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Nairobi News : December 6th 2013
wheels Popular. Once virtually unknown, the multipurpose minivan has exploded onto the motoring scene and Neto Ombewa explains why amily practicality, convenience and space have never been stressed anywhere else than in hump to accommodate the driveshaft to the rear wheels. There is more headroom even minivans. Multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs), were created with people movement in mind. Of late, many features seen in comfortable cars have been seen in these minivans too. They are generally taller and roomi- er than sedans and hatchbacks though they are very family centred. Minivans are characterised by their short front overhangs, front traverse mounted engines and front wheel drive. Body-on-frame construction was used in earlier models though modern day minivans come in unibody construction which means the body and the frame come as one unit. Unibody This feature makes MPVs lighter, more stable and the ride a lot smoother than body-on-frame vans. A few of the models come in fulltime All Wheel Drive (AWD) or Four Wheel Drive(4WD). Another typical feature in minivans is the sliding door. Smart features In vehicles with advanced systems, power sliding doors are an added feature. The front mounted engine enables flat floor construction since there’s no though sitting height is higher than normal cars. Legroom is better even in seven-seater, three-row seat configurations. Modern minivans have reconfigura- Friday, Dec 6 - Sunday, Dec 8, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke 21 The rise and rise of the minivan F and mini MPVs. They include: Mitsubishi Space Wagon, Volkswagen Touran, Toyota, Spacio and Sienta. ble seats which can be pushed back and forth to share legroom. They are also foldable creating plenty of carrying space. Today’s minivans feature sufficient engine power in both petrol and diesel engines. Some popular makes include: Toyota Voxy, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Litace. Mini MPVs include the Toyota Avanza and Nissan Note. Compact MPVs fit in-between large Is it for you? • Control: Traction and stability control help keep car on the road • Warning systems: In-built tyre sensors keep under-inflated tyres at bay Safety: Side-curtain air bags are often available in these cars. • Adjustable steering: Fitted to accommodate people of different stature.
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