On the day of Name your car, we try to decipher history of Volkswagen car names and try to learn what went behind names their cars-
Arteon– The name is derived from the Latin word for art (artem) and the name has its emphasis on the car itself as the car had been designed very stylishly by Volkswagen.
Atlas– The name for the seven-seater SUV has been derived from the Greek titan Atlas, as atlas held up the sky the names seems appropriate.
Atlas Cross Sport- Derived from the same word atlas, the cross sport means a sportier of version of atlas.
Beetle– The iconic Volkswagen Type-1 was named the Käfer – or Beetle. That name survived the translation into English and dozens of other languages and became the model’s official moniker by the late 1940s. (Other nicknames: “the bubble” in Denmark, “coccinelle,” or ladybug, in France, and “turtle car” in Thailand.)
CC- It stands for comfort coupe which is not ideally used together but it means that the car is a comfortable sedan with coupe like exterior like sloping roof.
Corrado- It is a Spanish verb “correr,” meaning to run or to sprint.
Eos- Another inspiration from the Greek Mythology, Greek Goddess of the dawn, an obvious reference for a hardtop convertible.
Golf– One of the greatest hatchbacks ever and still a dream for the Indian Market was and was named Golf because of the German word for the Gulf Stream ocean current. It also happened to be the name of a key manager’s horse, which appears to be the real inspiration.
GTI- It was Originally inspired by the Italian designation for high-performance luxury cars with fuel injected engines: “gran turismo iniezione.”
GLI- It was meant for the sportier version of the four door Jetta.
Jetta– The word Jetta comes from the German name for jet stream.
Passat– One of the best sedan as of now and also the first modern-era Volkswagen car and it was named after the trade winds in German.
Phaeton- Another reference to the Greek Mythology, Phaeton was a god who almost lost control of the chariot that pulled the sun across the sky. In the 19 th century, a phaeton was a specific type of carriage, one with large wheels and an open body designed for speed. In the early days of the auto industry, the name was sometimes applied to open-topped, powerful vehicles.
Scirocco- The Sports coupe was named after a hot, powerful wind from the Sahara that blows northeast across the Mediterranean Sea.
Taos- The Volkswagen Taos SUV designed specifically for North America, shares the same name as the New Mexico town. Home to 6,000 people, Taos has been known for centuries for its breath-taking views, its traditional culture and the artists who have set up colonies there since the turn of the 20th century.
Tiguan– The name of the car was taken from polls held by a German Automotive Magazine and the name is a portmanteau of the German words for tiger and iguana.
Touareg–The name was inspired from a German tribal group, Volkswagen was inspired by the Tuareg people, known mostly as a tribe of Berber nomads who live in the northern Sahara Desert.
Up–The city car sold in Europe has had the punctuation mark included with its proper name, much as #PinkBeetle serves double duty as a social-media hashtag. “up!” also happens to be the middle two letters in “Lupo,” one of the vehicle’s predecessors. (“Lupo” is Latin for wolf, while “Amarok” means a similar animal in Inuit – both nods to VW’s hometown of Wolfsburg, Germany.)
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