Definition of right-hand drive in English:

right-hand drive


  • 1[mass noun] A motor-vehicle steering system with the steering wheel and other controls fitted on the right side, designed for use in countries where vehicles drive on the left side of the road:

    ‘the cost of right-hand drive’
    [as modifier] ‘right-hand drive models’
    • ‘As we are all aware this has been difficult in the past due to supply quotas, deliberate order delays, right-hand drive supplements and many other reasons that were allowed to flourish under the old system.’
    • ‘Maserati has confirmed that right-hand drive examples of its 400 bhp 170 mph luxury Quattroporte saloon will arrive here from the spring next year.’
    • ‘According to the draft, Beijing will ban imports of used cars and used car parts and restrict the entry of right-hand drive vehicles to those used for research aimed at boosting exports.’
    • ‘He visited the Netherlands once and expressed his surprise that despite the 350-year occupation, Indonesia, like Britain, uses right-hand drive vehicles, while the Netherlands uses the opposite.’
    • ‘He said the new model, which was confirmed for the plant here at the end of July this year, would be for domestic and export markets and would include left- and right-hand drive models.’
    • ‘And consumers trying to take advantage of cheaper prices beyond their own country still face long delivery times and hefty supplements, including hundreds of pounds for right-hand drive versions.’
    • ‘And it means that you can move from right-hand drive to left-hand drive without having to make great changes to the car.’
    • ‘It is just as stylish and appealing, and early next month, the first right-hand drive models will start to arrive in showrooms here.’
    • ‘Since late last year, Smart cars with right-hand drive have been available here, imported through Mercedes-Benz Ireland, in a linkup with Smart in Britain.’
    • ‘Chris Hall, vice president, Europe, of international valuers and auctioneers Dovebid, which is advising the liquidators, said the car was unusual because it was unregistered and right-hand drive.’
    • ‘Launched this month, the new models are available in a limited number of left-hand drive versions, with the right-hand drive model on sale from September.’
    • ‘Viewed on a system cost basis, by-wire is less expensive because an automaker can do left- or right-hand drive vehicles without reengineering.’
    • ‘Vehicle production lines now have to cater for both left- and right-hand drive vehicles.’
    • ‘Motor manufacturers have huffed and puffed about transport costs, exchange rates, the expense of right-hand drive models and so on.’
    • ‘The Silver Arrow is the truly exclusive model of the range, and as Mercedes will only be making 100 right-hand drive models, the chief exec will have to move quickly.’
    • ‘Production of UK right-hand drive versions begins begins in September.’
    • ‘Growing numbers of UK car buyers are importing right-hand drive vehicles directly from continental Europe, with P&O last week unveiling plans to deliver cars bought overseas direct to consumers' doors.’
    • ‘If it had been right-hand drive it would have cost thousands of pounds more.’
    • ‘He said the expanded auto shop was geared for the new C-Class contract and it would make no difference whether it was for a left- or right-hand drive as the bodies of the model were the same.’
    • ‘For the first time, Audi is introducing a diesel option for its A4-based cabriolet in right-hand drive form.’
    1. 1.1[count noun] A vehicle with right-hand drive steering:
      ‘Sue has a right-hand drive’
      • ‘His car being a right-hand drive meant we were right beside each other.’
      • ‘Well, the fact is that this one is in the USA and it is also a right-hand drive!’


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