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Santeno
12-27-2004, 11:36 AM
<b> Here is a list of Car Manufacturer names. I thought it would make an interesting exercise to see if we could all figure out what the origins of their names are and what the names themselves actually stand for. Feel free to add a response and the staff will keep the list updated.<p>Thanks for all the help guys. Here's the List as it stands right now:</b><p><b>- AC Cars -</b> A shortening of the name "Autocarrier". "Autocarriers & Accessories Ltd." was the name of the original company which was later renamed "Autocarriers Ltd.", and after WWI was further shortened to AC Cars Ltd.<br><b> - Acura -</b> Meaningless marketing speak supposed to allude to the concept of "accuracy" or "accurate" or perfection (hence the caliper logo)<br><b> - Alfa Romeo -</b> An Acronym for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili. When the company went into bankruptcy it was bought by Nicola Romeo in 1915, the source of the second name.<br><b> - Aston Martin -</b> "Martin" is the founder's last name and "Aston" comes from the Aston Clinton Hill climb race where the cars had had great success.<br><b> - AUDI -</b> A Latin translation of Horch (the founder, August Horch's, last-name), meaning Listen!. Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT an acronym for Auto Union.<br><b> - Avanti -</b> Company named after the Studebaker model of the same name. after Studebaker collapsed the Avanti model was spun into a separate company which continued producing the car under it's own brand name. The name is Italian and it means "ahead" or "forward".<br><b> - Bentley -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Bristol -</b> Named it's original parent company, the Bristol Aeroplane Company, which was named after the British town it was located in.<br><b> - BMW -</b> Acronym for the German name "Bayersiche Motoren Werke" (Bavarian Motor Works). Generic industrial name.<br><b> - Brilliance China Automotive -</b> <br><b> - Bufori -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Bugatti -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Buick -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Cadillac -</b> Named after the 18th century French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, founder of Detroit, Michigan<br><b> - Callaway -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Caterham -</b> Named after the town which serves as the companys headquarters in Surrey, England. Caterham used to be a lotus 7 car dealership (most British dealerships being named after their location) before they bought a license from Lotus to produce the lotus 7 and entered car fabrication.<br><b> - CHERY -</b> <br><b> - Chevrolet -</b> Named for Frenchman Louis Chevrolet, a race car driver who raced in the first Indy 500 for W.C. Durant, founder of General Motors. Durant founded the Chevrolet Motor Car Company to build Chevrolet's dream car. Durant eventually merged the company back with GM where it became its biggest brand.<br><b> - Chrysler -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Citron - </b> Named after the founder's last-name<br>

