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robeiae
05-09-2008, 12:51 AM
I saw another Aztek on the road, today. What a coloccally stupid name for a car.

But the dumbest one ever--imo--is the Pinto. Who names a car after a bean?

What's yours?

WendyNYC
05-09-2008, 12:55 AM
I saw another Aztek on the road, today. What a coloccally stupid name for a car.

But the dumbest one ever--imo--is the Pinto. Who names a car after a bean?

What's yours?

Gremlin. Yick.

You'll like this. Badly chosen car names (http://www.promopinion.com/2008/04/22/10-badly-chosen-car-names/).

ETA: It's a little dirty.

ColoradoGuy
05-09-2008, 12:56 AM
I vote for Pinto, too, even though it was the first car I bought -- 1,600 bucks in 1972, new. Previa is pretty bad -- that's a disorder of the placenta.

paprikapink
05-09-2008, 12:58 AM
The Pinto is a horse. Like a little Mustang.

Ford seems to really have trouble with car names. What made them think "my Probe" would be something you'd be comfortable mentioning at parties?

robeiae
05-09-2008, 01:00 AM
Freaks.

Wait for the pole...(get it?)

robeiae
05-09-2008, 01:01 AM
The Pinto is a horse. Like a little Mustang.

No, it's a bean.

:tongue

SpookyWriter
05-09-2008, 01:01 AM
Wait for the pole...(get it?)No?

akiwiguy
05-09-2008, 01:05 AM
Ford Prefect.

Who the hell would name a car after a "Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy" character?

SpookyWriter
05-09-2008, 01:12 AM
Ford Prefect.

Who the hell would name a car after a "Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy" character?Nixon named his dog after a BBC 1 character.

robeiae
05-09-2008, 01:14 AM
New for 2009!

The Ford Spooky

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/blogs/travel_blog/uploaded_images/Thunder-Mountain-2-717288.jpg

Has a nice ring to it...

SpookyWriter
05-09-2008, 01:16 AM
I like residules.

StephanieFox
05-09-2008, 01:18 AM
The Nova: Do you speak Spanish?

And what I've got: The Focus. What th' hell does that mean?

Gravity
05-09-2008, 01:18 AM
Edsel
Henry Ford: "Here's an idea. I'll name it after my son."
Good thing he wasn't named Cuthbert. Or Oglethorpe...

Bubastes
05-09-2008, 01:18 AM
The Pinto is a horse. Like a little Mustang.

Ford seems to really have trouble with car names. What made them think "my Probe" would be something you'd be comfortable mentioning at parties?

Don't forget the slew of "F" names for Fords (Five Hundred, Focus, Fusion, etc.) and "M" names for Mercuries (Mariner, Milan, Montego, etc.). I heard that their marketing department had done this on purpose. I guess dealing with the other letters of the alphabet strained their brains.

Dumbest car numes for me? Anything with a random mix of letters and numbers. It's like the marketing department gave up (although I've read that some letters are better than others).

akiwiguy
05-09-2008, 01:35 AM
Asian interpretations of what's cool in Western vocabulary yield some interesting ones...

The Honda Life Dunk?

WTF is that about?

JoeEkaitis
05-09-2008, 01:45 AM
Citation (Chevrolet and Edsel). Who wants to drive a parking ticket?

Achieva (Oldsmobile). Whaddya makin' funna da way my Mothuh from Sicily talks?

Infiniti. Whi to carmakers think it's realli, realli cool to replace a perfectli good vowel with another?

JoNightshade
05-09-2008, 02:03 AM
It drives me crazy when they use some foreign place name - usually Italian - to try to evoke some sort of... what? What am I supposed to feel? Ohh, Italian leather. Oooh, I'm in a mysterious place with lots of nice stuff.

Sienna (spelled wrong, unless they want the clay)
Murano

Etc. etc.

It's like they think they can make the car seem classy and expensive if they give it some romantic-sounding name. This is right up there with naming streets on housing divisions after "themes." (Horses, wines, whatever.)

alleycat
05-09-2008, 02:19 AM
I've seen some funny car names (to an American) of Japanese car models as they're sold in their home country. Names like Flower Petal and Blossom.

I'm not to crazy about the name Scion myself.

Jersey Chick
05-09-2008, 02:51 AM
Chevette - if it tried really hard, it might have actually been a car.

