This has led to engineers and designers, we're told, being forced to enlarge the rumps of what would otherwise be svelte and sleek GT coupes. It's a fate that has apparently befallen the curvy coupes of many brands, from Audi and BMW to Jaguar and Mercedes.
I must confess that I thought that this was all so much tosh. Until I opened the boot of our long-term Infiniti the other day to discover a sticker diagram showing me exactly how I might be able to squeeze a pair of Golf bags into the boot of Yokohama's finest.
The funny thing is, though, the very fact that Infiniti fears you need to be shown a diagram to get two golf bags in highlights another, perhaps more important, point - the shallow boot floor and oddly shaped aperture actually make the G37's luggage compartment moderately impractical. And that's despite the ample backside.