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Thanks for the input. Maybe that's what they were thinking about, but I can't seem to confirm that it's ever used to refer to motor vehicles (other than trains). 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
I can't find a single automotive context in which this is used, but since the client never got back to me with clarification, I'll go ahead and add this term to the glossary. As far as I can tell, though, it's only used for trains and occasionally for motor specs (but not automobile engines). USE WITH CAUTION!
I feel better that no one else seems to know either (or nobody's working on Sunday!), but I thought I'd mention that I went with a fairly literal "minimum continuous power" for the moment, and have asked the client for clarification. But if anyone happens to know what it means, I'd still love to hear about it. Thanks!
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minimum continuous (speed)
Explanation: I don't know much about cars but it looks like speed characteristics:
velocità massima, minima continuativa
maximum speed and minimum continuous speed
The term is mostly used in the descriptions of locomotives.
See the definition on the 1st referenced page and another example on the 2nd one