A family car is a car classification used in Europe to describe normally-sized cars. The name comes from the suitability of these cars to carry a whole family locally or on vacations . Most family cars are hatchbacks or sedans , although there are MPVs , estates and cabriolets with the same structure as with the other body style .
- 2+2, Baquet, Barchetta, Berlinetta, Brougham, Cabrio coach, Cab over, Cabriolet / Convertible, Coupé, Coupé de Ville, Coupé utility, Drophead coupe (Convertible), Fastback, Hardtop, Hatchback, Landaulet, Liftback, Limousine, Microvan, Minibus, Multi-stop truck, Notchback, Panel van, Phaeton, Pickup truck, Quad coupé, Retractable hardtop, Roadster, Runabout, Saloon / Sedan, Sedan delivery/Panel van, Sedanca de Ville (Coupé de Ville), Shooting-brake, Spider / Spyder (Roadster), Station wagon, Targa top, Torpedo, Touring, Town (Coupé de Ville), T-top, Vis-à-vis
- Front-wheel, Rear-wheel, Two-wheel, Four-wheel, Six-wheel, Eight-wheel, Ten-wheel, Twelve-wheel
- By size, Micro, City, Kei, Subcompact, Supermini, Family, Compact, Mid-size, Full-size, Custom, Hot rod, Lead sled, Lowrider, Street rod, T-bucket, Luxury, Compact executive, Executive, Personal, (MPV), Compact, Mini, (SUV), Compact, Crossover (CUV), Mini, Sports, Grand tourer, Hot hatch, Muscle, Pony, Sport compact, Super, All-terrain vehicle, Antique, Classic, Economy, Go-kart, Leisure, Pedal car, Ute, Van, Voiturette
- Front, Mid, Rear
At the start of the 1970s, the two most popular sectors of the UK market  were small family cars and large family cars.Since its launch in 1962, the BMC 1100/1300 had often been Britain's best selling car, and other locally produced compact cars included the Ford Escort, Vauxhall Viva and Hillman Avenger.
The D-segment is the third largest of the European segments for passenger cars, and is described as "large cars". It is equivalent to the Euro NCAP "large family car" size class, and the present-day definition of the mid-size car category used in North America.
The largest category of small cars is called C-segment or small family car in Europe, and compact car in the United States. The size of a compact car is defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as having a combined interior and cargo volume of 100–109 cu ft (2.8–3.1 m 3 ).
Compact car is a vehicle size class — predominantly used in North America — that sits between subcompact cars and mid-size cars. The present-day definition is equivalent to the European C-segment or the British term "small family car". However, prior to the downsizing of the United States car industry in the 1970s and 1980s, larger vehicles ...
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Current compact car size, as defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for the US and for international models respectively, is approximately 4,100 mm (161 in) and 4,450 mm (175 in) long for hatchbacks, or 4,400 mm (173 in) and 4,750 mm (187 in) long for convertibles, sedans (saloon) or station wagons (estate car). Multi-purpose vehicles and sport utility vehicles based on small family cars (often called compact MPVs and compact SUVs) have similar sizes, ranging from 4,200 mm (165 in) to 4,500 mm (177 in) in the U.S., and from 4,400 mm (173 in) to 4,700 mm (185 in) in international-based models. In Japan, any vehicle that is over 3,400 mm (133.9 in) long, 1,480 mm (58.3 in) wide, 2,000 mm (78.7 in) high and with an engine over 660 cc (40 cu in) but is under 4,700 mm (185.0 in) long, 1,700 mm (66.9 in) wide, 2,000 mm (78.7 in) high and with engines at or under 2,000 cc (120 cu in) is considered...
