These automakers really messed up with these names.
Sometimes, it’s really hard to understand what automakers were thinking when coming up with new cars. To stay ahead of the pack, they're always looking for new designs, performance parts, interiors and yes, even names. There’s a lot in a name. After all, a car usually has the same name its entire life. We normally don't care what a car is called, but automakers really messed up with these five models here. How in the world did these cars leave factories with names like these?
The first and probably the worst name in the history of the world has to go to Volkswagen with the 1974 Thing. Also known as the Type 181, the Thing was called different names around the world. It was known as the Safari in Mexico, as the Trekker in the UK, but in the US, it was called the Thing. It was advertised as a tough, rugged and versatile machine that could offer drivers unparalleled usability. While all of that may be true, this thing should’ve gotten a new name before going into the market. Just try telling someone that you drive a “Thing” and you’ll see what we mean.
The next car is something that everyone’s heard of, whether it be the actual vehicle or the film—the AMC Gremlin. In an attempt to beat Ford and GM in the subcompact market, AMC came out with the Gremlin. And it was crap in every way possible. Even the subcompact’s name was terrible. Every time we think of the Gremlin, images of foul green creatures come into our minds and somehow, that’s still better than the Gremlin. If someone were to have a green AMC Gremlin, we wouldn’t hesitate to call it one of the worst cars ever made and state that it has one of the worst names as well.
Aliens may or may not exist, that’s not the point, but naming a vehicle after something that aliens allegedly enjoy doing is a stupid plan. Introduced in 1989, the Ford Probe was actually a good car, despite its questionable name. The Probe GT was Motor Trend Car of the Year for 1993 and was also on Car and Driver magazine’s Ten Best list for 1989, 1993 and 1994. While the car was fun to drive, it’s name made people think about the wrong thing. The last thing you want to think about while driving is something being shoved "up there."
Naming a car after a vegetable? Oh yes, that was Mitsubishi's idea. The Mitsubishi Minica was one of the longest running and smallest models produced by the automaker. Introduced in 1962, it was the definitive city car. In 1989 the sixth generation debuted, and one of its body styles was a hatchback with two doors on the passenger side. This was the Minica Lettuce. Such an interesting design is probably what prompted Mitsubishi to give the car the name “Lettuce.” What’s next? The Mitsubishi Mushroom?
Lastly, Honda comes in with the “That’s.” Introduced in 2002, the That’s was another tiny city car that featured an odd five-door hatchback design. Maybe Honda took some inspiration from the Volkswagen Thing with the name, because it’s just as stupid and confusing. Can you imagine having a conversation with another human where you tell them that your car is called the “That’s?” We can’t. After four years of production, the That’s went out of production and took its terrible name with it. Good riddance.