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PORSCHE

TAY­CAN

In­spir­ing this month’s Top 9 is the

name of Porsche’s all-elec­tric Mis­sion E saloon. Tay­can – that’s ‘Tie-Kan’, to you – trans­lates from ‘a Eurasian di­alect’ as lively young horse. Noth­ing to do with cult­clas­sic Liam Nee­son B-movies.

HYUNDAI

TUC­SON

Just FYI, this cross­over is to be ad­dressed as ‘Two-sonn’, not ‘Tuck­son’. We thought it’d gone for good when Hyundai came up

with the iX35, but for the lat­est model, the fool­proof al­phanu­meric

name was in­ex­pli­ca­bly ditched.

DA­CIA

LODGY

Lodgy isn’t a trick name to wrap your lips around. It’s just a silly one, a Wendy House nick­name ap­plied to an MPV. It’s the com­pany that’s of­ten said wrong: call it ‘Datcha’, not “Day-See-Ah’. Ev­ery day’s a school

day. Good news.

LAM­BORGH­INI

GALLARDO

Fif­teen years af­ter the first Audi-era baby Lambo, it’s still re­ferred to a ‘gull-ardo’ and ‘guy-ardo’ when in fact it’s strictly ‘gay-ardo’. And while we’re at it, the re­place­ment should

be said ‘Ooo-ra-kann’, not ‘Hur­ri­cane’. So, now you know.

BU­GATTI

CH­I­RON

Over to you, Amer­i­cans. “Oh my gaaad, is that your Booog­guddy Ky-ron?” How­ever, your colo­nial in­abil­ity to ar­tic­u­late ‘Byou-gatty Shi-ron will be for­given shortly, as we ad­dress a guilty mis­take from

we self-right­eous Brits…

TOY­OTA

YARIS GRMN

This might just be our own lazi­ness, but Toy­ota’s woe­fully in­el­e­gant ti­tle for the Yaris Ga­zoo Rac­ing Meis­ters of Nür­bur­gring is ab­bre­vi­ated to a tricky word jumble that be­comes ‘Ger­man’, ‘Garmin’, or a dodgy im­pres­sion of an an­gry bear.

PAGANI

HUAYRA

Ital­ian su­per­cars have a fine line in crazy names. Pagani went from the easy-to-pro­nounce Zonda to the im­pos­si­ble for An­glo-mouths ‘Huayra’, named af­ter a South Amer­i­can god. ‘Way-air-ah’, is close,

but we’ll stick with ‘Wirer’, thanks.

FORD

ECOSPORT

An ap­palling car. And fit­tingly, a silly name, clearly the work of a fo­cus

group (no Ford pun in­tended). Bizarrely, the not-very-eco­nom­i­cal,

not-at-all-sporty EcoSport is of­fi­cially pro­nounced ‘Echo-Sport”.

No, nei­ther do we.

JAGUAR

THE WHOLE LOT

Time to own up to this one. It is in­deed ‘Jag-waah’, be­cause in Por­tuguese, from which the word orig­i­nates, ‘ua’ is pro­nounced ‘wah’, as per the name ‘Juan’. Angli­cis­ing it to ‘Jag-you-argh’ is wrong, and al­ways has been.

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