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Discussion in 'Cars and Transportation' started by TEG, Nov 17, 2011.
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I like it
The front screams Opel ampera
That can't do well in side impacts.
I think those so-called 'suicide doors' aren't really in production because if you try to open one slightly on the freeway, the wind would likely force it all the way open.
The Opel/Vauxhall Meriva has suicide doors.
I share your concern, but I have to assume the rear doors can't be opened when moving.
There are a few examples of suicide doors (typically half doors) on modern vehicles. The difference now is that usually the front door has to be open first for the rear door to open, so the scenario you describe isn't likely.
The lack of a B-pillar may mean it's less safe in a side impact, but I do like that openness you get without it. I assume the doors are reinforced where it would be.
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Mazda Rx8 has "half sized rear suicide doors", but I think they cannot be opened unless the fronts are opened first.
The iconic old Lincolns, which are the first thing I associate with those doors, seemed to allow front and rear to open independently.