The Grandfather of the Hatchbacks Turns 45 With Audi’s Sportback models, the hatchback is making a grand return onto the automotive stage. Few remember the car that triggered the trend: the Renault
16, which is now turning 45. Launched in 1965, it was called a “slap in the face for German engineering” by car magazines here. The car was briefly sold in the U.S., and it deserves to be remembered
for its handling, flexibility, and overall style.