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A trim package
is an automotive package
An automotive package is a set of optional automobile features that are included in a bundle that is installed at the factory ....
composed by a set of cosmetic (mostly non-functional) embellishment
In sewing and crafts an embellishment is anything that adds design interest to the piece.-Common examples of embellishment in sewing and crafts:* appliqué* embroidery, done either by machine or by hand...
s to a vehicle
A vehicle is a device that is designed or used to transport people or cargo. Most often vehicles are manufactured, such as bicycles, cars, motorcycles, trains, ships, boats, and aircraft....
. In some cases the trim package may include a specific model or ending name. Such packages may be characterized by the use of a famous fashion designer's
name, including examples as the Pierre Cardin AMC Javelin
The Javelin was a production version of one of the AMC AMX prototypes shown during the 1966 AMX project nationwide tour. Intended to rival other pony cars such as the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. American Motor's Javelin debuted on 22 August 1967, for the 1968 model year...
, the Oleg Cassini AMC Matador
The AMC Matador is a mid-size car that was built and sold by American Motors Corporation from 1971 to 1978. The Matador came in two generations: 1971 to 1973 and a major redesign from 1974 to 1978...
, or the Lincoln Continental
The Lincoln Continental is an automobile which was produced by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company from 1939 to 1948 and again from 1956 to 2002...
in Givenchy or Bill Blass versions.
Typical elements that may be included in a trim package include:
- Special paint, some with the appearance of pearl
A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a mollusk, a pearl is made up of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other...
, others showing color variations depending upon light angle.
- Paint patterns using multiple colors—two tone or three tone (out of current favor).
- Aluminum, plastic
A plastic material is any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic solids used in the manufacture of industrial products. Plastics are typically polymers of high molecular mass, and may contain other substances to improve performance and/or reduce production costs...
, or stainless steel
In metallurgy, stainless steel, also known as inox steel or inox from French "inoxydable", is defined as a steel alloy with a minimum of 10.5 or 11% chromium content by mass....
trim to divide paint regions (out of current favor).
- Applied graphics on printed plastic sheeting with adhesive backing.
- Pin striping
Pin striping is the application of a very thin line of paint or other material called a pin stripe, and is generally used for decoration. Freehand pin stripers use a specialty brush known as a pinstriping brush...
—usually applied as a dealer
A car dealership or vehicle local distribution is a business that sells new or used cars at the retail level, based on a dealership contract with an automaker or its sales subsidiary. It employs automobile salespeople to do the selling...
add-on using special plastic tape and a removable backing.
- Plastic bumpers painted the same color as the vehicle body, rather than a matte black (now mostly included in the base level vehicle)
- Plastic rub strips to reduce paint and metalwork damage from adjacent car doors that are carelessly opened.
- Interior upholstery materials specific to the package. Leather in whole or part is often used in high end trim packages.
- Wood patterned plastic or applied surfaces in the interior or exterior. Applied surfaces are out of current favor as they require careful design and application and lack translucency.
- Genuine wood trim—rare but used in some high end applications.
- Exterior vinyl roof
Vinyl roof refers to a vinyl covering for an automobile's top. This covering was originally designed to give the appearance of a convertible to models with a fixed roof, but eventually it evolved into a styling statement in its own right. Vinyl roofs were most popular in the American market, and...
covers, simulating the appearance of a convertible
A convertible is a type of automobile in which the roof can retract and fold away having windows which wind-down inside the doors, converting it from an enclosed to an open-air vehicle...
(out of current favor).
- Padded plastic top additions to simulate a removable top portion—a landau top
Landau, when used in referencing an automobile, generally means a simulated convertible.It is originally a coachbuilding term for a type of carriage; see Landau . Many coachbuilding terms transferred over to automobile usage, since coachbuilders began making motor car bodies instead, and because...
(out of current favor).