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World Top 20 ‘Auto Animals’ on Freeways!

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The names of vehicles have been inspired by ideas, adjectives, philosophies and objects and of
course by animals. Intriguingly many autos that were christened after the names of animals
have been quite a hit during their life times. Following are some blockbuster vehicles that have
had millions of eyes pry their gait with rapt attention on streets and freeways.

1. Barracuda (Plymouth): The Plymouth Barracuda was a car produced by the Plymouth
division of the Chrysler Corporation from the years 1964 through 1974. The animal
counterpart is a ray-finned fish that’s about 6 ft long and 1 ft wide. It has a characteristic
fearsome appearance.

2. Beetle (Volkswagen): The actual name of this vehicle was the Volkswagen Type 1, but it
was commonly called as the Beetle or Bug. The beetle was an economy car that was
produced from 1938 until 2003. Later, the Volkswagen folks themselves began marketing
it as a "Beetle," in the US by 1967. The insect beetle refers to a set of insects, that has the
largest number of species, amounting to about 25% percent of all known life forms.

3. Bison (Chevrolet heavy-duty truck): The Chevrolet Bison was a heavy-duty Class 8
truck from General Motors, manufactured between 1977 and 1988. The animal Bison is a
biological group containing six species of large variety of ungulates falling under the
subfamily Bovinae. Just two of these species are extant, namely the American Bison and
the European Bison.
4. Bluebird (Nissan): The Nissan Bluebird was a medium-sized car launched in 1957. The
actual bluebirds are medium-sized, mostly insectivorous/omnivorous birds of the thrush
family Turdidae. These attractive birds are mostly blue and red in color.

5. Bronco (Ford): The Ford Bronco was an SUV manufactured from 1966 till 1996, and
continued for five generations. Irrespective of which year these vehicles were produced,
they were by standard four-wheel drive and low range. Faunally, Bronco or bronc, is a
term used in North America to refer to an untrained horse or the one that habitually bucks.

6. Cheetah (the Australian sports car): The Cheetah Racing Cars were manufactured in
Australia. They were for the most part designed, engineered by Brian Shead. The first
Cheetah was built and used in 1960. The quadruped cheetah is a member of the cat family
(Felidae) that is well known for its unique ability in speed and stealth. It's the fastest of all
land animals and can reach speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour or 75 mph.

7. Cobra (Ford): The Ford SVT Mustang Cobra is a pony car by Ford being produced since
the year 1993. It was a high-performance rendition of the Mustang built by Ford. The
snake cobra, is a venomous snake that's generally found in the tropical and desert regions
of Asia and Africa. Its most prominent feature is the hood, which is the part of its neck that
flattens outwards when it's threatened.
8. Cougar (Mercury): The Mercury Cougar was marketed under the Mercury brand of Ford's
Lincoln-Mercury Division. It was christened in 1967 and a number of cars in the class were
built for about 30 years after that. The animal Cougar, also known as puma, mountain lion,
or panther, belongs to the Felidae family and is native to the Americas. It can be found in
northern Canada to the southern Andes of South America. The cat is adept at stalk-and-
ambush preying.

9. Honey Bee (Datsun): The Datsun 120Y or Datsun Honeybee was the third generation
(1973–1978) auto from the company and was very popular when it surfaced during the
gas crisis of the 1970s. The real Honeybees belong to the group of bees of the about
20,000 known species of bees.
10. Impala (Chevrolet): Defined as a "prestige car within the reach of the average American
citizen" by the engineers of the Chevrolet division, General Motors, Impala was the
company's most expensive full-size car from 1958 to 1965. The name Impala has comes
from the Zulu language and refers to a medium-sized African antelope. The animal is found
in many parts of Africa in the savannas and thick bushveld in Kenya, Tanzania,
Mozambique, northern Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, southern and at more
places.

11. Jaguar (SS Cars, Swallow Sidecars): Jaguars are luxury cars produced by the
manufacturer Jaguar cars limited. The company was originally based at Browns Lane,
Coventry, England, however it can now be found at Whitley, Coventry. Initially founded as
Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922, the company acquired the name SS Cars Ltd in 1934,
before eventually becoming Jaguar Cars Ltd. 1945. The animal with the same name is a
New World mammal of the cat family and also one of four "big cats" along with the tiger,
lion, and leopard. Found mostly in Mexico, southwestern United States, Central America
Paraguay and northern Argentina, this stalk-and-ambush predator has the ability to
accelerate from 0 to 106 kilometers per hour (approx. 67 mph) in about 3.9 seconds.

