Worst Car Names
By: Good2GoPublished: September 28, 2015
Some cars not only look cool, but sound cool too! The name of a car can have a profound effect on us. A well named vehicle sparks intrigue, while a poorly named vehicle could make us cringe. Manufacturers have been striking out with car names for decades. Every few years a car will roll off the production lines with such a puzzling name all we can do is scratch our heads in disbelief. Let’s take a look at five cars with names so odd, they may have very well hindered their success.
This popular and reliable family hatchback is relatively new to the market, and has received positive feedback from industry experts. Unfortunately, Ford’s marketing folks missed the mark when coming up with a name for this fuel-efficient ride. The C-Max may handle well but its name sounds like a blood pressure medication or a dietary supplement.
The Ford Edsel was not actually an individual car, but rather a division of four types of cars manufactured in 1957. The line’s namesake, Edsel, was the son of Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. The cars were supposed to honor Edsel’s status and work with the company, but his own son Henry Ford II thought it was a bad idea. The board pushed back and issued their stamp of approval for “Edsel”. The consumer, unfortunately, did not buy into the vehicles’ allure. The division was closed in 1959.
This name is not only hard to pronounce, but the meaning behind it does not make much sense, causing one to question the actual amount of thought that went into the car. Volkswagen says the name “Tiguan” comes from aggregating two German words. The car manufacturer thought it would make sense to take the German word “Tiger” (which means “tiger” in English) and the German word “Leguan”, which translates to what English speakers call an iguana. In combining those words, the German carmaker created “Tiguan”: a completely nonsensical word. Huh?
The Chevy Citation is a funny one. There are countless definitions for the word “citation”, yet not one of them makes any sense in the context of a car. A citation is a quote from a source such as a book or other reference. That can’t be what they were going for. How about this one? A citation is a summons, typically given by a police officer during a traffic stop. The “Chevy Traffic Ticket” isn’t exactly appealing either. Predictably, the Citation did not sell particularly well during its 5-year tenure in the early ‘80s.
Ford Merkur XR4Ti
While this Ford creation was considered slick and sporty for its time, its name was anything but. The name Merkur is actually pronounced ‘Mare-coor’, which is probably not the way anyone who isn’t a linguist would have pronounced it at first glance. Unfortunately once again for Ford, the Merkur XR4Ti did not sell well and only survived four years from 1985 to 1989.
Sure, some cars have weird names but every car, no matter its name, creates a convenient way for us to travel from point A to point B. From driving kids to soccer practice to commuting to work, we spend a lot of time in our vehicles. It’s important that you feel comfortable while behind the wheel. One of the best ways to do that is with the appropriate auto insurance coverage. Good2Go Auto Insurance covers a variety of car insurance needs, even minimum coverage. We’re able to tailor each auto insurance policy to the driver, no matter how cool or awkward their car’s name is. Get your free auto insurance quote from Good2Go today!