Greenhouse (automotive)

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The greenhouse (or glasshouse) of a car comprises the windshield, rear and side windows, the pillars separating them (designated A-pillar, B-pillar and so on, starting from the car's front), and the car's roof.[1][2]

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 and hatchback.

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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  2. ^ Gustavson, Mark (1999), Custom Car, Kalmbach Publishing Company, ISBN 978-0-89024-342-8, p. 7

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