10 funniest car names (and designs) in the history

07/04/2018

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Honda That's, Volkswagen Thing, Mitsubishi Minica Lettuce. Yes, they are real car names.

Nowadays, car manufacturers learned that in order to sell their vehicles, they should give it a name that either concise, contains enough amount of vowels or at least sounds luxurious. Apparently, they learned that the hard ways. Below are some of the most ridiculous car names one could come up with, yet they did exist in the car market not very long ago.

1. AMC Gremlin - 1970 

You could almost think that this one is from Germany, but actually "Gremlin" is an unreal creature that creates malfunctions in engines of vehicles (ironic).
 
A red AMC gremlin car
AMC Gremlin 

2. Tang Hua Detroit Fish

I'd expect this car could at least has a shape of a fish or could operate underwater, which it could. But why throw in an American city name?
 
Tang Hua Detroit Fish angular rear
Tang Hua Detroit Fish

3. Maserati Quattroporte 

This is the most legitimate name in this list, but still, it sounds really weird, especially for those who are not from Italy. It turned out they have a pretty good reason for that. "Quattroporte" means "four doors" in the Italian language.
 
a black maserati quattroporte
Maserati Quattroporte

4. King Midget  - 1946 

Seems like they cared a lot about the midget community, so much that they forget that the majority of the market is not midgets. This car only has roughly 10 horsepower with a one-cylinder engine 
 
a king midget car
King Midget

5. Mohs Ostentatienne Opera Sedan

You know how you could spot a luxury car from afar? By its look. But the name "Ostentatienne" is just a waste of vowels, and consonants also. This is a model that Mohs designed for its luxury line in 1967.
 
 a Mohs Ostentatienne Opera Sedan
Mohs Ostentatienne Opera Sedan

6. Honda That’s (from 2002 – to 2007)

Excuse me? That's not even a noun! It was the name for a Honda MVP/estate model that released in 2002, and despite its ridiculous name, it survived on the market for whole 5 years. 
 
a honda that's car
Honda That’s

7. Volkswagen Thing - from 1968 

I imagine their conversation would go like this:

Volkswagen CEO: What should we call the new car

PR department: Hmmm, someTHING like...

Volks CEO: That's it!

 
a Volkswagen Thing
Volkswagen Thing 
 
That's the best scenario I could think of, or at least better than their explanation. The fun doesn't stop there. If you just take a glance at the car, you can easily see it's a failed marriage between the Volks Beetle and an ugly boat. 
  • Years on the market: 15

8. Ford Probe (1989)

I don't know what were CEOs of Fords thinking, but apparently, they produced the model to compete with their rival at the time - Acura Integra. If I haven't read about Ford, I'd probably think his previous job was a surgeon.
 
a Ford Probe car
Ford Probe

9. Mitsubishi Minica Lettuce (1989)

Hmmm, what? That name probably makes sense right now in the year 2018 where veganism is a trend, but certainly not in 1989. Who would buy this model? Lettuce enthusiasts? Rabbits? Besides the ludicrous name, its design also has nothing to do with its name.
 
a Mitsubishi Minica Lettuce car
 Mitsubishi Minica Lettuce

10. Mitsubishi Mini Active Urban Sandal

Thank goodness this is only a concept car. Turned out, it never got to the market due to the name that is a weird combination of unrelated words.
 
a Mitsubishi Mini Active Urban Sandal car
Mitsubishi Mini Active Urban Sandal
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