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Uplander; There can be only won
Today I found myself sitting in traffic behind a sort of minivan. The name on the back made me take a doubletake. It was the "Chevrolet Uplander" Not "Highlander" like the Toyota, but "Uplander"? I guess they really are running out of names for cars.

Has there ever been a car called the "Gazelle"? Why not, the name suggests balance and agility? Or how about the "Rhinoceros". Now there's a car that sound strong and stable, good name for an SUV anyway. I'd certainly buy a car called the "Electrode", well I would if it were a hybrid.

Naming a minivan so close to a very similar vehicle by another manufacturer just sounds like they are running out of ideas and don't wish to admit it. Should we look forward to Chevrolet making other cars with names similar to other Japanese cars? Will they make a "Silica" that resembles a "Celica? A "Cameron" that resembles a "Camry"? A "Styptic" that resembles a "Civic"? Or a "Quaalude" that resembles a "Prelude?

Pictures of the two cars in question behind cut.



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ksatyr From: ksatyr Date: September 2nd, 2005 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
1929 Mercedes-Benz Gazelle
fixx From: fixx Date: September 2nd, 2005 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
It didn't take nearly this long for them to bring back the "chevy Nova" or the VW Beetle.

Hey that's an idea. If Chevrolet made a car an called it the "Beatle" would it be considered copyright infringement?
fixx From: fixx Date: September 2nd, 2005 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)

More thoughts on names

When I first saw a Chevy Avalanch I figured it was designed mainly for going downhill.

When the Toyota Highlander came out I thought how unfortunate it was that they sold so many of them considering there could be only one.

When the Honda Oddyssey came out I decided that if I bought one it would have to be a 2001 model.

When the Sienna came out I recall thinking, "If it caught fire you'd have to call it a "burnt sienna".

If they ever make a car called the Columbia I'm going to listen very closely to them and at the first sign of that telltale "bell like noise" I'm going to warn the owners their heat shields are coming loose.

If they ever make a car called the Challenger it will probably be plagued with leaking O-rings around its fuel injectors.

This all reminds me of that episode of "Newhart" where Larry explains that he and Darryl and Darrell were going to be spending the summer one the Riviera, by which he literally meant they'd be sunning themselves on top of a Riviera.
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