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Old 05-05-2018, 01:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Two-door sedans, four-door coupes, and Civic-sized Accords.

The news channel said they had a story of a Waymo-involved accident after the commercial break, so I immediately found this story: Google Minivan In 'Autonomous Mode' Involved In Crash In Arizona

Apparently an unknown car flew from a side street in front of a Civic coupe, which swerved into a slow-moving Waymo Pacifica. Then the people whose one job is to report facts and explain simple facts to simpler folks called a coup a sedan and the car fans made fun of that, and then called the Civic an Accord.

I hope the Waymo got a picture of the plates of the third vehicle because whoever ran that stop sign and cut off the Civic decides to go to bed without supper.

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I expect mainstream media to deliberately mislead me. I expect local news to mislead me out of sheer ignorance.

Rarely is swerving the better option than braking, as we see here. If a collision is unavoidable, make the responsible sob be part of the mess.
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Audi is calling this a coupe:




Reporting for Flagship Duty: Audi Unveils Q8 ‘Four-door Luxury Coupé’


Shark, meet jump.

No wonder people are confused.
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That is so backwards lol. You'd think they'd be more likely to call a hatchback a SUV of CUV considering where the market is heading.
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https://www.bmwusa.com/vehicles/4-se...ran-coupe.html

Not the first abusers of the term... most be a German thing.
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Apparently they think "coupe" refers to the tapering angle of the rear windshield instead of the fact that it has two doors...for whatever reason. The dictionary is clear enough:

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Coupe: a 2-door automobile often seating only two persons
Straight outta ol' Merriam Webster.

Now when will they start coming out with two door sedans?
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Apparently they think "coupe" refers to the tapering angle of the rear windshield instead of the fact that it has two doors...for whatever reason. The dictionary is clear enough:



Straight outta ol' Merriam Webster.

Now when will they start coming out with two door sedans?
Been done.





Hell, it's my favorite body style. Three box, two door.

The whole coupe versus sedan roofline thing used to mean something when sedans were aerodynamic bricks and coupes were swoopy.

Of course... it's not just the roofline. The usual marker of a "real" coupe is the lack of a B-pillar. Very, very few four-door coupes actually count as coupes.


(The RX-8 does, of course. But you can't buy them new, anymore)

Still, marketing uber alles. There is no hard or fast definition for car body styles, anyway (just look at all the arguments online about the term "sports car"). So manufacturers are simply applying the term coupe to mean "car with swoopy roofy".

But in an age where a Civic sedan has a roofline with so much taper that it comes as a genuine shock that it has a separate trunk, manufacturers are having to go to silly head-squeezing lengths to make sure people know the difference between a sleek coupe and a slightly-less sleek sedan.

Pays good money. You have the more expensive four-door coupe with less headroom and trunk space for fashionable idiots. And you have the cheaper and roomier four-door sedan for everyone else.

Of course, everyone else is ignoring sedans. They're buying hatchbacks in high heels... errh... crossovers... instead.

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They're buying hatchbacks in high heels... errh... crossovers... instead.
I like that.

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