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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.

 

Flat-folding front passenger seat

- The front passenger seat folds flat to expand the cargo area for transporting longer items.
 

Fog lights

- Designed to provide enhanced forward light in foggy or low-visibility weather conditions.
 

Foldable key

- The ignition key can be folded on itself to become smaller in size.
 

Front fog lamps with projection

- Front fog lamps provide a wide, bar-shaped beam of light and are generally aimed and mounted low. They are intended for use at low speed to increase the illumination directed towards the road surface and verges in conditions of poor visibility due to rain, fog, dust or snow. Rear fog lamps are red and are designed to make cars as visible as possible to other drivers from the rear.
 

Front passenger under seat storage tray

- Storage area under the front passenger seat for smaller items.
 

Front seatbelts with pretensioner

- An active safety feature, seat belt pre-tensioners work in the event of a collision, triggering the seat belts to tighten in a fraction of a second. This reduces slack in the belt and helps to keep passengers properly restrained.
 

Front wheel drive

- A car that is "pulled" or driven by its front wheels rather than being "pushed" by its rear ones as in rear wheel drive. In this configuration, the engine is located over the driving wheels which means better traction in snow.
 

Front, side and roof curtain airbags

- 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. Curtain airbags are fitted above the windows to protect rear passengers from side impacts. View Cruze crash test video.
 

Fuel consumption: combined

- A combined measurement of fuel consumption, calculated according to a pre-defined formula,of urban and extra-urban driving, expressed in litres per 100 kilometres or miles/gallon (UK, US).
 

Fuel consumption: extra-urban

- The amount of fuel used while driving out of town, expressed in litres per 100 kilometres or miles per gallon (UK, US).
 

Fuel consumption: urban

- The amount of fuel used while driving in an urban environment, expressed in litres per 100 kilometres or miles per gallon (UK, US).
 

Fuel gauge

- An instrument to display the amount of fuel left in the tank. A warning light which glows switches on when fuel is getting low.
 

Fuel tank

- Measured in litres, this is the maximum capacity of the fuel tank.
 

Full size spare wheel

- An extra wheel and tyre assembly which is stored in the vehicle in the event of a flat tyre - usually stored underneath the floor of your trunk.