Santeno
12-27-2004, 11:37 AM
<b> - Dacia -</b> Named after the ancient european Kingdom (and later Roman province) that occupied most of what is today modern Romania, which is the home country of the modern car company.<br><b> - Daewoo -</b> Romanized form of the korean word Daeu, which means "Great Universe." Named after the large Korean conglomerate Daewoo Industrial, of which the car division was a former part of, and which was the company's second corporate parent. Interestingly the company's founding corporate parent was General Motors. Financial difficulties led to the purchase of most of Daewoo Motors assets (after very troubled bidding) to General Motors, who renamed the part it purchased, GM-Daewoo.<br><b> - Daihatsu -</b> <br><b> - Damlier Chrysler -</b> compound name derived from Damiler-benz and Chrysler.<br><b> - Dodge -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Dongfeng -</b> Romanized spelling of Mandarin Chinese meaning "Wind from the east" or "East Wind". Dong Feng is also a reference to a famous slogan used during Mao Zedongs Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution: The wind from the East prevails over the West (Communism prevailing over Capitalism and China emerging as a power on the world stage). The slogan originates from the following excerpt from Maos Little Red Book:<br><FONT SIZE="1"><i>There are two winds in the world today, the East Wind and the West Wind. There is a Chinese saying, 'Either the East Wind prevails over the West Wind or the West Wind prevails over the East Wind.' I believe it is the characteristic of the situation today that the East Wind is prevailing over the West Wind. That is to say, the forces of socialism have become overwhelmingly superior to the forces of imperialism."</i></FONT><br>The slogan has been used to adorn other products, the most famous of which are all of Chinas intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and the modern car company.<br><b> - Ferrari -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Fiat -</b> Acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino<br><b> - First Auto Works -</b> <br><b> - Ford -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Gaz-Volga -</b> Gaz is an acronym for Gorkiy Automobile Factory (in Russian and Named after the writer Maxim Gorkiy). The Volga part is named after the largest river in Russia. <br><b> - Geely -</b> <br><b> - GM -</b> Acronym for General Motors. Generic industrial name<br><b> - GMC -</b> In the early 1900's there was a man named Max Grabowski who established a company called the "Rapid Motor Vehicle Company", which developed some of the earliest commercial trucks ever designed. In 1909 the company was purchased by General Motors and was renamed the "General Motors Truck Company". A year later the marque "GMC Truck" was first shown at the New York Auto Show. In 1996 GM dropped the word TRUCK from the GMC Truck name, thus creating the GMC name as we know it today. There never was a Grabowski Motor Company or a Grabowski Motor Corp. GMC is a rearranged acronym for "General Motors Truck Company" (with the word Truck removed). <br><b> - Holden -</b> Named after a late 19th century saddler's shop in Adelaide, South Australia called the "Holden & Frost Company" that worked at repairing and building horse-drawn carriages and coaches (Holden being the last-name of one of the founders of that business). Though not the founder of the Holden we know today, one of this company's corporate descendants became the a body supplier to GM, and eventually joined with GM to form the company we know today.<br><b> - Honda -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Hummer -</b> Named after the nickname of the impossible to pronounce HMMWV military vehicle (High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle)<br><b> - Hyundai -</b> Romanization of the Korean word Hyeondae, which means (more or less) "Modern Times" or "Modernize". Named after former corporate parent.<br><b> - Infiniti -</b> Meaningless marketing speak supposed to allude to the concepts of Infinity and luxury.<br><b> - Isuzu -</b> Named after the Isuzu River in Japan that runs next to Japan's oldest shrine, Ise<br><b> - Jaguar -</b> Named after a model produced by SS Cars during WWII. The name SS was not exactly popular with the British at the time so the company adopted the name of it's Jaguar model.<br><b> - Jeep -</b> Not really known, but it's widely believed to be a mispronunciation of GP, which is an acronym for General Purpose [vehicle]<br><b> - Kia -</b> A compound name claimed by the company to originate from two Chinese words (they do not specify which variant of Chinese). The fist syllable stems from the Chinese word "ki", which means "to arise or come out of". The second syllable stems from the Chinese word "a", which is supposed to be a reference to Asia. The combined word is supposed to mean to "arise or come out of Asia."<p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Santeno at 11:41 AM 1/11/2005</i>

