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Hatches Are Great Vehicles

Posted in Discussions by thotrther on the February 28th, 2012

Hatches are enjoyable motor vehicles. You know – those with the large door at the rear of the boot?

The same maker can produce the exact same model in two different versions, i.e. sedans and hatches, and guess who would choose hatches ahead of sedans? Yes, you are right: the youthful and the young at heart will in the end decide on the hatches. A sedan all things considered, is a smart family vehicle and not automatically a fun car! Hatches are not a new notion. It was in fact originally an American design following on the, then, well known station wagon in the 1930′s. In the old times all hatches were sizeable cars of American layout. The definition of a hatch is a car of which the cabin and load area is integrated, with access to the load area at the rear of the vehicle, by way of a door that swings upward. Presently hatches are mainly small and medium motors and of Asian or European origin.

Even though the Americans were the first to design hatches, it undoubtedly was the British that immortalised the look. They released two hatches in the 1960′s on sports cars and trucks, one of which became the standard for sports motor vehicles for quite some time. It was streamlined, long and came in either red or British racing green, with this incredible hatch design and spoke wheels. What a car! Today, you can still find sports cars produced in the hatch style, and the British are the front runners in the design and manufacturing of sports hatches.

Independent of the looks department, hatches are also widely used due to the load area that can be set up into several load area surfaces. Modern day hatches enables both back seats to be folded flat, thereby almost doubling up the size of the load area. They, on the other hand, will also allow only one seat to be folded flat, thereby proving space for long things, like ladders. Sedans are designed and produced around the concept of 3 boxes. The engine compartment, the cabin and the boot each being a box which are joined together on the chassis of the vehicle. Hatches, on the contrary are of a 2 box design, being the engine compartment and the integrated cabin and load area. Hatches could possibly have either three doors or five doors while some hatches only have 1 row of seats i.e. the front seats. The arrangement of hatches may also vary in that the majority of hatches have an A, B and C pillar, while some may have yet another D pillar. Hatches have an extended parcel shelf in the back of the vehicle, shielding the boot area. This shelf lifts up as you open the door to the boot area making entry simple.

Small hatches have invariably been popular with young adults and this was perpetuated in the 60′s by the British with the release of a little front drive vehicle, which was ‘hotted up” to give it outstanding overall performance, which was improved by the painting of 2 broad lines along the length of the vehicle in contrasting colours – white and gold being the more popular. These hatches sold like hotcakes all over world for many years and it has been revived in the past decade. Although it has essentially the same cheeky design and stance, it alas, has been turned into a sedate designers car rather than a raunchy little road racer.

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