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Car Model Designations (LX, LE, HF, etc)

What do all the abbreviations mean that car manufactures
append to the car name to indicate style/model?  I’m referring
to the suffixes like LX, LE, SI, HF, etc…

– Gordon


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  1. admin says:

    gedwa…@ncratl.AtlantaGA.NCR.COM (Gordon Edwards) writes:
    >What do all the abbreviations mean that car manufactures
    >append to the car name to indicate style/model?  I’m referring
    >to the suffixes like LX, LE, SI, HF, etc…

    In reality, nothing.  The manufacturer would like us to think they do, but
    they are merely the creation of the advertising department.  I mean, are
    we suppose to believe LE stands for "Limited Edition" when tens of thousands
    are made, year after year?  HF is supposed to stand for "high fuel econony",
    or something like that.  

    >– Gordon


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  2. admin says:

    In article <19…@ncratl.AtlantaGA.NCR.COM> gedwa…@ncratl.AtlantaGA.NCR.COM (Gordon Edwards) writes:
    > What do all the abbreviations mean that car manufactures
    > append to the car name to indicate style/model?  I’m referring
    > to the suffixes like LX, LE, SI, HF, etc…
    > — Gordon

    As someone pointed out, differnt things to different manufactures…
    so these are *generalities*

    L  frequently for luxury
    LX Luxury
    Dx Deluxe
    Ex ??

    LE could be Limited Edition
             or Luxury Edition (Toyota)

    S  is generally for Sport (or some such in a foriegn language)
    I  often for injected  (Hence Si:  Sport model, Fuel Injected
                            Question: Were all Honda’s  S  models carburated
                                      and  Si’s  Injected?
                                      Same with BMW’s  i  designation?)

    FI (always?) Fuel Injected

    GT Grand Touring  (of course, this really means differnt things to different
                      manufacturers.)

    RS Rally Sport (on Camero’s)
    RS (Integra ???)
    LS Ummm.  Luxury Sport?
    GS ????

    As you can see, some definitely mean something, and others are tough
    to decipher and may just be marketing gadgets.

       -Dan

  3. admin says:

    gedwa…@ncratl.AtlantaGA.NCR.COM (Gordon Edwards) writes:
    >What do all the abbreviations mean that car manufactures
    >append to the car name to indicate style/model?  I’m referring
    >to the suffixes like LX, LE, SI, HF, etc…

    Hmmm… I’m not too sure but I guess you might be thinking about Hondas
    and Toyotas.  Let’s see…

    LX        luxury
    LE        luxury equipped
    Si        sports, fuel-injected
    HF        high fuel-efficiency (50 mpg CRX)

    And here’s more… (not in any particular order)
    DX        deluxe
    EX        executive (top-line Honda Accord/Civic)
    LXi       luxury, fuel-injected (previous Accords – new ones are all injected)
    SEi       special edition, injected (some previous Accords, with leather, etc)
    DL        deluxe (also)
    GT        grand touring
    S         sports or sedan (depends on car)
    E         fuel-injected (Mercedes)
    D         diesel
    SE        sedan, injected (Mercedes)
    SEL       sedan, injected, longer-wheel-base (Mercedes)
    CE        coupe, injected (Mercedes)
    TD        turbo diesel (Mercedes)
    i         injection (BMW)
    is        injection, sports package (BMW)
    e         eta (fuel-economical engine, eg. BMW 528e)
    es        eta-engine, sports package (BMW)
    M3        M-Technik prepared BMW 3-series
    GTS       grand touring spyder (Ferrari)
    GTS       grand touring sports/sedan (for others)
    SC        supercharged (some Ford Thunderbird)
    HO        high output (some Ford Mustang 5-liter engines)
    SHO       super high output (Ford Taurus)
    GL        grand luxury (not applicable for all cars)
    IROC      international race of champions (Camaro, and newer Dodge Daytonas)
    Turbo     goody stuff under the hood!
    BiTurbo   two of them, for twice the fun!
    TwinTurbo (see above)
    Quattro   4 wheel drive (Audi)
    CS        centennial special/series (??) (some ’87 Audi)
    AWD       all wheel drive (eg. Eagle Talon)
    4WD       4 wheel drive (eg. Honda Civic Wagon)
    AWS       all wheel steer (top-line Honda Prelude)
    Targa     removable top (not convertible), eg. 911
    Cabriolet convertible, (eg 911, Golf)
    MR2       mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2 seater, or Mister 2 (?)
    LS        luxury sedan (Lexus)
    LS        luxury sports (Integra)
    GS        grand sports (top-line Integra)
    SE        special edition (Integra, with leather & gold trims, etc)

