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If the motor car testers occasionally had to transport a longer object, then they would, at long last, mention the front seat back-rest which can't be folded forwards, as unfortunately is the standard in a number of German made cars. It would be obvious, that the wider rear seat back-rest should be behind the driver's seat and not the other way around. Then, despite having to transport something a bit longer, there would be still be place for two people.

In this case, a boot-sill which is not too low down would of course, be an advantage, to keep the object which is sticking out, from sliding out of the boot. Why otherwise, does one have a car with a large tailgate and the possibility to take on longer objects? The car shown in picture 2 even has additional rear lights, so that one can drive with an open tailgate. Indeed, even the authorities stipulate that only if the object sticks out more than one meter, does it have to have a special marking (mostly a red flag). To avoid having the appearance of a movers van, one doesn't need to use this possibility too often.

Those who find it difficult, to lift a case of any sort of beverage over the boot-sill, will tend to plonk it in as soon as it's over the sill. Actually, heavy objects should be pushed in, at least as far as the back seat. Because, even though one can decide for oneself, how fast one accelerates or how snappy the corners are taken, in todays traffic one can never know when one has to hit the brakes hard.

There's no sense in having the boot flooring laid out in expensive wood, carpeting is what you need, this will prevent the cargo from sliding around. By the way, the rear seat back-rests will only stop a load from sliding forwards to a degree. Even a collision at 50 km/h, will increase the forward momentum of the cargo so much so, that it's weight will be umpteen times higher. You wouldn't want to be the one who's back-rest is being vehemently pressed to the front when the seatbelt tensioners are activated.

Somehow, our cars are becoming too luxurious. Why on earth would anyone want to have light coloured carpeting in a car? Ever thought about rainy weather? Only Queen Mary was in a position to wait at the end of a too short red carpet, until two meters were snipped of from the other side and laid down for her to walk the rest of the way to her car. Indeed, although it has been known to have happened, one simply can't take off one's shoes every time one gets into the car.

We can of course, also praise our cars. E.g., for not having a protruding boot-lid lock. The rear walling is also covered in some sort of hardy plastic, so that even heavier objects can be slid over the surface. The tailgate could however, do with some constructive improvements. Why don't they make the gas-sprung struts in such a way that they can be arrested in any position? I find that a lot more interesting than a heavy electric motor, which opens and closes the tailgate.

I can't even remember the last time that I had so much to carry, that I couldn't open the tailgate myself. Indeed, I can tell you exactly the last time I had to (with a bad conscience) tie the tailgate down with some kind of string, to the rear windsreen wiper. Another thing, why does the paintwork always come into contact with the longer or bulky cargo? Why couldn't there be a plastic covering over the edge, to avoid paintwork damage?

It looks pretty silly, having a rag or a blanket wrapped around the cargo. Changes like this should be child's-play, if you consider the fact that a facelift for a particular model, costs millions. 10/13               Top of page               Index
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