Not-So-Hot Hatches Thread

Reminds me of your Vanga. Comparing both, I think the Vanga would be my choice. It looks a bit like an Isuzu but is the more interessing car.

The Vanga is not a direct competitor to the LC90 - it’s a B-segment supermini (think Polo, Fiesta, Corsa, Clio, 106, etc.), not an A-segment city car (like a Ka, Twingo, or Lupo). They’re not even built on the same body set - the Vanga uses the '86 Colt body (~2.4m wheelbase), whereas the LC90 uses the smallest of the 205/405 body sets (~2.2m wheelbase).

2019 Elka E Car

Elka, a huge tech company, introduced itself to the car market in 2005. The E-Car was redesigned completely for 2019, as a budget friendly Compact hatchback. a “X-Trek” crossover inspired trim is available


2020 Primus Stratum

It plunged right into a pandemic, and it is still available - with engines from 130 to 325 horsepower and various trim levels. Ask your local PRIMUS dealer for more information or even a test drive.
No oversized displays. Real buttons for the most important functions. Total connectivity. It offers all electronic stuff that is now state of the art, but you can turn it off. Oldschool driving is still possible, however, we would recommend using the assists unless they are really in the way of your driving pleasure.


AAC Sable/AAC Seoil Veraneio/AAC Isura Bellel (2004-2015) - compact hatchback produced by the American brand Sable, which is part of the AAC (American Automotive Corporation) concern, also by the South Korean brand Seoil and the Japanese brand Isura from 2004 to 2015. My old model may someday get a remaster of the interior
Prerestyling (2004-2009)

Restyling (2009-2015)

AAC Eco-11 I4 SOHC-8 1061cc Multi-point injection (50hp) 4-speed manual FWD
AAC Eco-08 I3 SOHC-6 796cc Multi-point injection (37hp) 4-speed manual FWD

AAC Eco2-11 I4 SOHC-16 1061cc Multi-point injection (54hp) 5-speed manual FWD/4-speed automatic FWD
AAC Eco2-08 I3 SOHC-12 796cc Multi-point injection (41hp) 5-speed manual FWD


A way for them to spread their roots into America?

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Initially, Sable (Chevrolet) was an American brand, but then this brand entered the European market. The first generation Veraneio model itself (there is also a second generation) was never sold in America, unlike the next generation

If this was sold in America, Korea and Japan it should have larger engine options available and hubcaps as standard in those markets; cars with less than 50 horsepower would be unacceptably slow by the mid-2000s except in the poorest countries. And the engine is too large to qualify for Kei car tax breaks in Japan.

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Budget Hot hatch, 1990 Salon Sprint 1.9 SX


I’m sure this one counts as a warm hatch, rather than a hot one.

Trust me, it’s slower than it looks


1987 Sampo Alisa Citi

With 80’s cars it’s a little bit hard to not just put some square lights on a square body and not do much else, there’s none of that earlier decades’ chrome smattering or the current times elaborate grille shapes and LED strip shaping that would raise the fixture count of your car.

This cheeky little hatchback was a challenge to myself to design an 80’s car with more fixtures and some unique Sampo touches familiar from other models. These include such details like the heated license plate cover on the trunklid (with visible hinges and heater lines) that also covers the reverse lights, the faux six headlight look consisting of (out to in) indicators, low beams and high beams or even the more-elaborate-than-dodge crosshair grille standard across Sampo’s range pre-00’s.

At this time, a large part of Sampo’s lineup was named after people. Taneli, Ahti, Karina or Alisa. Citi in the name refers to the trim level with the standard Sampo 1.8 SMF flat 4 with 80 horsepower going through a 5-speed manual box to the rear and smaller wheels. A 4x4 option with 14" wheels instead was also available with higher suspension, although the Citis suspension is also plenty enough for the nordic dirt roads.

I may be didn’t go that unique with the interior however, it has a pretty typical for Sampo brown and tweed interior upholstery with rather rudimentary equipment but I didn’t go that all out designing it, just as long as all surfaces were furnished.

I’m pretty happy with the result, and it was good practice to add a lot of small details that help older automation made cars look “real”, when modern cars can get away with less of those small touches when the design itself does all the work.

And here’s an edited line of text because I accidentally just posted this in the guess what car thread and it doesn’t let me just copy paste.


By my reckoning, the Sampo Alisa is based on the 155-like body set (which has since been replaced by the '85 Juliet body sets) from the legacy body mod pack - but it looks modern enough to stay in production with a facelift or two well into the 1990s.

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