- Greenhouse (automotive term)
The greenhouse (or glasshouse) of a
carcomprises the windscreen, rear and side windows, the more or less vertical pillars separating them (designated A-pillar, B-pillar and so on, starting from the car's front), and the car's roof. [http://www.cardesignonline.com/miscellany/terminology.php]
The shape and position of the greenhouse have a defining influence on the looks of the car and are a prime factor in differentiating between body styles such as saloon/sedan,
coupé, estate/wagon, hatchbacketc.
Some manufacturers incorporate trademark design features in the greenhouse that are present across several model series, one example being the
BMW Hofmeister kink.
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