It has been done. Estella, the beloved silver Integra, is gone. In her place is Animal, the obnoxiously orange Element.
Preliminary photos here:

You can get sort of an idea of the size and configuration here. I will put up pictures of crates in the back later so the curious can see how they fit in.The cargo area is 40+ inches across without the seats flipped up sideways, in which they take up wall space and make the whole thing a bit narrower. A long but narrow crate would fit in back with the seats still down if the backs were put straight up, but for comfortable riding they must be reclined a bit (they can recline flat) and then the upper area is too narrow for a 40" crate. The area between the front and back seats is wide enough to accomodate 24" crates (the size I use for Skeeter) especially if the front seats are pushed far forward, which is how I have to have them to drive since I'm short.

The back seats cannot move forward or backward, so the breadth of the floor in front of and behind them is fixed if they are in place for someone to sit in them.

The fabric wipes clean with a sponge! The total length of the car is only a few inches longer than my Integra, and shorter than a new Civic. I will get some more pics with the seats folded up so you can see how much space it has in that configuration.
I think Animal and I are going to have a lot of fun together, but I will also miss Estella's speedy starts and high-speed merges. The Element has a pretty peppy engine and is surprisingly carlike, but I don't think I'll drive the way that I used to in the Integra.
Fly says yay!

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Preliminary photos here: [/nq]
woo-hoo! and, i love your spokesmodels. very nice!

shelly
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http://letters-to-esther.blogspot.com / (updated 4/3/05)
You can get sort of an idea of the size and configuration here. I will put up pictures of crates in the back later so the curious can see how they fit in.[/nq]
Wow! That looks pretty usable. Way more than this:
FWIW, I think the Element looks good in contrasting colours.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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Fly says yay!

They both look happy or is that Skeeter in there in the shadows smiling too??
Nice car! I am jealous.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Rosalie the calico
It has been done. Estella, the beloved silver Integra, is gone. In her place is Animal, the obnoxiously orange Element. ... I will put up pictures of crates in the back later so the curious can see how they fit in.

Nice. Someday I would like an Element, it'll be a wait though since we always buy used vehicles. It looks like a great dogmobile.

Remember when you posted the link for the van version of a motor home? I don't recall if this website ( http://www.verdier.ca / ) was posted but I lust after this van. Unfortunately, if I understand correctly, this van doesn't really exist, not even as a prototype. This website is just showing the idea. Anyway, I like the outdoor (tent) rooms, the pop-up top and the seat that converts to a stair. The only thing I don't like is the Volkswagen Van flat-front. Our old van (The Mighty Dogmobile) - a Olds Silhouette - had a long sloping front, much like a collie nose. This is a little too pug-like for me.
Chris and her limp smoothies (it's a hot day)
Pablo and Lucy
http://www.verdier.ca /

That's pretty cool. I wonder if this concept van will come with fridge and stove? (I didn't browse too long because of the annoying music.) I understand that VW decided a while ago to exclude them because it raised the price to the level of small motorhomes.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
@netnews.upenn.edu:

Fly says yay!

They both look happy or is that Skeeter in there in the shadows smiling too??

I'm pretty sure I see Skeeter in the background: looks to me like he's in the Driver's Seat==right where I'm sure he belongs ;-)

Marie
It has been done. Estella, the beloved silver Integra, is gone. In her place is Animal, the obnoxiously orange Element.

Congrats! I hope you have many safe,
adventurous miles and smiles.

+ TomH + antonomasia-at-canada-dot-com
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A: Top-posting.
Q: What is the most annoying thing on usenet and in e-mail?

Also: http://www.blakjak.demon.co.uk/gey chr0.htm
Wow! That looks pretty usable. Way more than this:
Not so! You probably have more space than I do. I didn't want to drive something larger than this (I'm a tiny car person at heart) so I had to compromise and this vehicle had the highest interior/exterior space ratio of the ones I was looking at.
Here it is with a 36" Midwest crate in the back:

Another 36" will fit sideways in front, but crooked. I think I would prefer a 32" here. With the seats out totally this would not be an issue. I'm going to put a crate in back, one sideways, and Skeeter's little crate on top of the sideways crate.
FWIW, I think the Element looks good in contrasting colours.

Before, I thought I liked green, but really, a car this weird looking needs to be in a freakish color.
I think Solo and the orange kind of clash. Or maybe they match.

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