Hatchback & Wagon
Most companies like to use a wagon or hatch, as a way to entice some extra market share within the small, medium or full size car markets. It also acts as a way to lure consumers into showrooms, with the advantage of having cars with the most interior room and truck space. Considering a hatch is just a sedan with some extra sheet metal, most consumers are still drawn to them.
This years AutoLooks A+ award was a hard one, considering that both of the top two contenders came from the same platform. It was a hard choice, but in the end the winner was chosen over one little flaw in the other. The headlights were just too big on the #2 car so this year we had to name the 2009 Toyota Matrix over the 2009 Pontiac Vibe, for the A+ award. The Matrix’s headlights where just more mean compared to the huge, but still mean ones on the Vibe. The Matrix also looked leaner then the chubby Vibe. Although it came down to a fight of the platforms, the A+ winner still seems to be a winner in all ways.
As for the Rusty, it was not as hard to name. Although it too came down to two similar contenders, it was still a lot easier. And for 2009 the Rusty goes to the Toyota Auris. It just seems odd to give the best and worst award to the same company. And considering the other poor contender was another Toyota product. The Auris won due to its oddly shaped front end. From far away it looks like the wrong headlights were installed, and that the grille is not finished. The car seems to give off a kind of walrus feel to it, odd and fat.
A+ 2009 Toyota Matrix
2nd 2009 Pontiac Vibe
3rd 2009 Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen
4th 2009 Fiat New Croma
5th 2009 Scion xB
Rusty 2009 Toyota Auris