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The most beloved alphabets

By SYF77 on 21 Aug 2011

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In recent years, I can’t help but to notice the automobile industry’s increasing liking for a particular alphabet. They like to use this alphabet in the naming convention for their products and technology. This alphabet is none other than “I”.

To prove the above phenomenon, here’s a list of companies and their respective usage of the alphabet “I”.

Audi – TFSI (Technology)
Honda – I-VTEC (Technology)
Toyota – VVT-I (Technology)
Volkswagen – TSI (Technology), GTI (Product)
Hyundai – I30, I45 (Product)
BMW – I3, I8 (future product)

Perhaps, the alphabet “I” projects a futuristic image. That should explain why Hyundai has been naming their new products with an “I” prefix. Even the maker of the ultimate driving machines names their electric concepts starting with the alphabet “I”. “I” is also the first letter of the word “Intelligent”. It is meant to convey the idea of a smart technology in the case of Honda and Toyota.

Next, I would go on a alphabet that would appear naturally on the minds of folks who love speed. That alphabet needs little introduction and is it none other than “R”. “R” gives an impression of hardcore (just think of R21 movies) and hot-blooded. Fast driving machines that use the alphabet “R” include the Civic Type R, Golf R, Peugeot RCZ, Megane RS, Octavia VRS, Scirocco R and Nissan GT-R.

I wonder why car makers seldom make use of the alphabet “X”. The only car range that makes use of “X” which comes to my mind is the BMW X1, X3, X5 and X6. “X” conveys the idea of extreme and unconventional – just think of the Degeneration X faction in the World Wrestling Federation during the late 1990s. Who knows, “X” could be the next big thing after “I” and “R”.Attached Image: thumbnail.jpg

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Higherflux Aug 22 2011 11:37 AM
You should have used the word "letter" instead of "alphabet".

There are 26 LETTERS in the ALPHABET.

Hence, "i", "R" and "X" are letters, not alphabets.
Jpwong22 Aug 22 2011 12:05 PM
I think you missed out the the make Jaguar. Currently all their models are X-type, XF, XJ and XK
Friendstar Aug 22 2011 12:41 PM
I think F is good too.

BenCee Aug 22 2011 04:38 PM
For engines, 'I' stands for injection, conceived during the times when fuel injection was a breakthrough innovation.

'R' stands for Race mostly.

And 'X' for cross, as in crossover, or in 4x4s, being able to 'cross' any obstacle.

Also, agree about 'letters' making up an 'alphabet'. Common mistake.
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