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Car Body Types

There are a lot of different car types. Mekina Mender made it easier for users to select the body type of the car they are listing in the website. These makes it easir for a search to be conducted without trouble.Here are the body ypes of the cars we have in the website. They are as follows

  1. Cab and Chassis
  2. Campervan
  3. Convertible
  4. Coupe
  5. Hatch
  6. Light Truck
  7. Limousine
  8. People Mover
  9. Pick Up
  10. Sedan
  11. SUV
  12. Van
  13. Wagon



Cab and Chassis  The meaning of the word chassis, in automotive terms, defines the vehicles frame plus the “running gear”.

 The structural support in a vehicle is called the chassis. A person’s structural support, the skeleton, is also good for displaying all the nice exterior bits in the same way a car’s body work/coachwork can be displayed on the chassis. A vehicle’s body (sometimes referred to as “coachwork”), which is usually not necessary for integrity of the structure, is built on the chassis to complete the vehicle. 

cab/chassis is obviously the chassis with a cab attached, and is most often a term used by commercial vehicle manufacturers who build the chassis up and then attach the cab to it. The cab/chassy is then usually bought and used by others as a base to build onto – their own specialized body. Motor homes, fire engines, ambulances, trucks, tractors etc, are all examples of a vehicle comprising of a cab fitted to the bare chassis frame, and then a specialised body fitted to it

Campervan Self-propelled vehicle that provides both transport and sleeping accommodation.

campervan (or camper van), sometimes referred to as a campercaravanette, or motor caravan, is a self-propelled vehicle that provides both transport and sleeping accommodation. The term mainly describes vans that have been fitted out, often with a coachbuilt body for use as accommodation.   

Campervans may be equipped either with a "pop-up" roof which is raised during camping or a fixed roof, either shared with the commercial van that forms the basis of the vehicle (commonly a "high-top" model), or as part of a custom coachbuilt body.

 Campervans usually have a small kitchen with a refrigerator (which is often powerable by a choice of gas, battery, or mains electricity) and a two-burner gas hob and grill. They generally have dual-voltage lighting which can work from either a dedicated battery (other than the van battery) known as a deep-cycle or leisure battery, or from AC power, supplied at a campsite via a hook-up cable

Covertible  Roof can be Removed        

Convertible cars are the cars whose roof line can be removed or refitted as required. Generally it’s available in high end luxury vehicles. Electro mechanical devices are used for step by step folding of the roof lines. In earlier vehicles leather material were used. In modern vehicles the metal roof lines with design of folding part by part and eventually rest on/in trunk part of the vehicle. Operating of a button is good enough for folding or putting back the roof linings.

Convertibles are more frequently used in cold countries wherein weather temperature is quite less and also roads have lesser dusty conditions.It’s purely a preferred choice for persons with passion of using stylish cars and the feel of air in hair when driving vehicle.

In India also there are quite a number of convertible cars available and till date it’s the most demanded design for the customers looking for modification in their cars. However as most of Indian road conditions are hot, hard top sedans are preferred more.

Some of the examples for convertible cars are Mercedes SL Class and Mini Cooper Convertible.

Coupe    2 Doors Only        
      Coupe is the name given to sedan cars with two doors only.The two doors are bit larger and though rear seat is available in some models, one can go to inside through sliding of front seats. Here main importance is given to styling, luxury and image. Coupe design is used mostly in European countries and in India though available, the numberpeople that prefer this type is very less.

Examples for Coupe are Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe,Audi RS 5 Coupe and so on.

Hatch    4 Doors Car and a Boot (Dickey)

The small cars with 4 doors and a boot (dickey) door are classified under hatchback. Generally these are designed for comfortable seating of 4 passengers and small boot space for putting one or two bags. The size of hatchback varies depending upon design. It could be super mini, or a larger one. The design is same but interior size and luggage space varies. Manufacturers constantly try their best to make improvements to their product range. For example, the boot space of the new Hyundai Grand i10 is more from the first generation i10. Usually, hatchbacks are extremely convenient for city driving as they are perfect in heavy traffic, help easy parking and give decent mileage.

Some of the examples for hatchback are Maruti Suzuki 800, Alto, Hyundai i10, i20, Fiat Grande Punto, Tata Indica, Indica Vista and so on. Even Tata Nano and Mahindra Reva electric are classified under hatchbacks.

