Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Renault name car 'Zoé'

I accidentally clicked on this article on the Times' website, and found it rather interesting - Renault have named their latest car Zoé - which has sparked some controversy among parents of children named Zoé. Car names and real names are quite interesting - some names are utterly tied up with the car - Mercedes, and perhaps Portia (though Porsche use a different spelling). Others have it as an ancillary, names you possibly wouldn't associate with the car unless you had one - Renault Clio, and Skoda's Fabia, Octavia and Felicia. Then there are car names that sound like they ought to be names, or almost are - Vauxhall/Opel's Corsa, Meriva and Zafira, Citroen's Xantia and Xsara. And then there are the companies that avoid giving their cars proper names altogether- Peugeot and Rover spring to mind (and many hours of trying to remember the make of the new car that a family member had got).