Conventional wisdom has always suggested American’s do not fancy the hatchback the way Europeans have for decades. Though that wisdom is now being tested, because hatchback sales are one of the few bright spots in car sales right now, suggesting they’re on a bit of a comeback.
So far for 2017 compact and subcompact car sales have tanked by about 25 percent over 2016. However, USA Today reports that sales of hatchbacks is up 16 percent. The increase constitute a lone bright spot in car sales in general as buyers flock to crossovers and SUVs.
Although the sales increase is largely attributed to a slew of new hatchback models coming to market, one automaker who and attest to the hatchback craze isn’t new to the segment: Ford. The company says a third of Fiesta and nearly 40 percent of Focus sales are of the hatchback variants.
Chevrolet, Honda, Hyundai and Subaru have all added new hatchback models for 2017, which is certainly aiding in the sales climb and provide further evidence that automakers are bullish on hatchbacks in the U.S.