Light Truck   Any truck weighing less than 14,000 lbs. is classified as a light truck
Any truck weighing less than 14,000 lbs. is classified as a light truck. This is the smallest truck classification and encompasses most vehicles meant to haul cargo or move people. Light trucks also have lower fuel economy standards than most cars due to the fact that they're used for utilitarian purposes. Light trucks range from Class 1 pickup trucks all the way to Class 3 super-duty trucks. The GMC Canyon is rated as a Class 1 truck, while the GMC Sierra 3500 is rated as Class 3 
Limousine  Large, six-seated passenger compartment 
    Limousine refers to a highly luxurious sedan vehicle. It has an extended or longer than normal wheelbase which makes it stand out at an event. However, its most commonly used word is sometimes the ‘Limo’. Technically a limousine is a vehicle in which driver compartment and the passenger cabin are separated from each other.
 Micro  Smaller cars with three wheels but often with 4. They have an engine size of less than 700 cc
Microcar is a term often used for the smallest size of cars, with three or four wheels and often an engine smaller than 700 cc (43 cu in). Specific types of microcars include bubble cars, cycle cars, invacar, quadricycles and voiturettes, and the Japanese equivalent is the kei car.
 People Mover  
  People movers are ideal for carrying more passengers than you can fit in a sedan or wagon. Most modern people movers are based on a regular passenger car chassis, which makes for a more comfortable and dynamic driving experience than the early people movers that were based on commercial vans. ...
    A van-based or van-style vehicle, usually with three rows of seats to accommodate 6-8 people, and therefore ideal for families or use as a shuttle.

People-movers were once little more than delivery vans with seats, but most modern versions are built from the same platform as cars and are therefore more refined and safer. 
Pick Up/Ute  Pick Up/Ute has open cargo area, called the bed or tray. 
   Pick up vehicle (Pick up Van) is the term used for the MUV with separate space for luggage.Best example is Tata Xenon XT. It has the combination of design of a MUV and that of a commercial pick up vehicle.There would be spacious interiors for comfortable seating of 5 passengers and separate luggage space available behind the passenger cabin.The dimensions of vehicle would be larger and body is built on chassis frame so that load carry capacity can be considerably large. Generally it could be around 800Kg.
Sedan 4 Doors 
 Sedans are the cars designed to for comfortable seating of 5 passengers. Sedans come with larger trunk sizes which can be used for carrying larger amount of luggage.The features of sedan includes larger overall dimensions i.e. length, width, height and wheel base. Many times the existing hatchback car design is itself used for sedan with boot space extended.

Within the sedan class itself, there are wide varieties of options available depending mainly upon dimensions. These larger vehicles would demand higher tax rates and hence overall cost also increases.The cost of car largely depends upon manufacturing cost, road tax of particular state/territory etc. Some of the examples of Sedan are Indigo eCS, Indigo Manza, Swift Dzire, Mahindra Verito, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Verna, Renault Scala, Honda Amaze, City, Civic, Accord, Chevy Sail, Cruze, Skoda Rapid, Laura, VW Jetta,Passat and so on.

SUV Sport Utility Vehicles (SUV) are 5 Door cars

Sport Utility Vehicles abbreviated as SUVs are large. They are sometimes classed as light trucks and have a raised centre of gravity and ground clearance. They provide the driver with a better view of the road. Size and comfort are the top priorities when it comes to SUVs. They have a masculine appeal and offer a great experience both on and off-road.

The Toyota Land Cruiser is an excellent example of a sport utility vehicle. Others include the Volkswagen Touareg, Ford Endeavour and Dodge Durango.

Van  Vans, also known as multi-purpose vehicles, are usually taller than estates.
   Van is the name given to cars with main perspective of flexibility in utilizing the interior space. It has options of varying number of seats and hence luggage space .Best Example are the Maruti Suzuki Omni, Eeco.

There is difference in the vehicles (particularly Van) used purely for commercial purpose and for the one used for passenger purpose.Example for commercial usage vehicle are Tata Ace,Tata Venture etc.

Wagaon Wagon is the type of vehicle with good combination of hatchback and sedan

Station wagons, aka wagons or estate, have an extended rear. They typically have an extra seat for passengers or cargo space. Wagons were the family choice between the 50s and 70s.

Their roofline extends beyond the rear doors, which have a near-vertical surface. Apart from spacious interiors, they also have better efficiency and higher ground clearance. Wagons were renowned due to their ability to handle rugged terrains back in the day. 

Examples of wagons include Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen, Ford Flex, Kia Carens (aka Rondo), and Subaru Outback.


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