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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Vince said he needed a 4WD because the roads where he lives are bad in the winter and he uses his car to pull a caravan.
As per this forecast, the market is predicted to witness increased adoption of 4WDs in hybrid vehicles until 2019.
Some older and more basic 4WD systems must by engaged manually with the vehicle at a complete stop and the transmission in either Park or Neutral.
The starting price for the 2WD is BD9,500 and BD10,400 for the 4WD.
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The new GS4 represents the consolidation of all the best features of the previous GS and XS 4WD model grades.
So some of the latest generation SUVs andcrossovers are dumping 4WD in an effort to cut purchase prices and save weight, thereby aiding economy - an increasingly important factor.
As with most skills of the practical (versus academic) nature, learning how to effectively negotiate rough country in a 4WD vehicle means getting out there and doing it, The key is to get your schooling in a low-risk environment.
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Several manufacturers now offer 2WD versions of vehicles that appear to be 4WD, such as Nissan's Qashqai, because they retain most of the benefits of the medium-sized off-roaders that rarely venture off tarmac anyway.
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