Saturday, November 30, 2013

Lost in Translation

Manufacturers invest countless hours developing each and every car. They get everything just right, and then ask marketing for a catchy name. History proves many didn’t invest much thought or time, or consult translators.

A lot of car names have come unstuck in Spanish, where Pajero means something you shouldn’t do in public, Nova means it doesn’t go, and if you have a Pinto, your manhood is a little questionable.

Japanese car makers love cute names. But how about telling people you drive a Social Pose, a Minica Lettuce, a Mini Active Urban Sandal, an Afternoon Tea or a Purple Winky?

Where did it all go wrong? Perhaps Chevrolet started it in the 50s, naming their new 2 door after a swift and slender African antelope, the Impala. Trouble was, the Chevy Impala weight close to 4,500lbs, had the dimensions of a small truck, and was anything but graceful.

If you’re after a used car of any shape, size or brand, you’ll find it with Carzoos. Just remember to double-check its name!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Circle the Wagons

What did Australians do before 4x4s lumbered onto the scene? How did we cart stuff about, head off on holiday or take a gang to the beach?

 Image: Flickr Creative CommonsStation wagons. Sleeker, longer versions of everyone’s favourite sedans, with room for everything. They did everything a 4x4 could do, except serious off-road work, but you could always try.

Lately though, the station wagon has been overshadowed with the growth in SUV popularity, but there is hope for the old favourite.

Because if you think smart, station wagons are real cars, not domesticated trucks. They usually have less and lighter running gear, from wheels to suspension, chassis, engine size and body mass.

All that means they’re cheaper to run because you’re not paying to carry around extra weight in components you probably don’t need.

So if you have a 4x4 in mind, maybe think again and check out some of the great station wagons on Carzoos. Their real world ability will surprise you, as they have for generations.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sixth time around the Block

Ken Block recently released his much-anticipated sixth video in his highly watched Gymkhana series. And while it's just ticked over 11 million views, the reactions have been mixed to Gymkhana 6, with many comments suggesting it's getting a little too same-same - perhaps a victim of the fifth video filmed around San Francisco being so wildly successful and setting the bar too high for subsequent attempts.

Love it or hate it, you have to admit it's still amazingly impressive driving, with Ken Block already suggesting that we can expect Gymkhana 7 in the middle of next year.

What do you think? Is the idea getting tired, or could you sit and watch his tricks for hours?

And if you're inspired by what you've seen, why not have a cheeky glance at the selection of used Ford Fiesta cars we have available on Carzoos!