Tuesday, 13 February 2018

C U Later

What is the difference between a CUV and an SUV? (a CUV being a Crossover Utility Vehicle)
Google gives this answer:
For many car experts, the difference between the two is simple: A crossover is based on a car's platform, while an SUV uses the chassis of a truck. The result is that crossovers use "unibody" architecture, meaning the body and frame are one piece, while SUVs use a "body on frame" design.
But then again, would car experts really care?
They shouldn't.  But as Autoguide tell us today, BMW and Benz to Sell More CUVs Than Cars This Year.
By the way, the term CUV isn't used much here in the UK, we'd just call them cross-overs.  It's a bit like sidewalk & pavement or Trump & childish moron.
Those of us that like cars and driving should view this as a bad thing.  People who aren't very interested in cars and see them in the same category as washing machines used to buy Japanese cars in the '80s and Korean cars in the '90s and now buy CUVs and SUVs.
But buying them they are.
In big numbers.
Forcing even the likes of Lamborghini and Rolls Royce to start building the things.
And forcing The Grand Tour boys to do a film with three of the least worst:
Albeit reluctantly.
Last week Autocar revealed the top 10 sellers in the UK in January, which included:
  • The Nissan Qashqai
  • The Vauxhall's Mokka X
  • The Kia Sportage
  • The Ford Kuga
Oh dear.
I suppose I should be grateful there are only four in there.  And none in the top three.
Anyway, despite the constant negative press CUVFEFE.

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