Santeno
12-27-2004, 11:37 AM
<b> - Koenigsegg -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Lada - </b> Russian female name<br><b> - Lamborghini -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Lancia - </b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Land Rover -</b> Named after a Rover Cars model line. The Land is meant to allude to the model's attributes on the land (off-road) as opposed to on the road. Ford turned the model name into a brand name when it acquired Rover's SUV's from BMW.<br><b> - Lexus -</b> Meaningless marketing speak supposed to allude to the concepts luxury<br><b> - Lincoln -</b> Named after Abraham Lincoln, whom Henry Leland (the company's founder) voted for in the first presidential election he was able to vote on. The company was made to compete directly against Cadillac, a company Leland also founded but left over disagreements with GM management.<br><b> - Lotus -</b> Origin Unknown, though it is believed that the source of the name was Colin Chapman's wife.<br><b> - Marcos -</b> An acronym formed by the first three letters of the founders' last-names (Jem <u>Mar</u>sh and Frank <u>Cos</u>tin)<br><b> - Maserati -</b> Named after the founders' last-name<br><b> - Maybach -</b> Former car line by Mercedes-Benz. Named after chief engineer Wilhelm Maybach in the 1890's. Maybach became CEO when Daimler died<br><b> - Mazda -</b> Named after the Zoroastrian god of light<br><b> - Mercedes-Benz -</b> Mercedes was a pseudonym (named after his daughter) under which Emil Jellinek used to race Damlier cars. Jellinek became so successful in racing his "Mercedes" cars and in selling them to European aristocrats, that eventually he convinced the company to change the company name to Daimler-Mercedes. During the economic recession that followed WWI, Damlier and their competitor Benz & Cie formed a syndicate in order to jointly streamline their backroom, design and production operations. 2 years later the companies merged. The resulting company used the compound name Damlier-Benz, and their products were renamed Mercedes-Benz.<br><b> - McLaren -</b> Named in Honor of Bruce McLaren, the founder of the F1 team now owned by the founder of the Car company<br><b> - Mercury -</b> Named after the Romanized version of the fastest of the ancient Greek gods, Hermes (the god of thieves and commerce, and Zeus' messenger).<br><b> - MG -</b> Acronym for Morris Garages<br><b> - Mini - </b> Named after the size of the vehicle<br><b> - Mitsubishi -</b> Japanese term meaning "three diamonds"<br><b> - Morgan -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Mosler -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Nissan -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Oldsmobile -</b> Named after the founder's last-name (Olds) and part of the word automobile.<br><b> - Opel -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Pagani -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Panoz -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Perodua -</b> Acronym for the Malaysian name "<u>Per</u>usahaan <u>O</u>tomobil ke<u>dua</u>", which literally means "Second [Malaysian] Automobile Manufacturer" (the first one being Proton).<br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Santeno at 2:25 PM 12/27/2004</i>

Santeno
12-27-2004, 11:37 AM
<b> - Peugeot -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Pininfarina -</b> Named after the founder's nickname<br><B> - Plymouth -</B> Named after Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts, the supposed original site of disembarkation of the Mayflower pilgrims who founded Plymouth colony (They actually first landed at Provincetown not Plymouth). The colony and the name Plymouth have deep recognition amongst Americans, and the reason for it's founding if seen as an example of the ideals this country is founded upon and what it means to be an American. When Chrysler sought to introduce a good all around inexpensive car in 1928 that would appeal to the masses, they picked a name that already carried a distinct meaning and recognition that they hoped to make synonymous with their new brand. They picked the name Plymouth. Interestingly however, that name was already used by a truck manufacturing company called the Plymouth truck company, which built truck in 1909 (and one car), and named itself and it's cars after the town of Plymouth, Ohio. The company never produced many vehicles and instead focused on the production of locomotives and clay machinery. The worldwide depression of 1929 almost killed the locomotive business and in order to avoid gong under the company switched to production of a line of small tractors they called Plymouth. The tractors proved very popular and Chrysler took notice. In 1934, Chrysler objected to what they saw as the use of their brand name in a line of lowly farm tractors, so they sued. The courts ruled that the name actually belonged not to Chrysler but to the old truck manufacturer (who remember had built 1 car branded as a Plymouth 20 years before Chrysler used it - and before Chrysler Corp even existed). In order to save their brand Chrysler was forced to buy the name from the truck manufacturer. So you see in reality The Plymouth brand is named after a little town in Ohio.<br><b> - Pontiac -</b> Directly or indirectly named after the 18th century Ottawa indian chief Pontiac, who led a rebellion against the British and eventually surrendered in what is today Detroit.<br><b> - Porsche -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Proton -</b> Supposed acronym for "Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Berhad"<br><b> - Renault -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Rolls-Royce -</b> Named after the founders' last-names<br><b> - Rover -</b> Named after the company's 19th century predecessor the Rover Cycle Co Ltd (a bicycle manufacturer), whose products (Rover Bicycles) where named after the freedom they gave their users to wander and explore (i.e Rove).<br><b> - SAAB -</b> Acronym for the Swedish name of the founding corporate parent, Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (the "Swedish Aeroplane Company").<br><b> - SAIC -</b> Acronym for "Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation"<br><b> - Saleen -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Samsung -</b> Korean word meaning literally "three stars". Named after the predecessor of it's original corporate parent (a small family trade export business that primarily sold dried Korean fish, vegetables, and fruit to china during the late 1930's)<br><b> - Saturn -</b> Named for the planet<br><b> - Scion - </b> English word meaning "offspring of" [Toyota]<br><b> - Seat -</b> Acronym for "Sociedad Espaola de Automoviles de Turismo" (Spanish Society of Tourism Automobiles)<br><b> - Shelby -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Skoda - </b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Smart -</b> Acronym for "Swatch-Mercedes-ART". The name is also supposed to allude to the obvious attributes of the vehicle's characteristics and their owners.<br><b> - Spijker -</b> Named after the founders' last-names<br><b> - SsangYong -</b> Ssangyong means "twin dragons" - hence the double "s" at the start of the name. It refers to a legend in which two dragons waited 1000 years to fly to dragon heaven. Finally, a single cintamani (In Hindu and Buddhist mythology, it is a magical jewel that is believed to possess the power to grant every wish, hence an epithet of God - or in the case of Buddhism, an attribute of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas, hence a symbol of a mind that has attained its proper desire), which was necessary for the journey was released. Each dragon encouraged the other to take it and make the trip until both missed the opportunity. The king of heaven was so touched that he released a second cintamani and thus the two dragons entered heaven together.<br><b> - Subaru -</b> Japanese name for the Pleiades star cluster in the Taurus constellation. Also a Japanese word meaning "unite". Named after the union of 5 Japanese companies into Fuji Heavy Industries (the car company's corporate parent).<br><b> - Suzuki -</b> Named after the founder's last-name <br><b> - Tata -</b> Named after the founder's last-name<br><b> - Toyota -</b> Named after the founder's last-name (Toyoda)<br><b> - TVR -</b> Made-up abbreviation for "Trevor" [Wilkinson], the company's founder.<br><b> - Vauxhall -</b> Named after the company's founding corporate parent. The name is a phonetic corruption of the name of the original site that housed the company in London, a medieval knight's (Fulk le Breant) house called "Fulk's Hall". The company is NOT named after the Vauxhall section of Liverpool.<br><b> - Venturi -</b> <br><b> - Volkswagen -</b> German for People's Car<br><b> - Volvo -</b> A derivative (not a translation) of the Latin for "I roll", which was supposed to create connotations of bearings in action.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Santeno at 1:21 PM 8/3/2005</i>

