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REAR-WHEEL DRIVE: the traditional way of propulsion was to deliver the drive to the rear wheels, until the advantages of front-wheel drive where the complete drive train is combined in one package at the front of the vehicle which means the drive train intrudes less on the interior space. Today it's the cars with sporty pretensions that retain rear-wheel drive. See also: FRONT-WHEEL DRIVE, FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE, ALL-WHEEL DRIVE

ROADSTER: a term generally used today to describe a two-seater sports car. It once referred to a two-seater car with few frills.

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