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Commonly used abbreviations

ABC
Active Body Control
ABS
Anti-lock braking system
AC
Air conditioning or Alternating current
ACC
Adaptive cruise control also Adaptive chassis control
ACC
Active Cornering Control
AFS
Advanced front-lighting system
AFS
Active Front Steering
AIR CON
Air conditioning
ALR
Automatic Locking Retractor
ALS
Active lighting system or automatic lighting system
ASC
Automatic/Active stability control
ASC+T
Automatic/active stability control with traction control
ASD
Automatic limited-slip differential
ASR
Anti Slip Regulation (Audi Traction Control)
AYC
Active yaw control
BEV
Battery electric vehicle
BLIS
Blind spot information system, infra-red sensor that helps detects those in the blind spot
BSD
Blind-spot detection
CAT
Catalytic converter
CC
Cruise control. See also ACC
CCM
ccm or cm?, cubic centimetres
C/CON
Cruise control. See also CC & ACC
C/L
Central locking
CNG
Compressed natural gas
CO2
Carbon dioxide
CPU
Central processing unit
CRS
Child restraint system
CVT
Continuously variable transmission
DAC
Driver Alert Control
DDI
Direct diesel injection
DOHC
Double overhead camshaft
DRP
Dynamic rear proportioning
DSC
Dynamic stability control
DSG
Direct shift gearbox
DSP
Dynamic shift programme
DSTC
Dynamic stability with traction control
DPF
Diesel Particulate Filter
DTI
Diesel direct-injection (Opel/Vauxhall)
EARS
Enhanced Accident Response System
EBA
Electronic brake assist, helps maximise braking in an emergency
EBC
Electronic brake force control (see EBD and EBV)
EBD
Electronic braking differential or Electronic brake force distribution (see also EBC and EBV)
EBM
Electronic brake management system. Optimises driving stability, traction, and braking function (BMW)
EBS
Electronic braking system
EBV
Electronic brake force distribution (see also EBD and EBC)
ECC
Electronic climate control
ECC
Emission control computer
ECM
Electronic control module
ECU
Electronic control unit
EDL
Electronic Differential Lock
EFI
Electronic fuel injection
EGD
Electronically regulated shock absorption
EI
Electronic ignition
EMS
Electronic Management System
E/M
Electric mirrors
ENCAP
European new car assessment program - motor industry measurement/grading for car safety
ESC
Electronic stability control
ESP
Electronic stability programme, another designation for vehicle-dynamics control (FDR)
E/S/R
Electric sunroof
ESR
Electronic slip reduction, another name for ASR
EV
Electric Vehicle
E/W
Electric windows
FCEV
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle
FDSH
Full dealer service history
FFS/R
Factory fitted sunroof
FSH
Full service history
FWH
Free wheeling hubs
GPS
Global Positioning System
GSM
Global system for mobile communication
GT
Gran Turismo or Grand Tourism
HBA
Hydraulic Brake Assist
HC
High compression
HDI
High-pressure direct injection
HEI
High performance ignition system, transistorized ignition, contact less ignition
HEMI
Hemispherical Combustion Chamber
H/L/W/W
Headlamp Wash Wipe
HID
High intensity discharge (Xenon headlamps)
H/SEATS
Heated Seats
IC
Inflatable Curtain airbag
ICC
Intelligent cruise control, Nissan distance control system; see also ACC
ICE
In Car Entertainment
IDI
Indirect (diesel) injection
IDIS
Integrated driver information system, similar to navigation system
IDS
Interactive dynamic driving system
IFS
Independent Front Suspension.
IMMOB
Engine immobiliser
IPS
Intelligent Protection System, integrated two-stage airbag system with retractable pedals, head/shoulder airbags, and active headrests.
IRS
Independent Rear Suspension.
