Car names and their meaning

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose! By any other name would smell as sweet” said the lines from Shakespeare’s quotes. Exactly, it’s actually all in the name! Imagine you without a name? Similarly, imagine a car without a name? Naming a car is akin to naming a child and a car name with a meaning is equally important. Here are a few auto aliases that have a meaning behind their names. Take a look!

Toyota Corolla: The name Corolla is part of Toyota’s naming tradition of using the name Crown for primary models: the Corona, for example, gets its name from the Latin word crown; Corolla in Latin means small crown; and Camry is an Anglicized pronunciation of the Japanese for crown, kanmuri.

Hyundai Elantra: The Hyundai Elantra or Hyundai Avante in South Korea, is a compact car from Hyundai of South Korea launched in October 1990 for the 1991 model year, and now is in its fifth generation. The Elantra was formerly marketed as the Lantra in Australia and some European markets. In Australia, this was due to the similarly named Mitsubishi Magna Elante model. This gave rise to disagreement from other motor manufacturers, and the name was standardized as ‘Elantra’ worldwide in 2001 (with the exception being Korea and Malaysia still selling under the name ‘Avante’).

Toyota Etios: The Etios nameplate comes from the Greek ‘Ethos’, meaning spirit, character, and ideas and this is exactly what the car echoes too. With apt space, refinement, comfort, price and interior plastics, the Toyota Etios is a product at a killer price.

Hyundai Santa Fe: The Hyundai Santa Fe is a mid-size crossover SUV based on the Hyundai Sonata platform. Named after the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, it was introduced for the 2001 model year as Hyundai’s first SUV, released at the same time as the Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute and Pontiac Aztek. The SUV was so popular that at times, Hyundai had trouble supplying the demand. The Santa Fe quickly became Hyundai’s best seller and contributed to Hyundai’s success in the United States. The Santa Fe came to India later in the year 2010.

Skoda Superb: The Skoda Superb is a large family car primarily built by the Czech car manufacturer Skoda Auto as its flagship car. The versions produced from 2001 to 2008 are based on the platform of the Volkswagen Passat, but are elongated by 10 centimetres (3.9 in), and shares its major mechanicals and powertrain with the Passat. It is currently the largest and most luxurious model in Škoda’s model range. The Superb name is a resurrection, originally used by Škoda for similar large models, between 1934 and 1942.

 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a range of executive-size cars manufactured by Mercedes-Benz in various engine and body configurations. The E initially stood for Einspritzmotor, (German for fuel injection engine); a new feature in volume production vehicles at the time that the E-Class first appeared, with the E as a suffix to the engine nomenclature (e.g. 230E) in the 1950s. It was not until the launch of the facelifted W124 that the E was used as a prefix (i.e. E220) and the model referred to officially as the E-Class (or E-Klasse).

 Honda Jazz: The Honda Jazz nameplate has been used by Honda of Japan to denote several different motorized vehicles since 1982:
•    A 50 cc motorcycle introduced in 1986. Such a scooter (CHF50) still exists, and is currently on sale in Canada.
•    The Japanese-market name for the badge-engineered version of the Isuzu Mu ( Isuzu Amigo ) short-wheelbase version, known elsewhere as the Opel Frontera, Holden Frontera, or Vauxhall Frontera.
•    The European-market name for the Honda City Mk I from 1982 to 1986, as City was already trademarked by Opel.
•    Honda Fit – A five-door hatchback automobile introduced in June 2001. The vehicle is known as the Fit in Japan, China, as well as in Americas. It is called the Jazz in Europe, Oceania, the Middle East, South East Asia, India and Africa.

The other names which we think denote strong meanings are that of Mahindra Logan now renamed as Verito in which Verito is derived from the Latin word ‘Veritas’, meaning ‘truth’. On the other hand, the new Ford Fiesta with its sharp and sleek lines gives a feeling of partying hard, really hard.


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