Top 10 worst car names

2012-05-15 08:59

Over the past 120 years of vehicle production almost as many terrible car names as horrible cars have made their way out on to our roads. Unsurprisingly having a horrible name is often a clear indicator of a bad car.

According to the UK's Daily Mail, Opel/Vauxhall have named their new two-door mini hatchback, codenamed Junior, as the Adam. The vehicle's straightforward name will leave many drivers bemused, the moniker will have more of a resonance with German fans of the brand.

After all, Adam pays homage to the German automaker's founder, Adam Opel.

As far as uninspired car names go, Opel's Adam is up there with Ford's Ka and Nissan Almera, the Mail says. We wonder if sales staff with introduce female customers to the car with that famous palindrome: 'Madam I'm Adam'.

Check out our Top 10 worst car names:
1 Ford Probe
2 Geely BL (Beauty Leopard)
3 Datsun Fairlady
4 Honda That’s
5 Isuzu Mysterious Utility Wizard
6 Studebaker Dictator
7 Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear
8 Isuzu Giga 20 Light Dump
9 Renault Twizy
10 Toyota Deliboy

The Adam, set to go on sale in early 2013, is a four-seater that's 3.7m long, roughly the same length as a Mini hatchback. The new model is set to compete with the aforementioned Mini and the Fiat 500.

The Adam will be powered by a one-litre, three-cylinder engine.

Automakers have regularly released rides with human names:

1 Citroen Picasso
2 Nissan Serena
3 Chana Benni
4 Nissan Cedric
5 Nissan Cherry
6 EnZo Ferrari
7 Skoda Estelle
8 Renault Clio
9 Lotus Elise
10 Seat Leon

Special nominees for worst car names:
Renault DeZir
Mitsubishi Pistachio
Volugrafo Bimbo
Daihatsu Naked
Nissan Prairie Joy
Suzuki Cappucino
Rickman Space Ranger
Honda Life Dunk

Do you have any "worst car names" to add to our list? Share your thoughts in our Readers' Comments section below.

  • clinton.bowden1 - 2012-05-15 10:02

    Ford Ka(k)

      retief.devilliers - 2012-05-15 11:34

      In Engels staan die Ford Ka mos bekend as die Ford Shi

  • siassmith - 2012-05-15 11:18

    Pajero in Spanish means Wanker

      niki.wessels - 2012-05-15 17:30

      Was pretty amused when that one came out, too!

      Bertus - 2012-05-19 10:34

      Won't work in afrikaans either: Mitsubushi "DRAAD TREKKER"

  • Freddie - 2012-05-15 11:18

    Ford Edsel Ford Pinto Yugo 1899's Horsey Horseless

  • daveneethling - 2012-05-15 11:47

    GWM Cool Bear.

  • Ford.Kop1 - 2012-05-15 11:50

    If Opel is paying homeage to the founder of the company they should have called the new opc the Adam Opc. Not a small mini hatchback. Its like Ford calling the Ka the Henry.

  • Michael - 2012-05-15 12:32

    Renault Duster!! In Brazil......

  • Vino - 2012-05-15 12:42

    What about the new Opel Adam (small car), The Opel Mokka (B seg SUV), toyota Levin, Nissan Sunny and Gloria, Holden (chev) Magoo only to name a few

  • Louis - 2012-05-15 13:03

    What about the Nissan Latio? This is what they call the Tiida(a terrible name as it is) in Singapore and other Asian countries.

  • phumudzo.sithagu - 2012-05-15 13:09

    Smart for four ...and indeed, it can only accommodate four ppl. kwaaks...

  • Ebon - 2012-05-15 14:11

    Nissan Juke. Especially after their whole Micra advertising campaign where Nissan made up words that were a combination of two other words. Sorry, but as soon as I saw Juke for the first time, the combo that immediately sprang to mind was Joke + Puke. Not my fault - Nissan did it all themselves...

  • Alan - 2012-05-15 15:33

    (Alan2) Just love the Isuzu Giga Light Dump. Same sort of bowel problems as the Ford Ka(k). Overseas there was also the Daihatsu D-bag (was it short for douche bag?) And GM had to change the Chevy Nova name in Spanish speaking countries, because No va means 'no go'. About right.

      Mike Bundy - 2013-07-23 09:04

      That's an urban legend about the Nova and simply isn't true

  • niki.wessels - 2012-05-15 17:29

    Surprising no-one mentioned Tata. I'm a bit superstitious about driving a car named Goodbye.

  • Lonwabo - 2012-05-15 20:57

    Mmhh!!ever heard about Toyota Innova,ETois

      Mike Bundy - 2013-07-23 09:05

      And Yaris too - what is that supposed to be?

  • Gus - 2012-05-16 04:15

    Ford released a model in Mexico called the Nova. Eventualy someone realised in Spanish "nova" meant "no go". Don't know how many of these cars they sold!

      Mike Bundy - 2013-07-23 09:16

      Your Nova story is an urban legend. It was Chevrolet, not Ford for a start. The cars sold rather well around the world under the Nova name from 1962 until 1979 - hardly a failure.

  • Shaun - 2012-05-16 15:33

    Mitsubishi MUM 500 Shall We Join Us? - and no the question mark is not a typo Got to give it to the Japanese, they really know where to find the good stuff to smoke when coming up with names.

  • Bart - 2012-05-17 13:33

    Do not forget the brand new Dacia Lodgy......dodgy?

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-05-20 00:32

    V W Tuareg ???

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-05-20 00:35

      Touareg sorry!

  • jwilliam.boucher - 2012-05-21 17:12

    Renault Wind

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