Sunday, November 08, 2009

What's In a Name? Cars

Rollo has been spiffing things up around here for Spring and part of it is this new and shiny site design. In honor of my new template, I offer a little automotive post. Car companies think long and hard before choosing a name for a new model vehicle. Animal names have always figured highly, but it's got to be the right kind of animal. For instance, you might be enticed to buy a car with a sleek and fast image, like a Cougar, but you'd never consider one called Possum. But some names seem to come directly out of hometown America, named for cities and towns across the country.

For instance, Ford is in Mississippi while Chevrolet is in Kentucky and Buick , Plymouth and Pontiac are in Michigan. You can find a Dodge in both Kansas and Massachusetts, but only California has a Honda.

There's a Thunderbird in New Mexico and a Seville in Ohio. If you want something sporty, there's Mustang, Oklahoma or Monte Carlo, Kansas.

For a full list of automotive-related town names in the US, visit this site. They also have lists of other types of unusual names for towns and some will make you laugh aloud.