Car Terminology Needs a Reset
Am I the only one who notices this?
Ok, something that has been (weirdly) bothering me is how people refer to different types of cars. Let me explain; JDM stands for 'Japanese Domestic Market', which means something only sold in Japan. Except cars like the MK4 Supra and NSX are referred to like that, but they are not actually true JDM's, technically speaking
Sorry @Evan Andrews for using your car as the example Photo credit: Jan Kopřiva on Unsplash
Now SUV is the stupidest term around. Take the BMW X7 for example. Is it sporty? No. Is it a utility vehicle? No way. Is it a vehicle? Well, yes. Now, have I come up with a term to replace SUV? No. Try it, it is harder than you think. A real SUV is a performance truck. Sporty, check. Utility vehicle, check. Vehicle, check. So why are "SUVs" called that?
After a bit of research, I learned that AMC wanted the government to create a class for a vehicle that was in between a passenger car and a truck. Bet they didn't expect subcompact SUVs like the Toyota CH-R. So basically, they wanted to create a truck without a bed and capacity for more people. How did this work and turn into what it is today?!
Why doesn't this apply to sedans, coupe's, etc.?
A short answer is because those aren't acronyms. For example, 'sedan' isn't a common misconception. It is just the word for that type of car. Back to 'JDMs', those are misconceptions because of what JDM stands for and how people use it. And that is the whole reason I wrote this article. So basically, I am getting pissed off about definitions. Yeah.