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Old 20th June 2007, 21:21   #1
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Dear all,

i wanted to share and gain knowledge behind some of the best names in the car industry and the legends that inspired them.

Let me start with the most obvious :

1) Enzo Ferrari : Actually the f60, but named after the legend Mr. Enzo Ferrari.
2) Dino Ferrari : The 246 GT & GTS. Named after the son of Mr. Enzo.
3) (My Personal Fav) : Lamborghini Murcielago: Named after a bull that faught valiently. He was pardoned (very rarely are bulls pardonend)

After a lot of scratching i could come up with these 3 only, but am sure i have many more in my kitty. I will be addind them soon.

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Indica - India Car
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Old 20th June 2007, 22:05   #3
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Ferrucio Lamborghini started the company though.

Some other famous and obvious names:

Soichiro Honda
Henry Ford
Walter P. Chrysler
Michio Suzuki
Kiichiro Toyoda
John Cooper
Caarlo Abarth

and many more that i cant recall offhand.
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Indica - India Car
Yeah, but Indica is also the Greek word for India, if you remember your history. Megasthenes?
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Yeah, but Indica is also the Greek word for India, if you remember your history. Megasthenes?
Didnt know that...cool..
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May be its a greek word, but Indica stands for Indian Car. This is from the horse's mouth and the horse in question here is Ratan Tata
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Ferrucio Lamborghini started the company though.

Some other famous and obvious names:

Soichiro Honda
Henry Ford
Walter P. Chrysler
Michio Suzuki
Kiichiro Toyoda
John Cooper
Caarlo Abarth

and many more that i cant recall offhand.
J.C and K.C Mahindra

aaaah... all these car names sound cool. May be its because these names are foreign to us and that we got used to associating that name with a car.
Then it got me thinking, will a Popat Lal 'Pagal Bhains' ever sound as cool as a Lamborghini Murciellago or a Ford Mustang to the indian ears?
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W.O. Bentley
Charles Stewart Rolls
Frederick Henry Royce
Adam Opel
Errett Lobban Cord
Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti
H.F.S. Morgan
Louis Chevrolet
Daniel Panoz
Warren Mosler
Prof. Dr. h. c. Ferdinand Porsche
Horacio Pagani

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Then it got me thinking, will a Popat Lal 'Pagal Bhains' ever sound as cool as a Lamborghini Murciellago or a Ford Mustang to the indian ears?
Hahahahahahhaha no it won't

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From the wikipedia:-

"Karl Benz is credited as the inventor of the first 'true' automobile (patented in 1886) since Daimler's was a horse carriage with an engine, whereas Benz' had a chassis designed from scratch. " ...

"DMG was founded by Gottlieb Daimler and his partner Wilhelm Maybach in 1890, but Daimler died in 1900 and Maybach left DMG in 1907, by which time the two companies were rivals. "

See Mercedes-Benz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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The LEgendry : Shelby GT Cobra : named after mr. Carol Shelby
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My 2 cents:

Andre Citroen
Louis Renault
Herbert Austin
Fred and August Duesenberg
Lionel Martin
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1.shelby-carrol shelby
2.corvette -named after a ship in the American army for the performance range of Chevrolet.
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How about the home grown company Maruti (Hanuman who flew carrying the huge mountain)
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while everyones talking about how companies were named, heres something off topic...My dad being a car guy himself, I was named Karl after Herr Benz himself!
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what @ Skoda "Laura" -- is the naming convention Indian or Scandinavian
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