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Cars with the Wrong Names

Cars with the Wrong Names

1974 AMC HornetCarmakers have had some serious winners when it comes to names. Take the Ford Mustang, Chevy Corvette, and the Mazda Miata. Before a car is named, the manufacturers work with their marketing departments to create a name that embodies the look and feel of the car. The names are created to appeal to a particular audience, so when the marketing departments get it right, they really do get it right. But, when they get the name wrong, it can become a joke in the industry. These are a few of the comical names that do not fit the car’s style and driveability:

Only in the 1980s and 1990s

Only in the 1980s and 1990s

'98 Alfa Romeo 164

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It is easy to tell what decade a car came from based on the shape of the car. For example, fins on the back of a car screams 1950s and the torpedo look screams post-war 1940s. In the late 1980s and 1990s, there was a distinct look that drivers either loved or hated. The shape has distinctive curves and the cars usually came with a spoiler of some sort. These unusual shaped cars often had a distinctive front branding that set them apart from the traditional family car. These are a few that fit this distinctive late-century look: