Automotive Industry Acronyms

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The most prominent acronyms of the automobile industry are SUV and LAV. SUV stands for sports utility vehicles and LAV means luxury activity vehicle. The SUVs are off road cars that have commendable off-road capabilities and four wheel drive facilities. They have straight box body designs and high ground clearance as well.

Sports Utility Vehicles

The sports utility vehicles can be easily identified by their construction, which resembles a body on a frame – this design comes with great off-road capability but lesser comfort when it comes to on-road driving and handling to a cross over SUV. Top examples of SUVs are Jeep Grand Cherokee and Land Road Discovery.

Sports Utility VehiclesThe crossover SUVs are created from automobile platforms and use a monocoque style of construction. They have some off-road capabilities and their ground clearance is lower than the SUVs. They can look like station wagons or estate cars and their appearance can be like proper off-roaders. Some examples of these cars are BMW X5, Lexus RX, and Chevrolet Equinox.

Leisure Activity Vehicles (LAVs)

The leisure activity vehicles or LAVs are small vans that are similar to subcompact or supermini cars. These cars have tall and big car boots and tailgates. These cars can be distinguished from the mini MPVs by virtue of being taller and having more vertical windshields and more horizontal and longer bonnets.

The seats of the mini MPVs are more vertical and higher compared to the LAVs and similar to hatchbacks, station wagons and sedans. The LAVs are often longer than the mini MPVs and station wagons after which they have been modeled as they have a greater wheelbase compared to the other superminis.

The seats of the mini MPVs are more vertical and higher compared to the LAVs and similar to hatchbacks, station wagons and sedans. The LAVs are often longer than the mini MPVs and station wagons after which they have been modeled as they have a greater wheelbase compared to the other superminis.

Some examples of LAVs are:

Leisure Activity Vehicles
  • Ford Tourneo Connect
  • Skoda Roomster
  • Volkswagen Caddy Life
  • Peugeot Partner
  • Citroen Berlingo
  • Renault Kangoo
  • Fiat Doblo
  • Opel/Vauxhall Combo Tour
  • Fiat Qubo

Multi Purpose Vehicles/Minivans (MPVs)

Multi Purpose VehiclesThe multi purpose vehicles or minivans are also referred to as people carriers and they look like the tall estate cars. The bigger MPVs are capable of accommodating a maximum of 8 people. These cars offer better visibility for the drivers as they are taller than the family cars. However, the other road users do not have similar levels of visibility with these vehicles.

These cars are also ideal for the specially-abled and the senior citizens. They have greater load capabilities and more seats than the estate cars or hatchbacks. Following are some of the leading mini MPVs:

  • Ford B-Max
  • Opel/Vauxhall Meriva
  • Citroen C3 Picasso

Some examples of compact MPVs can be enumerated below:

  • SEAT Altea
  • Ford C-MAX
  • Opel Zafira

Following are the most prominent examples of large MPVs or minivans:

  • Mazda5
  • SEAT Alhambra
  • Ford Galaxy

Recreational Vehicles (RVs)

The recreational vehicles are cars that have living space and every facility that can be expected in a home. These have facilities like kitchens, bedrooms, bathrooms, and living rooms. The different types of recreational vehicles can be mentioned as below:

  • Motor homes (Class A, C, and B)
  • Popup trailers
  • Travel trailers
  • Slide-in campers
  • Fifth wheel trailers

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga – a proper life utility vehicle

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga The leading name in the Indian car market, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, has come up with the first ever Life Utility Vehicle (LUV) of the country, Ertiga. The car was designed in Japan for young, connected, and active Indian families from the urban areas. The car shows the organization’s skills when it comes to making Utility Vehicles more compact, fuel efficient, and stylish.

India will be the first market where the car will be sold with otherSouth-East Asian markets coming in later on. At the first look, Ertiga has a proper outline of a utility vehicle and it is going to be a great choice for people who are looking to avail a sedan. In addition, families which earlier had to be content with utility vehicles can now look to a car that is fashionable, roomy, luxurious, and properly priced.

The starting reports from the test drive have revealed that the customers have appreciated its handling and the overall riding experience as well as the space, performance, power, and fuel efficiency that are like conventional utility vehicles.

Automotive Industry Acronyms

Following are some prominent acronyms of the automotive industry:

  • 2V – Two (Venturi) Valve (two barrel carburetor)
  • WCF – Wireless Communication Framework
  • A-6 – Axial 6 cylinder A/C compressor
  • VAF – Vane Air Flow
  • B+ - Battery positive (voltage)
  • UART – Universal Asynchronous Receiver-Transmitter
  • C3I – Computer Controlled Coil Ignition
  • TAC – Throttle Actuator Control
  • DAB – Delayed Accessory Bus
  • SATC – Semi-Auto Temperature Control Module
  • E4OD – Electronic 4-Speed Overdrive
  • RAM – Ride Air Module
  • F4WD – Full Time Four Wheel Drive
  • QDR – Quality, Durability, Reliability
  • GAWR – Gross Axle Weight Rating
  • PADS – Passenger Airbag Disarm Switch
  • HAST – High Accelerated Stress Test
  • OBD II – On Board Diagnostics 2
  • IABM – Integrated AirBag Module
  • NCAP – New Car Assessment Program
  • JTEC – Jeep, Truck Engine Control
  • MALL – Multifunction Alarm Lighting and Locking
  • KAM – Keep Alive Memory
  • LCM – Lightning Control Module
  • LATCH – Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children
  • KAPR – Keep Alive Power
  • MAF – Mass Air Flow
  • JTEC – Joint Transmission-Engine Controller
  • NAICC – Navigation-Aided Intelligent Cruise Control
  • IAC – Idle Air Control
  • OBD – On Board Diagnostics
  • HBA – Hydraulic Brake Assist
  • PAB – Passenger Air Bag
  • GCW – Gross Combined Weight
  • QDM – Quad Driver Module
  • FABS – Flexible Auto Body System
  • EAC – Electronic Air Control
  • RABS – Rear Antilock Brake System
  • DART – Diagnostic and Reprogramming Tool
  • SAS – Side Auxiliary Sensor
  • CAB – Controller, Antilock Brake
  • TAB – Thermactor Air Bypass
  • BAS – Brake Apply Sensor
  • UASID – Units and Scaling Identification
  • AAT – Ambient Air Temperature
  • V2G – Vehicle to Grid
  • WAC – Wide Open Throttle A/C Cutoff
  • xVDS – Extended Vehicle Diagnostic System
  • ZEV – Zero Emission Vehicle

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Last Updated on 4/27/2012

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