12. Lark (Studebaker): Studebaker based the Lark on a new compact design, it was rolled
out in the markets in 1959. The company after commemorating its 100th birthday in 1952
stopped auto production in the year 1966. The animal by the same name is a small
terrestrial bird well known for its songs and display flights. Symbolizing happiness, hope,
good fortune, freedom, joy, youth, creativity and freshness, larks have earned a prominent
place in literature and music. Most member species have long hind claws, are somewhat
dull in appearance and feed on insects and seeds.
13. Mustang (Ford): The first Mustang rolled out from the assembly line in Dearborn,
Michigan in 1964. Produced by the Ford Motor Company, it was introduced to the public at
the New York World's Fair in the same year. The car was a highly successful launch and
also featured in the James Bond film Goldfinger in 1964. The animal Mustang is a free-
roaming feral horse of the North American west. Often referred to as wild horses, they are
believed to have descended from horses brought to the Americas by the Spanish. The
horses symbolize the spirit of initiative of the West. Moreover, the name is quite popular
for high-performance products and sports mascots.

14. Fox (Volkswagen): First produced in 2004, The Volkswagen Fox is a small car designed
and manufactured by Volkswagen do Brasil and is marketed in Latin America and Europe.
It made its entry in the European market in the year 2005 as it replaced the Lupo city car.
The car comes in three-door and five-door hatchback models. The animal by the same
name is found on almost every continent in the world and is one of about 27 species of
small to medium-sized canids. Foxes have sharp features and a bushy tail, the animal
frequently features in the popular culture and folklore of many nations, tribes, cultural
groups, etc.
15. Rabbit (Volkswagen): This is a compact car/small family car first manufactured by
Volkswagen in 1974 and is known as Rabbit in the United States and Canada. However, it’s
known as Volkswagen Golf or VW Golf in the rest of the world. Rabbit is considered a
highly successful front-wheel drive replacement for the air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle. The
Rabbits (animals) are small and cute mammals, often kept in a home as pets for
companionship as 'house rabbits,' they are found in many different parts of the world. Most
rabbits are ground dwellers that live in varied environments such as desert, tropical forest
and wetlands. Their life span in general is from four to twenty years.

16. Ram (Dodge): The Ram is a full-size pickup truck manufactured by Chrysler LLC's Dodge
brand first Introduced in 1981. The first-generation Rams were christened for the Ram
hood ornament that featured on Dodge cars in the 1930s and '40s. On the other hand the
animal Ram refers to an un-castrated male of domestic sheep. Sheep are one of first
animals to have been domesticated for agricultural purposes.

17. Road Runner (Plymouth): The Plymouth Road Runner was a muscle car version of
Belvedere and Satellite from the Plymouth division of the Chrysler Corporation in the US.
The auto was produced between 1968 and 1980. As soon as this low-cost muscle car hit
the roads, it became quite a hit. The corresponding animals by the same name are two
species of birds of the cuckoo family, native to North and Central America. These ground
foraging cuckoos are the Greater Roadrunner and the Lesser Roadrunner. The birds have a
dove-like song that's slow.
18. Sable (Mercury): The Sable was a full-size sedan designed and manufactured by the Ford
Motor Company since the year 1986 and was marketed under the Mercury brand. It is
considered a great success in the American automotive industry, as this imposing car sold
about 2 million pieces in its 20 years of production. The animal sable is a small carnivore
that lives in forest environments mostly in Russia, northern Mongolia, China and in Japan.
Historically, the animal has been exploited for its highly valued fur, which is considered a
luxury item even today.

19. Sting Ray (Chevrolet Corvette): The Chevrolet Corvette StingRay is a sports car.
Chevrolet produced the first Corvette in 1953. The car is well considered as the first all-
American sports car manufactured by an American carmaker. Scientifically termed as
dasyatidae the real stingray is a cartilaginous marine fish related to sharks. The fish is
commonly found in tropical seacoasts across the world. The fresh water species can be
found in Asia, Africa, and South America.

20. Viper (Dodge): Manufactured by the Dodge division of Chrysler LLC, the Dodge Viper is a
V10-powered sports car. This popular two-seat sports auto was first rolled out from the
assembly lines in the year 1991. Now about three generations old the car has been
produced and marketed under many flavors. Further, the chic auto has made numerous
appearances in TV shows, video games, movies and music videos. The snake by the same
name is scientifically known as Viperidae and it belongs of are a family of dreaded
venomous snakes. The snake is found all across the globe barring Australia and
Madagascar. It is characterized by long hinged fangs that enabling the serpent to
penetrate deep into the skin and inject its deadly venom.

From birds to snakes to cats and fishes, the fascination for species other than human does
provide immense inspiration for myriad mundane endeavors. Laying machinery onto the molds
of animalistic persona has proved pretty profitable for auto-marketers, in addition to fulfilling
the passions millions of auto buyers worldwide.

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