Hornbag
12-27-2004, 05:32 PM
Just a thing on Holden, i think you should menton they started out essembling Fords!

jro4566
12-27-2004, 06:33 PM
What a great list!

hollc004
12-28-2004, 08:52 AM
Hey this is fantastic, What a great idea and use of knowledge :) well done guys

Monkey
12-28-2004, 09:00 AM
One note on Jeep. There is also a belief that military Jeeps were named for Eugene the Jeep from Popeye. Eugene could pass through walls and go anywhere. I also read somewhere that the word Jeep was used for many different military vehicles at the time, and just stuck to the one we know, due to its post-war popularity.

Santeno
12-28-2004, 09:20 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hornbag_1</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Just a thing on Holden, i think you should menton they started out essembling Fords!</TD></TR></TABLE><br>They might have done so at some point, but they started out assembling GM vehicles, not fords.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Monkey</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">One note on Jeep. There is also a belief that military Jeeps were named for Eugene the Jeep from Popeye. Eugene could pass through walls and go anywhere. I also read somewhere that the word Jeep was used for many different military vehicles at the time, and just stuck to the one we know, due to its post-war popularity.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Awesome. I had never heard that before. Can you point me to a source which can shed further light on what you said. I'd like to look into it further and add it to the list. Thanks.<p><B>Guys please contribute any info on any brands we might not have listed, and on any brands listed which we don't have info for.</B>

Cozz
12-28-2004, 11:04 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Monkey</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">One note on Jeep. There is also a belief that military Jeeps were named for Eugene the Jeep from Popeye. Eugene could pass through walls and go anywhere. I also read somewhere that the word Jeep was used for many different military vehicles at the time, and just stuck to the one we know, due to its post-war popularity.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Jeep was a common word in the militery but it wasn't written "Jeep" but "JP". I forgot was JP stood for but it meant all military vehicles. They just started to call them jeeps because it's easier to say.

pittVRS
12-29-2004, 06:37 AM
This has been posted before. The original jeep was designed as a "General Purpose" vehicle, which got abbreviated to G.P. " G.P." was then shortedned to "Jeep" in everyday language by the G.I's, apparently.