    Here are the ones that I’m still not sure… :-)
    CRX    (Honda)
    FX     (as in Toyota FX16, fighter plane?)
    XJ     (Jaguar)
    XR4Ti  (Merkur)
    ZR-1   (Chevrolet Corvette, Z-rated one?)
    ZX     (Nissan)

    My wild guesses…
    NSX   no [more] sex, (spouse preferred diamonds/gold-watch actually)
    Z     zoom?  (to attract the highway-patrol, and/or make the insurance
            agents smile)

    For the nasty minded readers… (don’t sue me :-))
    HF      (horny…)
    NX      (nasty…)
    SX      (heh-heh)
    Si      (on Wednesday nights and/or weekends)
    SEL     (longer)
    Quattro (4 times the fun)
    Turbo   (guess what happens)
    i       (see Turbo)

    Ok, ok, enough for today,
    -philip
     ch…@athena.ecs.csus.edu

    PS.  Feel free to add/correct the above list, but try not to flame me :-)

  4. admin says:

    In article <1991May19.213806.13…@csusac.csus.edu> ch…@gaia.ecs.csus.edu ( h philip chen ) writes:
    [lots of letter designations & descriptions]

    >-philip
    > ch…@athena.ecs.csus.edu

    >PS.  Feel free to add/correct the above list, but try not to flame me :-)

    how could you possibly forget GTI?
    VW GTI – as a matter of fact, there’s also GTI 16V with the 16-valve engine
    amazing that anybody could leave out the car that started the
    pocket rocket class….

    and jetta GLI.  i’ll leave it up to you to speculate about what
    these things mean.

    dunno if you remembered GTB (as in ferrari 308) and GTO (ferrari, pontiac).
    and GTU (mazda RX-7 and chevy beretta).

  5. admin says:

    tedeb…@leland.Stanford.EDU (Theodore Chen) writes:
    >ch…@gaia.ecs.csus.edu ( h philip chen ) writes:
    >[lots of letter designations & descriptions]
    >how could you possibly forget GTI?
    >VW GTI – as a matter of fact, there’s also GTI 16V with the 16-valve engine
    >amazing that anybody could leave out the car that started the
    >pocket rocket class….

    Yep, you’re right!  GTI = grand touring, injected?  But it’s a sports
    (or sporty) car.  A car that can corner on 3 wheels (and still do ok)
    shouldn’t be called grand touring, right?  
    so,… GTI = great traction, innovative  (?)

    >dunno if you remembered GTB (as in ferrari 308) and GTO (ferrari, pontiac).
    >and GTU (mazda RX-7 and chevy beretta).

    308 GTB?  Oh, of course — I see one 3 times a week, parked in the same spot
    — next to the PSD (public safety dept), better known as the campus
    police station — student must think his horses are safer there.  Anyway,
    that’s the only one that I’ve noticed on campus (this is not USC!).
    (couple of other nice ones though…)

    Anyway, lemme see…
    GTO    GT, over 3.0 liter engine
    GTU    GT, under 3.0 liter engine

    BTW, what’s B in GTB… berlinette?

    Wait, I think it’s Beretta GTZ now. (Used to be GTU though.)
    For the RX-7, there’s more on my not-sure list:  GSL, GXL, etc.

    Anyway, there’s lots more out there.  So, I hope the readers can post
    what they see/know/guess/think :-)

    Here, guess what cars…
    944S 2   series 2
    928S 4   series 4 (?), with 4 valves/cyclinder, etc
    S3       series 3 (no, *not* the famous spreadsheet program)

    Aaah!  Here’s something that not too many people may know:
    Alfa Romeo Milano – Silver
                      – Gold
                      – Platinum
    (no, it’s _not_ the color!)  Does Alfa still name them this way?

