10 Fascinating 'n Random Car Facts
Think of this as our fun little DYK (Did You Know) Z-CarCulture article special.
Honda Fit Controversial Name
A PR disaster nearly occurred when the first Honda Fit was due for release in 2001. The original name for the car was “Fitta” which sounds alright unless you’re from Scandinavia in which case “Fitta” means...lady baby making body part. Honda quickly scrambled to just call the car, a Fit and for good measure called it the Jazz in European markets. This worked out great OBVIOUSLY since they are everywhere now. Furthermore, Fit is a perfect name for it since it is small enough to ‘fit’ in small spaces, and that it is ‘fit’ enough to handle a bit of mechanical abuse.
Oldest Car Model Still in Existence
. Though you might think that the Toyota LandCruiser is the truck to be Number 1 for this title, it actually sits in 4th place having first been introduced to the world way back in 1951. However a year before the Volkswagen Transporter just narrowly beat the Toyota. 3years before that in 1947, one of the most beloved and truly American trucks debuted and that is the Ford F Series. It only achieves a Silver medal though because the Number 1 oldest model still in existence today is another All American American vehicle and that is the Chevrolet Suburban. It started life as a two door station wagon waay back in 1935 but today it comes in a different form, a massive three row family SUV.
Range Rover is bigger than Land Rover
Range Rover Velar
If you ask the general public on what they prefer between a Range Rover or any other Land Rover product like its “flagship” the Discovery, many choose the former any day of the week and twice on Sundays. It is a very interesting phenomenon where a product within a company outshines the overall brand of the company itself. This is also emphasised by the subsequent models that have been released which also adorn Range Rover branding such as the Evoque and Velar. Its not hard to see why as Range Rovers are associated with high status and opulence whilst still able to hold its own offroad.
Toyota made a 'corona' car
I remember when COVID officially became a ‘thing’ in early 2020, my phone was buzzing a lot more than usual and this was caused by friends and family truly shocked that Toyota had a car in their lineup with the same name, the Toyota Corona. Some were not surprised but were greatly amused by the related memes that soon followed. For your information it is the predecessor to the Camry and the Avensis and for my Zimbo people I still don’t know why some of you were surprised because there is a healthy population of them out n about.
Mazda's unique engine people love and hate
Ever wondered why Mazda RX 8 cars for sale are so cheap? Well it is because of the very thing that makes it unique. Its engine design is much different from conventional piston engines as it uses a triangular shape ‘thing’ called a wankel which rotates thus playing the role pistons normally would. Unfortunately this design was not refined and so the engine is woefully unreliable as it drinks fuel and oil like there is no tomorrow and engine wear usually involves engine rebuilds and a specialist. So next time you see a cute RX8 going for $1000 don’t walk away...RUN!
VW is much bigger than you think...
When some think Volkswagen they think good things like the Golf GTI or bad things like the infamous Dieselgate scandal of 2015. VW is much bigger than you think and the greatest example of this is what is known as the VW Group which comprises of some of our favourite brands like, Bugatti, Bentley, Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, SKODA, SEAT, Scania and MAN. This is why you find a lot of the vehicles in this group sharing parts like engines, transmission and interior pieces.
Most and Least Reliable cars
This is a list that always gets me excited because it is a great indicator of which cars to buy and which cars to avoid. Top of the list of most reliable cars typically include the Mazda MX5, the Toyota Camry, the Toyota Corolla and the Lexus LS 400 (the Lexus even has a 1million mile example somewhere in the USA as we speak). In other words you cant go wrong with Japanese brands most of the time.The top five on the naughty list, that is the most unreliable cars include, decade and beyond old German and British brands such as Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Land Rover just to name a few.
My crush, The Mercedes CLS has a cool party trick
I remember finding this out on a random episode of Old Top Gear and I was truly amazed. Though not unique to the CLS but other Mercedes models like the E Class, S Class, SL, and CL models, they come with two reverse gears. I am not sure why it does but apparently those equipped with it, can reach speeds of around 60km/hr, to which I say WHY and then quickly answer myself by saying WHY NOT!?
Most Expensive Auction Car
Ferrari 250 GTO
It may surprise you but there are UBER wealthy people out there willing to spend UBER amounts of money on UBER rare pieces of art. These same people also tend to view cars, particularly vintage ones as ‘art’ too. This phenomenon reached a record high in 2018 when a Ferrari 250 GTO was sold for a mind blowing $48.4 million dollars. It is a shame though that these classic cars will only serve as eye candy for the rich and rarely driven like it was made to. It might as well be a glorified painting.
The Fastest Car... in the world (Jeremy Clarkson voice)
Now of course we couldn’t end the list by not talking about the fastest missile man has to offer with four wheels and a windshield could we? Currently this prestigious honor goes to an American car and that is the SSC Tuatara. It reached a confirmed top speed of 316.11 mph in January 2021. For context for my Metric lovers that is 508.73km/hr (insert eyes wide open and stunned emoji) . One of the craziest things about this, is that the driver, Oliver Webb felt that the car could go beyond that though that was the fastest he was comfortable going.
Author: Tinotenda Nyakudzuka