Komnena
05-09-2008, 03:10 AM
I vote for the Kia. The others are merely silly. The Kia is deadly.

DWSTXS
05-09-2008, 03:18 AM
The Montero
The Valiant
The Gremlin

Silver King
05-09-2008, 03:19 AM
...And what I've got: The Focus. What th' hell does that mean?
You can be in and out of Focus without the use of a camera?

(That reminds me of a great band, Focus, from many moons ago.)

DWSTXS
05-09-2008, 03:21 AM
You can be in and out of Focus without the use of a camera?

(That reminds me of a great band, Focus, from many moons ago.)


Hocus Pocus - by Focus

Yes! that is Greatness!

POPASMOKE
05-09-2008, 03:30 AM
Edsel
Henry Ford: "Here's an idea. I'll name it after my son."
Good thing he wasn't named Cuthbert. Or Oglethorpe...

Or Osbert......(uncle of mine)

DWSTXS
05-09-2008, 03:31 AM
The Pacer

Silver King
05-09-2008, 03:38 AM
Hocus Pocus - by Focus

Yes! that is Greatness!
A kindred soul I've found.

I didn't realize their appeal would transfer from vinyl, but I was surprised to find most of their work is available on CDs by special order.

DL Hegel
05-09-2008, 03:39 AM
The Nova: Do you speak Spanish?

And what I've got: The Focus. What th' hell does that mean?
NO GO:D

Rolling Thunder
05-09-2008, 03:39 AM
The Robeiae: It drives people nuts...

Bubastes
05-09-2008, 03:40 AM
Dodge Dart. Um, yeah, that would be a good idea.

TheIT
05-09-2008, 03:43 AM
Ford Impact. Isn't an impact what one wants to avoid when driving a car?

:D

Sarita
05-09-2008, 03:46 AM
What's yours?Ford Probe.

Seriously? Probe?

paprikapink
05-09-2008, 03:53 AM
Valiant is a great name for a car. I drove a Valiant in high school. Old guys would ask me if it was a slant-six. I'd say, no, it's a V-8. That was a truly valiant car.

Silver King
05-09-2008, 03:54 AM
Ford Probe.

Seriously? Probe?
A great ride if you're a proctologist and want to make a statement.

akiwiguy
05-09-2008, 04:08 AM
Don't forget the slew of "F" names for Fords (Five Hundred, Focus, Fusion, etc.) and "M" names for Mercuries (Mariner, Milan, Montego, etc.). I heard that their marketing department had done this on purpose. I guess dealing with the other letters of the alphabet strained their brains.


Dodge Dart. Um, yeah, that would be a good idea.

So what we're saying is, if the genius behind Dodge Dart had worked for Ford, we'd presumably have a Ford F....?

Bubastes
05-09-2008, 04:13 AM
So what we're saying is, if the genius behind Dodge Dart had worked for Ford, we'd presumably have a Ford F....?

Of course!

MadScientistMatt
05-09-2008, 04:16 AM
Strangely enough, I've owned three of the cars mentioned in this thread already. I also owned a Triumph Spitfire that literally spat fire at me once. I can see a blog post on this one, my own take on the ten worst. Another one that I always get a laugh out of is the Mitsubishi Starion. Mitsubishi was really into nonsense names in the '80s, but they really shouldn't have picked one that left everyone thinking they wanted it to have a Mustang-like name and mispronounced it.

But I think the all time champion of worst car name in the English language goes to the Daihatsu Charade. I can't think of one possible good spin for that one.

Seaclusion
05-09-2008, 06:12 AM
How about the American Motors Rambler. Which is what it di going down the highway.

Richard

choppersmom
05-09-2008, 06:18 AM
Chevette - if it tried really hard, it might have actually been a car.

But "It'll drive you happy!"

choppersmom
05-09-2008, 06:21 AM
Ford Probe.

Seriously? Probe?

Sarah, you stole my answer!

I drive a '92 Probe. I have yet to get probed in my Probe. Maybe someone else has been explored in their Explorer.

My Probe is about to die. I'm helping by gunning the engine as hard as I can at every opportunity. I wish it would just die already so I can turn on the waterworks and get a new car out of Choppersdad.

kristie911
05-09-2008, 06:42 AM
Maybe someone else has been explored in their Explorer.


