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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.

 

Seat adjusters – power bolster & power lumbar

- Where a car is equipped with power lumbar and side bolster support in the seats. Switches are located on the outer edges of the seat cushion. The power seat moves the seat into the correct position, while the lumbar support adjusts the amount of support to the small of the back. The bolster switch moves the seat back wings closer in/away from you.
 

Seat back pocket

- Storage pockets fitted to the backs of the driver and front passenger seat. Ideal for books and magazines.
 

Seat heating

- Depending on the model and trim you choose, the seats for the driver and front passenger come with seat heating, the heat can be regulated individually.
 

Seat memory package

- A seat memory package, recalls multiple "presets" for power seat, outside mirrors and telescoping steering column.
 

Seat upholstery – cloth

- Seat coverings are fabric. There is a choice of fabric colour, design and material, depending on model / trim.
 

Seat upholstery – leather

- Seat coverings are leather. There is a choice of colour, depending on model / trim.
 

Seat upholstery – leather & cloth

- Seat coverings are a part leather and part fabric. There is a choice of colour, design and material, depending on the model / trim.
 

Seat – driver 6way power adjust (slide, recline & height)

- Power driver seat that allows both the driver and front passenger the option of 6 different seat positions. Move the seat forward / back, tilt the seat cushion up or down and move the position of the back of the seat forward / backward.
 

Seat – front passenger, flat folding

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

Seatbelt height adjustable

- Seatbelts that can be adjusted to your seating height. Depending on your model either available for the driver and / or passenger.
 

Seatbelt pretensioner, front & passenger

- 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.
 

Seatbelt reminder – rear

- Audiovisual reminder system consisting of a light on the dashboard and a buzzer or chime reminding the driver and / or passengers to fasten their belts.
 

Seatbelts – 3 point

- 3-point seatbelts are fitted from the shoulder and across the abdomen.
 

Seats – 2nd row, “Tip & Tumble” function

- In some models with 3 seating rows, the 2nd row can be tipped folded forward to make it easier for passengers to get into the 3rd seating row - or to create a large load area.
 

Seats – 3rd row, 50/50 split-folding

- Flexible seating configuration for 7-seat cars in which the third seating row can be split 50-50, to allow you to use one seat for a passenger and the other space for loading.
 

Seats – 3rd row, flat folding

- The 3rd seating row can be folded forward to give a completely flat loading area.
 

Seats – rear, fold down 60/40

- Flexible seating configuration which allows you to fold down either one or two of the back seats to allow you to carry both bulky items and passengers.
 

Seats – sport, perf leather, power lumbar, side bolster adj

- Sports seats made with perforated leather (for added grip and breathability) and seat adjusters power bolster and lumbar support.
 

Shoulder room

- A horizontal measurement in milimetres for one seat in the car. Front row and rear row shoulder room is usually different.
 

Shoulder room, 3rd row

- A horizontal measurement in milimetres for one seat in the 3rd row of the car.
 

Side impact beams – front & rear

- An active safety feature, these are re-inforced torsional beams built into the front and rear doors to protect passengers in the event of a side-on collision.
 

Side skirts

- A cosmetic addition of an extra body panel fitted over the sills to make a car look more sporty.
 

Sill plates – aluminium

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

Single overhead camshaft (SOHC)

- SOHC refers to an engine with one single camshaft that operate both the fuel intake and exhaust valves.
 

Skidplates – silver, front and rear

- A steel, aluminum or plastic shield attached to the underside of the chassis to protect vulnerable components (oil pan, transmission, differentials and transfer cases) from off-road obstacles. Also called sump guard.
 

Socket – 12V

- Depending on the model you choose, there 12V power outlets either in the front and/or back of your vehicle. Please read your E&P / car manual for model specific instructions.
 

Space saver spare wheel

- Space saver spare tyres are smaller than regular tyres, weigh less and do not take up so much space in the boot. However, they are not designed to drive long distances and most of them have maximum speed of around 50 mph (80km/h). Please refer to your individual car manual for more detailed information.
 

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.
 

Special ride & handling suspension (Magnetic Selective Ride Control)

- The third generation of the world's fastest-acting suspension is specifically tuned for the Corvette Z06 and designed to make an aggressive chassis ride comfortably. Electromagnetic coils transfer electric currents to adjust shock fluid consistency. Damping “reads” the road every 15 milliseconds and fluid flows more or less freely to neutralise variable road conditions.
 

Special ride & handling suspension (Magnetic Selective Ride Control)

- The third generation of the world's fastest-acting suspension is standard on the Corvette Stingray and is designed to make an aggressive chassis ride comfortably. Electromagnetic coils transfer electric currents to adjust shock fluid consistency. Damping “reads” the road every 15 milliseconds and fluid flows more or less freely to neutralise variable road conditions.
 

Special ride & handling suspension (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.
 

