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« on: 29/07/2010 04:43:51 »
The automobile industry gives cars some pretty strange names.

For example, did you happen to know that Chevrolet was going to bring out a model called the "Impaler", but, at the last minute, they decided to tone it down, so they called it the "Impala" instead?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 29/07/2010 04:52:29 »
Toyota had to change the name of the "MR2" for the French market ...

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The MR2 is actually known by a different name in France. Rather than the MR2, it is known as the
"Coupe MR," because "MR2" in French sounds a lot like "merdeux,"
http://www.megaboost.co.uk/mr2/frames/thehistoryofthemr2.htm
 

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« Reply #2 on: 29/07/2010 05:03:29 »
There you go.

There was also going to be a Ford Extortion, but they switched it to the Ford Excursion instead.

The Cadillac Escalade was going to be the Esplanade (yes, it really is that big  ;D)

Then there was the Lincoln Agrivator, but that turned into the Lincoln Navigator.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 29/07/2010 12:04:42 »
Fiat was going to launch a car called the Crapo and Fords original name for the Grenada was the Hand Grenade.....and that swedish car company was going to be called Vulva !
 

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« Reply #4 on: 29/07/2010 22:59:42 »
I have a Honda FRV and my son, who watches phone jacker, says that if you say it like the phone jacker man it sounds like a fart (frrrv.)
 

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« Reply #5 on: 29/07/2010 23:07:31 »
I've heard the Cavalier was going to be called the Cadaver, but I think that's a bit far fetched.

Wasn't there also an Austin Allagro?
 

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« Reply #6 on: 30/07/2010 09:16:25 »
There's always the onld tale of the Vauxhall Nova which had to have its name changed in a South American country because Nova meant "Won't go."
 

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« Reply #7 on: 30/07/2010 13:17:32 »
The Rolls Canardly with optional Duct tape interior ...



http://www.ducttapeguys.com/
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« Reply #8 on: 30/07/2010 13:59:50 »
How about the Mitsubishi Starion...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_Starion

Reputedly (Mitsubishi denies it), it was supposed to be the Stallion, but there were... difficulties with the traditional Japanese r/l mix-up.
 

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« Reply #9 on: 30/07/2010 14:34:24 »
Why do so many Japanese cars have an L in their name if it causes so much trouble? The reason for the problem is that L does not exist in the Japanese language but the R is pronounced as a cross between an L and an R. I taught EFL in Japan and spent a lot of time getting Japanese people to move their tongues into the correct position for each letter. We used a book called (funnily enough) "Ship or Sheep?" 
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« Reply #10 on: 30/07/2010 19:00:08 »
Ford almost had the Exploder, but an observant designer spotted the fubar at the last minute and corrected it to Explorer.

Their even bigger SUV, the Expedition, was going to be the Exhibition, but they felt it might be a bit too "showy".
 

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« Reply #11 on: 30/07/2010 20:11:39 »
Then there was the time that SKODA were gonna call the Fabia the Labia !
 

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« Reply #12 on: 30/07/2010 21:25:05 »
VW Rabbit in the USA, almost everywhere else in the world VW Golf.

Or Mitsubishi Pajero, not called that in Spanish speaking countries, although most of the drivers of them are one.

 

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« Reply #13 on: 30/07/2010 21:32:52 »
VW Rabbit in the USA, almost everywhere else in the world VW Golf.

VW Rabbit - that's one of those buzzy jobs, isn't it ...

Oh, no - that's not a car I'm thinking of    [:I]   .....  :o
 

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« Reply #14 on: 30/07/2010 21:36:59 »
VW Rabbit in the USA, almost everywhere else in the world VW Golf.

VW Rabbit - that's one of those buzzy jobs, isn't it ...

Oh, no - that's not a car I'm thinking of    [:I]   .....  :o

It has 2 extra long windscreen wipers that resemble bunny ears....  :D
 

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« Reply #15 on: 30/07/2010 21:59:26 »
Didn't Triumph make the Harold? Then there was the Ford Unpopular and the Morris Cowlike. Oh! And what about the Ford Perfect?
 

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« Reply #16 on: 30/07/2010 22:59:31 »
I wonder if Chris ever had a Humber Super Snip?
 

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« Reply #17 on: 30/07/2010 23:13:41 »
I wonder if Chris ever had a Humber Super Snip?

Isn't that rather a personal question for one gentleman to ask another??

Ah sorry, didn't realise it was you Geezer, no gentleman in site... carry on :-)
 

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« Reply #18 on: 30/07/2010 23:37:09 »

Anyone hear about Ford's new "The Geezer"? Runs on hot air alone!

And The Lincoln Sheepy? Ewe can own it cheaper than a Ram Dodge!

The fascinating Oldsmobile-JimBob unfortunately is only legal to drive in Irving, Texas!
 

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« Reply #19 on: 31/07/2010 04:51:38 »
Just spotted the "Smorsche" (Small-Porsche:) ...



http://www.parodyville.com/as_seen/small_cars/index.html
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« Reply #20 on: 31/07/2010 10:09:10 »
Then you get the PT Cruiser, a car? that has a front like a parrots beak and a back like a plucked chicken, complete with the parsons nose.

 

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« Reply #21 on: 31/07/2010 17:23:29 »
Chevy Nova
The No Go did not sell well in Latin America.
 

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« Reply #22 on: 31/07/2010 21:19:16 »
Then you get the PT Cruiser, a car? that has a front like a parrots beak and a back like a plucked chicken, complete with the parsons nose.



Oh yes. Did you know they nearly called it the PT Bruiser?

Also, Toyota was going to call the Prius the Pious. Though it is a very apt description, they felt it was just a bit over the top.

Then Dodge brought out a very low-end model. They were going to call it the Peon thinking it appropriate for the intended market, but on the advice of their legal counsel, they switched it to Neon.
 

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« Reply #23 on: 01/08/2010 05:16:25 »
A some of these inappropriate car name stories are apocryphal ... 

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Claim:   The Chevrolet Nova sold poorly in Spanish-speaking countries because its name translates as "doesn't go" in Spanish.

Status:   False

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


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The best known example isn't true though - it's alleged that the Ford Pinto had particular problems in Brazil because Pinto is Brazilian slang for "small penis". In fact, that car didn't do very well anywhere - mainly because it was crap - but they didn't use the Pinto name in Brazil.

http://www.qi.com/talk/viewtopic.php?p=86674
 

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« Reply #24 on: 01/08/2010 16:28:11 »
Pinto sales werent helped by many having a bumper sticker saying " Hit me and we BOTH burst into flames! "

Lovely how good the car was made..........


 

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