Indeed. Quite a list of destinations for the person interested in cars named after UK places.
And they don’t do that anymore, do they? Yet the Americans are still happily driving around in Aspens, Tahoes, Malibus and Colorados. Seat, to my knowledge still sell an Ibiza, Ateca and Leon. The French and Germans are less willing to use their place names for their products, are they not?
The case of the United Kingdom is curious. The French and Germans never really went in for celebrating their lovely towns: Bamberg, Bordeaux, Aix-en-Provence, Miltenberg, say. The Spanish are still doing it. The British did and gave up. That change makes it an interesting case. What has happened to the British (I am not British) to make them feel like their entire country is uncool? Oxford, Cambridge and Westminster are still respectable places, for various reasons. Yet it seems unthinkable to name a car after them today. Then again, what car would fit such a moniker? Minis are British but have their own nomenclature and anyway a car as purportedly small as a Mini would not fit a big name like
Westminster (but in 2030 it will be able to). Jaguar cars are fitted with useless two-letter codes to make them sound like an order from a supplier of suppositories or like trim levels from an Infiniti or Honda. Nissan have a set of wholly-made up namoids and they are Japanese. Rover has gone the way of Austin, Wolseley and Humber (there is another name). A few weeks our very own stalwart Myles Gorfe was discussing Granada limousines. In the ye good olden days of bygone yore Coleman-Milne could unselfconsciously call their vehicles names recalling the great London hotels: Dorchester and Grosvenor. The latest limousine has the anodyne name of Rosedale. I accept Rosedale is a place in Yorkshire. It could also very well be a road in a housing estate or the name of a retirement home: cosy and bland. Roses can grown anywhere. It’s a curiously reluctant name, and it might be the last British place name on a production car (apart from Vauxhall which is also viewed as a liability).
(Post script: the Ford Taunus and Eifel sprang to mind and then the VW Westphalia camper van. Are their others? Not so many?)