*raises hand and blushes*

I sold my Explorer several years ago. I hated that thing...but it had a roomy back seat. :tongue

benbradley
05-09-2008, 07:04 AM
Don't forget the slew of "F" names for Fords (Five Hundred, Focus, Fusion, etc.)
Oh, I see, it's alliterative. I never thought of that... other Fords: Fairlane, Falcon, Funderbird,...

I once rode in a Ford Falcon (I was quite young at the time...), and it was ... well I felt fortunate we got where we were going. But then there was the Millenium Falcon that so many people lusted over...

and "M" names for Mercuries (Mariner, Milan, Montego, etc.). I heard that their marketing department had done this on purpose. I guess dealing with the other letters of the alphabet strained their brains.

Dumbest car numes for me? Anything with a random mix of letters and numbers. It's like the marketing department gave up (although I've read that some letters are better than others).
I recall there;s a company called Namelist or something like that, which comes up with product names for other companies. The guy was interviewed on Fresh Air years ago. Acura was one of their names.

You can be in and out of Focus without the use of a camera?

(That reminds me of a great band, Focus, from many moons ago.)
That's another area where there have become so many of them they have to become creative with names. So why was there never a car named the "Three Dog Night."

# # #

Caller: "I'm a doctor - what kind of car should I get?"
Click or whoever on "The Car Talk Guys:" "What KIND of doctor are you?
Caller: "A proctologist."
Click and Clack, in unison: "A ...

Ford Probe.

Seriously? Probe?

slcboston
05-09-2008, 07:18 AM
The Yaris.

:Wha:

What the HECK is a YARIS??? Anyone???

Bubastes
05-09-2008, 07:20 AM
Honda Fit. Fit?!?!

poetinahat
05-09-2008, 07:28 AM
"Touareg", of course, is pronounced "toe-rag". kBMW's, on the other hand, are driven by toe-ragsk.*

*: the 'k' superscript means 'kidding'. (c)2008 Inahat Enterprises.

---

Letterman once did a fine top-ten list of bad car names: Pontiac Cyst, Plymouth Glove, etc. Number One was the Yugo Screwyourself, but the best was the Dodge Johnson.

P.H.Delarran
05-09-2008, 07:32 AM
my loaner car last year when mine was in the body shop after a wreck was a shiny silver Vibe.
zzzzzooooommmm

slcboston
05-09-2008, 07:41 AM
my loaner car last year when mine was in the body shop after a wreck was a shiny silver Vibe.
zzzzzooooommmm

I thought those made more of a buzzing sound? :D

(oh wait, it's a CAR... I see. Well, the other kind takes you places too, don't they? :) )

Jo
05-09-2008, 08:01 AM
Actyon

Rexton

Stavic

All by SsangYong (http://www.ssangyongaustralia.com.au/showroom.html). <<Sounds more like a Sony knock off, not a car... :Shrug:(UK also has a Rodius model...)

Jersey Chick
05-09-2008, 08:52 AM
My car's spiritual - I drive an Aura... ooooohhhhmmmmm

P.H.Delarran
05-09-2008, 08:59 AM
Whenever I see an Outlook, I have an urge to check my email.
My students and I make up sayings for some vehicles;
Passat=Pass a turd
Yaris= You are ridiculously impedingly slow

choppersmom
05-09-2008, 09:25 AM
Honda Fit. Fit?!?!

Oh, but...the Fit is Go, didn't you know??

What kind of idiotic slogan is that for a car, or anything else for that matter? The Fit is Go?? What are you talking about? "Go" isn't an adjective, I know cuz I'm a writer! (Unless I'm not, but that's a different thread.)

choppersmom
05-09-2008, 09:27 AM
*raises hand and blushes*

I sold my Explorer several years ago. I hated that thing...but it had a roomy back seat. :tongue

Well, while we're confessing, there was that guy with the 62 Cadillac. Now, you could house a family of four in that back seat!! ;)

Round John Virgin
05-09-2008, 08:21 PM
Chrysler Crossfire - Any Marine infantryman can tell you that a crossfire is something you damn sure don't want to be caught in. Also, from an engineering standpoint, the word reminds me of crosswire (as in spark plugs) and misfire (as in what happens when you crosswire the plugs). I think the VP who came up with this model name was either an idiot or a deep cover mole from GM or Ford. And as if the name weren't bad enough, the car is uglier than homemade soap.

