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Are Hatchbacks Making A Comeback? #YouTellUs

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Just like station wagons, the hatchback seems to have a bad reputation in America. Carmakers have long thought the American car buyer doesn't like hatchbacks, but recent sales figures show that's not the case anymore

It seems hatchbacks may be having a resurgence in America. Ford's new Fiesta and Focus are both offered as hatchbacks, and both are beating sales expectations. The Fiesta is selling 60/40 hatchbacks versus sedans while 41 percent of the new Focuses leaving the lot are hatchbacks.

GM has decided at this time not to bring the Chevy Cruze hatchback to America, but the new Sonic will be offered as both a sedan and hatchback. Did it miss the boat by not offering the Cruze as a hatchback as well?

So today we ask you, are hatchbacks making a comeback? Tweet us your response and make sure to include the hashtag #IsHatchBack -- and you'll join the chorus right here via CoverItLive.

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  1. I believe small cars are making a comeback.
    And why shouldn't they?
    Uncertainty with fuel prices combined with legitimate offerings that provide content associated with larger, near luxury class vehicles, it should come as no surprise. The folding rear seats and the hatch format only improve the utility of a smaller footprint vehicle.
    After driving larger Audi vehicles over the past ten years, I'm completely enamored by my 2010 VW GTI four door hatch!
     
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  2. The existing car being used to plop the new Caliber design on is a hatchback, the 2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta. I can't wait to see Chrysler's body design going on that platform. It will get the Fiat MultiAir 1.4L engine resulting in a 40mpg compact for them.
     
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  3. Hatchbacks certainly are becoming popular again. The versatility and sleek looks of a hatch wins over buyers. Why else would CUV's like the Edge, Murano, Acadia etc be best sellers ? They are basically giant hatchbacks. Small car hatches offer excellent vision, cargo flexibility and room for the family at a modest price with great fuel economy. A hatch is sexier than a wagon or minivan and offer (almost) as much user friendly space.
     
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