Santeno
12-29-2004, 09:03 AM
Thanks for all the Jeep info Guys. I'll look into the info posted by monkey. However the fact still remains that the origin of the name remains uncomfirmed. the most widely held explanation is the one posted, but no one knows for sure.

mwkmn
01-07-2005, 10:45 AM
'Dong Feng' means 'Wind from the east'.<br>??: Traditional form<br>?? : Simplified form

Santeno
01-07-2005, 12:40 PM
Thanks. What form of chinese is it written in? Putonghua?

mwkmn
01-07-2005, 02:03 PM
Yes, it's read in standard Mandarin pronounciation.<p>Dong(1) Feng(1) both of them in first tone. :)

Santeno
01-10-2005, 08:25 AM
Thanks for the definition of Dong Feng. I did a little research based on your definition and found that apparently "Eastern Wind" has a meaning beyond that of the name of the company. Apparently Dong Feng was some kind of Maoist slogan, with a specific meaning behind it (which explains why chinese ICBM's are also named Dong Feng). would you happen to know what that meaning is?

Santeno
01-11-2005, 09:44 AM
<b>Based on your IM reply I did a little further research and came up with the actual answer to the name:</b><p><u> - Dongfeng -</u> Romanized spelling of Mandarin Chinese meaning "Wind from the east" or "East Wind". Dong Feng is also a reference to a famous slogan used during Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution: "The wind from the East prevails over the West" (Communism prevailing over Capitalism and China emerging as a power on the world stage). The slogan originates from the following excerpt from Mao's "Little Red Book":<p><i>There are two winds in the world today, the East Wind and the West Wind. There is a Chinese saying, 'Either the East Wind prevails over the West Wind or the West Wind prevails over the East Wind.' I believe it is the characteristic of the situation today that the East Wind is prevailing over the West Wind. That is to say, the forces of socialism have become overwhelmingly superior to the forces of imperialism."</i><p>The slogan has been used to adorn other products, the most famous of which are all of China's intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and the modern car company.<p><b>The definition has been added to the list. Thanks again.</b>

mwkmn
01-14-2005, 09:54 AM
Geely<p>In PinYin it reads Ji(2) Li(4).<br>In their literal meanings Ji stands for good luck, or to be lucky, and Li stands for being beneficial.<p>??, no difference between Traditional and simplified forms.

anonms
04-16-2005, 09:41 PM
A note about Kia-<p>If it is derived from chinese, then it'd be derived from (in pinyin) "qi ya" if it's from Mandarin.

scorpio14
04-16-2005, 10:18 PM
Someone once told me (a while bak now)... that LEXUS came from Luxury EXports to the USa

Santeno
04-19-2005, 06:09 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>iHug Trees</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">A note about Kia-<br>If it is derived from chinese, then it'd be derived from (in pinyin) "qi ya" if it's from Mandarin.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>If so, was the translation given above accurate?<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>scorpio14</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Someone once told me (a while bak now)... that LEXUS came from Luxury EXports to the USa</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Whoever told you that lied through their teeth.

Santeno
05-11-2005, 08:26 AM
I found the meaning for Ssangyong:<p>"Ssangyong means "twin dragons" - hence the double "s" at the start of the name. It refers to a legend in which two dragons waited 1000 years to fly to dragon heaven. Finally, a single cintamani (In Hindu and Buddhist mythology, it is a magical jewel that is believed to possess the power to grant every wish, hence an epithet of God - or in the case of Buddhism, an attribute of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas, hence a symbol of a mind that has attained its proper desire), which was necessary for the journey was released. Each dragon encouraged the other to take it and make the trip until both missed the opportunity. The king of heaven was so touched that he released a second cintamani and thus the two dragons entered heaven together."<p>The list has been updated.

