It looks like an echo wagon to me. Hyundai should have called it wacko or something.
#3 of 21 Lavita link (for what it's worth).
Jun 03, 2001 (6:08 pm)
I'm sure this thing is not due to be imported despite the interest in hatches. It's too van like. Still I kind of like it because it reminds me of my old 1985 Colt Vista. In fact I think it's quite a bit like the second generation Expo/Vista/Eagle wagon of the early '90's.
I finally got the first link posted to work and I don't think it is a bad looking little car, but I might be biased since I like small cars and I have a Toyota Echo. : )
The picture of the blue Lavita (needs work on the name if they bring it stateside) makes me think that the last side window's bottom edge is higher than the driver or passenger windows' bottom edge. I would change this and lower the bottom edge to be the same as the other two side windows.
it sure does...I own a 1988 Plymouth Colt Vista 5-speed right now. Do they have 3 rows of seating? Do the seats fold into a bed or flat for cargo? Does it get 27mpg in city driving without the A/C running? Mine has no air, sure wish it did, but it's my winter car so it doesn't need it. Will it offer 4WD like the old Colt Vista? Lots of Japanese mini-wagons offer 4WD and 3 rows of seating, but they don't sell them here, just in Japan where space is at a premium and micro-mini-vans are commonplace.
Hey I think the Lavita (Latvia?)is a cool car ... all manufacturers should be marketing these types of vehicles in North America ... sorta reminds me of those Nissan Access wago-vans that were on the go about 10 or 12 years ago? I'd also like to see the Atoz/Amica sold here in Canada ... it'd be the perfect market to introduce these models to North Am. ... particularly since our gas prices are significantly higher than in the U.S.
I drove Lavita yesterday. It has roomy cabin which is bigger than Elantra(Avante)'s.
I'm seriously consider buying Lavita. Currently, I drive Daewoo Magnus(2K2 Leganza) and own Hyundai AVANTE(ELANTRA)1.8 A/T.
The price of Top notch Lavita is under U.S 13,000 with full options.
Top of the line's major features are Leather, side airbag, cd-changer, sun-roof, trip computer, auto climate contron, A/T and so on.
The only thing I don't like is its perfomance.
It has 1.8 Dohc engine and a little bit floaty suspension.
An interesting thing is that the Access was a much greater commercial success in Canada than in the U.S. - it was sold in Canada for several years after it was pulled from the U.S. market. Similarly, the sales/capita was higher for the Colt Vista in Canada than in the U.S.
This, unfortunately, doesn't promise great likelihood for such a vehicle being introduced into the U.S. market again. But MAYBE in Canada (?)
The Access was sold from 90-92 I believe. It replaced the Stanza wagon. It was a very short-lived model as it was considered to be too expensive for its smallish size and therefore was a sales flop. It basically was responsible for the dual sliding door idea. Funny how every minivan now has that feature, but back then it wasn't even noticed. Too bad. The Access was a neat idea that just wasn't priced and marketed properly.