There are up to 9 typical car door types, what?


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You know normal vehicles run with conventional doors, Rolls-Royce features suicide doors, scissor doors for Lamborghini cars, and what door types haven’t been named? Well, click on to know!

Door designs sometimes highlight the whole beauty of vehicles due to their uniqueness and practicality; in fact, some door types even make names of car brands. In this article today, Naijauto team would like to introduce you 9 typical car door designs in focus on their structures and vehicles featuring them.

1. Conventional Doors

Almost all people know about conventional doors as they come with the majority of vehicles worldwide. The doors traditionally open in outward movement thanks to hinges installed at the front of them. The safety could partly account for its preference by many automakers. If they’re opened when vehicles are moving forward, the wind will put pressure on opening doors and force them to close.

It comes with no strange as seeing a car with conventional doors on roads

2. Scissor doors

The doors are attached with cars’ body by hinges which are installed at their front-facing edge, but instead of opening outwards like conventional doors, they move up to create access for passengers. These scissor doors, you may see, are often favored by high-end car manufacturers such as Lamborghini with its four models: the Diablo, the Reventon, the Aventador, and the Murcielago. Besides, the Skyper C12 Zagato and C8, as well as the Bugatti EB110 are also equipped with scissor doors.

The Lamborghini Diablo goes with scissor doors

3. Butterfly doors

Share a similarity with scissor doors, but before move upwards, butterfly doors open slightly outwards first to improve the accessible space the interior one. You can see these doors in supermodels of Mercedes Benz, the SLR McLaren and of Ferrari, the Enzo Ferrari, and other models like the Saleen S7 and the McLaren F1.


The vehicle is named after Enzo Ferrari – father of Ferrari Motors

4. Dihedral doors

As rotating 90° upward to open, such doors look a little fancy to some people and become a brand recognition for Switzerland-based automaker – Koenigsegg with models, namely the Koenigsegg Regera, the Koenigsegg Agera, and the Koenigsegg Agera R - one among the fastest vehicles of the world


The Koenigsegg Agera R ranks among the fastest, and costliest cars on Earth

5. Gull-wing doors

There is another proof for the unlimited creation of car designers, the gullwing doors. As hinged at the car’s roof, the doors, obviously open upwards. Take inspiration from the seagull wings, such door type brings the vehicle not only an aggressive look but also convenience when it comes to packed cities with limited parking space.

The Mercedes Benz SLS AMG, the DeLorean DMC-12, the Pagani Huayra, and the Gumpert Apollo are four models feature this design.


 Gull-wing doors to save parking space for vehicles like the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG

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6. Suicide doors

If you’re a big fan of Rolls-Royce cars, a high-end UK-based automaker, it may not sound strange when hearing suicide doors. Unlike regular doors, the suicide doors open from the opposite side or simply put, they have their hinges at the rear end.

The name “suicide” stems from its design’s propensity. In fact, this kind of doors can injure anybody who exists or enters the car’s offside or it can fly open as drivers release the latch, even when the vehicle is in motion.

Other car models equipped with such door are the Spyker D12, the Opel Meriva, the Mazda RX-8 edition 2011, the Peugeot 601 edition 1940.


For many years, Rolls-Royce cars get fame from such suicide doors

7. Sliding doors

Instead of using hinges, automakers let the door slide horizontally on a track. You may often link such door type with commercial vehicles and minivans, however, manufacturers now also apply them for passenger ones so that customers can easily get into the cars, especially in small parking slots. The car models featuring the sliding doors include the Peugeot 1007, the Kaiser Darrin edition 1954, the Chrysler Voyager, the Citroen C8, and the Kia Sedona.


The Peugeot 1007 features electric sliding doors

8. Swan doors

These swan doors come with two Aston Martin cars, namely the CC100 Speedster and the DB9. Like conventional doors or suicide doors, they also open outward but have hinges designed slightly upward to create larger ground clearance.


The Aston Martin DB9 with its swan doors

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9. Canopy doors

Such door type, or so-called a bubble canopy, articulated canopy, or cockpit canopy, sits on the car’s top but not two sides and by lifting it up, passengers could get into the vehicle.  Actually, not many vehicles are installed with this door; among those, we can mention the Sterling Nova and the Saab Aero-X.


The Saab Aero-X is also equipped with canopy door

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