Car Model Names Overdue For a Return
Is it time for a return of some old car names? Toyota seem to think it is, so we take a look at some other classic names that could be revived!
With the news that Toyota are renaming the Auris back to the Corolla in the UK, and the imminent return of the Camry badge to these isles too, we had some thoughts on what names other car manufacturers could revive in the coming years. Of course, please note that they may not be good ideas, but they're ideas none-the-less!
Can we just have this one again? Pretty please?
Starting off strong, Mazda's RX cars have had a lot of success over the years and the pinnacle was the RX-7. It was pure perfection...and really we'd just like Mazda to re-make that car entirely. Of course that's quite unlikely to happen, especially as since then we've had the RX-8 with it's special rotary wankel (hehe) engine. In fact, we may have even been beaten to the punch by Mazda as they've been showing off the 'RX-Vision' concept car for a while now, and it's rumoured to become a production RX car by 2020. Ok we admit it...this entry was really just an excuse to look at pictures of RX-7s online for a while. We just need to find reasons to do that everyday!
The Celica name is unlikely to return while the GT86 reigns supreme
The Celica name is another steeped in history, going all the way back to 1970. Here in the UK it's a name synonymous with rally success thanks to wins throughout the 90s in the hands of the legendary Carlos Sainz (Snr). In the past few years it's been replaced by the GT86 and whilst that's a car we do love, it's a shame the Celica name is consigned to the record books. Hopefully it might make a return someday!
Of course you wouldn't want a new Sierra to look like this...but the name is alright!
This one might be the most controversial on this list...but given the current plight of the Mondeo, it's not such a ridiculous idea as it first seems, we promise! The Sierra name ran from 1982-1993 before it was replaced by the Mondeo. So it wasn't around too long, but the name made a lasting impression. It's still the 10th most popular car to have been sold in Britain, with almost 1.3 million units sold. The Mondeo has been hugely successful itself, but in recent years it's appeal is dwindling and there's been lots of talk of it being dropped at some point soon. We feel that Ford still needs a large family car though...and if the Mondeo isn't working, a return to the Sierra name could work...couldn't it? (Just be thankful we didn't try to pitch the return of the Capri!)
Alfa Romeo Spider
All Alfas are created equal, but we'd say the Spider is a little bit more equal than some others
Alfa Romeo make beautiful cars, that much we can all agree on. Right now though their range is quite small and it feels like Alfa are missing a trick. Yes the 4C is a sports car and carries the Spider name...but it's expensive and out of reach for most of us. So we'd love to see Alfa produce a new, small and relatively cheap sportscar and give it the Spider name we all deserve. They could take a leaf out of Fiat's books and give Mazda a call to borrow some MX-5 underpinings...ok it's unlikely but just think how much you'd want a MX-5 with the body of an Alfa Romeo Spider. Now come back to reality that it isn't a thing. Annoying isn't it?
Calibra is just a cool name - changed our minds!
Vauxhall are about to go through some huge changes as the full effects of the PSA takeover come into force. It's expected that every car will need to change over to the Citroen and Peugeot standard platforms, even though certain models like the Insignia have only recently been replaced. With such huge changes due, we're hoping for a return of the Calibra name that we remember so dearly...the original model lasting from 1989-1997. As for where it might fit into the current Vauxhall range...the GTC first went on sale while the News of the World was still a thing, and Novak Djokovic had only just won his first Wimbledon title. It's time for the Calibra to make a triumphant return!
A true underdog, the VX220 was far better than it had any right to be!
Sticking with Vauxhall and the short-lived VX220, which was only made between 2001-2005. Elsewhere it was known as the Opel Speedster, which is a terrible name, but here it was the VX220 and it was a lot better than people thought it would be. Developed in conjunction with Lotus and based on the Elise Series 2 chassis, the VX220 was 100kg lighter than the Toyota MR-2 and actually had more power than the Elise at launch too! If Vauxhall wants to make an impression here in the UK after a few years of blandness, a return to the VX220 would be a great start!
The Galant is a favourite here at DriveDen, especially the ones fitted with a V6!
This one is probably the least likely in the list, as Mitsubishi have decided they don't want to play with cars anymore and want to just focus on making SUVs. That's fine and we really like the Eclipse Cross and the Outlander - but what we really want is a successor to the Galant...and preferably, the VR4! The Galant was never all too popular on these shores, but the VR4 was a thing of greatness, paired with a V6 that could haul the big saloon to 60 mph in under 6 seconds. The best thing is that with Mitsubishi not offering cars in the UK anymore...there's all sorts of room for a new Galant in it's range! We're hopeful...but probably best not to hold our collective breaths!
The Quattro name lives on, but only as a trim level. Should it come back properly?
The Quattro is an automotive legend and yes, Audi still uses the name these days but it's really only as a marketing tool. You can get nice little Quattro badges on the exterior and ok, those models likely have four-wheel-drive, which was the defining characteristic of the original. However, we want a full-bloodied Quattro. An aggressively styled 2-door coupe with enough power to rip your face off. And it's not like Audi haven't teased us...concepts have been produced in 2010 and 2013...but as yet haven't been given the go ahead for production. With the successful return of the Mustang in the UK, it's time for Audi to give us the Quattro we've been waiting patiently for...it's only been, give or take, almost 30 years!
So those are some car model names that we think should make a return in the future - do you agree? Or should these names be kept banished to the past where they belong? Let us know in the comments!
Written by Rob W - and please check out www.driveden.com for a huge range of car parts and accessories!