CarMattZu777
06-10-2005, 11:59 AM
To add the the Isuzu name, while it is named after the Isuzu River, the Actual word "Isuzu" means "clear water" or "Fifty Bells" in Japanese. Most commonly, the Fifty Bells defintion is used for Isuzu. The defintion can be updated then.

Santeno
06-15-2005, 06:50 AM
It actually means something like "50 bells pealing in harmony and celebration" (according to some Isuzu prerss materials I was reading).

Jordmaniac
07-28-2005, 05:54 PM
i always thought that mercury was named for the planet, hence the logo

Santeno
08-01-2005, 07:45 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Jordmaniac</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">i always thought that mercury was named for the planet, hence the logo</TD></TR></TABLE><br>No, it was named for the Roman god. If you look at some early mercury hood ornaments, they actually featured different versions of mercury. I believe on logo was his winged helmet and another was not entirely unlike today's teleflora logo.

Zephyrus
08-02-2005, 05:50 PM
not that i read this anywhere but Saturn could be the representation of our solar system's sixth planet and GM's sixth brand.(excludung all other brands that were bought out by GM (SAAB,Subaru,GMC,Hummer,ect)

Zephyrus
08-02-2005, 06:13 PM
what about plymouth?looking at the logo its kinda obvious...but for those of us who dont know...

Santeno
08-03-2005, 09:31 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Zephyrus</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">not that i read this anywhere but Saturn could be the representation of our solar system's sixth planet and GM's sixth brand.(excludung all other brands that were bought out by GM (SAAB,Subaru,GMC,Hummer,ect)</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Saturn is named afterthe sixth planet (even it's logo is the ringed planet). Don't know about the brand idea, but it is an interesting suggestion.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Zephyrus</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">what about plymouth?looking at the logo its kinda obvious...but for those of us who dont know...</TD></TR></TABLE><br>It was named after Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts, the supposed original site of disembarcation of the Mayflower pilgrims who founded Plymouth colony (They actually first landed at provincetown not plymouth). The colony and the name plymouth have deep recognition amongst americans, and the reason for it's founding if seen as an example of the ideals this country is founded upon and what it means to be an american. When Chrysler sought to introduce a good all around inexpensive car in 1928 that would appeal to the masses, they picked a name that already carried a distinct meaning and recognition that they hoped to make synonymous with their new brand. They picked the name Plymouth.<p>Interestingly however, that name was already used by a truck manufacturing company called the Plymouth truck company, which built truck in 1909 (and one car), and named itself and it's cars after the town of Plymouth, Ohio. The company never produced many vehicles and instead focuse on the production of locomotives and clay machinery. The world wide depression of 1929 almost killed the locomotive bussines and in order to avoid gong under the company switched to production of a line of small tractors they called Plymouth. The tractors proved very popular and Chrysler took notice. In 1934, Chrysler objected to what they saw as the use of their brand name in a line of lowly farm tractors, so they sued. The courts ruled that the name actually belonged not to Chrysler but to the old truck manufacturer (who remember had built 1 car branded as a plymouth 20 years before chrysler used it - and before Chrysler Corp even existed). In order to save their brand chrysler was forced to buy the name from the truck manufacturer. <p>So you see in reality The plymouth brand is named after a little town in Ohio.

autoindx
09-04-2005, 10:00 AM
Lexus = Luxury EXports to US<br>(and I am not kidding)

Santeno
09-04-2005, 06:12 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>autoindx</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Lexus = Luxury EXports to US (and I am not kidding)</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Old rummor and it's been posted here before. Lexus has no meaning.

