The 'No-Nothing' Hatchback
What's wrong with the word "hatchback"? Apparently there's enough of a negative stigma associated with the designation
|No matter what the marketing department calls it, a hatchback is still a hatchback; and there's nothing wrong with that. (Photo: Alexandra Straub, Canadian Auto Press)|
to make most car manufacturers' marketing departments dub their "5-door liftbacks" everything but. Suzuki has the Areo Fastback, Mazda the Mazda3 Sportback and Chevrolet the (ahem) '5 series'; the Optra5
and now the Aveo5. Why not keep it simple like the Toyota Echo Hatchback
? After all, no matter how you word it a hatchback is still a hatchback.
The 2004 Chevrolet Aveo has evolved into the Aveo5 since the last time I test drove it in September. Why? Because
|My test Aveo5 came with nothing inside, literally. Needless to say the car I had was the $13,935 base model. (Photo: Alexandra Straub, Canadian Auto Press)|
Chevrolet now offers both four-door and five-door versions. Is there any difference between the two models other than the name, as well as the obvious fact that one has a trunk and the other a hatch? Not particularly. This time, however, my test car came with nothing inside, literally.
I called the Galaxy White Aveo5 my "no nothing" car. It did not come with power door locks or windows, keyless remote entry, air conditioning, CD player (let alone a tape player), sunroof; no nothing for $14,865 (including destination charge or $13,935 + $930) ($9,995 USD). Can you guess that it's the base model?