SLIDE RULE

Torque (Singapore) - - 12 -

DANIEL KOH Slid­ing doors only seem to ap­pear on MPVs and not on any other type of pas­sen­ger car. Is it a tech­ni­cal is­sue? Or sim­ply be­cause it is just not pos­si­ble to lodge slid­ing doors on any ve­hi­cle that is not an MPV?

The craze for SUVs is the trend now. Can car­mak­ers put slid­ing doors on them?

I feel that slid­ing doors are much more con­ve­nient than con­ven­tion­ally hinged doors, es­pe­cially in tight park­ing spa­ces and when en­ter­ing or ex­it­ing the cabin.

Is there no mar­ket for a beau­ti­fully de­signed SUV, hatch­back or saloon with slid­ing doors? Has any car de­signer ever thought of do­ing one?

Hope that Torque could share some in­sights, please. Torque equip­ping doors is The more a chal­lenge car aes­thet­i­cal with slid­ing of than ex­te­rior tech­ni­cal. de­sign The would car’s need to in­te­grate those doors and their mech­a­nism, which in­cludes car­rier rails, sup­port­ing beams and rollers.

They’re costlier and more com­pli­cated than reg­u­lar doors with just two hinges.

Slid­ing doors on cars are most use­ful in cramped carparks and con­fined ur­ban ar­eas, which is why they are com­mon in Ja­pan, par­tic­u­larly in the kei-car seg­ment of the mar­ket dom­i­nated by "bento boxes" on 14-inch wheels.

Toy­ota even sells a 1.5-litre hatch­back with a large sin­gle slide-open door on the left side and two or­di­nary swing-open doors on the right side – the Porte, which got its name from the French word for “door”.

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