"Thing" and "Puta" are only two of the Top Ten Worst Car Names....
Automobile companies spend billions of dollars to develop sleek, powerful and safe cars. But after they finish the design, they often farm out the task of naming the vehicle to an $8.00 per hour intern. Here are 10 prime examples of what you get when you pay for minimum wage names....................................
The Versa: Where's the Vice?
Number 10 Worst Name
10. Versa. Made by Nissan, it is the company’s entry level vehicle. It is said to prompt customers to ask for a more finished vehicle.
“Can’t you make a little better car and call it the “Vice Versa” because you can’t have a versa without a vice to go with it."
Perhaps Nissan can rescue this flagging brand, by making two separate cars...one called "Vice" and the other named "Versa". Two car families could buy one of each !
Dachshund's best the 240Z
Number 9 Worst Name
The number nine worst name is not the name of an individual car - but a whole car company.
9. Nissan: Several decades ago the company was called "Dachshund": but the dog lovers forced the name change to avoid confusion with their short legged, short-haired little long-nosed pups.
Dog lovers are still mad at the car company because when people ask them what kind of a dog they have, they say 'Dachshund', and jokesters reply: Oh no your dog isn’t a Dachshund; it's called a 'Nissan' now!
LA PUTA - Don't try & say the name is from Gulliver's Travels!
Number Eight Worst:
8. La Puta: If you are Spanish, or speak Spanish, you cannot believe this name ! !
What a bunch of idiots the people at Mazda are. Spanish is the second most used language on Earth (behind only Chinese and just ahead of English) and those idiots named a car after the Spanish word for whore or prostitute. Doesn't anybody research these names???????????
Mi Carro No Va !!!!
The Seventh Worst:
7. Chevrolet NOVA: Another gaffe. Another offense to the Spanish world was; the 'Nova'.
In Spanish, “no” means 'no' or 'doesn’t' and “Va” means “Go” so the two words NO VA mean “Doesn’t Go” and indeed the NO VA did not go over very well with Spanish
"Who you calling a Pinto?"
Number Six - One More Spanish slur !
Chevy and Mazda were not the the only car companies to insult the Spanish speakers, Ford did it too with the Pinto. In Spanish, the word has several bad connotations including “drunk” and “small male parts”.
So as with the Chevy & the Mazda product, the Spanish speakers said “No Va” to “pinto”
Actually, the Gremlin was a cool car..and fast!
Fifth Worst Name:
5. American Motors Co. "Gremlin": I am reluctant to criticize anything about AMC because they were a scrappy number four American car company, but what's up with "Gremlin". Who wants a car with a name that makes you think of a small gnome living under your hood ready to jam a wrench into your fan belt.
Hummer. 'Nuff Said'!
Fourth Worst Name - Maybe the Worst of the Worst
4. General Motors HUMMER:
GM huge truck. Some names have more than one meaning…what were you thinking GM???? This may be the worst of all names. Who wants a Hummer? Well it was popular with men. No further comment.
3. Thing: it was a strange creature made by VW in the 1970s,
I guess VW thought if a 'bug' would sell, then people would buy any(thing)!
The Jetta Knight - check that spelling!
2. Jetta by VW:
I am pretty sure that this car was supposed to be named 'Jedi' - to capitalize on the Star Wars movies using the name Jedi - as in Jedi Knight. I am fairly certain that a typo caused the name to go thru as 'Jetta'. VW apparently used a german spell checker and it did not pick up the mistake.
Little Boys Want Their Toys...but not Toy Cars!!
The WORST OF THE WORST
1. NUMBER ONE WORST NAME FOR A CAR COMPANY ----- TOYOTA
No American car buyer will ever buy a car named Toyota! Why on earth would a serious car buyer want a toy car. Americans want real cars, tough cars.
No (TOY)ota for me I want a (REAL)ota ! !