CatchThis Blog / car naming

Laurel Sutton

March 1, 2010

Cool article in today’s Washington Post! Any Japanese naming experts care to comment? “My name is on every car,” Akio Toyoda, the president of Toyota Motor, assured Congress on Wednesday. The company started by Toyoda’s grandfather did indeed have his name — Tokyo Toyoda Motor Sales — until 1936, when a stroke of the brush […]

Mark Skoultchi

December 4, 2009

Laurel was quoted in an awesome piece over at Wired.com’s auto blog Autopia. It’s a fun read and coincides nicely with the digital launch of our Brand Name Owner’s Manual. Make sure to read the article in its entirety, because Laurel’s last quote is hilarious.

Laurel Sutton

December 2, 2009

Wahey! Our totally cool, fun, informative, and cheeky Brand Name Owner’s Manual has gone live on the web at long last. It’s got a ton of advice on naming and an extensive breakdown of car name themes We’re so excited, we did a press release and everything. Take a test drive, kick the tires, and […]

Laurel Sutton

October 27, 2009

Courtesy of the Autopia section of Wired comes news of a new contest: After developing and marketing what promises to be the world’s first mass-produced extended-range EV, the folks at GM are too tired to come up with names for all the paint colors, so they’re asking for your help. Apparently not satisfied with “kinda […]

Mark Skoultchi

April 9, 2009

I’m sure by now most of you have seen the announcement of the new product from Segway and GM, the PUMA. The naming consultant in me is of two minds. On the one hand, I love the name. It’s short, punchy, and relatively easy on any non-native-English speakers they may want to sell to. Furthermore, […]

Laurel Sutton

July 3, 2008

This is old product naming news, but I forgot to blog about it until just now. At the end of last year, Chrysler (formerly DaimlerChrysler, formerly Chrysler Corporation) showed off a new concept car, the Dodge Avenger Tuner – Stormtrooper (shown at left, all white and shiny and spiffy). Scott Anderson, designer of the car, […]

Mark Skoultchi

July 1, 2008

It’s no wonder that with soaring gas prices, car companies are rolling out their gas alternative car models. The two that I’ve seen get a lot of press coverage recenlty are the Honda FCX Clarity and the Chevy Volt. The Clarity is Honda’s new hydrogen fuel cell car that begins beta tests this week in […]

Mark Skoultchi

March 17, 2008

Ford recently announced that it is relaunching the Fiesta as a worldwide brand (see article). I love this naming strategy, but it doesn’t always work. Ford’s justification is two-fold: the name already has some existing equity (albeit, not all positive) and by using one name in multiple markets, they can trim down their marketing expense. […]

Mark Skoultchi

February 7, 2008

I came across a great brand today while reading engadget. The company is ZAP and they build electric cars. I think their name is brilliant. Zap conveys the electric aspect of their cars wonderfully. The logo then reemphasizes this message with a comic-inspired font treatment. Even the exclamation point in the logo fits into the […]

Mark Skoultchi

September 7, 2005

Volkswagen has announced the name of its new Concept C coupe: the Eos. The VW Eos will have all the features one expects to find in a luxury sport coupe, but at a price affordable to the so-called “masses.” Volkswagen has a long history of naming their cars after winds: Passat, Golf, Sirroco, Jetta, Vento, […]