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Jan 09, 1999 (3:16 am)
I truly believe that the SUV is a fad that will ultimately wear off.
Not all of us feel comfortable with leasing/buying an expensive SUV. The insurance is relatively more expensive, they consume more gasoline, most young people don't need all that space. Hatchbacks are a GREAT alternative that I think will fit consumer demand like a glove in the near future when smart choices will overpower pretentiousness.
#22 of 30 carlady
Jan 12, 1999 (12:25 am)
Makes sense and sounds good to me!
Feb 20, 1999 (6:38 am)
Have you all seen the Ford Puma? IMO, it looks pretty cool. Unfortunately, it's not sold in the US. Now, that the Focus is coming, it probably won't ever be brought here. It would cut too much out of their sales on the Focus.
Feb 26, 1999 (6:25 pm)
RE: Buying cars in Europe for use in the US.
It's possible to take delivery of a BMW in München drive it for a month or so in Europe (if you want), drop it off for shipment, and then take delivery again at your local dealership in the U.S. BMW takes care of all of the hassle and takes 7% of the MSRP.
see: www.bmw.com under European delivery.
But they don't seem to offer their hatchbacks under the program.
Mar 28, 1999 (11:00 pm)
Is BMW the only company to offer that kind of delivery program?
Mar 29, 1999 (6:15 am)
This is the exact topic i was looking for, nice one.
I live in London and believe me having a big car here is nightmare/challenge to be savoured depending how work went that day. Having a 735i where some streets demand that contact between door mirrors occurs, (producing the "so that's why they bend back" response) is pretty impractical. But not when you consider that I want to buy a hatchback when I move to N. America in september. wrong car wrong place huh?
Well not when Audi release the S3 (in this month's CAR magazine) or the Golf 4motion on the horizon. Both with AWD and 200+ horsepower. Now do you really want a cruiser SUV when all the off-roading you do will be when snowy roads aren't cleared quick enough? Nope.
Audi also does european delivery
the other day I looked at a golf and geez its big, here we have the superminis (Polo, seat ibiza, peugeot 106 and 206)
the A class mercedes is fine for having the hatch but it's more mini-minivan than hatchback (SUV's aren't hatches right?), although merc will make a hatch version of the upcoming C class. (read car magazine it has all the best news)
May 07, 1999 (1:41 pm)
I will be going off the topic a little here, but it seems some of you may have the information I am looking for.
I am thinking of buying a car in the US (a Civic HB or New Golf GL) to use here for a few months and then take to Europe. Why? because I need a car here and I get paid to take it (besides I am not sure when I'll leave).
My concern is 1) that the 2.0 lt engine in the Golf will consume too much gas for European standards (and prices) and 2) that because US cars have catalytic converters and the European ones dont, that any repairs in the future may be very expensive (is this true? - I dont know that much about cars...).
Can anyone give me good advise? I need it....
May 09, 1999 (12:55 am)
Why don't you get the TDI Diesel. VERY efficient, and also this engine IS sold in Europe, whereas the 2.0L 8V is not.
May 15, 1999 (5:54 pm)
I think it's true, Europe does get all the good htachbacks, simply because they require it. Big cars are serious mistakes in tiny London streets.
My personal favorite is the Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback. It's simple, sleek, inexpensive, and looks very much like the 1995 honda civic hatchback (before honda listened to its many customers and decided to go conservative). It's a really nice car that has that sporty look, but without the redundancy of a honda. I know it's sold in Japan, Europe and Australia, and I wish it was sold in the states!!! I guess either honda creates too much competition for it here or there just isn't as big market for the small car.
Anybody out there know how a guy in L.A. could get a 96-98 mirage hatchback?
#30 of 30 Car Shopping Angst
Aug 02, 1999 (8:19 pm)
I read, every month and cover to cover, Car, Evo, and Top Gear magazines. I'm an automotive anglo-phile. Every car I covet is not available in the country. The Impreza Turbos, the Mitsubishi Lancers, the Nissan Skylines, all not in America. I'm wishing the Peugeot came back to the US. I think the 206 and 306 GTIs are incredibly cool cars. Alfa Romeo too, with their GTV and 156. Affordable and fun. That works. What really kills me is the Audi S3. That is the absolute sweetist car on the planet. Will Audi import it to the US? No, they don't want to cheapen their image. What the hell! Anyways, I'll settle for the next best thing available. A black on black '00 GTI GLX arrives in two weeks with my name on it.