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That is, Hatchback 2 door cars. Would be perfect for me, could put my mountain bike inside. Sooooo useful.
I don't see them any longer. I think even Golfs are 4 doors.
 

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You will need a folding bike....
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Or you could go out in style:
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I had a 99 Civic hatchback, great little car and could put a lot in it with the rear seat down. I passed it to my son when he started driving around 2004 and it's still his primary transportation. He autocrosses it and has installed a new suspension, and last year, a used SI engine and transmission. It has to have around 250 - 300K on it by now.

Which reminds me...doesn't Honda have a little hatchback hybrid? Only a two-seater if I recall so not much space in the back, though.
 

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I had a 99 Civic hatchback, great little car and could put a lot in it with the rear seat down. I passed it to my son when he started driving around 2004 and it's still his primary transportation. He autocrosses it and has installed a new suspension, and last year, a used SI engine and transmission. It has to have around 250 - 300K on it by now.

Which reminds me...doesn't Honda have a little hatchback hybrid? Only a two-seater if I recall so not much space in the back, though.
The Gen I Insight was. Gen II was a 4 dr hatch. Gen III is now a 4 dr sedan.

Hatchbacks went away from most auto manufacturers lines a few years ago. It seems they are kind of making a comeback. The Subaru WRX community was quite upset when Subaru stopped selling them...in the US market.
 

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I was thinking of the Honda CRZ. They call it a coupe, not a HB and hasn't been produced since 2016. I wanted to like it but it didn't do anything for me. I wish they would bring back something like the Del Sol or S2000.
 
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Ah yes, the CRZ. They attempted to revive the CRX as a hybrid...facepalm Honda, facepalm...should have just brought back the CRX, that was a fun HB. Honda did bring back the Civic in a HB....problem is they beat it with a fugly stick...Del Sol...was ok. S2000 was cool and fun.
 

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Hatchbacks went away from most auto manufacturers lines a few years ago. It seems they are kind of making a comeback
Over here hatchbacks never went away, just the opposite - ever popular.
You people ever have these on your shores? Great little cars, and like a Tardis. Quick, compliant suspension, but drive like a 90mph roller skate!:D Better half has one of the facelift first gen - 65mpg and fun to drive.
And just learned that they are to be discontinued this year.:(
 

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Eh, hatchbacks seem to be a love hate thing with the market in the U.S.
It even goes through phases where they make them look like sedans. The current civic (4 door) looks a bit like it's doing that.
Right now, you're right. Not a lot of two door hatchbacks available new.
Personally I like the 4 door ones better, but the whole skinny tire on the big rim thing and low ground clearance are bigger issues than 2 door vs, 4 door.
Tires are part of the suspension so impact not only handling, but also comfort over road imperfections, I also I have this weird liking of getting over speed bumps without scraping the bottom.
There really is nothing for me in the car market, & even some purported "SUV" & "Crossover" (both essentially AWD/4WD station wagons) that are off my list because of that. Hopefully this too will pass.
 

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I am thinking also of "Liftbacks".
The Honda Civic with the chopped off rear end (late 80's?) would be perfect
I saw a Corvette hatchback the other day, maybe a C7? Hmmmm maybe I can find a good C5, with pop-up headlights 馃槂
 

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Blustrom13. You know I was being sarcastic, right? Your car there actually looks interesting. The AMC Pacer on the other hand, was a feat of amazement, when dealer incentives got people to actually buy them. Only automobile- bullfrog crossbreed ever made in the world
 

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Blustrom13. You know I was being sarcastic, right?
You had to be!:)
We had some dogs too, but can't think of anything to compete. Gave me an excuse to show the Reliant Scimitar tho'.
Your car there actually looks interesting.
Reliant was a Midlands company that started out making 3-wheelers, initially with motorcycle forks, later with a steering wheel, like a "real" car. They were popular here because they could be driven on a bike license.
The Scimitar was a world different. 3 litre engine was massive by UK standards. Fibre body sounds weak, but in fact was immensly strong. Under it was a box section ladder chassis.
They had Royal Approval - Princess Anne drove one, I believe.
Early Reliant.jpg To This- Plastic PIG.jpg ("PLASTIC PIG"), Then - Reiant Kitten.jpg To This - Scimitar 1972.jpg

On the moving them thing - We had the Talbot Horizon. It wasn't a bad looking thing, but rotted while it stood in the showroom! "Sell it --QUICK!"
 

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Bluestrom, you forgot the Jensen Interceptor III with the Chrysler 440 CI (7.2 Liter).

I had one for 3 years and it was fast. Mine was Hot Rodded a lot.

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Kind of like my 1965 Barracuda but that was not a hatchback. The trunk lifted and then two finger pulls dropped the wall down, then the back seat folded forward. A 8 foot ladder would fit with the trunk lid down.

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Don鈥檛 forget the MGB GT Hatch Back....even in the British Racing Green it was a pooch.
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Blustrom13. You know I was being sarcastic, right? Your car there actually looks interesting. The AMC Pacer on the other hand, was a feat of amazement, when dealer incentives got people to actually buy them. Only automobile- bullfrog crossbreed ever made in the world
The Pacer never stood a chance.

It was originally intended to have front-wheel-drive and be powered by a compact Wankel rotary engine that GM was developing.
GM cancelled the engine program, so AMC had to go with an inline-4 and rear-wheel-drive. This raised the hood line, as well as the floor of the rear section (both to accommodate the differential and the fuel tank), making it more fish-bowl looking.

Many of its styling cues showed up several years later on the Ford Taurus.
 

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Bluestrom, you forgot the Jensen Interceptor III with the Chrysler 440 CI (7.2 Liter).

I had one for 3 years
I think in all my years, I've only ever seen one "in the metal".
A Jensen specialist JIA based in Banbury Oxfordshire, England rebuilds original Interceptors using modern components, with a GM supplied LS 6.2-litre naturally aspirated or Supercharged engine and 6 speed automatic or manual transmission. I dread to think what those cost!
Scimitars weren't common, but you did see them on occasion. A work collegue had one in the 80's.

MGB GT Hatch Back....even in the British Racing Green it was a pooch.
Excuse my ignorance, but would being a "pooch" be good or bad?

(In England, to be a "dog" isn't good).
 

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And to the original question: Air bags and insurance are what keep them out of the US.
Air bags meant baby seats had to go in the back seat, and that meant you needed doors back there to load the kids into them.

That limited the market for 2-door hatches to people who didn't have children -- young adults. Not good insurance risks, and rates reflect that. By the time the kids are grown enough to not need the seats, they need legroom... and you're doing carpools to soccer practice or whatever, so there's the need for rear passenger doors again. Get to empty-nest status, and if you're carrying passengers they're probably going to be far enough from young that climbing into a back seat from the front won't be an appealing choice.
 
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