Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Types of Car in English

Olá Pessoal! Dizem que o brasileiro é apaixonado por carros, a prova disso é que nosso país costuma se destacar no automobilismo – mesmo que seja pela determinação. Confiram a seguir algumas das principais categorias com descrições em inglês.
1. Sports car: carro esportivo
This small-size [de tamanho pequeno] vehicle class combines performance and handling [direção]. Sometimes inspired by racing [de corrida] vehicles, this class ranges from [varia de] lightweight derivatives such as [tal como] the Lotus Elise and average consumer focused models [modelos voltados para o consumidor mediano] such as the Mazda MX 5, to [ a ] heavier and more powerful [potentes] models such as the Dodge Viper.
2. Convertible: conversível
A car that features [apresenta] a flexibly operating roof [ teto removível] for open or enclosed mode driving [direção].
3. Off-roaders: carros “off-road”
Off-road vehicles, or “off-roaders” are sometimes referred to as “four wheel drives”, “four by fours”, or 4x4s [quatro por quatro/ de tração nas quatro rodas ] — this sometimes happens colloquially in cases where certain models or even an entire range [série] does not possess four-wheel drive.
4. Sport compact: esportivo compacto
A hot hatch or sport compact is a high-performance [de alta performace] small car, usually a hatchback, based on standard [padrão] superminis or small family cars with improved performance, handling [direção] and styling [formato].
5. Sports sedan: sedã esportivo
These are high performance versions of saloons. Sometimes originally homologated for production based on motorsports [carros para esportes automotivos ] (touring cars) and like regular saloons, seats [tem lugar para] four or five people.
6. Grand tourer: gran turismo
Larger, more powerful and heavier than sports cars, these vehicles typically have a FR [ front engine - com o motor na frente] layout [formato] and seating for four passengers.
7. Sport utility vehicle (SUV): veículo utilitário esportivo
Sport utility vehicles are off-road vehicles with four-wheel drive [tração nas quatro rodas] and true off-road capability.
8. Multi-purpose vehicles – Minivans: Minivans
Also known as “people carriers” [que carrega pessoas], this class of cars resembles tall estate cars [carros de passeio]. Larger MPVs may have seating for up to [ até ] eight passengers.
9. Van: Van
A van is a kind of vehicle used for transporting goods [mercadorias] or groups of people. It is usually a box-shaped [que tem forma de caixa] vehicle on four wheels, about the same width and length [largura e comprimento] as a large automobile.
10. Pickup truck: Caminhonete, picape
A pickup truck is a light truck with an open-top rear cargo area [parte traseira sem cobertura para carregamentos].
Qual é o seu tipo de carro favorito?
Aguardo comentários com o vocabulário apresentado hoje.
Source: English Experts

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