European Parking

March 16, 2009 By: erik Category: Colindres, Complaining, Photos, Spain 362 views

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Peugeot 1007In Europe, the only thing smaller than the cars are the parking spaces. It’s impossible to use a car for any more than a month without sustaining some bumper scratches, because you absolutely must come into bumper-to-bumper contact with other cars in the course of normal use. I’d say that in 40% of trips I take in the car with another person, to facilitate entry and exit of the vehicle, the car is removed from the parking space before the passengers try to squeeze in, and the passengers get out before the car is squeezed into its space at the destination. And we have a pretty normal-to-small car in Europe, one that would be considered tiny in the United States. So you can imagine how impressed I was when I saw this Peugeot 1007 for the first time in the neighborhood a month ago.

It truly is a car designed with the troubles of European parking in mind.

Peugeot 1007

It’s a standard compact car, but…the door slides open like a van! Necessity blah blah invention. Well done!

(note that the parking space in this photo is immense and not representative of the norm)

Peugeot 1007

A rear shot I took to remember the model of the car. Cool cloud reflection was incidental.

And yesterday I saw a green one, the second 1007 in town, parking, and the guy got out and walked away, and the door slide shut and locked behind him. I know that modern minivans have this technology in the States, but good luck parking a minivan over here.

Peugeot has not (yet) paid me for this post, but 1,007€ seems like an appropriate sum.

  • Uncle Neil

    Is there room in that Peugeot 1007 for your three kids, Marga, and yourself? Good idea!

  • I wish my Golf had sliding doors, it makes me miss my old Vanagon, which had the same turning radius as my Golf, surprisingly.
    The only American car I’ve owned that tried anything ‘different’ with its doors was the Dodge Dakota with “suicide doors,” but when the company sold off all of its fleet of vehicles, I upgraded to a Durango, as the employee discount they offered on the SUVs was even more generous than on the pick-ups. The first few months after moving to Spain, I was really jonesing for my Durango, until I saw a friend waste literally 15 minutes trying to park a Jeep Liberty (yes, he brought it from the States, so it was a Liberty, not re-badged as a Cherokee.)
    Car companies do such strange things these days. Chevy doesn’t actually sell any Chevys in Europe, and instead sell Daewoos and Suzukis. (Maybe a Corvette or Equinox, once in a blue moon.) Many Seats, VWs, Skodas, Audis, Fords, Volvos, Lincolns, and even Jags are the same car, and Opels get sold as Saturns and even Caddys!
    I can’t wait until I can afford an all-electric car, and the utility company to charge it.
    I wonder if I’ll get a refund this month from Endesa.