why dont cars in the u.s and uk have the same names?


Asked by Mar 04, 2009 at 07:14 AM

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don't they ? name exambles ?


There have been quite a few over the years. I think the more recent Golf Gti models are known simply as VW Gti. Here are some older ones: USA - UK or other places: Audi 5000 - Audi 100 Cadillac Catera - Vauxhall Omega Isuzu Impulse - Isuzu Piazza Jaguar XKE - Jaguar E-Type Jaguar Vanden Plas - Daimler Double Six Lancia Scorpion - Lancia Monte Carlo Lancia Zagato - Lancia Beta Spyder Merkur XR4i - Ford Sierra XR4i Renault Alliance - Renault 9 Renault Encore - Renault 11 Renault Le Car - Renault 5 Sterling - Rover 800 Suzuki Sidekick - Suzuki Vitara VW Rabbit - VW Golf MkI And a blast from the even more distant past: Plymouth Cricket - Hillman Avenger

USA NAME | EURO/JAPAN NAME Pontiac GTO = Opel Monaro Saturn Sky = Opel GT Infinity G20 = Nissan Primera Infinity Q45 = Nissan President Acura TL = Honda Accord (OH yes in euro and japan it's the same accord as in the US) I can name a few more but I'm sleepy... but there are quite a few... and the reason for that is "Marketing" - that why cars in US have more chrome as well...


The translation from English words to other languages can actually create a situation where sales of the vehicle are low. An example would be the Chevy Nova. When they tried to sell this vehicle in Spanish-speaking countries, Nova literally translated to "Doesn't Go". Not exactly a car you would want to buy based on name. Chevy then changed the name to Caribe. After the name changes, sales boomed. Check out www.snopes.com/business/misxlate/nova.asp or http://spanish.about.com/cs/culture/a/chevy_nova.htm for more info.


well thats all well and good but why the name change just within the uk and the u.s is madness. we all speak english!

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