ChevroletGlossaryGlossary T
Glossary

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.

 

Tachometer

- Also known as a rev counter, the tachometer tells the driver the speed of the engine in revolutions per minute and is helpful for driving at the optimum rpm (through use of gear changes). Depending on the model you choose, the tachometer either is mounted on or near the dashboard or on a heads-up display, projected onto the windscreen.
 

Tail lamps – tinted

- A way of personalizing your car by using dark tints on the car's rear lights. Governed by European laws.
 

Tailgate opener – touchpad without lock

- A lighter way to open a car's tailgate, the touchpad just requires a gentle touch with the fingers to release.
 

Tailgate window opening with remote control

- MasterYou can either open the whole tailgate, or you can just open the back window section. This is a feature on the Captiva, and is useful if you have already packed the rest of the loading space and either want to access it, or put other items in.
 

Tinted windows

- A glass that has been specially colored to reduce glare from the sun.
 

Top speed

- The maximum speed of a vehicle in km/hour
 

Towing capacity – braked

- The heaviest trailer (with its own braking capacity) the vehicle is rated to tow. Towing capacity is typically based on the vehicle weight plus a driver of 70kg. The weight of additional passengers and/or cargo should be deducted from the maximum trailer weight.
 

Towing capacity – unbraked

- Unbraked towing capacity is the towing capacity of a vehicle towing a trailer that does not have its own braking system.
 

Track

- Front track is the distance between the centre of the left front wheel and the center of the right front wheel. Rear track is the distance between the center of the left rear wheel and the center of the right rear wheel. They are not always the same.
 

Trailer hitch provision

- Depending on the model, you can order your car with trailer hitch provision which allows you to tow trailers and caravans.
 

Transmission 4 AT

- 4-speed Automatic Transmission. There is no need to change gears manually. As a consequence, there is no clutch. Just put the car into Drive.
 

Transmission 5 AT

- 5-speed Automatic Transmission. There is no need to change gears manually. As a consequence, there is no clutch. Just put the car into Drive.
 

Transmission 5 MT

- 5-speed Manual Transmission. Most cars sold in Europe have manual transmission. It means that the driver has to change gears using the clutch to dis-engage the engine while manually moving the shifter to engage a different gear.
 

Transmission 6 AT

- 6-speed Automatic Transmission. There is no need to change gears manually. As a consequence, there is no clutch. Just put the car into Drive.
 

Transmission 6 MT

- 6-speed Manual Transmission. Most cars sold in Europe have manual transmission. It means that the driver has to change gears using the clutch to dis-engage the engine while manually moving the shifter to engage a different gear.
 

Trip Odometer

- Set by the driver at the beginning of a journey, this tells you how far you have travelled in miles or kilometres.
 

Trip computer

- A computer with a multifunction display; supplies the driver with the trip information such as range, journey time, fuel consumption, average speed, accumulated trip miles / kilometers, time elapsed since last reset.
 

Trunk & hatch release – power

- Power release to open the boot of the car.
 

Trunk floor – levelable up / down

- Depending on the model you choose, the floor in the boot can lowered in order to increase the cargo volume of your luggage compartment or load taller items.
 

Trunk handle

- Depending on the trim you pick for your car, the boot handle can either be black or painted in the body colour of the car.
 

Tyre pressure monitor system

- A sensor inside each wheel detects if a tyre is losing air pressure and notifies the driver with a message in the Driver Information Center.
 

Tyre size front and rear

- The diameter of the wheel in inches (1 inch = appox 2.5cm) from where the inside edge of the tyre sits on the wheel. When you buy tyres, you have to use codes like "225/70R14". The first number in the code"225" represents the tyre width in millimeters. The "70" refers to aspect ratio), which is the height of the side wall expressed as a percentage of the nominal width. "R" stands for radial (tyre construction type). The final "14" is the rim size measured in inches. Front and rear tyre sizes can be different.