Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 11:36:16 +0100
From: "DervMan" <>
Subject: Re: Have Saab reintroduced hatchback yet?

"Eeyore" <> wrote in message > > > Adrian wrote: > >> Colin Stamp ( gurgled happily, sounding much >> like they were saying : >> >> > Yep. Looks are the only real reason I can think of why anyone might >> > actually prefer a saloon to the equivalent hatch. They really don't >> > have any redeeming features to offset the loss in practicality unless >> > you prefer the looks big-time. >> >> Shell rigidity, too. You've got a much smaller hole in the shell. Not >> quite >> relevant to the buying decision for a new car, though. > > I suspect a hatch is more rigid because of where the C pillars are > actually. You are wrong. > They brace the entire rear of the car. No they don't. 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 DervMan

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