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The rear most roof support structure on an SUV, minivan or wagon.
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The amount that auto manufacturers provide to auto dealers for each new vehicle that is sold.
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Trim has been removed from the trunk.
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The diesel engine, named after Rudolf Diesel, is an internal combustion engine in which ignition of the fuel is caused by the elevated temperature of the air in the cylinder due to the mechanical compression; thus, the diesel engine is a so-called compression-ignition engine.
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A mixture formation system for internal combustion engines that run on gasoline(petrol), where fuel is injected into the combustion chamber.
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The measure of the cylinder volume swept by all of the pistons of a piston engine, excluding the combustion chambers.
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On a serpentine belt system, the spring loaded pulley that keeps proper belt tension on the pulleys for all engine accessories.
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A rotating shaft which transmits torque in an engine.
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The group of components of a motor vehicle that deliver power to the driving wheels.
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A written gaurantee on the performance of a vehicle's transmission, driveshaft, axles, and wheels (not including the engine) for a specified time.
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An automated manual, "Direct-Shift Gearbox" with two clutches instead of a traditional torque converter found in an automatic transmission. When one gear is engaged the next is automatically pre-selected.
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High-level ethanol-gasoline blends containing 51% to 83% ethanol, depending on geography and season.
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Nickname for the second-gen Chrysler Hemi. The 426 was the only factory displace- ment offered.
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The volume of fuel and air that can be pushed through an engine short block's cylinders and is measured in cubic centimetres or cubic inches.
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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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