Appalachian Writer
05-09-2008, 08:23 PM
My father used to drive a "Gremlin." God awful name, don't you think? Of course, that was before the movie, looong before.:D

Bubastes
05-09-2008, 08:27 PM
Oh, but...the Fit is Go, didn't you know??

What kind of idiotic slogan is that for a car, or anything else for that matter? The Fit is Go?? What are you talking about? "Go" isn't an adjective, I know cuz I'm a writer! (Unless I'm not, but that's a different thread.)

"The Fit is Go" sounds like Asian Engrish to me. :D That was my first thought when I saw the slogan.

LIVIN
05-09-2008, 08:39 PM
I said Hummer because if I was in a meeting and pitching a name for something and suggested hummer, I would expect people to laugh. But, the name hasn't really hurt hummers, so maybe a car called the Cleveland Steamer is in order. :D

Shadow_Ferret
05-09-2008, 08:45 PM
I have no problem with cars that actually have names.

It's the ones that feel they need to give them numbers. 301. 501. 42. How stupid.

My car is not a number! It's a human bean!

slcboston
05-09-2008, 09:35 PM
IMy car is not a number! It's a human bean!

No, it's a pinto bean. We discussed this back on the first page. :rolleyes:

:D

C.bronco
05-09-2008, 09:42 PM
I saw another Aztek on the road, today. What a coloccally stupid name for a car.

But the dumbest one ever--imo--is the Pinto. Who names a car after a bean?

What's yours?
Kudos to you for being the first person to use the word "coloccally!"
I would drive an Orlando Bloom.
;)

RLB
05-09-2008, 09:56 PM
Y'all will be happy to know Ford is doing away with their alliteration naming. The new CEO put the kabash on that real quick. My husband is currently working on the new Lincoln MKS coming out this summer. I don't like the Lincoln names because they're changing to all letters and numbers.

I'm trying to get him to get Ford to name a model after me, but I don't think he suggested it like I told him to.

soleary
05-09-2008, 10:08 PM
As a marketer, I have to agree with those who mentioned the Chevy Nova, which BOMBED when it was marketed in Spanish speaking countries. Translation: "Doesn't Go."
("Coke Adds Life" was also a poor international marketing effort in China. Loosely translated: Coke Brings Your Dead Ancestors Back from the Grave.")

I think that the Focus is great for the spouse who wants to back seat drive.
"FOCUS! YOU NEVER FOCUS!"
heh heh heh

CaroGirl
05-09-2008, 10:37 PM
My first car was a Turismo. Sounds a bit like an incantation that would magically send someone off on a trip. The only trip it ever sent me on was to the mechanic.

Aw, who'm I kidding; I LOVED that little car.

CDarklock
05-09-2008, 11:24 PM
Top of my list is...

The Volkswagen Thing.

I mean, come on.

robeiae
05-09-2008, 11:32 PM
Kudos to you for being the first person to use the word "coloccally!"

Stop judging me!

BenPanced
05-09-2008, 11:57 PM
The Ford Probe.

Nasty, innit?

Say it with me: Prooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooobe.

*cue porn-tar*

BenPanced
05-09-2008, 11:59 PM
As a marketer, I have to agree with those who mentioned the Chevy Nova, which BOMBED when it was marketed in Spanish speaking countries. Translation: "Doesn't Go."
("Coke Adds Life" was also a poor international marketing effort in China. Loosely translated: Coke Brings Your Dead Ancestors Back from the Grave.")

I think that the Focus is great for the spouse who wants to back seat drive.
"FOCUS! YOU NEVER FOCUS!"
heh heh heh

Urban legend:
http://www.snopes.com/business/misxlate/nova.asp

Shadow_Ferret
05-10-2008, 12:09 AM
Kudos to you for being the first person to use the word "coloccally!"


Guess I missed that.

My kids were coloccally when they were little and we'd have to drive them around in the car at 2am to get them to fall back asleep.

cray
05-10-2008, 12:13 AM
i had a III series once.
pathetic name.

shiny though. very shiny, especially the chrome dome.

choppersmom
05-10-2008, 01:01 AM
How about the Ford Aspire? Pat calls it the Ford Perspire.

Red-Green
05-10-2008, 01:14 AM
The Mazda Ladyfinger--a Japanese car obvy. No self-respecting American would drive something as feminine sounding as a Ladyfinger.

sassandgroove
05-10-2008, 01:16 AM
Ford Probe.

