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    Not all new hatchbacks are created equal.

    And what was once a dirty word to carmakers, who tried to call them five-door vehicles, has now, once again, become popular. Hatchbacks are back. And this year, there are lots that have undergone significant changes.

    As part of Automobile Magazine’s list of 25 Vehicles You Most Need to Know About list, the hatchback was prominently featured as the cars people should see big improvements in the coming 24 months.

    Click through to see the five most important hatchbacks coming to America.

  • 5. Fiat 500L
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    5. Fiat 500L

    When it arrives: 2013

    Why it’s important: With the moderate success of the 500 and the popularity of the 500 Abarth, the Fiat brand needs to grow. The 500L could help the brand significantly, providing five doors and something the current 500 doesn’t offer: A useable rear seat.

  • 4. Ford Focus ST
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    4. Ford Focus ST

    When it arrives: 2012

    Why it’s important: Automobile Magazine correctly points out that for years, the best hot hatch has been the Volkswagen GTI. But now, the Focus ST hopes to make that statement questionable. Dynamic, fun and downright fast, the ST arrives from Europe with a 247 horsepower turbocharged 2-liter engine and six-speed manual transmission that should make every enthusiast’s mouth water. Game on.

  • 3. Subaru Impreza WRX
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    3. Subaru Impreza WRX

    When it arrives: 2012

    Why it’s important: Automobile Magazine called the last WRX a turbo-lagging "wet noodle" of a vehicle. The new one, however, won’t be. It will likely get a new engine – the same 2-liter four-cylinder in the BRZ – as well as a lot more attention paid to the vehicle’s interior. Performance is the new black, according to consumers, and the WRX will deliver it.

  • 2. Infiniti LE
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    2. Infiniti LE

    When it arrives: 2014

    Why it’s important: Electric luxury arrives when Infiniti rolls out the LE. Based on the mildly successful Nissan Leaf, the LE promises innovative features that could dramatically change the people use electric vehicle. The LE hopes to have the first wireless charging stations available for an electric care.

  • 1. Audi TT
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    1. Audi TT

    When it arrives: 2014

    Why it’s important: Audi will continue to build it’s reputation of a premium sports luxury brand with this elegant speedster that quickly makes you forget there’s a hatch in the back. An RS version with a five-cylinder turbo charged engine will continue the tradition of premium performance without an over the top price.

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