Well, Toyota did intend to make Hilux a luxury pickup truck before. And the name Hilux is a portmanteau of High and Luxury. Mind you, Toyota had records of making luxury pickups before, so it’s not suprising for them to make Hilux a luxury vehicle in Japan.
Japanese people prefer roomier vehicles though, so most station wagons lose interior roominess to minivans and SUVs.
Extremely popular in South East Asia too, but completely disappeared in Japan.
Still waiting for Japanese version to come back in Japan in 2018. But yes, can Honda make a sedan version after the hatchback version? Because most markets outside Europe generally still prefer sedans.
Manual? Europeans will get.
Yeah. This is just a rendering. We will not know what the real sedan version of 10th Gen Civic Type-R looks like.
Not usually, although a norm for Peugeot who never make big hatchbacks. Citroen and Renault used to sell big hatchbacks alongside station wagons, but they switched to very-traditional saloon after stopping the big hatches. (Wagons are still on sale for some models). This is really bad for a big hatchback long-runner… Read more
If I can remember, historically, Skoda made the last traditional saloon in the 1980s (not counting first-gen Superb and the Indian-market Rapid which is a separate Rapid), before switching to hatchbacks since 1990s (and eventually booted hatchbacks (3-box saloon-like shape but actually hatchbacks in disguise), like… Read more
Nissan Wingroad is still a wagon. A traditional station wagon. Wingroad is Nissan’s only station wagon currently on sale as they shifted focus on minivans and SUVs.
Yeah. Also, European hot hatches will soon join the Galapagosization list because 1, many countries outside Europe still prefer saloons (even developed nations like Singapore still prefer saloon bodies), 2, Euro carmakers didn’t feel the need to spruce up their small saloons (Jetta, Fluence, Focus 4dr, and such), 3,… Read more
Yeah. Japan has lots of hybrid SUVs. Harrier Hybrid, XV Hybrid, Qashqai/Point Hybrid, RX450h, and so on. Japan is very obsessed with hybrid SUVs, more than ‘Muricans do.