The interesting naming history of the VW car models doesn’t play out just with the list posted in our previous article. There are many other models that deserve mentioning and explaining their naming. It’s always like that with big brands like VW. Here’s some of the car model names that are worth explaining:

VW Phaeton

The first part of this articles was inspired mainly by the naming of Volkswagen Atlas. We can’t deny that the Greek mythology is surely a big interest to the VW brand namers, because there is another car model that originates its name from the Greeks. Phaeton was a god who lost control of the chariot that pulled the sun across the sky. In the 19th century, a phaeton was a specific type of carriage, one with large wheels and an open body designed for speed. In the early days of the auto industry, the name was sometimes applied to open-topped, powerful vehicles – and while the Phaeton has never been built as a convertible, the powerful sense of the name made it a natural for a luxury sedan and wagon.

VW Phaeton


Ahead of its launch in 2009, Volkswagen teamed with a German automotive magazine to poll readers about what the new compact SUV should be named. The choices included Namib, Rockton, Samun, Nanuk and Tiguan – a portmanteau of the German words for tiger and iguana. It’s also the latest in a series of animal-inspired names, along with Rabbit and Fox.

VW Tiguan, Second Generation


The Volkswagen CC has very short and simple story behind its name. The CC is just an acronym for comfort coupe.  The brand decided that the odds of naming the model after its straghtforward description would be good marketing. For a high-class sport car it definitely sounds as a good name and probably worked good in the long term marketing strategy of VW.

Volkswagen CC


The EOS is another reference to a Greek god – the goddess of the dawn.A curios fact: The Eos ended production in May 2015. The Eos was a standalone model with all new body panels, although it shared the platform and components from the Volkswagen Golf (Mk5). The wheelbasematches the Golf Mk5 and Jetta.


Do you have a favorite car brand? Do you follow closely how a car brand chooses to name its car models? You might share your observations and conclusion in the comments. We’ll be happy to read it and discuss it together.

Read our previous article about the naming of car models of VW.

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