    Also on my dunno list:
       ES  (Dodge)
       GLE (Volvo)       (is E for enhanced/extra/economical or ?)
       GV  (Yugo)
       MX  (Mazda)       (M must be for Mazda, what’s X?)
       TR  (Triumph)     (T must be for Triumph, what’s R?  racer?)
       SL  (Mercedes)    (sporty, lightweight?  nah!)
       STI, STX (Peugeot)
       STS (Cadillac)
       VR4 (Mitsubishi)  (V-rated, 4 v/cyc, 4wd?)
       W3  (Vector)      (must be "Wait 3" years to get one.)
       XT  (Subaru)

    -philip
     ch…@athena.ecs.csus.edu

    PS.  Quick, someone tell me what’s GLL (tell me the car too.)
    PPS. Did you all noticed that most cars that have ???-badge are imports?
          (Well, except Ford USA, etc.)  Are you car manufacturers
          listening?  Quick, name ‘em wild, and you’ll get more curious
          customers walking in — at least you’ll stand a better chance!

  6. admin says:

    In article <19…@ncratl.AtlantaGA.NCR.COM>, gedwa…@ncratl.AtlantaGA.NCR.COM (Gordon Edwards) writes:
    |> What do all the abbreviations mean that car manufactures
    |> append to the car name to indicate style/model?  I’m referring
    |> to the suffixes like LX, LE, SI, HF, etc…
    |>

    Suffixes like that are just different trim levels for a particular model.
    The LX, for example, of one model should not be compared to the LX of
    another; it may be the top-o-the-line for one and the entry level for
    another. You can probably figure out what the abbreviations come from
    (although in many cases they have lost their meaning): LX-Luxury, SE-
    Special or Sport Edition, LE-Luxury Edition, LS-Luxury Sedan or Sport, SS-
    Super Sport, STE-Sport Touring Edition, RS-Rally Sport, GS-Gran Sport,
    etc… Get the idea" "L" usually means Luxury, while "S" usually means
    Sport. The whole "GT" family (GT, GTO, GTI, GTU, …) stand
    for something in particular like Gran Touring (somebody help here). There
    are some that actually stand for something specific about the car: 4WD, AWD-
    4 or All Wheel Drive, ABS-antilock brake system, 4WS-4 wheel steering, FI-
    fuel injected, anything ending in a lowercase i implies fuel injected
    (Honda Accord LXi, BMW 320i, Merkur XR4Ti, etc…). European cars are big
    on encoding names with numbers and letters that distinguish one model from
    another: (Volvo 245: 200 series body style, 4 cyllinder, 5 door wagon,
    BMW 535td: 500 series body style, I dunno what the 35 stands for exactly,
    turbo diesel, Mercedes-Benz 300C: 300 series body style, coupe).

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  7. admin says:

    In article <1991May19.213806.13…@csusac.csus.edu> ch…@gaia.ecs.csus.edu ( h philip chen ) writes:

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    >gedwa…@ncratl.AtlantaGA.NCR.COM (Gordon Edwards) writes:
    >>What do all the abbreviations mean that car manufactures
    >>append to the car name to indicate style/model?  I’m referring
    >>to the suffixes like LX, LE, SI, HF, etc…

    >Hmmm… I’m not too sure but I guess you might be thinking about Hondas
    >and Toyotas.  Let’s see…

    >LX        luxury
    >LE        luxury equipped
    >Si        sports, fuel-injected
    >HF        high fuel-efficiency (50 mpg CRX)

    >And here’s more… (not in any particular order)
    >S         sports or sedan (depends on car)
    >E         fuel-injected (Mercedes)
    >D         diesel
    >SE        sedan, injected (Mercedes)
    >SEL       sedan, injected, longer-wheel-base (Mercedes)
    >CE        coupe, injected (Mercedes)
    >TD        turbo diesel (Mercedes)

    The "T" means station wagon, not turbo diesel.  For example, Mercedes
    makes 300TE wagons which have gasoline engines.  The 300E is the gasoline
    powered sedan version.  The 300TD is the diesel powered station wagon
    and the 300D is the diesel powered sedan.  These are turbo diesels, but
    that is denoted by the word "Turbo" on the right side of the rear of the
    car.  The 300TD or 300D labels are on the left side of the rear.

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    >Ok, ok, enough for today,
    >-philip
    > ch…@athena.ecs.csus.edu

    >PS.  Feel free to add/correct the above list, but try not to flame me :-)

  8. admin says:

    >Suffixes like that are just different trim levels for a particular model.
    >BMW 535td: 500 series body style, I dunno what the 35 stands for exactly,

     In BMW the last two numbers are engine size in liters.

     i.e. 35 = 3.5 liter
          20 = 2.0 liter (320)
          18 = 1.8 liter (318)

          so on.

     —————————————————————————

     Total Carnage!!!! I love it.

