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The Knowledge - Motoring fron A to Z.

Byline: By Steve Hughes

Crack the code of motoring jargon from A to Z with our weekly bluffer's guide... It may seem amazing now, but for the first 60 years or so of the motorcar a heater was either not available or was an extra-cost option on many vehicles. Now air conditioning is standard on an increasing number of new cars.

The same is true of heated screens, which began with stick-on heaters for the rear windows of cars in the 1950s and 1960s before the advent of rear screens with tiny heated wires running through them. This was followed by heated front screens, using the same technology.

It is now possible to remotely start a car's engine from inside the warmth of your own home on a winter's morning, and heat the interior before venturing outside your front door.

HALOGEN bulbs were the forerunners to the latest Xenon headlamps in which gasses that create intense white light are used instead of conventional bulbs. Halogen lamps were generally used on rally cars where they generated much more light than normal bulbs, but often needed larger-capacity batteries and alternators.

Now cars have Xenon headlamps that generate even more light, and can even see around corners.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 13, 2004
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