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The suspension is typical supermini with struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the back.
Even though Honda ditched their double wishbone rear suspension set-up for a less complex torsion beam axle, the handling is still pin-sharp, aided by those 18" alloys and 225/40 Bridgestone Potenza tyres.
The quality of ride, handling and grip can't be faulted, thanks to revisions to the running gear, which feature MacPherson struts to the front and torsion beam axle to the rear, while the suspension set up with its softer springs offers all those on aboard a truly comfortable and relaxed ride.
The suspension is typical supermini, with struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the back.
Had the program been a little longer--or had management listened when told you can't just switch overnight from a beam axle to an independent design--things might have been different.
The previous Altima used the independent rear suspension from the Nissan Skyline because it was the only IRS available to replace the beam axle originally planned," says Haidos.
With a suspension set-up of MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam axle at the back, smart claim they have tuned the Forfour for ``sporty'' handling.
Variable height, air suspension and independent rear suspension rather than a solid beam axle should give the Range Rover clearance and grip advantages over rivals.
Ride quality is also much improved due to the adoption of suspension refinements, including MacPherson struts at the front and a coupled torsion beam axle at the rear.
The front suspension uses MacPherson struts with offset coil springs and a stabilizer bar; the rear features a semi-independent torsion beam axle.
The design not only retains all the advantages of a conventional torsion beam axle -such as minimal space requirements,low weight and high camber control -but can also be precisely tuned to the specific requirements of different variants within the model range.
A beam axle held up the rear wheels, and the small but symmetric cargo hold--aided in the task by a folding rear seatback--had a split plywood floor.
Saab went for simplicity with the suspension with struts at the front and a beam axle at the rear.
In the rear, Soul suspension is sub-frame-mounted with a transverse torsion beam axle with trailing arms for a smooth ride and minimum intrusion into the cargo space.
Steering was by recirculating ball, which limited kickback over hard going and the exceptionally long travel of the beam axle suspension endowed the car with very high cross-articulation abilities, valuable for preserving traction in extreme situations-and air suspension was adopted for the entire range.