CARS – do you get personal with yours? Does your choice of wheels have a name?
The Audi A6 I’m currently running is just ‘The Audi’ – which sort of suits its ever so slightly menacing appearance: all black paint, shaded rear windows, dark alloys only brightened by the chromed exhausts.
But apparently, I’m a bit off kilter with having a personal name for your car. Lots of you do it and the favourite name is: Bob.
Sort of cuddly and friendly – the opposite of The Audi.
But on this International Name Your Car Day (no really), the new car website carwow has surveyed the most popular names for cars.
Bob tops the list followed by Betty, Betsy, Fred and then Bertha. Car names beginning with B are clearly very popular.
In our house, though, we also have a Nissan Figaro which my daughter and wife share. It’s wonderfully retro, but this car does have a name: Thora. And very protective they are over her.
So what is this personal connection?
“Cars are these amazing products that generate a lot of feelings for a lot of people – there’s not really any other product people use regularly that gets a name and the emotional connection that comes with it,” offers James Hind, boss of carwow.
And that’s the point, isn’t it? People do get very emotional about cars – it’s a very personal thing, which is why user chooser company car policies are so popular: you can tailor the car to what suits your personality. From what’s available on the choice list of course!
I did rather like some of the literary names that made it on the list: Moby Dick and Mr Darcy. But in our household there will only be one Thora.
And ‘The Audi’.