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December 12, 2005

Car brand names

After watching the UK snooker championship on Eurosport, where Ronnie O'Sullivan lost against Mark King, I got stuck on that other sports channel again and they had yet another one of those stupid quizzes going on, which mainly consist of getting people to call and spend €0.49 (Germans) or €0.70 (Austrians) per call in the hopes of winning a fairly unreachable €40,000 prize.

They had a grid filled with letters this time, and the task was to find four car brand names that were hidden in there vertically or horizontally. The obvious thing was that the grid contained a lot of misspelled car brand names, such as "Tojota", "Nisan", "Matzda" "Renaut" or "Lanzia", and a few car model names such as "Golf" or "Twingo", but the only correctly spelt car brand name that I could spot was "Fiat".

Well. After about 50 people had called, repeating "Tojota", "Nisan" and "Matzda" over and over again, it was finally revealed that the four correct car brand names were in fact "Fiat" (ah!), "UAR" (huh?), "ASD" (huh?!) and "AIL" (huh?!?).

As I have been quite unable to find any information about any of the latter three car brands, I'd be interested if any of you, my dear readers, have ever heard of them.

Posted by Horst on December 12, 2005 08:15 AM to the land of Potz | