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Zola Budd, G-String, Dolphin: These cars have strange nicknames in South Africa

2020-06-16 13:50

Robin Classen, Janine Van der Post

Nissan Skyline GT-R

Nissan Skyline GT-R

Every car is identified by the model names it comes out of the factory with, but there are some that have acquired bizarre nicknames in South Africa.

There are a select few, especially in South Africa, strange names that has stood the test of time.

Name by name

Everything from the Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Corolla and BMW 3 Series all have local nicknames, and many people use this to identify a specific year model or generation.


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BMW's 'Gusheshe' E30 and Volkswagen's 'CaraCara' Microbus are some of the most famous local names and even has hip-hop songs named after it.

There's a Corolla model known as the 'Strykyster' (an iron) and another known as a 'Kentucky Rounder'. And while we're talking about Toyota, the Hi-Ace minibus or taxi was fondly referred to as 'Zola Budd'.

One can't forget the Nissan Skyline GTR that coined the nickname 'Godzilla' all over the world, or how the Volkswagen Beetle is known as the 'Bug'.

While some cars have localised nicknames, others simply name their cars after something they like; a movie they watched or even a comic character.

BMW has a whole host of nicknames for its models here in SA; the 1 Series is known as the 'Simunye', BMW's E46 shape 320i is even referred to as a Shabir Shaik, while an E38 BMW 7 Series is known as the 'Anaconda'.

The E46 3 Series though, is known as the 'G-String', only in SA, thanks to its boot lid and tail light design.

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See the cars and the nicknames they're known by locally:

Tarzan, better known as the Mazda 323

Mazda 323 EGI

                                                                       Image: Photobucket

Jumbo, better known as the VW Golf Mk2

VW Golf GTI Jumbo

                                                                       Image: Net Car Show

Virus, a name known for the VW Jetta or Golf VR6 models

peter mammekwa,jetta mk3 vr6

                                                                         Image: Peter Mammekwa

Dolphin or BMW M3  (E36) from the 1990s

BMW E36

                                                                        Image: Net Car Show

'Kokerot' (Cockroach) was known as the Toyota Cressida

                                                                  Image: Shafig Mortan / Achives

Hakosuka, the original Godfather of the Nissan Skyline GT-R. A model name highly respected by all petrolheads.

Nissan Skyline GT-R

                                                                         Image: Wheels24 /Janine Van der Post

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