The Tribune (NZ) - - MOTORING -

Some­times ve­hi­cle names – or ve­hi­cle mar­ket­ing – ei­ther don’t work, or have hu­mor­ous con­se­quences.

‘Driven A Ford Lately?’ When Ford ran that cam­paign it got in­quiries from peo­ple want­ing to know about the new Ford Lately.

There’s the per­sis­tent yarn about the Mit­subishi Pa­jero – that pa­jero is col­lo­quial South Amer­i­can Span­ish for wanker. Of­fi­cially, the SUV is named af­ter an Ar­gen­tine pam­pas cat called Leop­ar­dus pa­jeros.

How about the Mit­subishi Star­ion? Built be­tween 1982 and 1989, one the­ory is that it’s a com­bi­na­tion of Star and Arion – the im­mor­tal mytho­log­i­cal horse. Mit­subishi say its a con­trac­tion of ‘‘Star of Orion’’, but ru­mours sur­faced that the sportscar was to be called the Stal­lion, but the English word got lost in trans­la­tion.

And the Chevy Nova. Ap­par­ently ‘no va’ sounds like col­lo­quial Span­ish for ‘‘won’t go’’.

There’s Dai­hatsu’s Naked – so named be­cause the boxy hatch had ex­posed hinges and bare pan­els. One model was called the Dai­hatsu Naked RS. Cheeky.

Other ‘in­ter­est­ing’ Ja­panese car names in­clude the Mazda Carol Me Lady, the Toy­ota Deli­boy and Mit­subishi Mum 500 Shall We Join Us (WWTT?).

Par­tic­u­larly cute is the Suzuki Alto Af­ter­noon Tea, a 650cc three­door hatch built for the Ja­panese do­mes­tic mar­ket. Any­one keen to buy a used im­port? With tea-cosy?


Toy­ota has at­tempted to put the brakes on ri­val ute sales by an­nounc­ing full model de­tails and pric­ing of the all-new Hilux well be­fore it goes on sale on De­cem­ber 1.

With Ford and Mazda re­cently re­leas­ing up­dated ver­sions of their pickup trucks, Toy­ota has gone on the of­fen­sive and re­vealed a com­pre­hen­sive range – 21 in all – of Hilux mod­els well ahead of sched­ule start­ing with a $36,990 cab-chas­sis and go­ing right up to life­style SR5 Lim­ited ver­sions at $70,490.

The price of those range-top­ping ver­sions will make Hilux the most


Tired of con­tin­u­ally hav­ing to switch be­tween high beam and low beam at night? In the near fu­ture, you won’t have to.

Car com­pa­nies are in­tro­duc­ing sys­tems fea­tur­ing LED lights that are con­trolled by cam­eras. When the cam­eras spot an on­com­ing car, or another ve­hi­cle trav­el­ling in front, on­board com­put­ers au­to­mat­i­cally shut down some of the LEDs so the lights don’t daz­zle any­one.

This tech­nol­ogy is in the new Opel As­tra hatch soon to be launched in Europe, and which will ar­rive in New Zealand next year badged as a Holden.

Once this fea­ture is aboard one mass-pro­duced model, ev­ery­one else will soon fol­low suit.


Want your sum­mer spoiled by car theft? It’s real easy to ar­range, po­lice say.

Firstly, en­sure you don’t have an ac­ti­vated ve­hi­cle alarm, and sim­ply leave your car un­locked, maybe with a win­dow or win­dows open. Oh, and make sure that valu­able items – wal­lets, phones, i-pads, lap­tops, cam­eras, and sports gear – are left in­side and prefer­ably in plain sight.

A ‘bonus’ of this be­hav­iour is that you prob­a­bly won’t be en­ti­tled to any in­sur­ance cover ei­ther, says In­sur­ance & Sav­ings Om­buds­man, Karen Stevens.

Karen ex­plains that tak­ing ‘‘rea­son­able care’’ of your prop­erty is a stan­dard re­quire­ment in in­sur­ance poli­cies, par­tic­u­larly car, house, con­tents and travel in­sur­ance poli­cies.

The four ‘‘lock it or lose it’’ steps are: Lock your car; Take all valu­ables with you; Make sure win­dows are closed; Con­sider in­stalling an alarm.

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