And the Shatchback of the Year 2011 is…

Drum roll please. After a frantic few days of voting, the readers of PetrolBlog have voted with their feet and really stuck the boot in. I’m therefore pleased to announce that the winner of the Golden Boot and therefore Shatchback of the Year 2011 is…

Going to be revealed in a moment!

Shouldn’t this be done in reverse order?!

Bronze Plimsoll

Renault 7
Renault 7

Picking up the bronze medal with a whopping 10% of the overall votes is the Renault 7. Yes, showing that readers of PetrolBlog have no mercy when it comes to retro Shatchbacks, you put the saloon version of the Renault 5 in third place. The plucky little Renault 7 sold, depending on which source you believe, between 140,000 and 160,000 units between the years of 1974 and 1984. It’s success was limited largely to Spain as the rest of the world seemed to prefer the Renault 12. Quite right too.

Today, it is kept alive today by the enthusiastic chaps at the Spanish Siete7 Club.

Thanks to the wonderful world of Wikipedia, I’ve discovered this fantastic little French website. There are some wonderfully retro brochure images on the site and I can’t work out if it makes the 7 look cool or not. So I’ll err on the side of caution and say no. No it doesn’t. But well done to the 7 for picking up third place, especially as it was the very first Shatchback to appear on PetrolBlog, way back in Give them the boot.

Silver Shoe

Renault Clio Sedan
Renault Clio

Not content with taking just taking third place, Renault will be delighted to learn that it has taken the silver medal too. Just edging the Renault 7 with 12% of the votes, it’s the Clio that takes second place. Yes, the star of Shatchbacks 3: The Rise of Machines sticks two figures up and blows a raspberry at its ageing French uncle. Of course, this is bad news for Monique, Nicole’s ugly sister, who will no doubt be running off to Papa at the thought of missing out on yet another prize. Life is tough when you live in the shadows of Nicole.

Depending on where you are in the world, the Clio saloon is known under a number of guises, including Symbol, Thalia, Sedan or the wonderfully overstated, Classic. All we know is, it’s a brilliantly awful Shatchback. At which point I probably should post another photo of Nicole to balance things up. But I won’t. Sorry*.

Golden Boot

Could it be a clean sweep fo Renault? Could the Megane or Chamade sneak in and take the top spot? Er, no.

Shatchback of the Year 2011

Picking up the Golden Boot for Shatchback of the Year 2011, with a massive 16% of the votes is…the Suzuki Swift / Maruti Dzire. Cue rapturous applause and a lengthy acceptance speech.

The Swift and Dzire appeared in Shatchbacks 2: Judgement Day and they’re a worthy winner. No other cars manage to capture the essence of Shatchback quite like the Swift or Dzire. Take a pretty and well proportioned hatchback, stick a hideous boot on the back and hey presto, a total mess. The very definition of an automotive afterthought.

Suzuki Maruti Dzire
Suzuki Swift / Maruti Dzire

I’m delighted to say that Maruti saw sense and removed the original website, complete with constant rain fall and darkness. Sadly, they’ve retained the Casio keyboard background music on the new website. Still, at least we can still play the ‘how long can you listen to the music before thinking about sticking pins in your eyes‘ game. I’m mildly amused by what the website sees as the key selling point of the Dzire’s rear end though. Click on the boot and the caption states, “a high mounted stop lamp and a rear bumper-integrated fog lamp give clear signals to following traffic“. What this should say is “a high mounted stop lamp and a rear bumper-integrated fog lamp give clear signals to stop following traffic from crashing into your Dzire through the sheer horror of what they’ve just seen“.

Congratulations to the top three and thanks to everyone who voted. Look out for more Shatchbacks in 2012, plus an attempt to compile a list of good Shatchbacks. If they’re out there, we’ll find them.

Please remember, Shatchbacks represent a small proportion of the cars on our road, so please, don’t have nightmares and do sleep well. Thank you.

*Oh, go on then. Here’s Nicole.

Nicole Renault Clio
Sexy Back

Image credits on original posts.

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12 comments

  1. December 21, 2011
    Simon Hingston

    Sorry what was this about you distracted me with that picture of Nicole! Now that’s va va voom 🙂

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    • December 21, 2011
      MajorGav

      There’s always room for Nicole in a post about Shatchbacks. The old pleasure and pain thing!

      Reply
  2. December 21, 2011
    Antony Ingram (@antonyingram)

    I don’t think I could have lived with myself had the Megane Classic or Chamade topped the list…

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    • December 21, 2011
      MajorGav

      The Megane polled fewer votes than the Chamade – which was surprising!

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      • December 21, 2011
        Antony Ingram (@antonyingram)

        I’ll endeavour to get you something along the “in defense of shatchbacks” line… expect both those Regies to appear! Have some other decent shatchbacks lined up for it too…

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        • December 21, 2011
          MajorGav

          Looking forward to it, Antony!

          Merry Christmas!

          Reply
  3. December 21, 2011
    Jon Reay (@JonReay)

    A worthy winner, I feel. Particularly in that *lovely* shade of beige – makes it look like a misshapen lump of marzipan.

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    • December 21, 2011
      MajorGav

      Although marzipan is perhaps a little tastier?!

      Reply
  4. December 21, 2011
    Richard Lyle

    Oh, Nicole… *sigh*

    I love shatchbacks, hatchoons, whatever you want to call them. Can I make an early nomination for next year with the Lada Samara? Crap as a hatch, crap as a saloon, as sad as a kitten in the rain, as stylish as most wrinkly tights and slippers, it makes the Dzire look like a Rolls-Royce Ghost.

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    • December 21, 2011
      MajorGav

      With that description, you can have the Lada Samara in the next edition with pleasure! Loving your work, Mr Lyle. It’s a shame you have your own (excellent) blog, as there’s always a home for you on PetrolBlog! 😉

      Merry Christmas sir.

      Reply
  5. December 22, 2011
    Matthew Lange

    Good Shatchbacks; the saloon version of the new Focus which I saw quite a few of in the States looks as good as the hatch IMO http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2012_Ford_Focus_SEL_sedan_–_10-12-2011_rear.jpg

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    • December 22, 2011
      MajorGav

      It’s certainly interesting! 😉

      One to add to the list for 2012 then?! Cheers Matthew – Merry Christmas!

      Reply

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