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(The Straight Dope)   Where do all the stupid made-up car names come from?   ( straightdope.com) divider line
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2003-05-08 01:22:38 PM  
Volkswagon Scirroco-Volkswagon desert wind (ooooh)

Hyundai Tiburon-Hyundai shark
2003-05-08 01:41:59 PM  
Ford Aspire. Aspire to be what? A Lincoln?
Honda Prelude. To...a better car?
Plymouth Satellite. It doesn't orbit anything.
Ford Probe. Hehe, my Probe is red.
2003-05-08 02:26:03 PM  
New from Mexico

The Fabulous "Adobe"

2003-05-08 02:26:52 PM  
Introducing: The Ford Tonka

[image from auto.de too old to be available]

I shiat you not.
2003-05-08 02:26:53 PM  
the Porsche "Compensator"
2003-05-08 02:27:12 PM  
Remember the Nova? Chevy couldn't figure out why the hell it wasn't selling in Mexico, 'til someone helpfully pointed out that in Spanish, 'no va' means "It won't go."

2003-05-08 02:27:13 PM  
... and in other news, the flag now has 50 (fifty!) stars.


Dave, great SNL ref! I can still picture Phil Hartman "repairing" (read: molding) his Adobe after an accident!
2003-05-08 02:27:23 PM  
2003-05-08 02:27:34 PM  
worker : "get this chief -- the persephone"
herb powell : "people don't want cars named after hungry, greek broads"
2003-05-08 02:27:46 PM  
Who was the marketing genius that thought of the name for the new Nissan SUV thing?
The Nissan Murano

At least I feel like a Bedouin in my Grand Caravan....
2003-05-08 02:28:26 PM  
Pick an astronomic term and a scientific term and smash the together:


/not mine
2003-05-08 02:28:28 PM  
The funny thing is, Chevy named one of their cars the Chevy Nova. As any spanish person can tell you, in spanish, Nova means, 'cheap Mexican bargirl with syphillis'. How they missed that, I don't know.
2003-05-08 02:28:36 PM  
why are we linking articles from 1982?
2003-05-08 02:29:23 PM  
There's a Honda Fitta. Fitta meaning coont in Swedish.

I'd drive it!
2003-05-08 02:30:14 PM  
The GTA series has been parodying this for a long time now. The Esperanto, Faggio and BF Injection are some of my immature favourites.
2003-05-08 02:30:16 PM  
2003-05-08 02:30:48 PM  
Probably the sack of shiat who thought up Latveria.
2003-05-08 02:30:50 PM  
Dizzledorf I think that pre-dates Phil Hartman. As I remember it, Bill Murray was the one making repairs, and Dan Ackyroid (sp?) was the announcer.

Screen cap, anyone?
2003-05-08 02:31:23 PM  
Oops, sorry, should have linked that. Mods delete if need be.

Here's the Link
2003-05-08 02:31:26 PM  
huh, Japanese car names aren't much better. I saw the Subaru Carry there (it's a pickup truck), as well as the Mazda Bongo Friendee and the Mitsubishi Fighter Mignon. I almost took a picture of that last one.
2003-05-08 02:31:26 PM  
It's pretty sad that the cars that breakdown the most have spanish names. All I have to say it

The Pinto


The Nova

Lets have me and my people have a spanish named car that runs well without breaking down 10 feet out of my driveway
2003-05-08 02:31:37 PM  
Let's do the time warp again!!!!!!

In an attempt to make us all feel old, how many Farkers were NOT born when this story was published??
2003-05-08 02:31:52 PM  
Gremlin, that's one I never got. Who would name a car after something that exists to make machines break down?
2003-05-08 02:32:00 PM  
The Chevy Crapero
2003-05-08 02:32:13 PM  
In other news, leather ties to be all the rage this fashion season.
2003-05-08 02:32:25 PM  
DrunkenLimeyBastard, Wow, you can type really fast!
2003-05-08 02:32:44 PM  
I was driving behind some goofball in a Bravado SUV today.
As he approached the railroad tracks he slowed down to about 1mph to cross them. Veeeeerrrrrrrryyyyyy "Bravado" of him.
2003-05-08 02:33:14 PM  
hey DrunkenLimeyBastard ...
what ? no ideas for "lamborghini" ?
2003-05-08 02:34:04 PM  
Ah, for the good old days of the Volkswagen Thing...
2003-05-08 02:34:34 PM  
Since when does "Nova" stand for 'cheap Mexican bargirl with syphillis'? Maybe in Mexico but not it Nueva York!

