The Shanghai Auto Show started today, bringing with it all sorts of new oddly-named vehicles to match often equally odd looks. Perfect time for this list of the ten worst Chinese car names.
The Hunghai Faster is another example of a Chinese car with a name that doesn't quite live up to the hype. The only thing it needs to be faster than is the intellectual property lawyers for Pontiac and Lexus, who probably see a lot of their cars in this vehicle.
The Tang Hau Book Of Songs has a peculiar shape outdone only by the vehicle's peculiar name. What is a Book Of Songs? Is it a Hymnal? Does it refer to lyrics? Or is there an actual book full of songs in the... um... trunk.
The Dongfeng Crazy Soldier is China's answer to the Hummer. And by "answer" we mean, of course, direct copy. True to its military roots the truck is referred to as the "crazy solider," which we'e been told is meant to be "crazy fearless" not "crazy insane."
No one has more fun giving vehicles ridiculous names than Geely, and the Geely King Kong is no different. Even though it's essentially a small four-door hatchback, which is nothing like King Kong, it is named after the jungle beast. Also, King Kong is resilient and this little hatch isn't even close.
The Chery Eastar takes two classic Western names, Chery and Eastar, and manages to mangle both of them. If we're generous to Cherry we'll say Eastar is not some weird Chinese version of the resurrection and rather a clunky compound of East and Star.
The Geely PU Rural Nanny has both a hilarious mistranslation and a funny acronym. We assume PU stands for "pick up" but we have no assumptions about what Rural Nanny could mean. Is it a babysitter for the Chinese farmer? Is it someone who takes care of pastoral lands?
Named especially for the Detroit Auto Show, the Tang Hua Detroit Fish is an amphibious crossover vehicle. We're not sure what makes us less comfortable, the thought of driving a Chinese car with giant holes in it into the water or the thought of eating a Detroit Fish... tangy.
We sometimes wonder if the people at Dongfeng, worried about being made fun of their first name, decided to make an impenetrable alphanumeric name for their ugly coupe. Or maybe they just screwed up and let their TV division name the car. Either way, nothing rolls off the tongue like the EQ7240BP. [The Tycho]
The Geely Beauty Leopard is doubly misleading because the little coupe is neither quick like an actual Leopard or particularly beautiful. Despite a name most Americans would find slightly effeminate, the Beauty Leopard is a hit in China.
You could try to have fun with this curiously-named Chinese three-wheeler, but you'd almost certainly fail. The makers of this vehicle are hoping to import them to the US, where the combination of push-button exhaust and 80 horsepower is sure to find a super happy audience. Even better, it tastes like lead.