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Old 18th October 2012, 00:01   #16
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Hindi / regional language words... ... Car makers don't appear to be too keen.

One problem most manufacturers face is ... or it just means something funny in the local language.

The Germans then decided to keep it simple ...
... Take Skoda for instance... The one that's bigger than a Yeti yet not quite Superb!
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Maruti has confused the buyers with the two names and the models viz. 800 and Alto.
The Alto from Japan came in as our 800, way back in 1984 and was forever branded as the 800.

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Japanese Alto for the international market

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Our 800 being launched

It later on introduced the Alto in India during the turn of the last millennium, with the same engine as the 800, plus a 1061 cc engine for the VXi variant. This engine was soon discontinued when they found it cannibalizing the Wagon R sales.The 796 cc was thereafter a permanent feature with the Alto till the K Series engine came along a few years ago.
To further add to the confusion, now the Alto 800 has come along. Both the older names viz. 800 and Alto that formed separate niches in India have now been clubbed ( M&A in the corporate sense ). This appears to be both a newer Alto and a newer 800 too for the Indian buyers !

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Indica = India Car = India in Greek
Indigo = Indians on the Go

Logan is to be pronounced as Logaan but in the Indian context it was pronounced as the Logan even in the official communication
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Buying a car in the past was a lot easier
Older cars like the Premier Padmini came with 2 variants, the Economy and Deluxe. Deluxe again had two options Deluxe-BE for bench seat at front and the Deluxe-BU for the bucket seat option.

The deluxe option stuck on when the Maruti 800 was introduced but was shortened to DX, for the AC model.

For later models, Maruti retained only the X, naming variants LX, VX
LX for base model, VX with creature comforts
Later they added an "i" for a higher sub variants as in LX, LXi, VX, VXi.
Other manufacturers also named models similarly while most of them keeping the letter 'X' and the 'i' in the model names.

Nowadays we have more trouble choosing a car
Its more like a First name, Maiden name, Surname and sometimes a pet name
Volkswagen calls variants of Polo and Vento, Trendline-Comfortline-Highline
Skoda calls them Active, Ambition, Elegance, Add L&K to that
Fiat calls them Active, Dynamic, Emotion, and sport
Tata has Pure, Pleasure, Prestige and Pride variants of Aria
Tata also has assortment of alphabets as variants for Vista, Manza with TDi, Qudrajet, Saffire as engine options, while they retain Indica and Indigo names as well
Ford calls its higher end model Titanium
Hyundai i series have the Asta, Magna and Sport

Offering too many packages with fancy names as choices is anyway going to confuse the customer even more. Isn't it?
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Wonder what made Skoda name the car Laura in the first place. Someone in Skoda forgot to take regional language lessons.

Maruti Eeco was a short form of Economical transport. Alto was Alternative Tall Boy (its a hidden tall boy design). Zen means 100 in Japanese. Hyundai names most of their cars after places or cities example Tucson, Verna.

Classic case of wrong naming is the famous Ford Pinto. Pinto means not so well endowed in Spanish. So naming a small car Pinto in Brazil was a marketing disaster.
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LX for base model, VX with creature comforts
Later they added an "i" for a higher sub variants as in LX, LXi, VX, VXi.
Nice compilation, Maruti seems to be having consistent variant naming across models and Tata seems to be the worst at this.

Some generalization I found on the Maruti's new variant names after the LX/VX categorization, feel free to correct if there are exceptions to these rules.

"Std" : non-AC
"X" : AC
"i" : Power Steering
"Z" : ABS, Airbags, Alloys
X: Petrol engine
D: Diesel engine

I think it might be possible to generalize Hyundai variants too as we have enough cars to get common factors, let me see...

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For later models, Maruti retained only the X, naming variants LX, VX
LX for base model, VX with creature comforts
Later they added an "i" for a higher sub variants as in LX, LXi, VX, VXi.
Other manufacturers also named models similarly while most of them keeping the letter 'X' and the 'i' in the model names.
Just a small correction: the 'i' was added when Maruti introduced Power steering equipped variants.
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Maruti Eeco was a short form of Economical transport. Alto was Alternative Tall Boy (its a hidden tall boy design). Zen means 100 in Japanese.
Wikipedia Says, The Maruti Zen is a 5-door hatchback produced and sold in India by Indian automaker Maruti Suzuki. It has acquired significant popularity in India since the nameplate was first introduced in 1993. The word "ZEN" is an acronym standing for Zero Engine Noise. It also stands for the Japanese word "Zen" which means 'Complete'.
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Wikipedia Says, The Maruti Zen is a 5-door hatchback produced and sold in India by Indian automaker Maruti Suzuki. It has acquired significant popularity in India since the nameplate was first introduced in 1993. The word "ZEN" is an acronym standing for Zero Engine Noise. It also stands for the Japanese word "Zen" which means 'Complete'.
Ok my bad. Zen... sen stands for 1000 in Japanese. The car when launched was 1000cc aluminum engine... hence Zen.
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So for all you guys who call the XUV-5-zero-zero / Five-Hundred, here it is from Anand Mahindra himself:

"You are not allowed to say 'e-twenty' or 'e-two-zero' but only 'e-two-oooo',"

http://www.rediff.com/business/slide...20130322.htm#1
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M&M is touchy about a last letter "O" in almost all its model names, now a days. Just see the names like Bolero, Scorpio, Xylo, Verito and now the Quanto. The Thar has a "r" however and is not selling so well. The small M&M commercial vehicles are full of "o"'s at the tail end. The Genio (Xylo pick-up), Gio and Maximo have this magic letter.
M&M has again in 2011, come out with the XUV 500 ( zero or "o") name, picking up the magic figure of 500 (may be borrowed from the CJ500D) again. XUV could be indicating that it is a UV, MUV, SUV and everything else denoted by " X".
The Quanto also has a "o".

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So for all you guys who call the XUV-5-zero-zero / Five-Hundred, here it is from Anand Mahindra himself:

"You are not allowed to say 'e-twenty' or 'e-two-zero' but only 'e-two-oooo',"
And now its the e2o. So its either "o" or zero as the last letter in each of the M & M model names.
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The Hyundai Xcent is a cleverly named, positioned and marketed product and is destined to very soon move ( it has presumably already moved in) into the Top Ten best sellers chart in India.

The name is bound to cash in on the goodwill of the old Accent owners and users too, for whom this should be the latest avatar of their favourite car. Brand Accent has been a favourite of many and has generated a good brand equity.

Contrastingly, Tata Motors have moved light years away from the Indica and Indigo tags they were and are stuck up with since nearly a decade and a half. Their new cars are called the Bolt and Zest. The sales charts for the Indica and Indigo have hit a rock bottom and Tata is not sure as to whether use of these old names for new models (The Indica Vista and Indigo Manza did not do any miracle for Tata) will see the company sail through from the turbulent waters the older brands have landed Tata Motors into.

Bolt (we had a Mitsubishi Colt in the 1970's) and Zest are mediocre names and in today's market, car names must reveal synergy,freshness and mass appeal too !

Given an opportunity, they would I am sure also like to move millions of lights years away from the Nano brand name too!

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