The automotive name of thrones: Conventions


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Motor vehicle corporations set a whole lot of time and effort into the names of their vehicles. Some are overnight successes, although some others are far more of a gradual street to good results and some others continue to are just plain embarrassing.

There’s no doubt some car or truck names have develop into icons unto themselves to the position exactly where they almost overshadow the manufacturers they appear from. Acquire Mustang and Corvette for occasion, which have damaged the bonds of their Ford and Chevrolet mothers and fathers and grown into makes of their own.

But naming a car is not simple. Picture trying to devise a identify that comes up crystal clear of other registered emblems, seems very good, and is cost-free from any sort of misinterpretation. It is a ton harder than it would seem, which possibly explains the rise of meaningless alphanumeric naming conventions, specially amongst status producers.

In an endeavor to clarify the bedlam that is the automotive name sport, let us choose a appear at the fantasy, mystique and insanity driving some of the cars we know so properly, and even some of the types we don’t.

This week we’re taking a seem at naming conventions

It is uncomplicated to overlook now, but Toyota, definitely with industry dominance on its mind, experimented with to established its passenger-vehicle vary up with a rather monarchist twist. You may miss out on it at first glance, but the Japanese brand’s main variety is largely named soon after regal headgear.

The Japanese-marketplace Crown is the evident instance, but dig a very little deeper and you will discover Corolla is a tough translation of ‘small garland’ from Latin, and Camry is a westernised model of the phrase kanmuri – Japanese for crown.

Likely back more, the pre-Camry Corona is relatively self-explanatory, even though not fairly as evident as some versions which ended up named the Toyota Tiara. Even variants of crown-named autos just take the topic even more: in Japan you could invest in a Camry Sceptre, although Australia’s Camry Atara styles pull their name from the Hebrew word for crown.

Potentially unintentionally, Toyota’s advertising and marketing office even took some inspiration from the brand’s nomenclature technique. Even though LandCruiser is in no way crown-related, for a though Toyota marketed it as “king off the road” – a title that no other producer would dare consider.

Honda also likes a spouse and children resemblance, whilst it splits its conventions into teams.

Civic and Accord evidently reflect the brand’s desire for anyone to get along, although the Town, which slots in beneath the Civic, results in an urban concept. These are only little bit-players in Honda’s naming scheme nevertheless, with Honda having most of its inspiration from songs.

That is most noticeable with the Jazz, but also applies to Prelude (a shorter piece of songs), Concerto (a solo piece accompanied by an orchestra), and its predecessor the Quintet, which describes a five-piece band or ensemble.

Honda fans will also level to the Japanese-sector Defeat roadster, and the shorter-lived Ballade sedan, French for ballad. This brings us neatly back again to the Accord, which aside from its English indicating of agreement correlation, comes about to be French for chord.

Neat segues are not only Honda’s thing, although: Volkswagen appears to do it improved than pretty much any other organization, but I’ll get to that in a 2nd.

Ford earns a mention for providing most of its passenger autos names that commence with F, and cherry-selecting the ideal of what is available right here and abroad you can stroll into a Ford showroom and pick from Fiesta, Figo, Aim, Flex and Fusion. In the earlier, you could also select a Five Hundred, Falcon, Fairlane, Freestyle, Festiva, or Fairmont.

Ford’s SUVs observe a comparable sample, other than with the letter E, like EcoSport, Escape, Endura, and Everest. Abroad there’s also Explorer, Tour, and Expedition.

Nissan does not hold as firmly to any unique naming convention these days, but in the ’50s and ’60s, quaint British-sounding names populated the array on automobiles like the Cedric, Gloria, and Silvia.

A get hold of at Nissan’s head office in Japan tells us “people in Japan experienced admired western tradition, western systems and craftsmanship, and imported items. This inclination was much more powerful back in the 1950s or 1960s, in contrast to now. It is hence normal that Japanese individuals appreciated western names of the car or truck in people days.”

In later several years Nissan turned to fast animals like the Gazelle, Leopard and Cheetah – nevertheless not generally used to rapid cars.

Ok, again to Volkswagen… You may want to get some popcorn and a cozy seat for this.

In 1973, Volkswagen released its household vehicle entrant, the Passat, which borrows its name from one of the planet’s community of ‘passatwinde’, or trade winds.

The devil is in the specifics, of program, as whilst the Passat winds are predominantly subtropical on possibly side of the horizon, they blow globally, a great deal like VW’s aspirations for its then-new product.

From there, Volkswagen went to do the job crafting probably the breeziest of all naming conventions.

Even though native English speakers may possibly more commonly affiliate Volkswagen’s legendary little hatch with the pursuit of hitting a tiny dimpled ball all-around a perfectly manicured green, the name Golf is in fact derived from the German time period for oceanic Gulfstream currents – which isn’t a wind, but shut sufficient, right?

But hold on, isn’t Polo also a recreation of constrained spectator appeal involving the impracticalities of chasing a modest ball about a manicured lawn? Effectively, yes, but it also comes about to be the Germanic version of ‘polar’, in this occasion referencing the Northern Polar wind.

The two sports activities-themed names are a delighted coincidence for English speakers, but Scirocco, Bora, Vento and Jetta all subscribe to the wind principle – in many languages – whilst other folks like Corrado head off on a different tangent with anything from the Spanish expression ‘to run’, to 18th century Italian rococo painter Corrado Giaquinto mooted as potential inspiration.

Volkswagen does not just blow very hot air, however: the Wolfsburg-based mostly firm also transpires to have a fondness for making use of names that in good shape the ‘Wolf Castle’ topic imparted by its city’s coat of arms.

Most lately that applies to the Amarok, which indicates wolf in some Inuit dialects. Prior to that the little Lupo town auto also carried the honour of Wolfsburg, even though confusingly by utilizing the Italian phrase for wolf.

Just like the lawn sports activities subtheme, Volkswagen has also dallied with animal names in the past with the Lupo’s predecessor, the Fox, and the US-current market Golf carrying Rabbit badges at a variety of phases.

Veedub is not performed there, lastly turning to ancient Greek mythology for cars and trucks like the Phaeton, named after the god Phaethon who just about pranged the chariot which pulls the sunlight throughout the sky (clumsy lad). And then, that is not the same Phaethon who claims to be the son of Eos, VW’s now discontinued hardtop convertible.

Eos was the goddess responsible for opening the gates of heaven to enable the sunlight move through, which would make sense for a convertible I suppose, and was the other Phaethon’s aunt into the combine, even though she seems to have a cleaner driving record.

Last but not least the American-sector Atlas SUV also hits on the mythology concept, named right after the poor bloke who was tasked with holding the sky up for all eternity. That’s obtained to ache just after a when.

What did you assume of our list? Permit us know in the opinions – and as you can find so many far more examples that we didn’t get to contact on, share some of your favorite motor vehicle name conventions.