40 percent of buyers choosing the Ford Focus in the U.S. opt for the hatchback variant of the compact car from the blue oval, and analysts forecast a more than five-percent growth in the hatchback market by 2018.
General Motors will not be left out of the game and, during a presentation to investors at the Citi 2015 Industrials Conference in Boston, GM CFO, John Stapleton, confirmed a next-generation Chevrolet Cruze hatchback, based on the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, will grace the U.S. market, according to The Detroit News. The confirmation follows news of a new Cruze hatch showed to Chevrolet dealers months ago at a Las Vegas dealer meeting.
A Chevy Cruze hatch has been sold in global markets a couple of years since the introduction of the Cruze nameplate, helping it become a top-seller worldwide with 3.5 million units sold. Chevy rivals, such as Honda, plan to re-introduce a hatchback variant of popular top-sellers as well, with a new Civic hatch inbound; Toyota, meanwhile, recently introduced the Scion iM.
What really makes us ponder is if Chevy will provide a hot-hatch competitor in a new Cruze hatchback, as that segment heats up with the upcoming Civic Type-R, the Focus ST and Focus RS, as well as the segment stalwart that is the Volkswagen Golf GTI.