  9. admin says:

    In article <1991May20.182833.14…@unhd.unh.edu> wrl…@unhd.unh.edu (William R Letourneau) writes:
    * In BMW the last two numbers are engine size in liters.

    * i.e. 35 = 3.5 liter
    *      20 = 2.0 liter (320)
    *      18 = 1.8 liter (318)

    of course, BMW put the 1.8 motor in the later 320 cars,
    but we probably shouldn’t get into that here.

    richard

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  10. admin says:

    Thanks to Mike Amster and Steve Bender for clarifying that the last two
    digits in the BMW model numbers refer to the engine displacement in litres.
    For example, the 525 is a 2.5 l, while the 750 is, you guessed it, a 5 l.

    Nobody has responded to the question of what all the GT names mean (GT, GTI,
    GTO, GTU).

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  11. admin says:

    ch…@athena.ecs.csus.edu ( h philip chen ) writes:

    >For the RX-7, there’s more on my not-sure list:  GSL, GXL, etc.

    I think GXL means "Gadgets; eXtreme Luxury".  :-)

    >Also on my dunno list:
    >   MX  (Mazda)       (M must be for Mazda, what’s X?)

    In practice, M means a reciprocating engine as opposed to R for rotary.
    The X means… nothing.  Marketing told them it had a nice sound to it.

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  12. admin says:

    E        coupe, injected (Mercedes)

    >TD        turbo diesel (Mercedes)

    >>The "T" means station wagon, not turbo diesel.  For example, Mercedes
    >>makes 300TE wagons which have gasoline engines.  The 300E is the gasoline

    What does this have to do with rec.autos.TECH? Please move this to rec.auto
    or anywhere else.

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  13. admin says:

    In article <1991May20.200956.20…@dg-rtp.dg.com> za…@woodstock.rtp.dg.com (Mike Zayas) writes:

    *Nobody has responded to the question of what all the GT names mean (GT, GTI,
    *GTO, GTU).

    why, they mean whatever you want them to mean.

    actually, i’m not sure what GTI stands for.

    GT stands for Gran Turisimo, or Grand Touring, and in older times refered
       to a larger, heavier but still fast road car, as opposed to the smaller,
       lighter, and often not-as-fast sports car (some disagree with this
       definition, as they think that Firebirds and Camaros are sports cars, while
       this definition effectively makes them GT cars.  i really don’t want to
       restart that particular argument.)

    GTO stands for two things; in european road racing, to race cars in
       certain classes, you have to make a certain number of them for public
       sale, which is called `homogulation’.  the italian word for this starts
       with an `O’, and so we have Grand Touring, homogulated meaning that a
       car qualifies a particular racing class.

       in IMSA racing, GTO stands for GT racing, displacement _Over_ some
       threshold which i don’t remember off hand.  GT racing in IMSA is for
       tube-framed or production-based race cars which resemble street cars
       (except for GTP, which is prototype cars like the Jaguar XJR-16,
       roughly comparable to FIA Group C racing.)

    GTU is an IMSA class which stands for GT racing, displacement _Under_
       the same threshold.

    cheers,
       richard

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  14. admin says:

    In article <1991May20.200956.20…@dg-rtp.dg.com> za…@woodstock.rtp.dg.com (Mike Zayas) writes:
    >Thanks to Mike Amster and Steve Bender for clarifying that the last two
    >digits in the BMW model numbers refer to the engine displacement in litres.
    >For example, the 525 is a 2.5 l, while the 750 is, you guessed it, a 5 l.

    Not always. At one time BMW had two versions of the 545. One version indeed
    had a 4.5 l gas engine (my book says it was sold in South Africa). The other
    version had a turbo charged engine of smaller displacement – the rationale
    was that the bhp was the same as that of the 4.5 l engine.

    Shantanu Ganguly
    Syracuse University

  15. admin says:

    In article <1991May20.200956.20…@dg-rtp.dg.com> za…@woodstock.rtp.dg.com (Mike Zayas) writes:

    >Nobody has responded to the question of what all the GT names mean (GT, GTI,
    >GTO, GTU).

    GTO – "Gran Turisimo Omligato" Originally referred to a car designed to compete
           in the GT class races in Europe.  An interesting article in R & T circa
           1964 referred to American Pig Iron stealing names from the thoroughbreds
           from Europe.  The article was prompted by a new "musclecar" from
           Pontiac stealing the "GTO" designation of the fantastic Ferrari of the
           same name.  This designation also has the distinction of being the most
           mis-interpreted of the lot (witness the responses in this thread ;^)
           I won a prize from a radio station in 1967 for this trivia answer.