Compact car is a largely North American term denoting an automobile smaller than a mid-size car, but larger than a subcompact car. Compact cars usually have wheelbases between 100 inches (2,540 mm) and 109 inches (2,769 mm). The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a "compact" car as measuring between 100 cubic feet (2.8 m3) and 109 cubic feet (3.1 m3) of combined passenger and cargo volume capacity. Vehicle class size is defined in the U.S. by environmental laws in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40—Protection of Environment, Section 600.315-82 Classes of comparable automobiles. Passenger car classes are defined based on interior volume index or seating capacity, except automobiles classified as a special vehicle such as those with only two designated seating positions. In the United States, the compact car segment currently holds a 16% share of the market.This segment is dom...
According to 2011 sales, compact cars are currently the second segment in Europe after the subcompact one (which in Europe corresponds to A-segment + B-segment), with approximately 3 million units sold. The world's first hatchback, the 1958 FR layout Austin A40 Farina Countryman. Because of the Volkswagen Golf's definition and long standing dominance of this class it is often referred to as the "Golf segment" in much of Europe.
In 1955, the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry set forth a goal to all Japanese makers at that time to create what was called a "national car". The concept stipulated that the vehicle be able to maintain a maximum speed over 100 km/h (62 mph), weigh below 400 kg (882 lbs), fuel consumption at 30 km/L (85 mpg‑imp; 71 mpg‑US) or more, at an average speed of 60 km/h (37 mph) on a level road, and not require maintenance or significant service for at least 100,000 km (62,000 mi). This established a "compact car" target that was larger than what has become known as the "light car" or the kei car. Under Japanese regulations, this class is defined as vehicles at or less than 4.7 m (15.4 ft) long, 1.7 m (5.6 ft) wide, 2 m (6.6 ft) high and with engines at or under 2,000 cc (120 cu in). Interior dimensions and available cargo space are not taken into consideration. All vehicles in Japan, regardless of origination o...
Small family saloons had a strong following among car buyers in the UK as the 1970s dawned, and enjoyed a popularity similar to that of larger family cars such as the successful Ford Cortina. These two sectors were in fact dominant of the new car market at this time, as the Mini and - to a lesser degree - the Hillman Imp were the only popular mini-cars at this time. The Morris/Austin 1100/1300 had been Britain's best selling car for most of the time since its launch in...
The MK3 Ford Escort went on sale in the autumn of 1980 replacing the rear-drive saloon format in favour of hatchbacks and front-wheel drive. It was available in several versions, as well as the Orion saloon that was launched in 1983. Vauxhall's Astra entered the market with the 1984 MK2 model. Austin Rover, as British Leyland was now called, replaced the Allegro in early 1983 with the all-new Maestro. The venture with Japanese carmaker Honda saw the launch of the Triump...
Ford began the 1990s by replacing its 10-year-old Escort (and the Orion saloon version) with an all-new model. The Escort was Britain's best selling small family car throughout the decade. Its eventual successor - the Focus - went on sale in September 1998. Vauxhall rejuvenated its Astra with the launch of an all-new model in October 1991, and in early 1998 with a new version. The 200 Series was launched during the autumn of 1989, and its successor w...
The BMW 5 Series mid-size sedan range was introduced in 1972, followed by the BMW 3 Series compact sedans in 1975, the BMW 6 Series luxury coupes in 1976 and the BMW 7 Series large luxury sedans in 1978. The BMW M division released its first road car, a mid-engine supercar, in 1978.
Armand Peugeot built the company's first car, an unreliable steam tricycle, in collaboration with Léon Serpollet in 1889; this was followed in 1890 by an internal combustion car with a Panhard-Daimler engine. Due to family discord, Armand Peugeot founded the Société des Automobiles Peugeot, in 1896.
English: This is Stella Lux, a solar-powered family car built by Solar Team Eindhoven, a student team from the Eindhoven University of Technology. Nederlands: Dit is Stella Lux, een gezinsauto op zonne-energie gebouwd door Solar Team Eindhoven bestaande uit studenten van de Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.
Camping is an outdoor activity involving overnight stays away from home in a shelter, such as a tent or a recreational vehicle.Typically participants leave developed areas to spend time outdoors in more natural ones in pursuit of activities providing them enjoyment.