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Unveiling the Secrets: Decoding the 9 Famous Car Nameplates

Choosing the right name for a car is not a simple task. This article explores the fascinating world of car nameplates, delving into the meanings and inspirations behind some of the major car names. Discover the stories behind your favorite car names and learn more about the intricate process of naming a car.

Within each automaker, entire departments are responsible for selecting the appropriate name for the appropriate model. If you make a mistake, an otherwise competitive car can become an expensive failure. A car's image is also greatly influenced by its nameplate.


Join us as we delve into the intriguing stories and meanings behind some of the most iconic and enigmatic car nameplates in the industry. From luxury brands to renowned manufacturers, unlock the hidden significance behind these automotive badges.


Alfa Romeo MiTo


Alfa Romeo MiTo

Alfa Romeo MiTo

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The Alfa Romeo MiTo (Type 955) is a front-wheel drive, three-door supermini designed by Centro Stile Alfa Romeo and presented in 2008 at Castello Sforzesco 

Alfa Romeo had two motives for naming his company MiTo. It first indicates that the hatchback was designed in Milan and put together in Turin, which the Italians refer to as Torino. Secondly, the Italian term mito implies myth. Alfa Romeo obviously had great expectations for its Mini-fighting entry-level vehicle.


Audi TT


Audi TT

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The Tourist Trophy, which is held annually on the Isle of Man, inspired Audi to name the TT. Even though the German company has never mass-produced a motorcycle or competed in the TT, the event is nonetheless a part of its (complex) history.

In the 1930s, DKW, one of the businesses that would later merge to become Audi, produced racing motorcycles. In 1938, one of their motorcycles won the TT. During the 1954 TT, NSU motorcycles won the top four places in the 250cc class. The letters first surfaced on a moped in 1960 and, in 1965, on a sportier Prinz development. Audi honored the lengthy and prosperous racing careers of the Prinz TT and TTS by introducing the TT concept at the 1995 Frankfurt auto show. As a result of these ancestral vehicles, Audi is entitled to use the TT moniker.


Dodge Challenger/Charger/Durango SRT


Dodge Challenger/Charger/Durango SRT

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Dodge designates its most potent vehicles with the SRT suffix. The Hellcat V8-powered Charger and Challenger models (shown above) as well as the hot-rodded Durango, a family-friendly SUV with a quarter-mile time of 12.9 seconds, are equipped with it. SRT stands for street and racing technology, and it was elevated to a stand-alone moniker for the 2013 and 2014 model years.

Dodge took the name Hellcat from a fighter plane the US Navy utilized in World War II, despite the fact that the logo features what appears to be a cat delivered from hell.


Mercedes-Benz E-Class


Mercedes-Benz E-Class


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Before the company formally unveiled the E-Class, a number of Mercedes-Benz cars were given the suffix E. It always signaled the presence of a fuel injection system (einspritzung in German), and was preceded by the engine displacement. For instance, a 2.8-liter fuel-injected engine was standard on the 280E.

When Mercedes wisely reorganized its naming system around a car's design rather than its engine size, the W124 became the first E-Class in 1994. By then, fuel injection had been added to every model in the lineup, but the model designated with the letter E was meant to be a mid-range option, sitting between the top-of-the-line S-Class and the entry-level C-Class.



Mercedes-Benz G-Class


Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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The G-Class SUV is both an off-road and a luxury icon. See design, performance and technology features, as well as models, pricing, photos and more

The G-Class Geländewagen, which Mercedes-Benz first introduced in 1979, is a German name that means "cross country vehicle." This is the origin of the colloquial term "G-Wagen." As previously indicated, Mercedes completely redesigned its nomenclature system in 1994, changing the Geländewagen's designation to the G-Class.



Nissan Qashqai


Nissan Qashqai

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Nissan's best-selling SUV is the Qashqai. If you open an anthropology book, you'll learn that the Qashqai are a Turkic-speaking migratory people who inhabit Iran's Zagros Mountains. It's anyone's idea as to how the name got up on an SUV hatch, although it probably had something to do with "it sounded cool."

Nissan decided not to use the Qashqai moniker and instead call the model Rogue Sport in America, as consumers there have a tendency to object to names that seem complicated.



Toyota Corolla


Toyota Corolla

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If you look at "corolla" in the dictionary, you won't get an image of a little economy automobile. Rather, it is a noun that means "flower petals, usually forming a whorl within the sepals." Botanists frequently use this phrase.



Toyota RAV4

Toyota RAV4


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Toyota had to coin a moniker for the first RAV4 because it was designed before the term SUV gained widespread usage. Although the model is typically sold with front-wheel drive in most areas, RAV4 stands for recreational activity vehicle with four-wheel drive.



Toyota Yaris

Toyota Yaris


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Toyota created the Yaris by fusing Greek and German languages. According to the Japanese company, Charis was a Greek mythological symbol of grace and beauty. Toyota's marketing team could have stopped there, but instead they used the German word for yes, ya, to replace the first syllable. Officially, it symbolizes the response the designers anticipated European consumers would have to the look of the first-generation Yaris.







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