    GT – "Gran Turisimo" or, in English "Grand Touring".  Class of Sedan racing in
         Europe.

    GTI – GT Fuel Injected

    GTA –  Grand Touring "A" Class – Sedan Races, where Alfa coupes were very
           successful circa 1968

    GTV –  Grand Touring Veloce (fast in Italian)  Hotter version of the GTA

    GTB –  Same as GTA different class

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  16. admin says:

    In article <19…@ncratl.AtlantaGA.NCR.COM>, gedwa…@ncratl.AtlantaGA.NCR.COM (Gordon Edwards) writes:

    > What do all the abbreviations mean that car manufactures
    > append to the car name to indicate style/model?  I’m referring
    > to the suffixes like LX, LE, SI, HF, etc…

    Well, it depends on the manufacturer. There doesn’t seem to be any
    standards. "LX" and "LE" usually refer to "Luxury" or "top-of-the-line"
    model. In Honda-speak, LX is top, DX is next, nothing is the bottom for
    most models. "Si" is the designation for the top CRX/Civic/Prelude. "HF"
    is the high fuel economy version of the Civic/CRX (smaller engine in
    milder tune, smaller, higher pressure wheels, no frills). "LX" and "DX"
    seem to be used by many Japanese manufacturers. Beyond that…

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    ————————————————————————
    WERA, SCCA, DIOC, FSSNOC, MCRA, DoD and Team Cheap (geez, enough clubs?)

  17. admin says:

    In article <1991May21.191734.21…@sequent.com> g…@sequent.com writes:

    *In article <1991May20.200956.20…@dg-rtp.dg.com> za…@woodstock.rtp.dg.com (Mike Zayas) writes:
    *>Nobody has responded to the question of what all the GT names mean (GT, GTI,
    *>GTO, GTU).
    *GTA –  Grand Touring "A" Class – Sedan Races, where Alfa coupes were very

    *
    *GTV –  Grand Touring Veloce (fast in Italian)  Hotter version of the GTA

    i think that in the context of Alfas, you’ve got this backwards.
    the GTV was the bread-and-butter 2+2 coupe for alfa from 1967 through
    1974; the GTA is the rare and valuble racing model of the coupe.

    alfa built ‘veloce’ versions of cars from the early 60s; the GTV
    was originally the ‘veloce’ version of the Giulia Sprint GT from
    the mid-60s.

    cheers,
       richard (owner of a 1968 Alfa GTV-1750)

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  18. admin says:

    In article <1991May21.191734.21…@sequent.com>, g…@sequent.com writes:
    > GTB –  Same as GTA different class

    Bzzt! But you’re close! GTB, as used by Ferrari, stands for Gran Turismo
    Berlinetta (closed coupe). The alternative is GTS for Spyder (open car).
    I.E. 365GTB for the Daytona coupe and 365GTS for the Daytona Spyder.

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  19. admin says:

    In article <1991May19.213806.13…@csusac.csus.edu> ch…@gaia.ecs.csus.edu ( h philip chen ) writes:

    Don’t forget:

    >gedwa…@ncratl.AtlantaGA.NCR.COM (Gordon Edwards) writes:
    >Turbo     goody stuff under the hood!

    Intercooler      stronger turbo with aircooler (Volvo) :-)


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  20. admin says:

    In article <1991May23.041030.4…@eng.umd.edu> h…@eng.umd.edu (Dagwood splits the Atom) writes:

    >In article <1991May19.213806.13…@csusac.csus.edu> ch…@gaia.ecs.csus.edu ( h philip chen ) writes:
    >>TD        turbo diesel (Mercedes)
    >Actually, the "T" indicates an estate body type; that is, a station wagon.
    >The D does indicate diesel, although M-B has no designation for turbodiesel
    >beyond slapping a "turbo" badge on the trunklid.  Also add "SL" for
    >superlight or whatever the German equivalent is (super-leicht?).

    Then why is the 500SL (roadster) havier than the 500SE (sedan)?
    The SL is shorter, has only 2 doors and no hard roof.

    >>Cabriolet convertible, (eg 911, Golf)
    >If I’m not mistaken, some portion of the roof structure remains standing
    >at all times in a Cabriolet, and Porsche’s designation is a misnomer.  For
    >comparison, look at the Jaguar XJ-S, offered first a coupe, then as a
    >cabriolet, then as a true convertible.  Maybe I’m confusing convertible
    >with roadster…

    cabriolet==convertable.

