QOTD: Which Cars Are Most Likely to Be Found in Their Namesake Land?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
qotd which cars are most likely to be found in their namesake land

About a month ago, we asked which cars you thought would be most unlikely to turn a wheel on their namesake soil. The B&B offered up a lot of good answers … including the entire Saturn and Mercury brands. Hardy har har. Very funny, guys.

Today, let’s flip it around. What model is most likely to be found in the place for which it is named? Given the image above, it’s clear I’m going with an obvious choice.

Americans love their trucks, even midsizers like the Colorado. While we have no idea how many Colorado pickups The General sold last month — thanks to a company now playing its sales numbers close to its chest — we can say the model finished last year just four trucks shy of putting 113,000 new units on the road, a 4 percent increase over 2016.

This is a number nearly quadruples the volume of its Canyon brother, a model moving at the speed of glacier progression in comparison with the Colorado. This mystifies your author on the same level as the Caramilk secret and Will Farrell’s popularity. The chances of finding a Colorado in Colorado is very high.

Another model equally likely (but on the other end of the automotive scale) to be found in its namesake is Ferrari’s fantabulously new Portofino. The 591 hp twin-turbo hardtop convertible begs to be driven on Italian roadways, an environment where it can soak up the curves and adoration of onlookers with equal abandon.

The powertrain is about all that’s carried over from the California T, a model whose front-end styling never seemed to jive with its bulbous rear. The Portofino, on the other hand, looks like a 7/8 scale Ferrari 812.

What’s your pick for a machine that is most likely to ply the roadways of the place for which it is named? I don’t think any of the planets are going to make the cut this time. A few of the continents, on the other hand….

[Images: General Motors, Ferrari]

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  • Jim Bonham Thanks.
  • Luke42 I just bought a 3-row Tesla Model Y.If Toyota made a similar vehicle, I would have bought that instead. I'm former Prius owner, and would have bought a Prius-like EV if it were available.Toyota hasn't tried to compete with the Model Y. GM made the Bolt EUV, and Ford made the Mach-E. Tesla beat them all fair and square, but Toyota didn't even try.[Shrug]
  • RHD Toyota is trying to hedge their bets, and have something for everyone. They also may be farther behind in developing electric vehicles than they care to admit. Japanese corporations sometimes come up with cutting-edge products, such as the Sony Walkman. Large corporations (and not just Japanese corporations) tend to be like GM, though - too many voices just don't get heard, to the long-term detriment of the entity.
  • Randy in rocklin The Japanese can be so smart and yet so dumb. I'm America-Japanese and they really can be dumb sometimes like their masking paranoia.
  • Bunkie The Flying Flea has a fascinating story and served, inadvertently, to broaden the understanding of aircraft design. The crash described in the article is only part of the tale.
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