Earlier today, I learned that Skoda will be making a version of the Volkswagen ID all-electric crossover called the “Enyaq.” This led me down a rabbit-hole of ideas for better names. Even the ananym of Skoda, which is just the word spelled backward, or Adoks, would be a better name than “Enyaq.”
So here are my arbitrary and personal rankings, with some consultation of the rest of the Jalopnik staff, of automaker ananyms, or car names spelled like their automaker’s name with the letters arranged backward:
Just nonsense, but fun to say out loud.
You better tell her, Vic!
A Lada Adal, what a doll!
A dentist with a cockney accent?
Add no trouble to your life with the Honda Adnoh.
A Bentley is exactly the kind of car where you’d make sure everyone on the road knew you still drove a Bentley, whether you were in front of them or behind them, because it would still read “Bentley” in their rear-view mirror (like an ambulance)
The threatening challenge of attempting to pronounce a double-G is the perfect match for the threatening performance of the brand’s cars.
I’ve got an ache for the Kia Aik.
This is just me drunk telling a stranger at a bar in the finance district what car to buy.
It’s a Toyota. It’s a Atoyot. It’s a Toyota Atoyot.
Like saying “Adam,” but with an added touch of malice.
The first car to make it across Middle Earth and back.
Sounds badass, I’m in.
Rory Carroll said the Ford Drof is a “little truck.”
I like how stereotypically-Russian a lot of the European brands sound backwards.
We’re all-set for launch.
Had the outcome of WWII been slightly different, maybe. Das Vedanya.
“Inim? I barely know him!” - Erin Marquis.
Mmm I love my Polestar rat slop.
Full disclosure: this is not an exhaustive list. If you feel like I left out any good ones, and I mean names that could be slapped on a real car today, then fire them off in the comments below. Have fun!