Ever since the auto industry became one of the main industrial factors in Western society, marketing started playing a big role in selling new cars. So, the car manufacturers started giving their cars more aggressive names instead of simple model designations with letters or numbers. And soon, most of the car brands started naming their products after powerful, well-respected animals.
That was a marketing technique to insinuate their cars had the same untamed characteristics. Interestingly, this trend was and still is popular in America, as well as globally. So, here are the best-known models they have named after wild animals. It even includes some of the European models with similar names for good measure.
Emerging just two weeks before the Mustang, in April of 1964, the Barracuda was the first Pony car they ever made. Since the automotive world was anticipating the Mustang due to reports coming from Ford, Chrysler decided to introduce a car in the same segment. Interestingly, they based it on the standard Valiant platform.
The Barracuda had modest underpinnings with three engines, two straight sixes and one V8. So the designers had to come up with an interesting design to attract buyers. The 1964 Barracuda had a big panoramic rear glass window and a sleek fastback body line that was advanced for the period. The best Barracudas were the 1970/71 models you could order with the mighty Hemi.