No clickbait here! This post delivers exactly what the headline promises: five genuinely terrible car names I just made up. Feel free to come up with your own in the comments! It’s surprisingly fun!
Happy Birthday, America! Guess what I got you! Give up? Underpants, and this list of the 10 American automakers with the goofiest, weirdest names. Most of these are small, obscure automakers from the beginning of the last century, but it’s still good to remember that once there was far more than the Big Three and poor…
Man, this was hard. Cars are named for lots of things—animals, cities, letters and numbers jammed together, stupid made-up focus-group non-words, emotions, planets—but one category of thing they’re almost never named after is food. Or beverages. But I like a challenge, so I tried to find every car named for something…
A couple months back, we had a funny story about a lawsuit filed against Faraday Future for allegedly failing to pay a broker it hired to coordinate a $1.5 million sale of the website ff.com. Faraday, an electric vehicle start-up with known financial struggles, couldn’t even pick a name without landing in court.…
Once again, while I was researching something more important, the well-muddled collection of ganglions and gelatin that forms my brain managed to send me down an unrelated tangent once I happened to find that Canada had a version of the Geo Metro called the Pontiac Firefly. That name got me thinking: how many cars…
Ever have any idea how a Japanese person pronounces “Nissan?” Or how a Swedish person pronounces “Koenigsegg?” Wonder no more. Spanish motoring outfit Coches.net decided to help everyone out, by asking car companies how to pronounce their own names, in their own languages.
Good morning. It has come to my attention that Ferrari has released a new car called the 812 Superfast. It has also come to my attention that one of our staffers is skeptical of the name, calling it “silly.” This is incorrect.
Badge engineering is, for some reason, one of the most absurdly satisfying things about the auto business. It’s often shameless and absurd, sure, but some painfully pedantic part of me always likes knowing that, say, a Volkswagen Taro is really a Toyota Hilux. Same car, different names, and somewhere out there is the…
Ferrari Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel likes to name his cars, and this year’s Ferrari is named Margherita, writes Motorsport.com. We don’t care that he was thinking of beautiful Italian women instead of pizza: this makes us pretty hungry anyway.
The Pagani Huayra BC is everything that a gearhead could dream of: it’s a lighter, more powerful version of the already light and powerful Pagani Huayra. Also, it’s named after a dude named Benny.
Take a look at this Ford Festiva in ‘Demon’ trim and try to tell me car companies don’t have a sense of humor.
[You could buy an early Mitsubishi Pajero with a canvas top. What did Mitsubishi call their canvas-topped model? Of course, they called it the Mitsubishi Pajero Canvas Top. Straightforward. I like that. Photo Credit: Mitsubishi]
Indian automaker Mahindra just unveiled a new compact utility vehicle today. Did they call it a CUV like the rest of the industry? Hell no! They called it the KUV 100. Yes, that stands for “Kool Utility Vehicle.”
There are lots of performance package names out there. RS, Type R, GT3 R, and even the excellent Spec c Type RA-R. But none compare to the name TVR gave its top performance package: Red Rose.
There was a time in the car industry when if you didn’t have two names in your car name, you really weren’t shit.
XKCD is one of those things you can always count on to be out there, doing the hard research we all demand. And this time it’s especially useful, since XKCD seems to have used math and statistics and other black, black magic to determine what car names would be most successful. And boy, are they good.
[This is the Mitsubishi Mirage Dingo. I do not know why there’s a car named after an illusion of a wild dog, but there you go. Photo Credit: Mitsubishi]
That name is not edited. You’re looking at the Qiantu K50 Event! It wants to be a supercar.
Earlier this month Jalopnik reported on Tesla Motors and their radical dealer-less sales model being shut out of a state where the lieutenant governor owns several dealerships. (What an odd coincidence, heh?)