Exercise 2. Complete the sentences with the words from Exercise 1.
1. You open the _____________ to look at the engine.
2. The __________ absorb small impacts in an accident.
3. Don’t forget to retract the __________ before using the car wash.
4. Can you put my suitcases in the _________, please?
5. When it starts raining, you need to switch on the _______________.
6. “What model is that?” “I don’t know. I can’t see the ___________ from here.”
7. It’s important to inflate the ___________ to the correct pressure for better fuel consumption.
8. Open the __________ to let some sun and fresh air into the car.
9. Drivers use _____________ when they want to turn right or left.
Exercise 3. Put these steps for changing a tyre in the right order.
Start like this: The first step is to put a vehicle into gear or park. (e) Then you…
(a) Remove the old tyre from under the vehicle and lower the vehicle.
(b) Take the spare tyre out of the boot and make sure it’s in good condition.
(c) Check again to make sure the wheel nuts are tight.
(d) Remove the tyre and put it under the vehicle, next to the jack.
(e) Put the vehicle into gear (manual transmission) or park (automatic).
(f) Use a jack to raise the vehicle.
(g) Fit the spare tyre and tighten the wheel nuts.
(h) Find two rocks or large pieces of wood and put them in front of and behind the opposite wheel.
(i) Loosen the wheel nuts slightly.
(j) Loosen the wheel nuts more and remove them.
Exercise 4. Read the magazine article and answer the following questions:
Over the last ten years people have got used to the sight of very small cars parked in tiny parking spaces. Smart is one of the world’s youngest car makes and yet the smart fortwo is such a distinctive car that it has already been included as an exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art in New York – one of only six cars to attain this distinction.
In April 1994, the Micro Compact Car AG was founded in Switzerland as a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and Swatch. Nicolas Hayek, the inventor of the swatch watch, brought his idea for an ultra-short small car and Mercedes-Benz contributed expertise and experience from more than a hundred years of building cars.
Engineers devised a car which is not only extremely mobile and efficient, but also very economical. Its other key feature is safety, with its unique tridion cell.
After starting development in 1994, the smart fortwo celebrated its premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1997.
Production in Hambach, France, started in July 1998 and in October sales took off in other European countries. In 1998 smart became a 100% subsidiary of what was the Daimler-Benz AG (today the DaimlerChrysler AG). There is no doubt that the smart fortwo is a leader in urban mobility.All smart vehicles embody the same brand values and have the same “DNA”: innovation, functionality, and joie de vivre. They appeal to people who are sporty, independent, and young at heart; people who love clever solutions and are open to new ideas. 36-month or 25000-mile warranty.
Would you ever buy a Smart? What are the advantages and disadvantages of such cars? In which countries do you think small cars are most successful? Do you think small cars will become more popular in the future? Why, or why not?