See Figures 1 and 2
The front suspension system is of the MacPherson strut design. The struts used on either side are a combination spring and shock absorber with the outer casing of the shock actually supporting the spring at the bottom and thus forming a major structural component of the suspension.
The wheel hub/steering knuckle is attached to the bottom of the strut. A strut mounting bearing at the top and a ball joint at the bottom allow the entire strut to rotate in cornering maneuvers. The strut assembly, steering arm and the steering knuckle are all combined in one assembly; there is no upper control arm. A rubber bushed transverse link (control arm) connects the lower portion of the strut to the front crossmember via the ball joint; the link thus allows for vertical movement.