The influence of celestial bodies pervades our car culture in more than one way
Space may be the last frontier, but there has been an ancient relationship between man and heaven. With the advent of automobiles, even automakers drew inspiration from celestial elements and astronomical phenomena; This is the depth of its influence. To shed some light on this issue, we have listed some of the car brands, models and machines with the same name for several stellar terms.
The Ford Taurus is a favorite family car that has been out of showrooms since 1985 and hasn’t stopped since. The full-size Taurus has been Ford’s cash cow in the past, with more than eight million vehicles produced in North America alone. In the night sky, Taurus is a constellation of stars, which includes the Pleiades constellation, and represents Taurus.
The Equinox is an adorable two-row SUV that, first introduced in 2004, has found its place in many homes thanks to its balance of style, practicality and affordability; And this balance is reflected in its name as well. The term “equinox” comes from the Latin words “aequi” which means “equal” and “nox” which means “night”. It is the time of year when day and night share equal intervals of 24 hours, which occurs once during the summer and again during the fall.
Northstar is also known as Polestar. And if you’ve been tracking news about sustainability and electric cars, you’ve probably come across a Swedish auto brand called Polestar. Founded in 1996 by Volvo Cars partner Flash/Polestar Racing, later bought by Volvo in 2015 and by Geely in 2010. The company, headquartered in Torslanda, Sweden, focuses on developing a range of electric performance cars.
And if that wasn’t enough, we also have many other examples that prove cars’ association with the stars, such as the Transformers’ Sunstreaker Autobot, the Ford Galaxy MPV, the Mercury Comet from the 1970s, and the Saturn Sky (renamed the Pontiac Solstice).
North Star Engines
Do you remember luxury Cadillacs from the ’90s and ’80s? They were outfitted with Northstar engines – a lineup of 90-degree V8s produced by General Motors between 1993 and 2011. In addition to looking great, they were also relatively complex and rated for high performance, thanks to technologies such as a dual overhead cam, a four-valve per cylinder arrangement and block Aluminum head. The engine, which started with a displacement of 4.6 liters, moved to a supercharged version with a capacity of 4.4 liters.
What does it have to do with the night sky? Well, the Northstar, also called Polaris, has been known to stay in roughly the same location every night from dusk to dawn. This makes it an invaluable marker for those navigating the Northern Hemisphere by determining the latitude and direction of north and south.
Toyota Camry Solara
Although it has not been officially launched in the GCC, Toyota Camry Solara has been seen on the streets of Dubai more than once. The two-door coupe/convertible gave the popular Camry produced between 1999 and 2008 a more relaxed atmosphere than an all-around sports car. And if you’re into etymology, you’ll guess that the name Solara has something to do with the sun. In fact, it is translated directly from Latin by the phrase “sun”.
Recent films by Dr. Strange, the Marvel superhero who drew inspiration from Eastern philosophies, have confirmed that we are all familiar with the term astral projection. Speaking of which, the term “astra” comes from the Latin word astrum or “star”. It was the namesake for the affordable compact car that was sold under nearly every brand in GM’s portfolio including Opel, Vauxhall, Chevrolet and Holden. Yes, there was a lot of mixing between brands, after all, “Astra” is the plural or “Astrum”. How befitting!
Mitsubishi Eclipse / Eclipse Cross
If you are a fan of the Fast & Furious series, then surely you know the Mitsubishi Eclipse. The sports car drew a lot to Mitsubishi showrooms between 1989 and 2011, thanks to its unique design and budget-friendly price tag. But after four generations, the nameplate has retired and the thing is, it hasn’t retired gracefully. Recent photos taken by the manufacturer of the latest Eclipse product have surfaced, and they don’t look good. Then in 2017, Mitsubishi revived the Eclipse name in the form of the Eclipse Cross, and to everyone’s surprise is the presence of a compact crossover!
Oh, and as to its relevance to the subject in question, no one needs to be told what an eclipse is. It is the blocking of light from one celestial body to another as it passes, as we observe it on Earth.
The fact that Subaru cars are popular all over the world and that the North American market has a particular fondness for this SUV range is no secret. But have any of you noticed that the Subaru logo consists of a blue oval with a star cluster? If yes, bless your observational skills. The term Subaru refers to a Japanese word that means “unite”. It also defines a group of stars, six to be exact, called the Pleiades by the Greeks. Regarding the myths and rumors of alien life, some believe that the ancestors of many civilizations came from these stars.