Combi coupé

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A 5-door Saab 900 combi coupé showing loaded with a 250 kg Stiga ride-on lawnmover.
Toppola fitted to a 1975 Saab 99L combi coupé.

Combi coupé is a car body style. In short it is a fastback styled hatchback. The term denotes a car with a mixture of a "combi" (a European term for an estate car / station wagon) and a coupé.[1]

The term was mainly used by Swedish manufacturer Saab, but also Chevrolet Chevette was marketed as combi-coupé.

As a liftback, the Combi Coupé incorporates a shared passenger and cargo volume, with rearmost accessibility via a rear third or fifth door, a hatchback — and a fold-down rear seat to allow flexibility within the shared passenger/cargo volume. As a two-box design, the body style includes an A, B & C-pillar.

The term was coined by Björn Envall and first introduced with the 1974 Saab 99. Saab also discussed making a hatchback available for the Saab 96/Saab 95 model range and Envall created the prototype Saab 98.

The term was later applied to the Saab 900 model line-up. Saab's national competitor Volvo also made a prototype combi coupé.[2]

At the 2010 Paris Motor Show Jason Castriota showed models that indicated that the Saab 9-3 would be available as a combi coupé.[3] It was since then confirmed that the 9-3 would be available as a combi coupé, convertible and crossover.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TT-DN.se. "DN: Ny Saab kombikupé avslöjad?". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  2. ^ Volvomuseet
  3. ^ "SvD: "Nya 9-3:an blir en kombi-coupé"" (in Swedish). Svenska Dagbladet. 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  4. ^ Valdemar Lönnroth valdemar.lonnroth@ttela.se. "ttela: Kommande 9-3 i tre huvudvarianter" (in Swedish). ttela. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 

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