What’s Wrong With Good Car Names?Raphael Orlove10/04/12 5:00pmFiled to: Conversation of the DayCommenter Of The DayCOTD116EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkCars used to have amazingly over-the-top names. The Mercury Turnpike Cruiser and the Desoto Firesweep Sportsman come to mind. Sadly, these have been made obsolete by ruinous alphanumerics.We blame the Germans, what with their Mercedes 560SELs and BMW 325iXs and Audi 5000s. Americans tried to copy the whole thing and it got lame. While we were gazing at some lust-worthy custom car badges, racermd told a story of how confusing the new names could be.