1975-02-01

Design Considerations for Full-Size, Front-Wheel-Drive Vehicles 750014

This paper is a progress report on the marketing, evolution, and design considerations for full-size, front-wheel drive cars. Usage of front-wheel drive has been expanded since the initial Oldsmobile Toronado in 1966 with the introduction of the Cadillac Eldorado in 1967 and other commercial applications for motor homes and limousines. Design refinements and improvements are described along with changes made to meet marketing requirements. A comprehensive discussion of design considerations unique to full-size, front-wheel drive cars is included. Design differences between front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive cars are emphasized. Design freedoms, design constraints, advantages, and disadvantages of full-size, front-wheel drive vehicles are summarized.

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