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Talking about Cars...

An automobile is a wheeled vehicle that carries its own motor. Different types of automobiles include cars, buses, trucks, and vans, with cars being the most popular by far. The term is derived from Greek

Some Quotations about Cars:

- The car has become... an article of dress without which we feel uncertain, unclad, and incomplete. - Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, 1964
- When a man opens a car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife. – author unknown
- Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth. - Erma Bombeck (20th century), U.S. humorist and author.

Commonly used expressions containing the word ‘car’:

Listen to car – an automobile
Listen to armoured car - an armour-plated truck with strong doors and locks used to transport money or valuables
Listen to car chase - a scene involving one or more automobiles being pursued by other vehicles
Listen to car theft - stealing of automobiles, buses, motorcycles, trucks, and the like
Listen to baggage car - a railway car where passengers' bags are carried
Listen to buffet car - a passenger car where food is served in transit, dining car, diner
Listen to bumper car - a small low-powered electrically powered vehicle driven on a special platform where there are many others to be dodged; UK also known dodgem
Listen to cable car – a car designed to operate on a cableway or cable railway.
Listen to car bomb - a bomb placed in a car and wired to explode when the ignition is started or by remote control or by a timing device
Listen to car boot sale - an outdoor sale at which people sell things from the trunk of their car
Listen to car ferry - a ferry that transports motor vehicles
Listen to car park - parking area, parking lot
Listen to car phone – a cellular telephone that is permanently installed and integrated into the wiring of a motor vehicle. May be either a hands-free or a hand-held model.
Listen to car pool - a small group of car drivers who arrange to take turns driving while the others are passengers
Listen to car wash - a facility used to clean the exterior and sometimes the interior of automobiles.
Listen to company car - a car owned by a company or other organization which is used by an employee for his or her work
Listen to estate car - a car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat, station wagon
Listen to sedan car – limousine, saloon
Listen to patrol car - a car in which policemen cruise the streets; equipped with radiotelephonic communications to headquarters; squad car; police car
Listen to racing car - a fast car that competes in races
Listen to sleeping car – a railroad car having accommodations for sleeping
Listen to sports car - a small low car with a high-powered engine; usually seats two persons
Listen to stock car - a car kept in dealers' stock for regular sales
Listen to vintage car - An old motor car, specifically one built between 1919 and 1930.

Now we put new vocabulary into context, so you can see how you might use these terms yourself. The expressions are in boldface in the text.

Listen to Auto service centre offers car maintenance, brakes service, auto repair service and automobile tires.
Listen to If your train has a baggage car, check all the articles that you will not need during the journey.
Listen to A buffet car is a passenger car of a train where snacks and drinks can be bought at a counter and consumed. Typically it is not allowed to consume brought-along food and drinks in this car.
Listen to Bumper car rides are designed so that the cars can collide without much danger to the riders. Each car has a large rubber bumper all around it.
Listen to The tragedy occurred when a helicopter accidentally dropped a massive concrete block weighing 750 kg onto a cable car in Austria’s mountainous Tyrol region, killing three of the five people in it.
Listen to Car boot sales often attract traders selling off stolen goods. If you are suspicious, note the seller’s vehicle number and contact the nearest police station. Handling stolen goods can attract greater penalties than the theft.
Listen to Taking a car ferry from the UK or Scandinavia to northern Germany is a leisurely travel option.
Listen to A car wash will keep your car clean with a minimum of time and effort.
Listen to A company car is a car provided by your employer which you may use privately and for business.
Listen to A station wagon (US and Australian usage) or estate car (UK usage) is a normal sedan car with an extended rear cargo area.
Listen to It is usually agreed that a German, Carl Benz, built the first motor car in 1885.
Listen to It was a tricycle with a petrol motor at the rear.
Listen to Aerodynamic efficiency is the goal of all race car designers. It is the most important element in developing a competitive race car.
Listen to The sleeping car or sleeper is a railroad car with sleeping facilities.


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