Considering that not all s are , I went ahead and tagged a number of questions with , a topic I'd argue is important enough to warrant its own tag, as opposed to the more generic , which would include bicycles, motorcycles, boats, aircraft, which would probably be more suited for vehicle intercomparisons.

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I think Nate's suggestion to change the 'vehicle' tag to 'automotive' is good but I'm not sure if automotive is a term that is commonly known to non-native English speakers so I'd rather change it to .

I've posted this as an answer so people can vote on and we can see which tag people prefer.

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  • Wasn't it Nate's suggestion to change "cars" to "automotive"? While it may make more sense, I would be confused if I wouldn't find the tag "car" in here (as a non native speaker).
    – Stockfisch
    Jun 13, 2013 at 23:07
  • @boo2060 I don't think so. Nate's 3rd sentence contains a link to questions tagged 'vehicle' and he then continues that he thinks it should be migrated to 'automotive'.
    – THelper
    Jun 14, 2013 at 8:04
  • Oh, alright. My bad then :) .. thanks for clarification.
    – Stockfisch
    Jun 14, 2013 at 8:44
  • Sorry for not being clear (edited). Yes, THelper's reading was correct ... I was suggesting replacing vehicle with automotive. Not because those two are equivalent, but because I thought automotive was useful, while vehicle was not. I think car should stay. In my locale, motor-vehicle actually refers to boats, too, which I think won't share much in common with car/truck questions. But, I think whatever term is most familiar to the widest number of people is fine.
    – Nate
    Jun 15, 2013 at 7:55

I'd support keeping the tags separate. This pedal powered car is neither a motor car nor an automotive, yet it is clearly still a vehicle.

From the perspective of a user who might search the site, tags like or may help distinguish between different types of questions. Depending on the question, one of these may be better than .

It's a shame actually that we don't have a tree structure of tags, as that would greatly help provide logical links between similar subjects...

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    I like the idea of a tag ontology, but I just found out something like this has already been discussed on meta stackoverflow 2 years ago and a similar proposal has been declined.
    – THelper
    Jun 13, 2013 at 7:56

I personally would consider automotive to be a better term, for the types of questions that concern both cars and trucks (fuel efficiency, alternative fuels, engine technologies, etc.)

I have a hard time seeing how vehicle is really a very meaningful tag, as there isn't that much that boats, trains, planes, cars and trucks have in common.

As I think there's only 5 questions in the vehicle tag, it might make more sense to migrate this to automotive sooner rather than later, before site traffic increases much.

Disclaimer: I'm a speaker of American English, so if that term isn't equally as applicable in other English speaking countries, I'll gladly retract my suggestion.

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