Date: 23 Sep 2007 09:29:24 GMT From: Adrian <toomany2cvsnospaml.com> Subject: Re: Have Saab reintroduced hatchback yet?
Eeyore (rabbitsfriendsandrelationsnospamail.com) gurgled happily, sounding much like they were saying : >> > They brace the entire rear of the car. >> No they don't. > Pillars *always* 'brace' the bodywork. It's their very function. >> A hatchback has a great big opening at the back. Saloons don't. The >> weaker chassis stiffness of a hatchback can be designed out of the >> machine over a given generation - so a mark three Mondeo hatchback is >> going to be stiffer than a mark one / two Mondeo saloon, but the >> hatchback is usually not as stiff as the saloon. > The size of the hole (beyond something really small) is no reliable > guide. Perhaps, but the solid bar across the full width of the rear, half way up, complete with bonded glass above it, is. Go and open the hatch of a 350Z for a fine demonstration.