Mercedes Shooting Break Vs. Brake?

So should it be 'break' or 'brake'?
So should it be 'break' or 'brake'?
This website's editorial team has a hard-won reputation for rigour in all matters of speeling and grammer, as regular PHers will attest. So when the chance came to quiz Mercedes-Benz design boss Gorden Wagener about the name of his latest concept car, we weren't afraid to step up to the mark.

Was the Mercedes-Benz Shooting Break concept named that way by mistake, we asked? (Having been invited to a design workshop with the illustrious designer at Mercedes-Benz World yesterday.)

The aforementioned PH regulars will also know there was consternation in the PH ranks when we ran our recent story on the car, as forum posters rushed to claim 'Shooting Brake' was the only correct spelling.

Wagener: "Yeah, whatever..."
Wagener: "Yeah, whatever..."
"To be honest, I thought it could be spelled either way," Gordon admitted with a grin, "but maybe you are right and Brake with just an 'A' should be the way to go."

'Shooting Break' etymology here and here

PS. We'll be sharing some more sensible insights from our morning with Herr Wagener on PH soon.

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  • GingerWizard 12 May 2010

    ok then....

  • teen_cerbera 12 May 2010

    GingerWizard said:
    ok then....
    yes You know this has been irritating me since I read the article, at last I can get some sleep at night...

  • bencollins 12 May 2010

    Who are they kidding, everyone knows it is just an estayt.
    A nice looking one too.

  • beetroute 12 May 2010

    I normally like to get this sort of thing correct, too - but for an estate which looks this good I just don't care. My E320 estate will be very tired by the time I can afford a previously cherished example but even if Mercedes decide to call it the "German Supreme Master-Race Plastic Slow Turd" I'll be there with my pennies ....

  • teen_cerbera 12 May 2010

    On another note, I thought "Shooting Brakes" had no rear doors?

    This kind of shape:

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