Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - Bilboman

The Vauxhall Crossland will soon be followed by its bigger brother, the Grandland. Not exactly sparkling names, are they? (Even with that all-important "X" suffix). In a touching gesture of solidarity, the Opel models will use the same names.
Not to be confused with... Land Rover. Land Cruiser. Citroën C-Crosser. Seat Cross Sport. Subaru Cross Sport. Charing Cross. Grandstand. Handstands. Bandstands. Poundland. La-la-Land.

Edited by Bilboman on 19/01/2017 at 00:36

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - RT

No worse than Opel calling their equivalent of the new Vauxhall Viva as Opel Karl - after the founder's son Carl Opel.

Opel/Vauxhall's X-ranges, Crossland X, Mokka X and Grandland X all get the X suffix even if only 2wd!

Of course the replacement for Insignia mk1 isn't Insignia mk2 - it's Insignia Grand Sport - but no V6 !!

Can't think what they'll call the new 2018 flagship SUV for Opel/Vauxhall - related to GMC Acadia and new Chevrolet Traverse - needs to end in -land X though

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - corax

Vauxhall Grandad?

To be honest todays cars names go with their character, there isn't any.

They certainly lend themselves to a different translation, like the Nissan Squashy and the Citroen Cross Dresser sorry C Crosser.

A far cry from Spitfire, Avenger, Interceptor, Hornet, Mustang, Challenger, Le Sabre, Hawk, Victor to name a few.

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - ExA35Owner

I don't think much beats a Bongo Friendee as a name.....

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - brum

I think the Nissan Joke is well chosen name.

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - Fishermans Bend

I think the Nissan Joke is well chosen name.

The joke's on us because it does sell well.

The Insignia has been quite insignificant.

Crassland is a similar size to the Mokka, doesn't look much, then that doesn't seem to bother Vexhall buyers. Kink in roofline and rear end leave much to be desired. www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/new-cars/2017-01/vauxhal.../

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - Miniman777

Hey, I've got a company Nissan Ju(o)ke, and it's been a really good car.

Seriously, those names smack of a lack of imagination in Vauxhall's marketing department - bit like their dull cars with design faults. You could come up with better names after a few jars at the pub.

Come on Vauxhall, let's have a 3.0 powerhouse, not a 2.0 tuned to the limits of its design. BMW can do it, so can you.

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - skidpan

I don't think much beats a Bongo Friendee as a name.....

Thought it was the Friendee Bongo

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - RT

2.0 is the biggest engine Opel/Vauxhall will use for the forseeable future - the upcoming Insignia Grand Sport doesn't get the V6 - it was cancelled late in development as Opel/Vauxhall realised that Brexit tariffs will hit UK Vauxhall sales as most models are shipped in.

Ironically, it means that Opel gets no OPC version of Insignia GS and the version for Holden is equally limited to 2.0.

The German premium brands have got enough spare fat to cope with extra costs but Opel doesn't.

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - SLO76
Been some comically misnamed cars over the years.

Austin Ambassador... would've been sent home on the first plane.
Honda Jazz... about as jazzy as a Werther's Origional.
Mitsubishi Carisma... had zero charisma.
Mitsubishi Mirage... so bad you wish it would just vanish.
Renault Express... couldn't top 90mph.


Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - Bilboman

Three car names that make my Spanish friends wince, cringe and burst out laughing. (Time to test the "international language" setting of the swear filter, eh? Here goes...)
Mazda Laputa: Named after a fictional island in the novel Gulliver's Travels. Jonathan Swift did, apparently, speak Spanish, so the reference to the "world's oldest profession" seems to have been quite deliberate.
Nissan Moco: frequently ordered in an electric green hue. (A-tchoo!)
Mitsubishi Pajero. Hastily renamed Montero in Spanish-speaking markets and Shogun in Britain and Ireland.

Edited by Bilboman on 19/01/2017 at 21:25

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - Engineer Andy

Hyundai Pony...a car that describes itself!

Toyota Urban Cruiser...not a car for anyone wishing to 'cruise the ville'

VW e-Up!...a car for northerners? Probably not.

VW Sharan...not for Traceys? Essex only please.

Mazda MPV - trying out-do the Ford Ka for the most unoriginal name, and winning!

SsangYong Korando - a car that might not sell well amongst a religious faith.

Nissan Pulsar - in comparison to its stellar namesake, very dull indeed!

FIAT Idea - a car that was made without any!

Mitsubishi Mirage - anyone seen one? No...must've been a trick of the light!

VW Golf Plus - watch the advert - it actually says its designed for fat people - what a great sales pitch - insulting customers!

Ford EcoSport - not particularly either for a car of that size!

Ford Cougar/Kuga...a car for women who like younger men? Nope.

Not offense intended - just a bit of fun!

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - Avant

It seems that the Vauxhall Crossland will be of a very similar size to the Mokka. A marketing strategy, if strategy it is, that is likely to result in sales at the expense of your own product is hard to fathom.

But hey, I've never owned a Vauxhall in 50 years of driving, and wasn't planning to own one anyway.

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - RT

It seems that the Vauxhall Crossland will be of a very similar size to the Mokka. A marketing strategy, if strategy it is, that is likely to result in sales at the expense of your own product is hard to fathom.

But hey, I've never owned a Vauxhall in 50 years of driving, and wasn't planning to own one anyway.

I was expecting Crossland X to be slightly bigger than Mokka X, but it's slightly smaller - 68mm shorter, 10mm narrower and 56mm lower - a strange strategy which will leave just one CUV, the Grandland X between the Mokka X and the yet to be named Antara replacement, which will be bigger than Antara.

