A Visual Aid to Automotive Styling Terms

Automotive stylists, journalists and enthusiasts use certain terms to refer to certain areas of a car. You may have come across these terms, and most of the time few people take the time to explain them.

So we at SpeedSpec came up with this simple visual guide to the terms car enthusiasts use to deconstruct a car. For this visual guide, we’ll be using a car that clearly illustrates the basic design elements of a car, the Volvo 740 sedan. Also, this is one of the first car ads I remember.

Square and proud of it! From Volvo's full-page magazine ads for the 1989 740 GLE 16-valve.

Square and proud of it! From Volvo’s full-page magazine ads for the 1989 740 GLE 16-valve.

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