    Other namings of open cars:
            spider          (alfa-romeo roadster)
            roadster        (no roof at all? Is the old willys-jeep a roadster?)
            T-top
            targa           (porsche)
            cabrio-top      (just a large sun roof)
    more?

    >>XR4Ti  (Merkur)
    >Ti is, of course, Turbo, Injected.  XR4 fits in the Mercury/Ford of Europe
    >sports scheme, XR2, XR3, XR4, XR7, and so on.

    Fiesta XR2i, Escort XR3i, Sierra XR4i cossworth. never heard of XR7.

    The letter X is many times used to denote the eXperimental/innovative nature.
    Remember experimental fighter planes always used the X.
    So manufacturers must think that naming their fastest car in the line with an
    X gives it the edge.

     Rob.

  21. admin says:

    h…@eng.umd.edu (Dagwood splits the Atom) writes:

    ]In article <1991May19.213806.13…@csusac.csus.edu> ch…@gaia.ecs.csus.edu ( h philip chen ) writes:
    ]]Here are the ones that I’m still not sure… :-)
    ]]CRX    (Honda)

    ]I think they just liked the letters.  Sold as the Ballade elsewhere.

    In Britain at least the Ballade is a Civic with a boot, the CRX is the
    sporty Civic.

    ]]XR4Ti  (Merkur)

    ]Ti is, of course, Turbo, Injected.  XR4 fits in the Mercury/Ford of Europe
    ]sports scheme, XR2, XR3, XR4, XR7, and so on.

    XR7?  Not around here.  The XR4x4 is the last of the XR range as far
    as I know.  After that they started on RS Cosworths :-)

    ]-dave

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  22. admin says:

    In article <1991May19.213806.13…@csusac.csus.edu> ch…@gaia.ecs.csus.edu ( h philip chen ) writes:

    >gedwa…@ncratl.AtlantaGA.NCR.COM (Gordon Edwards) writes:
    >>What do all the abbreviations mean that car manufactures
    >>append to the car name to indicate style/model?

    This almost belongs in a FAQ list since it recurs every year or so.

    >E         fuel-injected (Mercedes)

    "einspritzen"; the Haynes Bosch injection manual has a nice guide
    to identifying Bosch-injection equipped cars.

    >TD        turbo diesel (Mercedes)

    Actually, the "T" indicates an estate body type; that is, a station wagon.
    The D does indicate diesel, although M-B has no designation for turbodiesel
    beyond slapping a "turbo" badge on the trunklid.  Also add "SL" for
    superlight or whatever the German equivalent is (super-leicht?).

    >GTS       grand touring spyder (Ferrari)

    and GTB, presumably for Berlinetta.  And GTO for Gran Turismo Omologato.
    And BB for Boxer Berlinetta.  And MM for Mille Miglia.  Etc.

    >Cabriolet convertible, (eg 911, Golf)

    If I’m not mistaken, some portion of the roof structure remains standing
    at all times in a Cabriolet, and Porsche’s designation is a misnomer.  For
    comparison, look at the Jaguar XJ-S, offered first a coupe, then as a
    cabriolet, then as a true convertible.  Maybe I’m confusing convertible
    with roadster…

    >Here are the ones that I’m still not sure… :-)
    >CRX    (Honda)

    I think they just liked the letters.  Sold as the Ballade elsewhere.

    >XR4Ti  (Merkur)

    Ti is, of course, Turbo, Injected.  XR4 fits in the Mercury/Ford of Europe
    sports scheme, XR2, XR3, XR4, XR7, and so on.

    >ZR-1   (Chevrolet Corvette, Z-rated one?)

    Chevy option code.  No meaning.

    -dave


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  23. admin says:

    >>Cabriolet convertible, (eg 911, Golf)

    >If I’m not mistaken, some portion of the roof structure remains standing
    >at all times in a Cabriolet, and Porsche’s designation is a misnomer.  For
    >comparison, look at the Jaguar XJ-S, offered first a coupe, then as a
    >cabriolet, then as a true convertible.  Maybe I’m confusing convertible
    >with roadster…

    I believe you might be mistaken since my father has a 911 Cabriolet and
    there is nothing left standing but the windshield and the chicks when
    you put the top down!  8->

    The VW Rabbit Cabriolets had a targa bar between the front and rear
    seats and maybe that is what you are thinking of.

    Bill

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