Laputa, Corrida and Moco: cars that changed their names where they were offensive

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The designations of these vehicles, some of which have never been marketed, can have different meanings depending on the language or different culture.

Due to the language change and the cultural difference, some car names are marketed under a different name. Naming a car model can be a complicated task. What sounds good in a country may not do much when crossing the border, and can even be embarrassing.

What is no more than a joke for many can also become a commercial success or a failure. All car history
there are plenty of examples. Some brands even have different names for their models depending on the country where they were sold.

While some brands are conservative and use letters and numbers for their cars, others have departments dedicated to finding the name that most appeals to their commercial lives. Although “Marketing” is not infallible and can lead to success or failure.

Some of the ugliest names were not even marketed in Spain. Others changed their names as soon as someone realized it was completely inappropriate.

And some, like the Volkswagen Jetta (jeta is defined as one that is bold or sassy), remained in the brand’s catalog with their original name. One of the most recent examples is the Hyundai Kona.

The name doesn’t sound bad in most countries where it is sold. However, there is one where the word refers to the female genitalia. This is the case in Portugal,
where the name of this vehicle is called “Kauai”.. Actually, the original name is taken from the Kona district, on the island of Hawaii.

In Japan, it triumphed with the name Laputa, a Mazda-branded vehicle that was not even marketed in Spain.

The market was Japan, the country of origin, and it also reached the US market. The marketing period of the Laputa was from 1999 to 2006. With a length of 3,395 mm, a width of 1,475 mm and a height of 1,595 mm, it had the capacity to carry four adults. It was available in both three-door and five-door body styles.

He rode a 657cc small block that developed 60 horsepower. Later, a slightly sportier version was launched, the Mazda Laputa Turbo, which had a 658 cc block, produced 64 hp and was linked to a four-speed automatic gearbox. The name of this tourism comes from one of the islands described in the book “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift. It was put up for sale in the late 90s.

The Nissan Moco was a model sold only in Japan and the Asian market, as its small minivan characteristics had everything to win on the continent. In fact,
the latest version was presented in 2011. It was equipped with a naturally aspirated engine and front-wheel drive, and its shape was very rectangular.

This Nissan was no longer than 3.4 meters, had an engine of less than 660 cubic centimeters and 64 hp and was marketed in Japan from 2001 to 2016. It was never sold in Spain, not even under another name.

It arrived in Spain in a Mitsubishi Pajero, although those responsible for the brand changed the name to Montero. It was an all-terrain vehicle that the company launched in 1982 and sold under this name for 18 years, until it was renamed Montero in 2000.

The original name comes from Leopardus pajeros, a South American feline also known as the gato de los pajonales or gato pajero. In our country, this first connotation of the name of the car is someone who practices masturbation compulsively. Likewise, in Latin America, it also has a negative meaning as it boils down to him being an unreliable and lying person. In the United Kingdom, the name of this SUV model was also changed, hence it is known as Shogu there.

In the mid-1970s, Ford presented a futuristic prototype called Corrida. It was presented
at the 1976 Turin Motor Show like a futuristic concept car. The doors opened upwards and the aesthetic was square. It never happened.

In the mechanical part, it had a 52 hp engine, a 4-speed manual transmission and McPherson suspension. Despite the worst thinkers, the name of the car was related to the bullfighting festival.

The Italian Lancia firm, recognized for both sporty and sophisticated vehicles, did not make a good choice for the Marica model. This car built on the basis of the Flaminia 2.8 3C was presented in 1969.

It was not serially produced. In fact
Marica was a nymph that according to tradition he was the father of Latino, along with Fauno, who in certain stories refers to himself as the son of Marica. In addition, in the province of Latina, in Lazio, Italy, there is a forest near Minturno dedicated to this mythological creature, which even has a lake named after it.

And while it doesn’t carry as much offensive connotation as some we’ve reviewed so far, Borrego is certainly not the most appropriate name for a car in Spain. It is a model of the Korean brand Kia, which was sold in the North American market in 2011. For the Spanish market
renamed Kia Mesato avoid the negative connotation that could give rise to misinterpretations.

Source: La Verdad

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