Ah Valentine’s Day… some of us look forward to it and some of us think it’s a commercial load of rubbish. Either way, today will be an assault on the senses with love hearts, roses, chocolate and teddy bears galore – and there can be no escaping the commercial barrage of the love-struck.
So for something a little different, in honour of the ‘day of love’ we thought we’d get in the spirit and put together a list of naughty car names.
Whether you’re loved-up, happily single or unhappily single, it doesn’t matter. This is our Valentine’s Day gift to you.
My high-school self is having a giggle at this one. Immature? Yes. As with all of these, it’s mind-boggling that no one raised any qualms when the moniker was given the tick of approval. Interestingly Bighorn is actually a species of sheep (that look more like goats) native to North America.
Bighorn the vehicle is a mid-sized SUV that was produced by the Japanese carmaker for just over two decades from 1981. It was exported as the Isuzu Trooper in some markets, the Subaru Bighorn, SsangYong Korando and Holden Jackaroo among others.
In the same vein, Ram still produces the Laramie Longhorn. Hehe.
The 1960s was an exciting time in Formula One history. Technological advancements meant big changes in the way race cars were crafted and built.
The Lotus-Climax 33 set the bar high at the time. The Lotus 33 featured a Coventry Climax V8 engine and what was at the time, a groundbreaking aluminium monocoque chassis design.
It’s obvious why this is on the list. Climax… the desired result of doona dancing on Valentine’s Day, or any other day for that matter.
In 1969 Dodge released the Dart Swinger. The two-door hardtop replaced the two-door sedan.
There are so many jokes that could be made about the name Swinger… not only was it released in 1969, but the swinging 70s were all about free love and parties involving car keys in fish bowls.
Ford introduced the Probe in 1989 and it was discontinued in 1997. The liftback coupe was the company’s sports car offering and was built on the Mazda G-platform. It was slated to be badged as a Mustang in North America but its lack of a V8 engine and the fact it was front-wheel drive didn’t go down well with Mustang fans.
Aliens aren’t the only ones into probing… although the name does sound more awkward and uncomfortable than sexy.
Wingle. It’s such a funny sounding word and one that’s been known to be used when referring to a part of the male anatomy. It’s a bit childish, but the more you say it, the funnier it sounds.
Great Wall has been building the Wingle since 2006 and it is sold in Australia, though it’s badged the Steed, not the Wingle, unfortunately.
Perhaps the naughtiest car name of them all. Not particularly rude, just sexy. Though it’s illegal to drive in your birthday suit, I’m sure everyone who owns one of these thinks about it every time they get behind the wheel. How could you not?
And how do those conversations about your car go? I love my new Naked. Naked is great. Really enjoying my Naked.
The Daihatsu Naked was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1999 and was dropped by 2004.
Just because its Valentine’s Day, the Chevrolet LUV makes the cut. It’s the old Isuzu D-Max and LUV really stands for Light Utility Vehicle, not teen slang for love.
Just like real LUV, the LUV has been around for a long time. Production began in the early 1970s.
When we see the word Picasso, we think of the artist. However, in Portuguese it’s a slang term for a large appendage apparently. Awks.
There are a lot of ‘lost in translation’ car names. The Buick LaCross is totally inappropriate in Quebec as LaCross refers to self-love. Mazda got it wrong with the LaPuta, which is a derogatory term for a woman who has been around the block a few times. Then there’s the Renault Koleos. Koleos is a Greek word for a part of the female anatomy. Pajero – as in Mitsubishi Pajero – means wanker in Spanish.
There are loads of ‘lost in translation’, inappropriate and sexy car names. Let us know your favourites in the comment section below.