Weird Car Names

Some car names have been great names and have become famous, like “Chevy” for example; others, well, not so much. Here’s a list of a few model names that just missed the mark and others that were just simply ill advised. Enjoy!

Chevy Nova
The word “Nova” is an astronomical term in Western society. In Spanish, it was similar to the term “no va” which means “no go”. Taken literally, potential buyers may have thought that the name referred to the car’s performance. According to the service team at Paul Conte Chevrolet, a full-service car dealer in Freeport, NY, this was very likely what was going on!

Buick LaCrosse
It’s very hard to tell how this name originated. There are multiple geographical locations of the same name, and then there is the popular sport. The biggest problem by far, for those that speak French, is that “LaCrosse” has sexual connotations.

Ford Probe
The Ford Probe was originally supposed to be the replacement for the Mustang. The first mistake was replacing the iconic Mustang name with anything else. But why did they choose the “Probe” as a name?

AMC Matador
The car company of American Motors Corporation (AMC) was around several decades ago. Believe it or not, they had a car called the “Matador,” a Spanish word for “killer.” Great, a car name that plays on the sport of killing animals.

Diahatsu Scat
This name is just funny. The word “scat” must mean something different in Japan. In English, scat refers to wild animals’ bowel movements.

Ford Escort
Oh, boy, without going into too much detail on the term — “escort” is a commonly used name for a high-end prostitute. Who was at the marketing meeting when this word was selected?

Studebaker Dictator
The Studebaker Dictator was a 1930s car, and the term “Dictator” did not have the same negative connotation that it does in the modern day. Today we think of people like Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler.

Renault Wind
Not a bad car but could you imagine the puns you would always be subjected to concerning the word “wind,” like “passing wind” and that kind of thing.

Mitsubishi Pajero
The “Pajero” is another car that will have immature little kids laughing like they may never stop. “Pajero” is a Spanish adjective with sexual connotations.

Dodge Dart Swinger
The Dart Swinger was released in a different era when the term “swinger” was family friendly. Today the word swinger refers to a promiscuous lifestyle.

Skoda Yeti
Okay, this one isn’t that bad. It’s difficult to figure out what the Soviets were thinking with this one, but for Westerners it’s a mythical creature. If the Skoda Yeti is seriously a great car for winter climates, it might actually be a good name for it.

If you may not know, throughout automotive history there have been hundreds, if not thousands, of different names used for car models. We hope that you have enjoyed reading this amusing list of some of the most interesting car names that have come about!


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