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Old 08-07-2010, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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They certainly call it and use it like that.

I realize that it's not entirely comparable to a stretched car or similar, but the LWB 7 series, S class, XJ etc are indeed called limos.
This is true. In Germany, the sedan is often termed limousine, and it doesn't mean a stretched limo or one with a separate driver area. Note the term applied to the Trabants here:

Trabant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedan_(automobile)
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Old 08-08-2010, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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This is true. In Germany, the sedan is often termed limousine, and it doesn't mean a stretched limo or one with a separate driver area. Note the term applied to the Trabants here:

Trabant - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedan_(automobile)
Yes, as I said earlier in this post, the definition of a "limousine" can and does vary.

However, if the description is too broad then cars like the VW (New) Beetle and Toyota Yaris will be referred to as "limousines!"

I actually have a book about limousines: "Stretching it- the story of the limousine."

The glossary section does have the term "limousine.": "A chauffeured, luxury, closed motor car with drivers and passengers compartments separated by a partition, and which is designed for passenger comfort."

The last part is especially notable. In general, the rear compartment of a true limousine is more comfortable than the front compartment.

Another traditional limousine characteristic is the use of leather front seats and cloth (or velour or another non-leather material) for the rear, like in my '76 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine.

-Fleet
A major limousine enthusiast
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Old 08-08-2010, 02:36 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I want leather on every seating surface in my vehicles. Cloth seats are an immediate sign of cheapness and corner cutting. A leather/suede combination is acceptable for sports cars.
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Old 08-08-2010, 03:14 AM
 
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I want leather on every seating surface in my vehicles. Cloth seats are an immediate sign of cheapness and corner cutting. A leather/suede combination is acceptable for sports cars.
I had to look up where Daly City is, and it is right by the bay where it is nice and cool. Trust me, you would think much differently if you lived here in Vegas. I seriously hate leather seats because of the heat retention in the summertime.
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Old 08-08-2010, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I want leather on every seating surface in my vehicles. Cloth seats are an immediate sign of cheapness and corner cutting. A leather/suede combination is acceptable for sports cars.
I wouldn't necessarily agree, some cloth seats are more comfortable than leather. I almost find it unfortunate that any upper-end trim in a car cannot be ordered with cloth seats...only leather. On my truck I have heated/cooled leather seats...cloth seats stay the same general temperature and do not get as hot or cold as leather does. I would like to be able to order a vehicle that is an upper-end trim without car manufacturers forcing leather seats on me especially in Arizona where leather is scorching hot and also dries out and cracks after being in the sun for a few years.

Never understood the fascination with leather seats in this country...
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