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#12 of 21 I say bring it over!
Jun 19, 2001 (9:43 am)
As for the Lavita, I think it's a great idea. It reminds me of the Mitsu Expo, which I thought was a neat car and one I almost bought recently. Today's minivans are too big and suck too much gas for my tastes. This smaller, yet roomy and attractive wagovan is a very useful car that would be easy on the wallet. It also makes more sense in today's marketing ploy of active lifestyles. I used to own an 85 Civic Wagon which used the same idea but in a much smaller package. Even though the car was a piece of junk, I still smile when I see one on the road because I thought it was a cute little car that could haul a bunch of stuff while sipping gas. I loved it despite its many problems. If it had been reliable, I probably would still have it to this day! So, Hyundai, please please bring this van over!! I think the Lavita would fill a niche that is just begging to be filled.
#13 of 21 Daewoo Nameless
Jun 19, 2001 (3:07 pm)
Daewoo has a similar vehicle that they're planning to bring over-- if the company survives. If you look at the Daewoo-US webpage they have a name the vehicle contest. It already has a name on the world market but I'm too lazy to look it up on their global web page.
Jun 26, 2001 (4:52 pm)
For those who are interested, the name of the Daewoo MPV is the Tacuma. I am guessing that Toyota would have a fit if Daewoo ended up bringing that vehicle over with that name given that Toyota has the Tacoma pick up here already.
#15 of 21 Not really
Jul 29, 2001 (5:28 pm)
There's the GMC Sierra and Toyota Sienna. There are Type-S's from Acura, and S-Types from Jaguar.
Toyota Land Cruiser, Nissan X-Terra (land crosser).
#16 of 21 I guess the Lavita is now the Matrix
Aug 23, 2001 (9:47 pm)
in most markets. Guess it sounds more macho. We need vehicles like this in America!
#17 of 21 Automotive News reports that there is a good chance...
Aug 28, 2001 (5:58 pm)
that the Lavita will be imported in 2002. This is the kind of car we need more of, something imaginative. When I commented about Hyundai grabbing the Matrix name, I forgot about the Toyota Matrix. Funny both would use the same name for tall-wagons in different markets.
#18 of 21 I hope they don't
Sep 01, 2001 (6:34 pm)
The Lavita is incredibly ugly. Hyundai is just starting to rebuild its name in the North American market. Some of its newer cars are even stylish (which is subjective, & I know some of you may disagree with me), such as the Elantra GT and the Santa Fe. To bring the Lavita over here would damage something that Hyundai has worked so long and hard to achieve.
#19 of 21 Tall Wagon/mini-minivan
Sep 01, 2001 (8:00 pm)
Seems like North America is the only place in the world that they don't sell these types of vehicles. In Europe they are extremely popular, and having driven a Renault Megane Scenic for a week I can see why, it did everything really well. More room inside than most SUV's, length and width of a Honda Civic, high top speed, outstanding gas mileage, tons of torque (TDI). I guess North Americans as a whole, care more about image than utility (at least someone's marketing survey must indicate this). Other great cars in this genre - Mazda Premacy, Honda Stream. The Toyota Matrix is close to being in this group and by golly we are going to get that one!
#20 of 21 I think I posted this before...
Sep 03, 2001 (12:35 pm)
but it reminds me of my beloved 86 Colt Vista. Cars like this have never sold well in the US market, but we can always hope. I sure liked the Vista a lot better than the 94 Dodge Caravan now mouldering in my driveway.
#21 of 21 Nameless Daewoo?
Sep 03, 2001 (8:02 pm)
It looks kinda cheap.. the Lavita looks much more upscale.. and I like the Lavita's styling--not too flashy, not too boring.