Speed sensitive power steering

- A type of power-assisted steering which is light effort at low speeds and increasingly heavier effort at higher speeds, giving the driver a more realistic feel for the road. See also power steering.
 

Speedometer - analogue

- 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.
 

StabiliTrak ® Electronic Stability Control System (ESC)

- A passive safety feature, ESC is a computerised technology that improves a car's stability by detecting and minimizing skids. When the system detects a loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help "steer" the car in the right direction. The braking action is applied to each wheel individually, to the outer front wheel to counter oversteer, or to the inner rear wheel to counter understeer. In short, it helps to minimize the loss of control.
 

Start/Stop function

- Start/stop system enhances fuel efficiency and emissions performance by shutting off the engine when the vehicle is stationary, in neutral gear with the foot off the clutch. As soon as the clutch is depressed, the engine starts up again. Can be disabled at the touch of a button.
 

Steering column – power adj telescopic with manual tilt

- Allows the driver to electronically adjust the height and distance of the steering wheel for personal comfort and convenience.
 

Steering column – telescopic

- Allows the driver to adjust the height and distance of the steering wheel for personal comfort and convenience.
 

Steering column – tiltable

- Allows the driver to adjust the angle of the steering wheel for personal comfort and convenience.
 

Steering column – tiltable & telescopic

- Allows the driver to adjust the height/distance and angle of the steering wheel for personal comfort and convenience.
 

Steering wheel mounted audio controls

- Make driving more convenient and more safe, since the driver no longer have the need to rear over and change stations, adjust the volume, change audio modes or - depending on the model and trim you choose - the driver can also answer their Bluetooth enabled phone.
 

Steering wheel – leather

- The steering wheel covered with leather, which is good for grip comfort especially on longer journeys.
 

Steering wheel – leather-wrapped with sound system controls

- The steering wheel with integrated audio system controls, covered with leather.
 

Steering – power

- Power steering makes steering lighter and easier. Controlled energy is added to the steering mechanism, so the driver needs to provide only modest effort. Particularly helpful when a car is either stationary or moving very slowly (e.g. when parking).
 

Steering – power, rack-and-pinion, speed-sensitive

- Steering mechanism that consists of a gear linked to a rack that connects to the wheels. When the gear is rotated by the steering shaft, it moves the rack from side to side, turning the wheels. Rack-and-pinion steering generally improves road feel at highway speeds.
 

Steering – power, speed-sensitive, rack & pinion, variable ratio

- Steering mechanism consisting of a gear linked to a rack that connects to the wheels. When the gear is rotated by the steering shaft, it moves the rack from side to side, turning the wheels. Rack-and-pinion steering generally improves handling and driver comfort and control.
 

Steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters

- Advanced driving enhancement feature that allows the driver to sequentially shift gears manually via paddle-style shift controls on the steering wheel. Found in race and performance cars.
 

Storage compartment - hidden behind radio

- Concealed behind the audio system fascia, this is a compartment for smaller items. Depending on the model and trim level you choose, with integrated USB/aux-in port.
 

Storage compartments – integrated in luggage area

- Depending on the model various storage compartments to organize your items in the floor of the boot of the car.
 

Storage compartments – trunk

- Depending on the model various storage compartments to organize your items in the boot of the car.
 

Storage in front doors

- Storage compartment in both driver and front passenger doors for items such as large drinks bottles, maps and guide books.
 

Storage tray – under front passenger seat

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

Stripes

- Depending on the model you like to buy there is a variety of decorative stripes available in the different colours that can be mounted on the exterior of the car.
 

Stroke

- The distance the piston moves when traveling from bottom dead center (BDC) to Top dead center (TDC) in the cylinder.
 

Sunglass holder

- No more searching for your glasses while driving: a dedicated compartment in your car, where you can store your (sun) glasses.
 

Sunroof, electric slide

- Sunroof that slides open and shut via an electronic switch.
 

Sunroof, electric slide and tilt

- Sunroof that either slides open and shut or tilts up via an electronic switch.
 

Sunvisors – illuminated mirror driver & passenger

- A hinged flap above the windshield that can be pulled down to shield the driver's or front seat passenger's eyes from sunlight containing an illuminated vanity mirror.
 

Sunvisors – illuminated mirror, passenger

- A hinged flap above the windshield that can be pulled down to shield the driver's or front seat passenger's eyes from sunlight; for the passenger the shield comes with an illuminated vanity mirror.
 

Sunvisors – mirror driver & passenger

- A hinged flap above the windshield that can be pulled down to shield the driver's or front seat passenger's eyes from sunlight containing a vanity mirror.
 

Sunvisors – passenger side mirror

- A hinged flap above the windshield that can be pulled down to shield the driver's or front seat passenger's eyes from sunlight; for the passenger the shield comes with a vanity mirror.