A perfect name can summarize a car’s or truck’s personality perfectly: Mustang, Ram, Impala, but the wrong one can send a message the automaker never intended.
Sometimes, automakers seem unaware of an embarrassing name. Despite having a name which means “a seizure in which the victim loses consciousness,” Honda has not changed the name of the Fit back to Jazz, which is what it’s called in other countries.
Maybe this is why automakers avoid proper words when naming their vehicles; it avoids unintended consequences. You’ll understand why when you see what your vehicle’s name means.
Here’s a sampling of current model names, their definitions and the automaker who uses them.… Read more