The automobile has been around for well over 100 years and in that time the myriad technologies that have been introduced have spawned hundreds of confusing abbreviations.

Nothing separates the nerdy car guys from normal folk than when a string of these automotive acronyms get thrown into a conversation. If you aspire to be one of these nerdy lads or just want to catch out that irritating know-it-all at the office, then this slideshow is for you.

Here we cover the most common acronyms you will hear and once you have memorised our handy Automotive Acronym Guide (AAG), you will be armed with the knowledge to nod sagely and knowingly in the middle of car related conversations, or if you prefer, shout out corrections at the top of your voice to embarrass the acknowledged car experts in the group.

How you use your newfound wisdom is entirely up to you so let’s get going ASAP. Start slideshow