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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.

 

AUX-IN

- Allows to connect electronic entertainment devices such as MP3 players directly through the car's audio system.
 

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.
 

Active Handling System – chassis, brake & traction control 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 - manual

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

Airbags – Driver & passenger

- Active safety features to protect both the driver and the front passenger. The driver airbag is encased within the steering wheel, while the front passenger airbag is encased in dashboard fascia and is larger because it is further away from the front passenger. They inflate using a small explosive charge when sensors detect a major impact. Designed for use in conjunction with seatbelts. View Cruze crash test video.
 

Airbags – Driver & passenger front, side & curtain

- 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.
 

Aktiv hjulupphängning - Magnetic Selective Ride Control

- The third generation of the world's fastest-acting suspension is specially tuned for the Corvette Z06 with Z07 package and is designed to make an agressive chassis ride comfortably. Electromagnetic colis transfer electric currents to adjust shock fluid consistency. Damping "reads" the road evey 15 milliseconds and fluid flows more or less freely to neutralise variable road conditions.
 

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.
 

Ambient dashboard lighting

- A key element of the interior design, blue ambient lighting improves the appearance of the various dials and buttons on the dashboard.
 

Anti Rollover protection (ARP)

- 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.
 

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

- ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) is a passive safety feature. When you put your foot on the brake pedal, ABS prevents the brakes on the wheels from locking up completely. Instead the braking action is more pulse-like, happening in very quick succession. The benefit is that the risk of skidding is greatly reduced, and steering control is enhanced.
 

Automatic Headlamp Control (AHC)

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