You have probably wondered what the acronyms on various cars mean. Automotive acronyms continue to be used extensively.
While most companies typically take two or three letter combinations and turn them into full-on model names, it’s often the letters that come after the name that give the biggest clues as to its true identity.
Almost every car company from has a unique set of letters that distinguish its cars from the rest of the pack. These are some of the most popular acronyms and what they actually mean.
Acura is one car that has a lot of acronyms already. The automaker already has a range of letters that require quite a lot of knowledge to understand.
The most popular acronyms used by Acura are;
NSX: New, Sportscar, Experimental
SH-AWD: Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
P-AWS: Precision All-Wheel Steer
TMU + IPU: Twin Motor Unit + Intelligent Power Unit.
German automakers have a reputation of having some of the best cars and this seems to be applied to the names of the automobiles too. The Meanings behind some BMW automobiles are listed as follows.
BMW: Bayerische Motoren Werke (Translation: Bavarian Motor Work)
SAV: Sports Activity Vehicle
VANOS: From the German “VAriable NOckenwellenSteuerung” (Translation: Variable Camshaft Timing)
Chevrolet has many acronyms to classify its famed Camaro sports coupe. Some appear to stand for nothing while others have serious meanings. Three of the most notable trims, LS, RS, and SS, each have a range of performance credentials and options that separate one from the other.
LS: Luxury Sport
RS: Rally Sport
SS: Super Sport
Though not usually written as an acronym, the word ‘Fiat’ is actually four letters that combine to create a single phrase. The phrase, “Fabrica Italiana Automobili Torino” loosely translates to mean “Italian automobile factory, Torino.”
Ford has a history of wonderful names that are reserved exclusively for high-performance machines like the Mustang and the GT supercar but there are also monikers for several other models.
SHO: Super High Output
SVT: Special Vehicle Team
ST: Sport Technologies
RS: Rally Sport
Honda has some of the most recognizable model names, especially the Civic. The Si and Type R monikers are typically associated with high horsepower and plenty of torque steer which are mostly powered with the aid of VTEC.
Si: Sport Injected
Type R: Racing
VTEC: Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control
The Infiniti company has an company added an all-wheel drive to its lineup, which was signified by a single ‘X’.
X: All-Wheel Drive
IPL: Infiniti Performance Line
Modern Mercedes-Benz Cars come with the AMG badge which is used to indicate its performance credentials. But the three-letter acronym actually contains the name of two of its founders: Hans Werner Aufrecht, and Erhard Melcher, and Aufrecht’s birthplace of Großaspach in Germany.
AMG: Aufrecht Melcher Großaspach
Volkswagen have cars that come with the GTI moniker, that almost everyone agrees stands for Grand Touring Injection to signify the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine under the hood. The Meaning of other monikers are as follows.
GTI: Grand Touring Injection
TDI: Turbocharged Direct Injection
TSI: Turbocharged Stratified Injection.