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Glossary

Even though we do try to avoid using technical terminology across our websites, there maybe times when you may need further help to understand some of the features described on our cars. That's what this glossary is for. Search alphabetically.

 

Acceleration

- Generally used as a benchmark for judging a car's acceleration potential, this is how fast it's possible to take the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph).
 

Active Handling System

- Designed for performance cars, Active Handling System is a sohisticated stability control system which uses sensors to work in conjunction with the vehicle's Anti-Lock Braking
 

Air conditioning

- Controls temperature, humidity, cleanliness, and movement and - if AQS is included - also the air purity in the car. The temperature is manually adjustable.
 

Air quality sensor

- An Air quality sensor controls the air purity in the car.
 

Airbags – Driver & passenger front & side

- See airbags - driver and passenger. Side impact airbags are located in both the front seats and - in the event of a side-on impact, inflate to protect passengers.
 

All Wheel Drive (AWD)

- Type of four-wheel drive system. If the front drive wheel begins to slip, the rear wheels automatically engage to drive the car. AWD is controlled by on-board computers.
 

Aluminium frame

- In order to cut weight, the chassis is made of aluminum which is a light-weight metal.
 

Aluminium sill plates

- Stainless-steel step shields that help to protect the doorsill area from damage during entry and exit.
 

Analogue speedomoter

- Dashboard instrument to measure the car's speed in either kilometres per hour or miles per hour. Analogue means that the dial is not digital.
 

Antenna – integral hidden

- Pulls in radio reception. Depending on the model the antenna wires are embedded either in the windshield, rear window or spoiler, also called aerial.
 

Anti Rollover Protection

- Detects roll-over hazards and minimises roll-over inclination through the use of lateral acceleration and wheel speed sensors. When required, ARP brakes the appropriate wheel in order to reduce speed and rolling momentum. A passive safety feature.
 

Ashtray

- Designed for cigarette ash or small waste items; depending on the model and trim you choose the front ashtray can come with an integrated lighter; the ashtrays are located in the front and / or back of the car.
 

Automatic air conditioning

- Allows to set temperature preferences (depending on the model you choose independant for driver & passenger). Once set at a specified temperature, the cabin is maintained at that temperature, making constant readjustment unnecessary.
 

Automatic headlamps

- A system that senses natural light levels automatically switches the headlamps on or off accordingly.
 

Automatic lighting control

- A system when activated, it automatically turns the headlamps off during daylight and on at night or in dark conditions.
 

Automatic passenger airbag cut-off

- System that automatically switches the right-front passenger air bag on or off based on the passenger's weight and the type of pressure on the seat. A lighted indicator is located on the instrument panel.