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Posted on 2001.06.25 at 20:19
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FINALLY someone's bringing a four-door hot-hatch to the states!

witness the due-next-year Toyota Matrix.

(yeah, ok, so the name's not the most imaginative thing ever. both of those words are separate links, btw- one's a 3/4 front shot, the other 3/4 rear.)

here's hoping they drop a good engine into it... a russian site i could barely translate seems to think they'll be using the same engines as the celica- the 180-hp VVTi engine and 6-speed transmission would be just fine with me, as long as they space the gear ratios a little more intelligently than they did in the celica...


paydro at 2001-06-25 21:51 (UTC) (Link)
Looks like a Ford Focus ZX3 rip-off... ;)
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2001-06-25 22:54 (UTC) (Link)
there's similarity... but the focus is nothing more than an amalgam of Civic and Golf in the first place, and you can't get the focus hatch in a 4-door (or with anywhere *near* 180hp, or with a 6-speed transmission). =)
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