Nath
09-18-2005, 11:21 AM
About Land Rover, the name has been used as a brand name since the Launch of the Discovery in the late 80's if not before<br>

Arturo
10-18-2005, 02:38 PM
3 remarks on Santeno's wonderful list:<p>Louis Chevrolet wasn't a US immigrant from French but from <B>Swiss</B> descent<p>Citron is named after Andr Citroen (a Dutchman); but as French have hard times pronouncing foreign names, they gave the name a French flair ... <p>With regard to Spijker (yep, a Dutch sports car maker), you wrote it very correctly the Dutch way. Just because to many foreigners broke their tongue over the "ij" in the name, the Spijker brothers decided to internationalize the brand name to <B>Spyker</B>. Spyker - for history's sake - created the first 4wd car in the world, back in 1902.<p>Just to be complete: the acronym DAF stands voor "Van Doorne's Automobiel Fabriek"; Van Doorne being the surname of the founding brothers and Automobiel Fabriek is Dutch for Automobile Factory (but U surely figured that one out <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/aliensmiley.gif" BORDER="0"> )<br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Arturo at 9:27 PM 10/29/2005</i>

CarGuyFromBrazil
12-15-2005, 04:39 AM
DAIHATSU IS JAPANESE FOR "BIG ENTERPRISE"

Santeno
12-15-2005, 09:18 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CarGuyFromBrazil</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">DAIHATSU IS JAPANESE FOR "BIG ENTERPRISE"</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Can you give us a reference so we can verify that information?<p>According to Daihatsu's own Australian site, the older form of the company name, Daihatsu Kogyo Co. Ltd, means Osaka Generator Manufacturer. The Old Name for Mazda was Toyo Kogyo Kaisha Ltd, which translates to Orient Industry Company, Limited., so I'm guessing the word Kogyo probably translates to something akin to industry or manufacturing, leaving the first word to be a reference to the place of origin.<p>Perhaps on of our Japanese speaking members can elaborate further.

CarGuyFromBrazil
12-16-2005, 03:55 AM
Santeno<p>I seached about the meaning of 'daihatsu' via Google, but couldn't find any reference.<p>I read that the word means 'big enterprise' in a late-80s issue of some American car magazine (either Motor Trend or Car and Driver).<p>Japanese-speaker anyone?

CarMattZu777
03-26-2006, 12:46 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CarMattZu777</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">To add the the Isuzu name, while it is named after the Isuzu River, the Actual word "Isuzu" means "clear water" or "Fifty Bells" in Japanese. Most commonly, the Fifty Bells defintion is used for Isuzu. The defintion can be updated then.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The definition was never updated..... I guess all that needs to be done is to add "50 Bells Pealing in Harmony and Celebration," and i'm not to sure on the "clear water" translation, so maybe we better not add that one.

Santeno
03-26-2006, 03:41 PM
That definition is addressed in the manfucaturer's logo thread.

Hotspur
04-04-2006, 04:58 PM
I found the UMM meaning.<br>First for those who dont know, UMM is a company founded in 1977 and made 4x4 till the 90's. since then they have been making multi brands parts.<p>UMM means Unio Metalo-Mecanica (Metal Mechanic Union)

Santeno
04-06-2006, 09:55 AM
Thanks. I'd never hear of that brand before. were they portugal only vehicles?

IHaveACarAndIDriveIt
09-29-2006, 02:57 PM
There's nobody named Nissan. Nissan is short for Nihon Sangyo, which means Japan Industries, or Product of Japan. Ni = Japan, San = product.<p>Just think, you're cruisin down the street in America, with a big badge in the front that screams "MADE IN JAPAN" lol <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/driver.gif" BORDER="0">
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hilton
04-05-2007, 07:21 PM
Lexus came from "Alexus" which was the winner of a naming contest within Toyota in the 80's and the it was tinkered with and named "lexus".

darthur
09-09-2007, 12:41 AM
Isn't Mazda's founders' last name Maeda? I thought it was just easier to say Mazda so they changed it. I could be wrong...

Santeno
09-21-2007, 09:20 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>quattro</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Lexus came from "Alexus" which was the winner of a naming contest within Toyota in the 80's and the it was tinkered with and named "lexus".</TD></TR></TABLE><br>more myth. Lexus doesn't have any meaning and it was not originated by anyone's name.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>darthur</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Isn't Mazda's founders' last name Maeda? I thought it was just easier to say Mazda so they changed it. I could be wrong...</TD></TR></TABLE><br>You are wrong. Mazda is the Zoroastrian god of light, which is what the Toyo Kogyo company named it's car brand after. Ever wonder what the old mazda torch logo was about? Now you know.