hatch·​back | \ ˈhach-ˌbak How to pronounce hatchback (audio) \

Definition of hatchback

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

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Here in the United States, we have always been denied the BMW 1-series hatchback, instead getting the coupe and convertible (and now that car's replacements, the 2-series). Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The New BMW 1-Series Is a FWD-Based Hot Hatchback with 302 HP," 28 May 2019 Detroit — Toyota is recalling 191,000 cars in North America and Japan because the air bags may not inflate properly in a crash. The recall covers certain 2003 through 2008 Corolla compact sedans and 2005 through 2008 Matrix hatchbacks. CBS News, "Toyota recalling 191,000 cars due to air bag issue," 29 Aug. 2019 Carmakers are also adapting to a shift in consumer demand to SUVs and to weaker demand for more traditional configurations such as sedans and hatchbacks. David Mchugh, chicagotribune.com, "Ford cutting 12,000 jobs in Europe," 27 June 2019 The other car, a 2005 Toyota Scion hatchback, was unlocked and stolen in the 5600 block of West Lapham Street. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Warming-up cars stolen and used in armed robberies, West Allis police say," 2 Jan. 2018 And there is hustle in the hatchback stance as the 18-inch wheels fill the fenders. (james Halfacre), San Diego Union-Tribune, "2019 Mazda3: elevated design, distinct character," 8 June 2019 The whole thing is pretty standard compact European hatchback fare, aside from the really funky electronic shifter. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The Electric Opel Corsa-e Is Only for Europe, but We Love It Anyway," 23 May 2019 This was a misfire: GM only imports the hatchback version, a fraction of U.S. sales, from Mexico. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Consumer Beware: With Less Trade Comes Less Choice," 28 Nov. 2018 The car manufacturer has concerns about the safety of the new 2019 Mazda 3 hatchback model, whose wheel nuts could loosen over time and, in a worst-case scenario, cause a wheel to detach, Mazda said. Matthew Robinson, CNN, "Mazda 3 cars recalled amid fears wheels could fall off," 5 July 2019

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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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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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