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Date:         Sun, 11 Jan 2009 06:06:37 -0600
Reply-To:     John Rodgers <inua@CHARTER.NET>
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From:         John Rodgers <inua@CHARTER.NET>
Subject:      Re: VW car names ...
Comments: To: joel walker <uncajoel@BELLSOUTH.NET>
In-Reply-To:  <8728655942EF4BFB8C2E41D95A2E3B14@gp207joel>
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If they are so into winds for names of cars, they should have given at least one vehicle the name of the wind that blows after after a big dinner of good German sauerkraut, bratwurst and potatoes.How ever did they miss it?

The short four letter word for the wind would have worked just fine. ;-)

John Rodgers 88 GL Driver

John Rodgers

joel walker wrote: >>> Back to VW start a whole movement and craze with the VW >>> Rabbit >>> car in the 70's........brilliant, but then turn around and call it >>> a >>> 'golf'...... >>> what the heck is that about ??? Why not call it the Golf Ball, or >>> the >>> Baseball. >> >> Actually, once you look up "Golf" and find it means "Gulf" in >> German... OK, so it still doesn't make any sense. > > it sorta does. if you're a german car-namer. ;) > vw decided to name all its models after winds. yup. winds. > so Passat ... a tradewind. > Golf ... the wind that comes along with the Gulf Stream > Scirocco ... a variation of Sirocco, a hot dust-laden wind that blows > from the Libyan desert toward Italy and Malta. > Jetta ... a fast wind? not the Jet Stream, as you might think (unless > it's a familiar name for it), cause that (jet stream) is > Strahlstroemung ... and i really don't think you want to hang that > name on a car! ;) > Touareg ... the name of indigenous folks in the Tenere desert, in > Niger, and likely the name of a wind in that area. > and of course, > Eurovan ... the name of that sucking wind that escapes from your > wallet when you buy cars from a vw dealer. ;) > > the rest of their names are just ... well ... goofy. > Sharan ... is a Persian word meaning 'carrier of kings'. > Touran ... is a combo of "tour" and Sharan. > Tiguan ...since a 'tigon' is a result of mating a Tiger and a Lion, i > can only assume a Tiguan > is the result of mating a Tiger and an Iguana. i'd pay money to see > that one. > either that or it's just "tiger droppings" as in Tiger Guano. > Beetle ... is a bug. > Rabbit ... aw, who cares. :) > Fox ... what chases Rabbits? > Routan ... Routine and Sharan (?) :) > GTI ... Golf This Isn't. > Eos ... the ancient Greek goddess of the dawn. perfect name for a > small car, don't you think? > New Beetle ... a new bug. > New Beetle Convertible ... a new bug that won't stay the same. > CC ... no, really. it's a car. probably stands for Car-Car, from that > old Peter, Paul and Mary song about "take me for a ride in your > car-car". > Polo ... short for Polizei Ordnung or Police Rules. either that or > it's the name of that game with the horses and sticks. > Phaeton ... a four-wheel horse-drawn carriage. now there's a $80,000 > name for ya. > > so their names are not much better than the american ones. i mean, > Mercury Marqui? as in Marqui de Sade?? oh, that'll make you want that > car! > Chevy Cobalt? wonder if they meant to call it the Chevy Cobol, to > compete with the soon-to-be-released Ford Fortran. (old programmer's > joke). ;) > Dodge Demon ... riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. > Chevy Nova ... we all know that story, right? > Ford Fusion. lemme see now, fusion is the pushing together of two > atoms under tremendous pressure. so we can expect this car to push > itself into other cars? > > but i guess they make as much sense as M-Class or S-Class or XC-70 or > some such. actually, the bmw's and the old volvo system of name was, > to me, a lot more sensible ... > 325. 3-series body, 2.5 liter engine. then they started cheating and > putting 2.8 engines in there. > volvo was even better ... 265 ... 2nd body series, 6-cylinder engine, > 5-doors (station wagon). > > i do wonder sometimes, if car makers are just desperate by the time > the car is almost ready, and they'll grab at anything those > pot-smoking 'stylists' in california give 'em. :) > > unca joel > >

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