Hatchbacks are hot.
OK, maybe not as hot as crossovers and SUVs, which combined to outsell hatches by a ratio of more than 7-to-1 in 2015. But from a small base, the U.S. market for hatchbacks is expected to grow faster than any of the other nine vehicle body styles tracked by research firm IHS Automotive. It sees 37 percent growth in U.S. hatch sales through to 2020, to 1.1 million vehicles.
Some of the biggest automakers are supplementing their car lineups with five-doors, an effort to soak up some of the demand leaking out of the sedan market. Potential high-volume entries such as the Honda Civic and Chevrolet Cruze -- both due out this fall -- will join the Mazda3, Ford Focus hatchback, Volkswagen Golf and others. Toyota will soon inherit Scion's iM, which will live on as the Corolla iM.