Notchback is a marketing term used to describe cars with a three-box design, generally where the trunk/boot volume is less pronounced than the other two volumes (ie the engine and passenger compartments).
Many models of sedans, coupés or hatchbacks could be potentially classified as notchbacks, however the use of the term is typically limited to American car manufacturers distinguishing the three-box models from other body styles in the same model range (for example, the Chevrolet Vega range included both a notchback coupe and a fastback coupe).
In 1971, Chevrolet marketed the three-box sedan models of the Chevrolet Vega as a notchback, in order to differentiate them from the fastback Vega models. For the 1973 model year, the car's name was changed to "Vega Notchback".
Other English-speaking countriesEdit
The term notchback is seldom used outside of North America. Many car models have notchback characteristics, however their body style is described using other terms. For example, a three-box sedan is more generally known as a saloon in British English. "Notchback" has appeared in a few British English publications, however it is not a term that is used in common parlance in Britain.
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