Thursday, July 14, 2011

Metro Saloon

When anyone from the UK goes to Europe one of the things that you notice straight away are the strange car variants that our European counterparts have. I not talking about the steering wheel being on the wrong side but the strange bulge that’s hangs of the back of conventional hatchbacks. I talking about small runabouts with boots!!!!!! An example of this is the Vauxhall Nova Saloon-

These variants for some reason, never really took off in the UK. I suppose it due our impression of a small car and what its used for ie practical second small car. In Europe however, more so in France and Spain owning a car with a boot ie a saloon is deemed, traditionally ,higher class therefore more desirable.

Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s Rover built a prototype of a saloon version of its Metro, this is as far as it got, the market just wasn’t there and development money was kept to a minimum. It just remains one of those what if cars.

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