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 countries
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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There was new styling for the Ambassador and Statesman. A new notch back body created by Italy's Pininfarina was the fashion hit of the marque's 50th year
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a car with a back that extends approximately horizontally from the bottom of the rear window so as to make a distinct angle with it.
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