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Old 18 Apr 2017, 17:55 (Ref:3727600)   #31
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Did you ever play the "punch buggy" game as a kid, where you would punch somebody in the car when you saw an old vw beetle? Well I revived that game about 5 years ago, but with Aztec's. So whenever I see an Aztec on the road i punch my passenger. Normally this wouldn't happen that often, but I spent 2 years in Lansing Michigan (where the Aztecs were made) and they are quite numerous.
Gladly the Aztec was never sold in Europe.
But we had the FIAT Multipla.
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Old 19 Apr 2017, 18:30 (Ref:3727796)   #32
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Old 24 May 2017, 14:23 (Ref:3735673)   #33
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Where did the name SUV or Sports Utility Vehicle come from to describe a slightly raised hatch back or estate car?

To me an SUV, if I had never seen one could be a Holden or Ford ute so popular in Australia with a V8 under the hood and tyres bigger that found on F1 car, or a VW caddy with the under pinnings of a Golf GTi or a slightly detuned Transit Supervan. In other words a utility vehicle that was quicker than your average van or pick up that could still be used to carry goods or used for services.

Instead we get a raised hatch back to carry passengers.
I guess originally it seemed to refer to utility vehicles (so LandRovers or similar in the UK) that were being used in a non-utility role.
So when the interior of 4x4s become more designed for family use they became SUVs.
Over time, the market has led to more and more car based platforms rather than truck based - and the need for the 'utility' side of the name has disappeared almost entirely. It has also led to compact (or crossover) SUVs, which by the nature of car manufacturer will use the platform of a smaller car.

A look through the history of Mercedes' M>GL development tracks quite well the SUV market move from body-on-frame trucks into unibody, upsized cars.
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Old 13 Jun 2017, 19:25 (Ref:3740938)   #34
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I saw an Alfa Stelvio today. That's the first new Alfa I've seen on the road since I was knee high to a duck. I hate SUVs but it was pretty cool to see. Hope they sell (or lease, let's be honest) a lot of them.
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I saw an Alfa Stelvio today. That's the first new Alfa I've seen on the road since I was knee high to a duck. I hate SUVs but it was pretty cool to see. Hope they sell (or lease, let's be honest) a lot of them.
No one has a Giulia around y'all?
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I haven't seen one yet and the dealership is 2 miles from me.
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Come to Buckhead a minute, I've seen a few Guilia. Sadly only one good one, but it sounds great. That Maserati thing is becoming popular and god it is as ugly as the Bentley.
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I want to like it, but the C-Pillar looks too much like a little funky Citroen than a big classy SUV. Not helped by the white roof.
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It looks like a VAG-ified C4 Cactus, I agree.

By the way, that strong rear wheel arch (shoulder? butt?) will be added to all new VW SUVs.
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