April Fools’ has been known to be that time of the year for a little laughter and some fun. With that in mind, we take a quick look at some car manufacturers that have given their vehicles funny names. While we don’t know how these automotive brands were able to release production versions of these vehicles with their hilarious nameplates, they have given us a good laugh, especially if you take these names without any context.
First, we start off with something a little light-hearted and something a little underdressed. Here we have the Daihatsu Naked, which is a strangely appealing little Kei car for the Japanese market. It comes with a boxy design and more utilitarian looks than anything else. You can even say it has a bare design language as everything is straight to the point. Aside from this it also comes with a tiny 658cc engine and a four-wheel-drive system. It's a nice package that could deliver you the closest thing to having fun with your clothes off.
The name is a bit ironic for obvious reasons as it mixes in something a little fun with something a little serious. Imagine making a mental image of the vehicle and see if you come up with the photo above. However, in all seriousness, the Gaylord was a good vehicle for its time. It did take on the design language of its time well and offered something a little different from the other convertibles of its time.
Mazda Titan Dump
Now, we understand that Mazda was going for a naming convention that was obvious for its dump truck. Unfortunately, putting the word Titan right before Dump kinda gave it a different meaning. Toilet humor aside, we are sure that this was a great choice if you wanted a light truck at the time.
Mitsubishi Minica Lettuce
When the world wanted car manufacturers to go green we don’t think Mitsubishi got the memo with this one, especially with the Minica Lettuce. But hey if Mitsubishi wanted to make a salad, it's only a few more ingredients shy from it.
Isuzu Mysterious Utility Wizard
“Yer a wizard Harry,” is probably what you would be thinking with this car. However, this is actually the great grandfather of the Isuzu Mu-X, which also has Mysterious utility in its name. So we guess the whole Mu line of Isuzu is all mysterious then?
We kind of understand where Mazda was going with this one. It was supposed to be a reference to the flying island in Gulliver’s Travels. Unfortunately, if you translate it into Spanish it means lady of the night, which also doesn’t bode well if this car was sold here.
What's that? It's a That’s. Yep, we don’t know where Honda was going with this one, but it does open up the nameplate to a couple of funny puns if you put your mind to it. In all seriousness, it was a great Kei car that was made from 2002 to 2006 for the Japanese market and That’s that.
You know how as kids there we be a running joke that if you put the word “anal” in front of something it would automatically be funny? Well, in this case, we kinda understand why. We mean there isn’t anything pleasant to be associated with the word “probe” right? Unless you are into that sort of thing, in which case we don’t judge.
Ok, we know that this is a production car list, but we couldn't pass this opportunity up, especially with the social media age of today. Sounding like something an early Facebook user would ask you to do, the Nissan Friend-Me was a concept car designed to showcase the brand's new design language. We don't know where the Friend-Me name came from but its a pass for us.
Now that the bad puns and jokes are over and done with, it's time for the last entry onto this list with the Daihatsu Applause. While the car itself wasn’t worthy of a standing ovation, it was a decent sedan that was produced from 1989 to 1997. It may not have been the best car Daihatsu has ever built but it's still worthy of some applause.