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1935–1948 Fords, named for their bulbous fenders.
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An engine with valves in the block, rather than in the cylinder head.
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Lights mounted lower on the front end of a vehicle to aid in visiblity under dense fog conditions.
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Feeding air at pressures higher than atmospheric to an internal combustion engine, either via turbocharging or supercharging.
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Four-wheel drive, also called a 4x4 or 4WD, refers to a two-axled vehicle drivetrain capable of providing engine torque to all of its wheels simultaneously.
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Steering system that permits the driver to turn the rear wheels left or right to aid in low speed turning or high speed stability with the front wheels.
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Trim that has been incorporated into the body, usually referring to headlights or taillights.
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The fuel economy of an automobile relates distance traveled by a vehicle and the amount of fuel consumed.
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