Stratifier From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 941 times:
I'd always thought the Japanese makers use the two terms interchangeably - they have used "sunroof" for glass roofs.
I have seen the "cleaner air" argument: panels are more common with European cars because their local air quality is more "acceptable". The Japanese ideology on this goes along the lines of "if it's not glass, why put it in".
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3295 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (14 years 10 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 935 times:
I wonder. I think that PawBob is correct. The term moonroof tends to imply a glass fitting which cannot be moved while a sunroof may be made of glass or metal and can be moved. My car actually has a glass sunroof with an interior panel. The panel could be moved independently from the window to allow light in or the entire assembly can be retracted by activating the motor. It is also possible to raise the roof without retracting it. That is on a European car.
To some extent, the terms are used interchangeably though.
Adam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (14 years 10 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 909 times:
Most japanese cars (the Civic I used to have and my b/f's integra) have "moonroof" and it states that on the paper that comes in the window (when the car is new) and in the owners manual. Well anyways its glass, it pops up and slides backwards to have an open air enviroment, and there is also a seperate panel type thing that you can close (when the moonroof is closed) to block light from coming in. The mercedes that I nearly inherited had something the germans called a sunroof, its just metal and it slides backwards all the way or you can just pop it up.