Originally Posted by pjl35
whether it's got three doors or four, it's still a hatch.
I agree. However, technically a CUV is a hatch / glorified station wagon. It's all about positioning.
The 3 door gives them a visual / easy out on the Hatch syndrome, and a point of differentiation vs. other players.
This said - I do feel the 'hatch' syndrome is recessing in the US; Mazda 3, Ford Focus, Golf are 3 obvious players that support this. Add in that GM is making the Cruze a hatch as well further fuels this. Who knows - maybe the market IS ready for a 4-door hatch Veloster...