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Monday, 25 February 2019 23:16

On the Lighter Side: What World-Famous Car Brand Names Actually Mean

Written by Staff, Interesting Engineering




4. Cadillac


Cadillac was named after the great French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac, who founded Detroit, Michigan in 1701.


Cadillac is one of the earliest car brands in the US. Founded in 1902, it is known for manufacturing luxury cars. However, the company was later taken over by General Motors in 1909.


cadillac logo ie

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5. Chevrolet


Chevrolet, also called Chevy, was founded in 1911 by Louis Chevrolet and William C Durant in Detroit as Chevrolet Motor Company.


Louis Chevrolet was a Swiss race car driver and automotive engineer. Chevrolet overtook Ford cars as people favored its tag line “a car for every purse and purpose."


chevrolet logo ie

Source: Steven Depolo/Flickr


6. Datsun


Datsun is a Japanese company associated with the production of small and affordable cars.


Established in 1931, the name “Datson” was picked from surname initials of 3 partners- Kenjiro Den, Rokuro Aoyama, Meitaro Takeuchi. After three years, the company was taken over by Nissan. It has dropped “son”, as it means ‘loss’ in Japan and added “sun”- which has positive associations.


Nissan phased out Datsun in 1986 and in 2013 successfully re-launched the brand in developing and emerging economies.



Source: Datsun


7. Ferrari


Everyone loves to own a Ferrari, a stylish and aerodynamically designed sleek sports car. The name Ferrari is christened after its Italian founder Enzo Ferrari, who was an official Alto race driver in 1924. In 1939, he quitted racing to build his own company.


Within one year, he built 1500 cm3 8-Cylinder 815 Spider, winning its first Grand Prix 1947. Today, Ferrari is synonymous with design, quality, style, and luxury, for both its commercial and Formula One cars.


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Source: Vineesh Devasia/Flickr


8. Ford


Henry Ford founded the Ford Motors Company in 1903, in Detroit, Michigan.


Ford has left his first company Cadillac, and started his own car company with $28000 investment.


He perfected the mass production of cars by introducing moving assembly lines. This gave him the edge to cut the cost and offer an affordable car to the American middle class. His famous mass production car of 1908, Model T, sold more than millions over the next 20 years.


Later on, Ford made several acquisitions, including Volvo, Troller and FPV brands.


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