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Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationOther - Cars & Transportation · 1 decade ago

What is a car's 'fascia' (facia)?

I have always thought that the fascia of a car was the dashboard and instrument panel, but lately I've read and heard it used to describe the front grille of a car and the area around and between the headlights; the car's 'face' if you like.

So has the meaning changed, or is this another case of transatlantic misunderstanding like 'hood vs trunk' and 'fender vs bumper'?

Update:

By the way. Yes I know it should be 'hood vs bonnet' and 'fender vs wing'. It was a (very) feeble attempt at humour.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    'hood vs trunk' should be hood vs bonnet and 'fender vs bumper' should be fender vs wing!

    parts are named allsorts depending on what car and where its made, i worked in parts for years and could never figure out what things were until i looked at them.

    front engine cover was my favourite for naming of a bonnet!

  • 1 decade ago

    Yup.

    facia (plural facias)

    The signboard above a shop or other location open to the public.

    The plate forming the basis of the control panel for a vehicle or device

    Fascia (car)

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    Confusingly, fascia is used for three completely different things in the automotive world. However, both of those two meanings are related to looks of the car.

    In British English, a car's fascia or facia is its instrument panel and dashboard area - which lies in front of the driver and front-seat passenger. It is used primarily in enthusiast and specialist circles.

    In recent American English usage, a car's fascia is its front-end "look" - grille, headlamps, front bumper, and other details. This area is possibly the most critical in defining a car's identifiable look, and is also the easiest to restyle when a car's styling needs to be refreshed. Again, this word is mostly being used by the auto trade and automotive journalists.

    The term fascia is also used to describe the rear of the vehicle. The total of the front and rear fascias can make up a fourth of the exterior of the vehicle.

    Furthermore, the fascia is used to describe the single panel that conceals the bumper, front or rear, and ties the bumper element visually with the sides of the vehicle -- often including a inlet for cooling. 93%[citation needed] of fascias are made of TPO (thermoplastic olefin elastomer). This material is high gloss, has thin wall capability, improved paintability, and a low coefficient of thermal expansion.

  • modine
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    4 years ago

    Fascia Car

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    Fascia Definition

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    What is a car's 'fascia' (facia)?

    I have always thought that the fascia of a car was the dashboard and instrument panel, but lately I've read and heard it used to describe the front grille of a car and the area around and between the headlights; the car's 'face' if you like.

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  • 1 decade ago

    it's quite an ambiguous term really, as you can have a stereo 'fascia' it can be basically used for any face plate etc.

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  • 7 years ago

    FASCIA is one of the layer of car bumper..

    soft plastic materials on the front and rear of vehicles bumper

  • 1 decade ago

    Its another case of a transatlantic misunderstanding

  • 1 decade ago

    i have always thought it was the area around the front, sides and back of a car The ADD ons so to speak, for eg, lower bumpers.

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