A car model is a particular brand of vehicle sold under a marque by a manufacturer, usually within a range of models, usually of different sizes or capabilities.
From an engineering point of view, a particular car model is usually defined and/or constrained by the use of a particular car chassis/bodywork combination or the same monocoque, although sometimes this is not the case, and the model represents a marketing segment.
A model may also be referred to as a nameplate, specifically when referring to the product from the point of view of the manufacturer,especially a model over time.
For example, the Chevrolet Suburban is the oldest automobile nameplate in continuous production, dating to 1934, while the Chrysler New Yorker was the oldest North American car nameplate.
“Nameplate” is also sometimes used more loosely, however,to refer to a brand or division of larger company, rather than a specific model.
This engineering frame may have derivatives, giving rise to more than one body style for a particular car model.
For example, the same model can be offered as a four-door sedan,a two-door coupé, a station wagon, or even as a folding-roof convertible, all derived from essentially the same engineering frame.
An example of this is the BMW 3-series – just like the diecast model cars sold by Silent Autos for example.
Fully specifying an automobile can involve many levels of detail, most basically:
Manufacturer Model Model year and often further:
Body style Trim level
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