Out of curiosity, just how big do they make garages in Switzerland?
Obviously we in NA are just used to large vehicles (the Focus is considered
to a small or compact car). Even the smallest of garages in Canada can
accommodate a NA Focus and most any other car. Min. garage door size is
6'x7' high (1.8m X 2.1m) ie a double wide man door although that is
extremely rare and the more typical is an 8' or 9' wide x 7' high door and
single garages are 10'-16' wide.
A lot of people have 9'x8' high doors for their SUVS and 3/4 ton pickups,
and 2 and 3 car garages are not uncommon.
I'd have to measure it to be sure, but the clearance on either side of the
mirrors is a few inches when backing past the concrete pillars (it's an
underground garage). Once past the pillars, there is a little more wiggle
room to get out of the car. Our friends have to fold the mirrors on their
Volvo V70 to park reliably.
I know what you mean about NA garages. My parents live in a modest 1960s
split-level near Toronto, and the garage accomodated (barely) a 1974
Plymouth Gran Fury coupe. My father's Passat looks somewhat lost in it now,
and my old '78 Fiesta looked like it would have fit sideways.
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