IVD
Interactive vehicle dynamics
K-JETRONIC
Continuous injection system
LCD
Liquid crystal display
LDW
Lane Departure Warning
LED
Light-emitting diode
LHD
Left-hand drive
LH-JETRONIC
Same as L-Jetronic with hot-wire air-mass sensor
LPG
Liquified petroleum gas
L-JETRONIC
Electronically controlled injection system (with direct air-mass measurement)
LSD
Limited-slip differential
LTHR
Leather
LWB
Long wheel base
MAF
Mass airflow sensor
Man
Manual
MFI
Multipoint fuel injection (electronic)
MFI-C
Continuous multipoint fuel injection (electronic)
MFI-I
Intermittent multipoint fuel injection (electronic)
MFI-S
Sequential multipoint fuel injection (electronic)
MPFI
Multi-point fuel injection (electronic) or Multi-port fuel Injection
MPG
Miles per Gallon
MPH
Miles per hour
MPI
Multi-point injection, fully electronic engine control
MPV
Multi-purpose vehicles
MR2
Mid-engine Runabout
MY
Model Year
NAV
Navigation or Navigation system see also SatNav
NCAP
New Car Assessment Program, see ENCAP
OBC
On-board computer
OCD
Occupant Detection System
OBD
On-board diagnostics or off-board diagnostics, vehicle-internal diagnosis with internal or external test unit
OEM
Original equipment manufacturer
OHC
Overhead camshaft. Camshaft situated above the cylinder head
OHV
Overhead valves (the camshaft is therefore underneath)
PAB
Power Assisted Braking
PAS
Power Assisted Steering
PAS
Parking Assist System
PASE
Passive Start and Entry. Keyless access to car and engine start (Siemens system)
PATS
Passive Anti-Theft System
PB
Power Brakes
PDC
Park Distance Control. Parking aid
PDC
PreDriveCheck
PDM
Power Door Mirrors
PDM
Passenger Door Module
PFI
Port Fuel Injection
PHEV
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
P/HOOD
Power hood for convertible
R/CASS
Radio cassette
R/C/L
Remote central locking
RDS
Radio Data System
RFT
Run-flat tyre
RHD
Right-hand drive
R/H/R
Rear head restraints
ROPS
Rollover protection system. Automatically extendable roll bar (Volvo)
RPM
Revolutions per minute
RS
Restraint system or Rotational speed sensor
R/S/B
Rear seat belts
RSC
Run-flat system component. Tyres with emergency-running properties. See also RFT
RSC
Roll stability control
R/W/W
Rear wash wipe
SAS
Side-impact protection, See also SIPS
SatNav
Satellite Navigation
SBE
Seat-occupied detection
SCS
Stability control system. Simplified form of ESP (Mitsubishi). Prevents vehicle tilting or skidding.
SEFI
Sequential electronic fuel injection
SFI
Sequential fuel injection
SIPS
Side-impact protection system (Volvo)
SMPFI
Sequential multi-port fuel injection
SOHC
Single overhead camshaft
SPFI
Sequential Port Fuel Injection
S/R
Sunroof
SRC
Synchro rev control
SRI
Sports Rated Injected or Short-Ram Intake?
SRS
Safety restraint system (generally includes airbag and seatbelt tensioner, normally controlled by a common control unit)
STC
Stability and traction control
SWB
Short wheel base
TC/TCS
Traction control/Traction Control System, auxiliary function with ABS
TDI
Turbo diesel injection
T/GLASS
Tinted glass
TIPTRONIC
Porsche or VW electronic transmission control. The control can be operated via a small device on the steering wheel.
TPMS
Tyre-pressure monitoring system
TRACS
Traction control system (Volvo)
TT
Touring Turismo
T/WIN
Tinted windows
VANOS
Variable camshaft timing
VCAR
Vehicle condition alert register
VDC
Vehicle dynamics control
VIN
Vehicle identification number
VSA
Vehicle stability assist. System similar to ESP.
VSC
Vehicle stability control
VTEC
Variable Valve Timing, as below
VVTI
Variable Valve Timing, as above
WHIPS
Whiplash protection system
WTY
Warranty
XDS
Electronic cross-axle traction control system