Date: Sat, 01 Dec 2001 02:44:55 GMT
From: Marc Escuro <>
Subject: Re: New Saab SUV

On 11/30/01 11:01 AM, in article, "Johannes H Andersen" <> wrote: > SUVs inevitably suffers from heavy petrol consumption and less > than exciting performance. Braking distance can also be a problem > due to the heavy weight, so much for the perceived safety. A SUV > may be solid in a crash, but often the crash could have been > avoided in the first place. SUVs also have top-heavy handling. Perhaps, but there is a class of SUV's that have pretty decent performance and are pretty miserly with the gasoline. It's just a matter of tuning the engine and tweaking the tranny in such a way as to gain efficiencies. Saturn's doing it with their new 4-cylinder in the VUE and GM's new variable transmission (eat your heart out Audi). Saturns have always been solid with their braking and usually lead their class in braking distance. Also, some SUV's aren't totally solid in a crash. Ford Explorer is a prime example. Of course, I'd rather be in an Explorer than a Focus or something small in a crash. Also, depending on how the SUV is designed, it can or cannot be top-heavy. Aztek/Rendezvous SUV's aren't very top-heavy, while the Excursions and Range Rovers are VERY top heavy. Then you can add a whole bunch of electronic do-hickies to make it more stable (ie - StabiliTrak) -- Marc Escuro "...when all hope is gone, you know sad songs say so much..."

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