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - lordwoody

OK, I know this is a bike, but I had an NSU Quickly once, possibly the most inaccurately named vehicle ever.

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - ExA35Owner

Rumour has it that R-R wanted to name a car the Silver Mist. Their German distributor didn't think it would sell well in Germany......

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - RT

Rumour has it that R-R wanted to name a car the Silver Mist. Their German distributor didn't think it would sell well in Germany......

The successor to the Silver Cloud was going to be called the Silver Mist until R-R realised it meant "manure, rubbish or dirt" in German - so it became the Silver Shadow.

When Opel introduced the Corsa-A which was built in Spain, Vauxhall decided to call their version, also built in Spain, the Nova - no va can be translated from Spanish as "doesn't go".

Toyota call the MR2 just MR in France as "MR2" is pronounced the same as "merde" - look it up as the swear filter doesn't allow!

Edited by RT on 20/01/2017 at 13:43

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - bazza

Dreary names and dreary cars. More overweight motorised blobs with an extra few inches of ride height because that's apparently what we want. Same as dozens of others, CRV, RAV, Kuga etc, not an ounce of style or dynamic interest between them. it's enough to make me buy a VW Golf, at least it drives and handles well and is easy on the eye! Probably as much room in it too, as any of these blobs. Sorry, I'm on a downer, blame it on Trump and May.

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - RT

Dreary names and dreary cars. More overweight motorised blobs with an extra few inches of ride height because that's apparently what we want. Same as dozens of others, CRV, RAV, Kuga etc, not an ounce of style or dynamic interest between them. it's enough to make me buy a VW Golf, at least it drives and handles well and is easy on the eye! Probably as much room in it too, as any of these blobs. Sorry, I'm on a downer, blame it on Trump and May.

Car makers exist to make profits by building/selling cars that customers want - like any other business.

People said the same as you when hatchbacks became popular - but didn't buy enough saloons to keep them in production.

Choice is a wonderful thing - next you'll be moaning like the Aussies at the demise of RWD mid-size V8 saloons at family prices (Falcon has ended and Commodore ends this year)

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - gordonbennet

Thank goodness we all like different things, if beauty was of one standard i'd have had a life without any female company...hmm that wouldn't have so bad thinking about it..:-)

I'm not keen on many (any) new European cars at all, i find typical euroboxes positively boring and not just to look at, Range Rovers just horrible, Aldi staggeringly ugly, latest Lexus well words fail me that they could nail that grill on, so the modern 'crossover' in comparison isn't at all bad to look at, but at the end of the day what i think of anyones choice doesn't matter one bit, their money their choice and long may this continue.

Expect most people would hardly call the several Landcruisers i've owned over the years exactly pretty, each to their own, i buy cars i like, what anyone else thinks i haven't a clue and care even less.

Its been a spectacular 2016 IMHO on a world level, leading into a 2017 of great promise, we gained our potential freedom to govern ourselves once more with Brexit, and the USA have just gained a President who can't be bought and a patriot to boot, the Russians are showing the west how to kick our real enemy's hard and their leader Putin increasingly statesmanlike, with millions of ordinary people finally waking up to the fact that the MSM and our own state broadcaster, and many of our own politicians, are not to be trusted to put it mildly.

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - bazza

Ah GB, you always make me feel better about things!

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - gordonbennet

Pleased to be of service young Bazza, any appreciation such a sizeable donation finding its way into my upturned flat cap to help when i'm reduced to living on the street would be much apprciated..:-)

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - Engineer Andy

Would be far better in terms of marketing for Vauxhall to make nice looking, nice to drive reliable cars (that don't catch fire and feature on BBC's Watchdog) that people wanted and thought well of. They might make a decent profit as a result...

As VW seem to be realising, having a huge lineup of cars takes your eye off the ball in engineering them well. Better Vauxhall concentrate on improving their main models before branching out into a sector they have thus far done really poorly in.

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - Sofa Spud

There have always been silly names for cars.

When Land Rover introduced the Discovery, that seemed a really clumsy name. The theme was OK, one could see what they were getting at, but it just sounded clumsy. But now nobody gives it a thought. And when Rover put the V8 engine into their P6 2000 model, to make the P6B, the called it the 'Three-Thousand-Five'. And what about the Singer Chamois - a badge-engineered variant of the better named Hillman Imp?

Back when it first came out, 'Volkswagen Golf' sounded silly, although it quickly became familiar. Why would you call a car Golf?

And what about Daimler Double Six, MG Magnette or Triumph Dolomite?

Edited by Sofa Spud on 22/01/2017 at 11:29

Crossland and Grandland - what dreary names - Bilboman

Some names sounded absolutely ridiculous and still cause mirth today - a textbook triumph of marketing over reality. Montego Bay, Jamaica, could not be further from the minds of owners battling with Lucas electrics and cringing at the creaky self-disintegrating dashboard and fuming over the month-long wait for those infernal replacement, uniquely-sized, TD tyres. And how dare British Leyland imply that the dire 1 litre version of their very own Mr Blobby would convey driver and passengers along the M1 in a "fast, quick and bright" (i.e. Allegro) fashion?
Full marks for name silliness inevitably falls to the Japanese, though abominations such as the Mitsubishi Lettuce, Isuzu Mysterious Utility Wizard, Geely Rural Nanny, Daihatsu Super Naked and Nissan Homy Super Long were mercifully kept for the home market.
Special mention to the Kia C'eed, a name which turned out to be unpronounceable in almost every world language, a truly awesome feat.

Edited by Bilboman on 22/01/2017 at 14:32

 

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