■ An automobile that seats approximately 6 to 8 people with a sliding door on one or both sides for access to the rear seats.
□ Japanese term created from the English words "one," "box," and "car" and referring to the Japanese equivalent of minivans in the U.S. and other countries.
The "one box" in ワンボックスカー is so called because the three "boxes" of a typical sedan--the engine compartment, the passenger compartment, and the trunk--are combined into one.
As shown by examples below, the words ツーボックスカー (meaning "hatchback") and スリーボックスカー (meaning "sedan") also exist, though on the Web in 2000 they were much rarer than ワンボックスカー.
Nissan Motors has re-released the "Elgrand" minivan with some improvements..
ＦＦツーボックスカーとして、代表となるVOLKSWAGEN GOLF｡(Web, June 2000)
スリーボックスカーで、走ることそれ自体を楽しむというより、むしろ人や物を運ぶ、快適に乗る、ということに主眼が置かれている車。(Web, June 2000)
This entry was created by Paul Flint, with additional contributions by Matt Loader and Brian Chandler.
Created 2000-06-26. Information about "boxes" provided by ML 2000-06-26. Clarification of the term's source suggested by BC 2000-06-26.