four-wheel drive

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four-wheel drive

a system used in motor vehicles in which all four wheels are connected to the source of power

four-wheel drive

[′fȯr ¦wēl ′drīv]
(mechanical engineering)
An arrangement in which the drive shaft acts on all four wheels of the automobile.
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A disconnecting rear axle allows for reduced parasitic loss when all-wheel-drive capability is not needed, improving fuel efficiency.
He said Tesla, which is based in Palo Alto, California, needed all-wheel-drive to appeal to luxury buyers, especially in colder climates such as the Northeast, where most luxury cars are sold.
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All-wheel-drive luxury sedans already exist, and so do semi-autonomous vehicles, and in essence Tesla has caught up with the competition.
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This hybrid (hydraulic used in combination with existing mechanical) all-wheel-drive system provides advantages over mechanic all-wheel-drive axle configurations: significant weight savings of 400 kg (881 lb), no increased cab height requirement resulting in lower center of gravity, a 5 to 10 percent savings in fuel consumption, greater vehicle stability, and engagement-on-demand while moving.