hatch·back | \ˈhach-ˌbak \

Definition of hatchback 

: an automobile the back of which consists of a hatch that opens upward also : the back itself

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Hyundai brought the new Veloster hatchback to Detroit. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "A flaming superhero car and dieting trucks at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show," 20 Jan. 2018 But the Sportbrake handles much more composed in and out of corners than performance crossovers that barely pass for anything more than a hatchback, like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake is no family truckster," 9 July 2018 The decision could help boost demand for VW’s planned lineup of electric vehicles, with its first stand-alone battery car, the I.D. hatchback, due to start production next year. BostonGlobe.com, "GE’s Latin America CEO arrested in Brazil health care fraud probe," 5 July 2018 Although Honda was the first car company to sell a hybrid car, the breakthrough 1999 Insight hatchback, Honda's hybrids never caught up to the popularity of Toyota and its Prius. David Pan, USA TODAY, "2019 Honda Insight Hybrid Goes on Sale," 1 July 2018 The company produces some models for Toyota at the two factories, including the Passo compact hatchback, a Daihatsu spokesman said. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Japan Earthquake Kills Three, Injures Hundreds," 18 June 2018 The two left the station in a light-colored two-door hatchback, probably a 2000 Ford Focus. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Muskego woman loses $15,300 to a con man," 14 Feb. 2018 The special products team at its U.K. factory converted a Civic Type R high performance hatchback into hot hauler. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Honda surprises with wild high performance compact pickup," 25 May 2018 So, for me the Kicks, like the Soul, qualifies as a cute, useful hatchback. Al Haas, Philly.com, "Nissan's Kicks is a cute, useful hatchback, not a crossover," 5 July 2018

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hatchback

: a door that opens upward on the back of a car; also : a car that has such a door

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