• Jul 18, 2007
Here's a fun column we came across talking about cars as metaphors. Kind of like referring to something as the "Rolls-Royce" of its industry means it's the best (or most expensive, perhaps). The writer, Miss Cellania, lists five vehicles that rightly or wrongly have come to be symbols of the worst from the automotive sector. All five of her picks are instantly recognizable for their place in motoring history. While we empathize with owners of these vehicles because they frequently have endearing qualities, we understand the reasons they have been chosen. Here's the list, but we encourage you to click over to Mental Floss to hear the explanations of how they earned their often unfair reps.

1. Edsel = Failure
2. Corvair = Unsafe
3. Pinto = Volatile
4. DeLorean = Overhyped
5. Yugo = Shoddy

While the DeLorean might be a bit of a stretch as being overhyped, the rest seem appropriate. These are a good start, but we're sure you all can come up with a whole bunch more.

Thanks for the tip, C. McFeeny!

[Source: Mental Floss]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought Delorean = Time Machine.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ditto.

        How about:

        Camaro= Redneck
        Camry= Lemming
        BMW= Jackass
        VW= hippie
        Buick= 15 under the speed limit
        SUV= Poser
        Escalade= Rapper Wannabe
        H2= Small Penis
      • 7 Years Ago
      I owned several Corvairs and know better, therefore Corvair = assassination.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's missing the most obvious of metaphors. How many times have you heard some high quality piece of merchandise referred to as "The Cadillac of XXXs"?

      What's remarkable is that, years after Caddies ceased to be kings of the American road, the metaphor lives on...
        • 7 Years Ago
        This really is a great comment. This term really is highly resonant with all generations and really Cadillac should start playing up on it. I could see a commercial showing the a Subzero fridge and going "the Cadillac of refrigerators" and then showing the Herman Miller office chair and say "the Cadillac of office furniture" then show the new CTS and go...The Real Deal
        • 7 Years Ago
        It was for negative metaphors only...
          • 7 Years Ago
          It depends on how old you are. There was a time when there was no higher compliment. That GM let this slip away is one of the biggest reasons for the decline of the corporation.
          That said, the "Mercedes of XXX" or "the BMW of XXX," particularly the latter, have a lot of resonance. I think also if you say, "It's like buying a Toyota," people know you mean it's a safe buy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        When one of our tablet press operators has a easy night with no problems, they are referred to as "Cadillacing it".
        • 7 Years Ago
        I don't think people say that as a metaphor. They say it as a statement. Look up the meaning of the word. I believe it had meaning before GM named some shitty cars with it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The delorean could replace the Corvair as the unsafe metaphor. Epoxy dipped frames that are all but rusted out now just doesn't sound safe to me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        But the frames were not made from stainless steel - just the body. The frames were made from thin steel and dipped in epoxy to protect them. However, the frames were dipped too long causing the epoxy to crack and enabling the retention of water in those cracks. The most common aftermarket item for these cars is a brand new stainless steel frame.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Um.... pretty sure that stainless steel doesn't rust... especially SS dipped in epoxy...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Only one guy thought the Corvair unsafe!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just wait til Chery starts selling in America, then we'll have some really colorful metaphors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Audi 5000 = outta here (slang)

        • 7 Years Ago
        That's "Outtie 5000"

        Why would you say Audi?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Le Car = Le Crap
      • 7 Years Ago

      Lada = Cold War Memories

      Oldsmobile = Corpse
      • 7 Years Ago
      Honda Civic-Everyone else has one....

      Or Honda! just spray it or drop a Turbo!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Aztek = Sinfully Ugly
      • 7 Years Ago
      Fiero: on fire, combustible. ie "This bonfire is getting out of control worse that my 84 fiero"

      Kia: dull, boring, uninspired. ie "This movie is less entertaining than the interior of Mike's sportage"

      GM: Large, anemic, slow, antiquated. ie "Good lord, this computer is slower than GM to market change"


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