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4WD - Four-Wheel Drive
AAA - American Automobile Association
ABS - Anti-Lock Braking System
AC - Air Conditioning
AMG - Aufrecht, Melcher, Grossaspach (see
ATV - All Terrain Vehicle
AWD - All-Wheel Drive
BMW - Bayerische Motoren Werke (Bavarian Motor Works)
CAA - Canadian Auto Association
CAFE - Corporate Average Fuel Economy
DOHC - Dual Overhead Camshafts
EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
FIAT - Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino
GM - General Motors
GMC - General Motors Corporation
GT - Gran Turismo or Grand Tourism
GTO - Grand Tourism Over (refers to engine displacement compared to the competition maximum for the GT category)
GTU - Grand Tourism Under (refers to engine displacement compared to the competition maximum for the GT category)
HEMI - Hemispherical Combustion Chamber
IFS - Infiniti Financial Services
IHI - Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries (turbo manufacturers)
KKK - Kuhnle, Kopp & Kausch (turbo manufacturers)
LTD - Limited
MPG - Miles Per Gallon
MR2 - Mid-engine Runabout/Rear-drive two-seater (Toyota)
NMAC - Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation
OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer (usually in reference to car parts)
OHV - Overhead valve
PSA - Peugeot-Citro├źn SA
RV - Recreational Vehicle
SOHC - Single Overhead Camshaft
TDI - Turbodiesel Intercooler
TRD - Toyota Racing Development
TT - Touring Turismo
USAA - United Services Automobile Association
VW - Volkswagen
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary