I Think Sport in this case means can be used for doing sport not a sports car. In an US context the sport is probably hunting, shooting and fishing but as you say just marketing hype which obviously works as everyone is buying them
Most SUVs should really be called SFVs - Sports Futility Vehicles - no sport and no more utility than the average vehicle.
Very nice James.
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A couple more genres for the taxonomy:
Lightweight workhorses such as the Jimny and the Niva. The Panda 4x4s found on many French farms are similar, and it looks as if Dacias will follow them. The Rancho was probably aimed at this market.
And "soft-roaders" such as the RAV4, Juke and Qashqai. Quite a different lineage from Jeeps or trucks.
And one pressure that I don't think has come up before: taxation systems. My future brother-in-law when a student bought a Mini Pick-up because of the *exemption from Purchase Tax. When we started visiting Chile in the early 1980s I asked why there were so many dual-cab pick-ups (I don't think that I had ever seen one before)... lighter taxation than cars.
* See also the Lotus Seven... what became of that?
Can't say I like the thought of it but then Porsche sell more SUVs than sports cars.
fascinating thread. Just read it all from the beginning. I wasn't aware until these recent threads the extent to which SUVs present a danger to Sevens.
Also noted mention of a recumbent, an interesting find in an SUV thread. Truly the opposite extreme.
Can't help musing about some form of flag as used by recumbents, for use on a Seven - same idea, same purpose.
Something on a stick to attract attention of the "higher ups"... even a hoop.. something. I fear car parks very much for these same reasons.
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Taxing cars by weight like all good ideas turns out not to be new, the Dutch are doing it already.
The S3 owners will be happy as they certainly get into the lowest band 1 - 550 kg band sadly I think the SV would exceed that on the official stats.
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An S3 would be 24 Euros a quarter
Range Rover 396 Euros a quarter if you got a petrol one 712 Euros for a diesel.
Brilliant, £20 a quarter for the 7! Where do I sign?
RR making money with the Cullinan. Previous expressions of disgust.
And (this incarnation of) Aston Martin might be too late with the DBX.