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Old 08-23-2003, 08:22   #1 (permalink)
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Car names OR wtf does 'Fairmont' mean?

Seriously, where do they get the names from? I mean, are there market researchers out there that have discovered that the 'Probe' will please the male, mid-30's market or that the 'Ka' will appeal to dumb blondes who can't spell car?

And just what is a 'Fair Mont' or a 'Fair Lane' for that matter?

And wouldn't the Ford Falcon have been better off being called the Eagle, considering that a falcon is a relatively small bird and the car is a large size?

And wtf does 'Ghia' come from?

And just what do all of these names have to do with cars? I mean... Commodore I can understand, it's like the president of a club, right? So you're driving a leader of cars and that's obviously where they get the name 'Clubsport' from, but who thunk up Ghia and why?

No worse than Corona's... although, my moms did have a tendancy to overheat :D
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Re: Car names OR wtf does 'Fairmont' mean?

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And wouldn't the Ford Falcon have been better off being called the Eagle, considering that a falcon is a relatively small bird and the car is a large size?
The Falcon is the fastest bird not the largest. Known for it's fast high precison attacks. I'd rather a Falcon instead of an Eagle anyday.

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And wtf does 'Ghia' come from?
Ghia was an Italian design studio bought out by Ford in the 60's I think. Does the Kaarman Ghia ring a bell to you? Now it is just a name on prestigious Falcons.

I am not sure about the rest.. my minds a bit hazy. It's 2:30am you know!!! hehe
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Fair Lane was the street Henry Ford grew up on or it was the street his mums house was on, something like that anyway
Later he named his mansion Fairlane and of course later the cars
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Intersting aside about Corona

A corona is a type of crown. Corolla comes from from Latin, a diminutive of corona...
SO at one stage toyota had
Corolla (a crown); Corona (a crown); Coronet (a small or lesser crown) and Crown (a crown).
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Re: Car names OR wtf does 'Fairmont' mean?

anyone know what GL or GLi means?
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GL grand luxury... dunno about the I maybe interior?
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Heres some interesting info taken from a marketing assignment i did on Ford Australia:

The brand name Falcon was carefully chosen from a list of 9 narrowed down from a list of 10,000.

Some of the reasons for chosing Falcon is the strongest bird in the world, the most agile, graceful and most dramatic of the birds, it soars to great heights.

Also Falcon is the second longest continuously running model name in the automotive world behind Fairlane
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GL grand luxury... dunno about the I maybe interior?
i = injection I believe.
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Re: Car names OR wtf does 'Fairmont' mean?

i'd hardly call a Falcon GL grand luxury though
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Re: Re: Car names OR wtf does 'Fairmont' mean?

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GL grand luxury... dunno about the I maybe interior?
Correct, GL stood (Originally) for Grand Luxury, an L for Luxury) a long, long time ago.
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