Analysts Predict Increase In Hatchback Sales In US: "A vehicle that “can carry my stuff".

Analysts Predict Increase In Hatchback Sales In US: "A vehicle that “can carry my stuff".

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Trends in the auto industry change as often as preferences in the world of fashion. IHS Automotive tracks changes in the industry. It divides the automobile marketplace into 6 basic body styles. It says the hatchback is poised to make the largest percentage gain in popularity in the near term.

Right now, hatchbacks represent only 4.8% of light vehicle sales in the US, but IHS says that number will grow to 6.6% by 2020. That’s a 37% increase. The hatchback is the most popular light vehicle choice for Europeans. Almost 40% of new passenger vehicles on the continent are 5 door cars. That means most manufacturers already have hatchback designs in production. Most could be easily adapted to the American market if the demand from customers is there.

Honda is expected to offer a 5 door version of the Civic beginning with the 2017 model year. “Development of a hatchback for the Civic would happen with or without the U.S. market,” IHS analyst Stephanie Brinley says. “If it can help increase sales, it can be worth the effort and cost to bring it here.”

Chevrolet is also preparing a hatchback version of the Cruze for next year. The Mazda 3 and Ford Focus already are available as hatchbacks. Toyota will slap a new badge on the former Scion iM hatchback and market it as the Corolla iM. Last week, Volvo showed off two new small car designs. both of which are 5 door designs.

Many electric cars feature a hatchback, including the Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt, and the Nissan LEAF. The new Chevy Bolt is a 5 door car and the Hyundai Ioniq, which arrives later this year, will also be a hatchback. As excited as people are about the upcoming Tesla Model 3, there many were disappointed that the car is not a hatchback design and has a rather small trunk opening.

After studying potential Honda Civic buyers, Honda determined that “there is a growing market for [hatchback s], so we want to be on the forefront,” says Jeff Conrad, general manager of American Honda. The company’s research found more and more customers telling product planners they want a vehicle that “can carry my stuff.”

Buyers are showing a strong preference for smaller, more nimble crossovers with higher fuel economy. Models such as the Mazda CX-3, the Honda HR-V, and the Jeep Renegade are increasing in popularity and blurring the line between a hatchback and a crossover. Edmunds analyst Jessica Caldwell.

“Practicality and flexible cargo space are the big selling points of small crossovers,” says Jessica Caldwell of “That same reasoning can apply to hatchbacks.”

warren_tran | 09/06/2016

if the hatchback/wagon is so hot, why does Volvo don't even offer V40 anymore in the United States?

I really hope all those wanting a hatchback, lift-back would cancel their reservation. It is truly a design flaw on Tesla part so you do not need to put up buying a car that doesn't meet your need.

Ross1 | 10/06/2016

I asked my friends at Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia DOT org/wiki/Hatchback

This is the beginning of a very long consideration...

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Typical pillar configurations of a sedan or saloon (three box), station wagon or estate (two box) and hatchback (two box) from the same model range (Ford Focus)
A hatchback is a car body configuration with a rear door[1][2][3][4][5] that swings upward to provide access to a cargo area. Hatchbacks may feature fold-down second row seating, where the interior can be flexibly reconfigured to prioritize passenger vs. cargo volume. Hatchbacks may feature two- or three-box design.
While early examples of the body configuration can be traced to the 1930s, the Merriam-Webster dictionary dates the term itself to 1970.[2] The hatchback body style has been marketed worldwide on cars ranging in size from superminis to small family cars, as well as executive cars and some sports cars.
Contents [hide]
1 Overview
1.1 Hatchback vs. station wagon
1.2 Liftback
2 Early examples
3 Worldwide
3.1 Europe
3.2 North America
3.3 Japan
3.4 USSR
3.5 India
3.6 Other regions
4 See also
5 Notes
6 External links

Volkswagen Polo Mk 1 hatchback
Hatchbacks may be described as three-door (two entry doors and the hatch) or five-door (four entry doors and the hatch) cars. A model range may include multiple configurations, as with the 2001–2007 Ford Focus which offered sedan (ZX4), wagon (ZXW), and three or five-door hatchback (ZX3 and ZX5) models. The models typically share a platform, drivetrain and bodywork forward of the A-pillar. Hatchbacks may have a removable rigid parcel shelf,[6] liftable with the tailgate, or flexible roll-up tonneau cover to cover the cargo space behind the rear seats.
Hatchback vs. station wagon[edit]

Diagram of a five-door hatchback (two-box) superimposed over the station wagon (two-box) from the same model range—in this case, both with a D-pillar
Both station wagons and hatchbacks typically feature a two-box design configuration, with one shared, flexible, interior volume for passengers and cargo[7][8]—and a rear door for cargo access.[9][10] Further distinctions are highly variable:

deeageux | 10/06/2016

"Right now, hatchbacks represent only 4.8% of light vehicle sales in the US, but IHS says that number will grow to 6.6% by 2020."

And sedans will "fall" to 29.3% by 2020 according to IHS.

warren_tran | 10/06/2016

29.3% > 6.6%

Basic math | 10/06/2016

Looks like that confirms Tesla made the right call.
Option 1: Make a sedan that satisfies 30% of potential customers
Option 2: Make a hatchback that satisfies 6% of potential customers

I suspect the numbers change dramatically if you excluded cars under $35K in favor of sedan.

dsvick | 10/06/2016

The trends tell us that TM was absolutely correct in releasing a sedan. According to your links even in 2020 sedans will outsell hatchbacks by almost a factor of 7. And sedans and SUVs (the next expected Tesla model) will outsell them by almost 10 times.

I'm sorry what was your point .....?

Tropopause | 10/06/2016

Even though I am a hatchback fan, driving a hatchback in the USA is considered poor taste.

FREE ENERGY | 13/06/2016

Wrong, u need to combine the figures of SUVs % hatches, combined they outsell sedans, Do your math.

FREE ENERGY | 13/06/2016

Combined, the carry your stuff better....

mos6507 | 13/06/2016

"with passenger cars, none of the top ten vehicles are hatchbacks."

In the US, the most popular vehicles are trucks, not even cars.

yongliangzhu68 | 13/06/2016

Ø: What not combine luggage and backpacks also to really prove your point. :) Or you could combined sedans with busses, trucks, cell phones and bikes but then you are losing again. Damn this math stuff is confusing. I think we need another hatchback / dumb Americans thread to clear our minds.

dsvick | 13/06/2016

@phi - "Wrong, u need to combine the figures of SUVs % hatches, combined they outsell sedans, Do your math"

Ok, that's just silly. Using the same logic, I can combine everythign that isn't a SUV or hatchback and come out higher. And besides, it is expected tha the next vehicle will be an SUV so they'll have the two highest selling body styles in the US covered.

KP in NPT | 13/06/2016

This whole thread is silly.

dsvick | 13/06/2016

@mp1156 - "This whole thread is silly."

Yes, yes it is.

Ross1 | 13/06/2016

So are notchbacks

Red Sage ca us | 13/06/2016

There are lots of people who are not hauling anything more bulky than their gym bag, laptop/tablet, or mobile phone as they cruise the 405 FWY at 3 MPH alone in their seven passenger 11 MPG SUVs on 24" chromed out wheels for hours on end, every day. Those items can fit in a Mazda Miata, no problem. No hatch required.

deeageux | 13/06/2016

Cadillac Escalade is not a hatchback.

Neither is a Ford Expedition.

Nor a Ford F150. Not even a Ford Explorer.

Not a sedan that can carry all my stuff does not equal a hatchback.

Ross1 | 14/06/2016


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