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Old 08-31-2015, 12:48 PM
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Everything has a hatchback in Europe. .
Not a bad thing...I wish NA would realize the benefits of this configuration and embrace it....more room, better visibility, (probably) improved aerodynamics, etc, etc, etc, For example, the Mazda 6 hatch/slope back from 2 generations ago - was brilliant; but a sales dud.
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:03 PM
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Not a bad thing...I wish NA would realize the benefits of this configuration and embrace it....more room, better visibility, (probably) improved aerodynamics, etc, etc, etc, For example, the Mazda 6 hatch/slope back from 2 generations ago - was brilliant; but a sales dud.
Could it have something to do with safety or perceived safety concerns I wonder? The reason I ask this is that I've had quite a few people who have said to me they won't consider the hatchback configuration because of safety concerns (in rear end collisions).
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:32 PM
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I think the American phobia of hatchbacks goes back to the 1970s when we were forced out of our 5000 pound, 500 cubic inch V8 sedans for wheezer hatchbacks. ;)
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:00 AM
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First car I had in the US was a hatchback. 87 Chevy Nova.
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Old 09-01-2015, 02:23 AM
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First car I had in the US was a hatchback. 87 Chevy Nova.
My first car was a VW Rabbit.
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Old 09-01-2015, 03:56 AM
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Not a bad thing...I wish NA would realize the benefits of this configuration and embrace it....more room, better visibility, (probably) improved aerodynamics, etc, etc, etc, For example, the Mazda 6 hatch/slope back from 2 generations ago - was brilliant; but a sales dud.
It was, but it did better than the wagon. 5% of sales from that generation were hatchbacks, while only 0.5% were wagons.

A couple of premium hatchbacks are doing really well right now--the A7 and the 3-series GT/4-series. Maybe Buick is seeing another opportunity in the marketplace as a result?
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A couple of premium hatchbacks are doing really well right now--the A7 and....
The A7 is drop dead gorgeous, but...

The A7 for example sold just over 9K units in MY2014 in NA and 2015 is running pretty similar. That's hardly a stunning success. Even combining the A6 and A7 sales, the Audis are running at about half the volume of the Mercedes E.

While there is nothing wrong with a hatchback as an adjunct to a sedan, the sedan's sales will prevail.

I sincerely hope Buick does not aim low.

Leveraging the Avenir's styling for the next Regal and Lacrosse is the way to go for NA
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Seen in Buick Regal Sedan form:

http://www.worldcarfans.com/11603071...py-photo-debut

Either this is a really generic design with no distinct Buick cues beyond the grille or they're doing a damn good job covering it up.
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Old 03-13-2016, 04:27 PM
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Seen in Buick Regal Sedan form:

http://www.worldcarfans.com/11603071...py-photo-debut

Either this is a really generic design with no distinct Buick cues beyond the grille or they're doing a damn good job covering it up.
Have you not seen how generic and dull the new LeCrap is?
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Old 03-14-2016, 06:23 AM
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Have you not seen how generic and dull the new LeCrap is?
I saw one at the LA auto show. It's anonymous, but it's an elegant and handsome design (and MUCH better looking in person; I found it pretty ugly in photos).
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