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What do you think are the best and worst names ever given to a car? Here are my picks.

 

Best:

Lancia Delta Integrale (who knows what it means, it just sounds cool:))

Mitsubishi Eclipse (figuratively says "I'm gonna beat you when we race")

 

Worst:

Ford Probe (of all the things to name a car after...)

Land Rover Range Rover (what's next? Land Rover Range Rover Special Rover Edition by Rover??)

BMW 323i ("What? A 323? Ain't that a Mazda you're talking about?")

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i think most of the honda names are incredibly dumb..

 

integra- its not even a real word.. it sounds like part of a word..

 

vigor- not really a fitting name for a car than ran a 16 sec 1/4 mile

 

civic-" relating to a city, citizens or citizenship".. what does that have to do with a car?

 

prelude- prelude to what?

 

some others

 

talon- yes, lets name a car after the feet of a bird

 

countach- why give a car a name that noone can say right? and it sounds really stupid when it is said right..

 

damn, i could go on all day..

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oh.. heres more

 

contour- naming a car after an abstract adjective for "curve"..something has always bothered me about that name

 

regal- good name, on the wrong car

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Originally posted by kepone

oh.. heres more

 

contour- naming a car after an abstract adjective for "curve"..something has always bothered me about that name

 

Actually, I think the Contour's name is fitting. The design is very curved, with strong contours. I've done a couple of contour drawings of my Contour for some art classes, and that thing is perfect for them. So I'd disagree with you there.

 

Anyways...

 

For some reason I've always liked the name Crown Victoria. The Lancer sounds pretty cool also. And while it's not really a name, the Acura symbol is awesome.

 

Are Camry and Corolla even words? And Camaro is supposedly french for friend or something, but good luck finding the dictionary whoever named it used.

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Camry is supposed to come from the Japanese word spelt something like "Kammuri" and meaning "crown". Actually, that's kind of funny because Toyota also has a model called the Crown that's sold in Asia.

 

Contour bugs me too. Everytime I hear it, I think of panty liners and maxi pads.:)

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Civic is a very odd name

Del Sol, i dont know why i dont like the name but i dont not exacitly what i would name a car i guess

Accord, what the hell? Could someone please get the meaning of this word, maybe it would make more sense once i saw the defination.

Tiburon once again stupid name

 

 

 

I agree with Kurenai about the contour

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Well its not an official name, but my friends have taken to call my car the CliTaurus. It was clever the first time, but it ain't no more.

For me, I really like the sound of the Ford Escape. It would be cooler if they spelled it Excape but that would probably get old fast.

One thing that has always made me think, is why is the Miata also referred to as a MX-5 and a Miata? And what does Miata mean anyways? Speaking of Mazda, why would they name a SUV, "Tribute". Tribute to what?

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accord has lots of meanings- heres a rundown of the ones i know off the top of my head

 

1. an agreement

2. harmony

3. without resistance

4. grant a favor

5. to be consistent

 

and i dont really agree on the contour thing.. its no more curvy than any other car out there.. like the escort or corvette.. any modernistically styled car could be called the contour.. i like the euro name, mondeo, quite a bit better..

 

i always thought del sol was a cool name..sol means sun, i know that much, but i dunno what del means..

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Not necessarily. A lot of cars are developing more and more angles into their design. For Ford, there's the Focus, Mustang, the new Ranger... And a lot of European designes are using a more angular approach to automotive styling. Granted, the Contour isn't any more curved than a lot of cars, but the name still fits.

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dumb names...

 

Hyundai Accent - kind of a wrong name for a jellybean...

Hyundai Excel - complete wrong name for the car... it pretty much excels at sitting there and rusting, that's all...

Pretty much everything Honda's ever named their cars, with some possible exceptions...

Nissan Sunni - Why would you name a car after a Muslim book? How does the Nissan Old Testament sound to you?

Toyota Celica - WTF's a Celica?

Mistubishi Pajero - WTF's a Pajero?

Volkswagen Jetta, Subaru Impreza, Nissan Altima, Mazda Precidia et al. - why the hell do car companies come up with these non-existant words for car names?

 

Cool names...

 

Honda Del Sol, Oddysey, (Acura) Legend

Nissan/Datsun Fairlady, Pulsar, Skyline

Chevrolet Corvette, Corvair, Monte Carlo

Ford Mustang, Focus, Contour, Thunderbird, Escort

Volkswagen Golf, Beetle, Scirocco (sp?)

Toyota 2000GT

Mitsubishi Lancer, Eclipse, Mirage

Subaru Outback, Forrester

Dodge Avenger

 

Basically, I like car names with some substance and tangibility, so long as they aren't overly cheezy...

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