Durango is a city in nestled in the mountains of southwest Colorado. It is one of several cities which have cars named for them. Dodge chose the name for its versatile sports utility vehicle, to reflect the character, strength, and durability of this city of classic beauty. Also, because the alliteration sounds good.
Of the seven cities we could think of without looking it up, six of them are west of the Mississippi, and the other is ON the Mississippi, that being LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Buick named one of their newer and more expensive sedans after LaCrosse, because it sounds classy and because a lot of old people live in LaCrosse.
Cities in the Southwest seemed to be popular for which cars are named. Two are in Arizona; Hyundai’s Tucson and Sedona. New Mexico’s Santa Fe is Hyundai’s’ larger version of the Tucson SUV – even though Santa Fe is a smaller city than Tucson. Two west coast cities have cars named for them: Tacoma, Washington and Malibu, California. Tacoma’s a small truck, Malibu a mid-sized Chevy.
We tried to think of any cars named for cities farther east than LaCrosse, and all we came up with was the now defunct Chrysler New Yorker. It seems there is some sort of prejudicial automotive nomenclature going on here. But, when you think of it, it is hard to think of cities in the East that would sound good as car names. Imagine parking a Mazda Milwaukee in your driveway, or pulling up to a stop light in a Ford Flint.
I’ve often thought a dream job would be thinking up the colors of cars – sparkling graphite, moondust gold, sierra dream red, etc. I think it would also be fun to think up the car names. Let’s try it, with eastern U.S. cities. I’ll name a few. The Cadillac Cleveland, The Toyota Tampa, The Ford Miami, The Nissan Newark. Alliterations aside, how about the Chevrolet Bloomington or the Acura Charleston? Hmm. . .all a bit bland.
I’m starting to think cities west of the Mississippi sound best for car names. Although there could be some notable exceptions. Imagine driving a Toyota Tombstone, a Chevy Walla Walla, or a Kia Lincoln. “Hey, Honey, isn’t that a Lincoln in the O’Neal’s driveway? Charlie must have gotten demoted.”