The addition of hatchback body styles over the past two model years on some high-profile models, such as the Honda Civic and Chevrolet Cruze, were implemented to help curtail sliding demand for some cars. Besides adding another choice, some of the logic appeared to be that the body style would make the utility of the cars more similar to CUVs, which is the biggest segment group in the U.S. market and the sector mostly pulling share from cars. Penetration rates of HBs have risen in recent ...

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