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The Jalopnik Guide To Automotive Design Terms: Exterior

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Recently, much to our annoyance, some publications have misused some key automotive design terms. So, we worked with two automotive designers to create a handy guide to help you confidently point out the difference between your tumblehome and CHMSL.

Automotive designers and writers use a strange mixture of acronyms and jargon to describe the modern vehicle, often without explaining them. We're aiming to fix that with our new two-part cheat sheet on automotive design terminology. First up — the exterior!


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