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".....he named it after inventor, physicist and all-around crazy guy Nikola Tesla."
To suggest that Nikola Tesla was "crazy" is criminal. He was nothing short of a genius.
Without this "crazy" guy's proposal of alternating current (as opposed to the nearly unworkable direct current proposed by Edison) we wouldn't have the power grid we have today to light our lights let alone powering the change stations for these cars.
It seems I m not alone I agreeing with Had it in CA. If Mr. Tate's assessment of Nikola Tesla as mad or crazy is an indication of ether his knowledge or judgment, I will make sure to avoid any future articles.
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1. The name Camry, derived from the Japanese word kanmuri, which means "crown", is also in line with the Toyota naming practice of using a word meaning crown to designate its primary cars, such as with its Latin-named sister cars Corona (crown) and Corolla (small crown). Not to mention the Toyota Crown, the longest running passenger-car nameplate affixed to any Toyota model, and the first Toyota vehicle to be exported to the United States in 1958.
2. The VW Type 81 was indeed based on an military version of the famous beetle chassis. The German army called it the kübelwagen, which roughly means "tub" or "bucket" car in English. You can see WWII photos of German army officers driving, or being driven, around in that thing. Since they didn't want to call it the Tub or Bucket, for reasons of English slang, as in "tub of ____", or be associated with the Nazi regime, they called it the Thing, as in you can do anything.
3. The Volkswagen Jetta is named after the Atlantic jet stream, and Passat is German for "trade wind." The Volkswagen Golf is named for the Gulf Stream.
4. One of the more infamous car names was they Chevy Nova. I Spanish, "no va" translates to "will not" go, as in Won't Go.
Actually in archaic French Camaro can mean either “Friend” or “Little Friend”. Certainly not a modern French word.