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#16 of 21 I guess the Lavita is now the Matrix
Aug 23, 2001 (10:47 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 (6:58 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 (7:34 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 (9:00 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 (1:35 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 (9:02 pm)
It looks kinda cheap.. the Lavita looks much more upscale.. and I like the Lavita's styling--not too flashy, not too boring.