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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  • ToolGuy Here is an interesting graphic, if you're into that sort of thing.
  • ToolGuy Nice website you got there (even the glitches have glitches)
  • Namesakeone Actually, per the IIHS ratings, "Acceptable" is second best, not second worst. The ratings are "Good," "Acceptable," "Marginal" and "Poor."
  • Inside Looking Out "And safety was enhanced generally via new reversing lamps and turn signals fitted as standard equipment."Did not get it, turn signals were optional in 1954?
  • Lorenzo As long as Grenadier is just a name, and it doesn't actually grenade like Chrysler UltraDrive transmissions. Still, how big is the market for grossly overpriced vehicles? A name like INEOS doesn't have the snobbobile cachet yet. The bulk of the auto market is people who need a reliable, economical car to get to work, and they're not going to pay these prices.