• Jun 29, 2006


The votes have been tallied in our Name the Volkswagen poll. Among the five names that Volkswagen has offered as possible monikers for its next small SUV, one stood out among the rest with 28-percent of the vote: Nanuk. Other names, such as Tiguan (a combination of the words "tiger" and "iguana" and one bad ass creature we wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley) and Samun were close behind with 23- and 24-percent of the vote, respectively.

We've learned, however, that none of VW's proposed monikers hits anywhere near the mark with Autoblog readers. Remembering that VW has a penchant for naming its cars using wind as a theme, so it may be that Samun, a hot desert wind that blows in North Africa, has the best shot of becoming affixed to the SUV's rear end. According to the company, however, it will stand by whatever name Autobild readers choose. Are you ready to drive away in a VW Tiguan?


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Umm... I don't know what idiot suggested Samun... the word is actually "Khamsin" in Arabic and Touareg (coincidentally the name of the other Volkswagen SUV).
      • 8 Years Ago
      WHO CARES!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      BTW Khamsin was one of the most beautiful Maserati models from the seventies. Other wind names Maserati used include Ghibli, Bora, Merak...All beautiful.
      I like Volkswagen names: Isn't Touareg, Nanuk, Samun or TiGuan better than S550, CTS, 330 or RX350? Names have personalities, letters/numbers don't.
      Go Volkswagen!
      • 8 Years Ago
      who care about the name.

      as long as vw follow 80% of the Concept A design I'll get one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How about a name most people could pronounce? There's a novel idea.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why not use "Dune"..or revive the "Thing" moniker.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They all suck. Why not just call it "wii"?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I doubt the name "Samun" would help sales in the States... until consumers saw the name spelled, they'd think it's named after a fish.

      Better than the "Volkswagen Carp," though, I suppose.
      • 8 Years Ago
      LOL, all those names are awful. Maybe they should name it Kanga or Roo or Kangaroo... Since they are on the animal kicj now with the new Rabbit. Kangaroos store their children in a pouch. Would describe the SUV, take along your children and stuff and hop along out of the way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #6 - If ever there were a perfectly relevant, understatedly witty comment, it's yours.