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Haha, yes I think I'm tending to head in that direction. Perhaps it happens with age :)

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:-)

I explicitly refuse to wear Lycra on the bike... does that count?

Dependency on Rohan is widespread in this parish.

And it's ages since I've been ridiculed for singing the praises of the Espace. MPVs have many advantages over SUVs but you just have to face the same sorts of comments as Boxster owners. Z4s are also available... 

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MPVs, wearing Lycra - we all have to draw a line somewhere :) 

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 no-one has yet answered my question as to what Sports Utility Vehicle actually means

I thought it was answered in post #53  

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A collection of marketing words geared up to increase sales and profit. Certain products benefit greatly from the words sports, race etc. Ignore the marketing and choose accordingly :)

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Ah, yes, the diagram is lovely, but it explains nothing about actual use of the words sport and utility in this context. I think it fair to say that the 7 is a sports car, but a heavy and ponderous vehicle such as a Range Rover could hardly be described as such, nor could it be described as utility because the interior is trimmed with premium materials and would be ruined by a load such as a builder might carry.

I often drive a Range Rover by the way, so I am familiar with them.

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Marketing terminology and product names are about appealing to the buyer. It can have very little to do with the product itself and is often an aspiration rather than an achievement or something to make a buyer feel good. Same goes for company names. Much of it comes from America. I liked the old names like Stag, Mexico, GT etc. Now we have a Duster!

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I always admired the totally un-macho names of some JDM products - with the Mazda Bongo Brawny Birdwatcher a favourite . Such a contrast to those vile names given to many Japanese crew cab F*** You pickups - they all seem to be called macho nonsense like Marauder , Violator or Thug . Can't they call them Gervase or Miles, Vicky or Erica  instead ? After all we did have a Cedric Six and a Violet in the past   Whistle

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John, I agree, the butch, macho names are a dead giveaway.

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