Tuesday, December 20, 2016

How 5 Popular Cars Got Their Iconic Names

The names of popular cars

Some cars are so popular and have been around for so long that they are identified simply by their model name, no longer needing their brand name to precede them. We talked to the automakers who manufacture some of the most popular cars in the U.S. to learn about their history and how they got their names.
Corvette © General Motors


First U.S. model year: 1953
Origin of its name: Named after a fast type of warship.
Fun fact: Only 300 cars were produced by General Motors in 1953 under the Chevrolet brand. They were all white with a red interior.

Mustang © Ford Motor Company


First U.S. model year: 1964
Origin of its name: No one knows for sure, but the most plausible stories are that it was named after the mustang horse or the P-51 Mustang aircraft in World War II, both of which were known for their speed.
Fun fact: Ford considered Cougar, Torino, Allegro, Avventura and Thunderbird II as names for the car.

Jeep © Jeep