...and found this. The evolution of the Unimog.
YES! THIS ARTICLE!
Love it. Wow.
Pedestrians have the right of way...unless they are in the way.
I disagree with you on the Mustang.
Don't forget SR-5 if you have one of those fancy, Euro style 5 speed transmissions.
On the alphanumeric naming of cars, can someone explain to me why the 911 went from 993 to 996 to 997, THEN 991? we're they afraid of running out of numbers?
I was thinking of another SV...
SV for Lamborghini means "Super Vain."
It's obvious that BMW abandoned its meaningful naming scheme when its cars stopped having larger displacement with every new generation. For example, the 325 was superseded by the 328 which seemed logical and the higher number meant that you had a newer and "better" car with a higher displacement engine. But in…
Fantastic article that brings up some important questions.
I don't think Trimmish should be standardized in my opinion into a Universal Automotive Language. A lot of these trims have years of heritage and history to them to be put into a simplistic tiered system. Could you imagine driving a Porsche 911 EX? Or a Kia…
What I find most annoying is a complete abandoning of company history. It dilutes the brand to completely re-name things. BMW holds on to the double kidney grille and kinky hoff, but when it comes to naming conventions? Who cares!?
I have to say, the Americans are doing the best job of being consistent - you know what…
The problem is of course, no one wants to advertise the fact they are driving the stark bollock naked boggo version of anything.
The problem when things are handed off from engineers to marketing.
All AMG cars have shortened names to indicate they belong to the higher performance class.
I guess the way I see it though, is that every car maker has their own system and sometimes they even contradict this. If you follow a company closely enough, or if you are doing research because you are thinking about buying one…
Carrera S does not mean Carrera Sport.
I completely agree with you on having a UAL system. I think you should contact the ISO.org to see if they could consider starting a committee to make that a industry standard.
UAL needs to happen. Automakers are just screwing it up for everyone (consumers, and gearheads). Anything with "R" attached to it must mean that it is Racing spec, or at least as close to it as possible. "T" must mean turbo (I am looking at you audi 3.0T).
It also bothers me how back in 2002 (when their nomenclature used to make sense), a BMW 530i in North America had the same engine as a BMW 530i in Europe or Asia. Now, an F30 328d in North America will have the same engine as an F30 320d in Europe.
Particularly hate Honda logic on using LX on lower-rung models and EX on the pricier ones. Made for a lot of explaining to prospective buyers when I was selling my sister's Accord for her