For some reason, the default language for car names has always been in English - regardless of where you are in the world. There are many examples of iconic names that have become synonymous with the vehicle to which they are attributed, but for every Dodge Viper or Volkswagen Beetle, there are at least a few that are probably best forgotten. Bland car names don't live long in the memory, but what about funny ones? Automobile marketing departments have certainly enjoyed being silly over the years, and here is a list of those cars with the most hilarious names.
An amusing name made all the more bizarre by the fact that the Daihatsu Naked in no way reflects nakedness. Not that a vehicle really can be seen to evoke nudity —-unless it literally had no roof, doors, or windows - but there is nothing about the Naked that suggests the need for a risque name. Essentially a little square box with four wheels and an engine, this name choice suggests that the Daihatsu marketing department was making a naked attempt to grab headlines in any way possible. The series features the Naked Turbo, Naked Gear, Naked Summary, Naked Memorial Edition II, and even the Naked @1. Raunchy.
There's something quite depressing about the name of Nissan's concept car, the Friend-ME. Asking someone to be your friend isn't usually the route to becoming BFF's, but perhaps the Japanese manufacturer thought that tapping in on the lingo of the social media generation could be a marketing masterstroke. We're not so sure.
Perhaps Ferrari was trying to get all luxury fashion with this curious name choice (Marc by Marc Jacobs springs to mind), but instead, it just feels lazy. There are surely millions of people on the Earth who would love nothing more than to have a go at naming a new model of Ferrari, so it's unclear how they landed on LaFerrari. Not only is the name boring and lazy, it literally means 'The Ferrari' in Spanish, which makes trying to decipher which model is being spoken about frustratingly difficult.
Easily the most ironic entry on this list, the Chevrolet Celebrity really does not live up to its overly ambitious name. As far as we know, the Celebrity has never been owned by - or even driven by - a celebrity, and the car itself never even had its 15 minutes of fame. Furthermore, the notorious maintenance requirements of this Chevrolet will make anyone who owns it feel like anything but a star.
Is this a car name that is just silly for the sake of it? It's unclear what Peugeot was thinking when choosing this one because the Bipper Tepee Outdoor is essentially a very simple small van, with no features that suggest a whacky name. Other options in the range include the Partner Tepee and the Expert Tepee. Why? We don't think anybody knows.