/PR from Brooklyn :)
2003-05-08 02:35:17 PM  
Would you drive in a car that means butthole in your language? Aparaently, some people do. (VW Bora = VW Butthole in icelandic)
"Hows your wife's Bora?"
"Is your Bora doing all right?"
"Still riding your wife's Bora?"
2003-05-08 02:35:20 PM  
Also, there is no such thing as corinthian leather.
2003-05-08 02:35:34 PM  
05-08-03 02:32:25 PM Dave_Demonic
DrunkenLimeyBastard, Wow, you can type really fast!

*chuckle* it was cut and paste, should have linked, see my above reuest to can it.
2003-05-08 02:36:32 PM  
Nova = No Va = doesn't go
2003-05-08 02:36:33 PM  
The Bundy Bounce introduces the neeeeeeew allante!
[Which is a real car name, huh?]
2003-05-08 02:37:17 PM  
The Pacer,so named because whenever someone got behind you,they'd be yelling "Pick up the pace,asshole!"

[image from home.swipnet.se too old to be available]
2003-05-08 02:37:26 PM  
Back in the 50's, Ford hired a poet to come up with names for the Edsel line of cars...one of the suggestions she had was "Utopian Turtletop"

There were a few other funny ones but they escape me...
2003-05-08 02:37:28 PM  
Remember the Gremlin? ha!
That and all those great AMC cars. God Bless American cars in the 70's and 80's. The worst cars the world had to offer.
2003-05-08 02:37:43 PM  
DrunkenLimeyBastard, do you think we have the attention span to read all those?

Funny though, but you did miss Lamborghini.

And how about - how could you miss - Countache?
2003-05-08 02:37:51 PM  
They all come from Jerry Falwell's ass, oops, i meant mouth.
2003-05-08 02:38:42 PM  

He was on the show that night!
2003-05-08 02:38:47 PM  
The 6000 SUX.

[image from widemedia.com too old to be available]

2003-05-08 02:39:05 PM  
I drive a bargirl mexicano barato con syphillis or as you say in America, Nova.

/done cheating, used freetranslation.com
2003-05-08 02:39:06 PM  
05-08-03 02:33:14 PM Cunning_linguist_dc
hey DrunkenLimeyBastard ...
what ? no ideas for "lamborghini"

LAMBORGHINI: Leave At Mechanic's And Break Out Running Gear, Hiking Is Now In!
2003-05-08 02:39:55 PM  
I found this at: http://www.edsel.com/pages/timeline.htm (cut and paste..my html sux)

October 19, 1955: After having problems determining a suitable name for the E-car, renowned poet Marianne Moore was approached to submit inspirational names.

November 7, 1955: Marianne Moore began to offer her list of names, which included such notables as "Resilient Bullet", "Ford Silver Sword", "Mongoose Civique", "Varsity Stroke", "Pastelogram" and "Andante con Moto".

December 8, 1955: Miss Moore submitted her last candidate: "Utopian Turtletop".
2003-05-08 02:40:31 PM  
Where did Daewoo get the names for its junk?

Leganza--I had a neighbor named Joey Leganza. He drove an IROC of course.

Lanos--"Give me any word, and I will show you how the root of that word is Greek." /can't believe I referenced that!

Nubira--Brings to mind nubile and Nubian and even noob. Also brings to mind Korean krap.
2003-05-08 02:41:03 PM  
The "Envoy" gets me for some reason... I always think of "Envy" or something... kinda like how a lot of the suburbanites get envious of their neighbor's SUV and feel compelled to buy a bigger one.. I dunno... probably just me and my odd brain.
2003-05-08 02:41:24 PM  
Anyone else notice that this article is dated 1982?

Is this what Fark's come to? 21-year old news?
2003-05-08 02:41:42 PM  
Impressive? nope, Impressa.

Relaible? nope, Relaint.

Integrity? nope, Integra.

Elantra ... no farking idea.
2003-05-08 02:42:08 PM  
CARL: "Utopian Turtletop; Mongoose Civique; Anticipator; Magigravure; Pastelogram; The Resilient Bullet."

Those were some names dreamed up by Poet Marriane Moore in 1955, who was asked by Ford to help them come up with a snappy handle for what new car?

HINT: If they had listened to her, then today, when we were describing an unmitigated disaster, we'd say, "Wow, what a Utopian Turtletop."

From NPR (has RealAudio links)
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