s, Ford USA seemingly lost its way. At least until now or, rather, about a year ago. Introducing the 2011 Ford Fiesta. » Read more..
Ah, how Honda had strayed from its roots. Its first automobiles to the U.S. — notably the Accord and Civic — were both compact hatchbacks in the 1970s. With each subsequent model makeover, however, both cars became larger, heavier, and more powerful. The Accord ceased to be a hatchback in the 1980s and the most popular Civic options have been sedans or coupes sized like too.
There has been, then, a void in Honda’s lineup left as its two main bread-and-butter cars went upscale. But long at last, as of the late 2000s, Honda has a sporty, smart hatchback again. » Read more..
John, Paul, George and Ringo each supposedly had one. So did the Queen. There was something so appealing about the original Mini Cooper which was so little on the outside, and yet so surprisingly large on the inside. And there was nothing little about its heart and race-car spirit despite its front-wheel-drive and diminutive tires: witness Paddy Hopkirk’s legendary rally victories in the 1960′s. » Read more..