Seriously? Probe?
Along with the Celebrity.
Ahem: Celebrity rearended by Probe.

my loaner car last year when mine was in the body shop after a wreck was a shiny silver Vibe.
zzzzzooooommmm
When going for an oil change: Time to go lube up the VIbe, if you know what I mean. Yeah Baby!

I'll vote for Prizm since I drive one and on my car title there is a typo so it says Priam. From Troy?

Shady Lane
05-10-2008, 01:21 AM
My car's name is Bullet.

I mean, it's really a 2005 Cooper Mini, but I call it Bullet.

Jo
05-10-2008, 04:54 AM
Mitsubishi Lettuce

An economy car launched in January 1989. It was a four door--one on the driver's side, two on the passenger's side, and one hatchback...


:Wha:

MadScientistMatt
05-10-2008, 05:24 AM
Oh, but...the Fit is Go, didn't you know??

What kind of idiotic slogan is that for a car, or anything else for that matter? The Fit is Go?? What are you talking about? "Go" isn't an adjective, I know cuz I'm a writer! (Unless I'm not, but that's a different thread.)

I think they were hoping the ad campaign would turn into the next "All your base are belong to us" and get forwarded around the Internet.

When I first took a test drive in a '89 Ford Probe (the first year they made them), I could tell from the whole design of it that they'd meant it to invoke space probes. It seems that Ford has a long tradition of not thinking of what other connotations their car names might have; after all, they had the Ford Probes next to Ford Escorts in the showroom.

Carole
05-10-2008, 05:30 AM
When I was in jr. high, I secretly dated a guy in high school (gasp!) who drove a Monza. What is a Monza, exactly? I don't even know who made it and I've never seen another since.


Edited: Found it! Chevy made the Monza (http://monza.homestead.com/files/DaveMarsdens80.jpg):

As for other goofy names, what about Le Car, Cordoba (Remember Ricardo Mantalban hawking this car talking about "Corinthian Leather" seats and then in later years saying it was just...leather), And I always thought the Lancer sounded like someone employed in an emergency room.

I love the name of my truck. Titan. TITAN. Grrrrr! Just sounds tough, doesn't it? Unfortunately, it should really be named "Hungry". As hubby says, it'll pass everything on the road - except a gas station.

Devil Ledbetter
05-10-2008, 07:45 AM
Citroen (http://www.citroen.com/CWW/en-US).

The word literally means "lemon."

P.H.Delarran
05-10-2008, 08:01 AM
Corona.
cheers!

Lyra Jean
05-10-2008, 12:39 PM
I own a Lancer. It gets awesome gas mileage.

choppersmom
05-10-2008, 03:53 PM
My car's name is Bullet.

I mean, it's really a 2005 Cooper Mini, but I call it Bullet.

I had an Oldsmobile years ago called either the Gray Poupon or the Velouratron. My current car, the infamous Probe, is called You Miserable Hunk of Crap. Choppersdad drives a Chevy Aveo - another stupid name, BTW - which we call the Blue Ball.

choppersmom
05-10-2008, 03:54 PM
I think they were hoping the ad campaign would turn into the next "All your base are belong to us" and get forwarded around the Internet.

When I first took a test drive in a '89 Ford Probe (the first year they made them), I could tell from the whole design of it that they'd meant it to invoke space probes. It seems that Ford has a long tradition of not thinking of what other connotations their car names might have; after all, they had the Ford Probes next to Ford Escorts in the showroom.

:roll:

I never even thought of that!! OMG, that's funny.

Devil Ledbetter
05-10-2008, 04:39 PM
Corona.
cheers!As I recall, the Corona has quite the spacious back seat.:tongue

EriRae
05-10-2008, 05:17 PM
Nobody mentioned the MG Midget? Love the car, but why do you have to insult little people?

benbradley
05-10-2008, 05:32 PM
Nobody mentioned the MG Midget? Love the car, but why do you have to insult little people?
Naming a car after a group of people is insulting them?

I like my car, I consider it in the sweet spot getting reasonably good gas mileage and "no speeding ticket ... yet!" performance, and it's named after a Biblical event: "The Three Wise Men were in one Accord."

EriRae
05-10-2008, 05:59 PM
Naming a car after a group of people is insulting them?

They don't like being called midgets. That's all I'm saying.