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]
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?)
That name is not edited. You’re looking at the Qiantu K50 Event! It wants to be a supercar.
The car above is the Aston Martin Vantage GT3. At least, it used to be.
Naming a new car is one of the biggest decisions you'll never make. Unlike that spoiler you installed after watching Fast And The Furious, you can never take it away. That name is going to be with the car forever. So here are some helpful tips to ensure you can live with your choice.
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The best car names are the ones that tell you exactly what you need to know about the vehicle.
This is what happens when everyone switches to alphanumeric names for cars. After a while, you start running out of them.
A car's name should match its stature, its price, its character. Whoever named these cars got a little carried away.
Try and name the car pictured above. Having trouble?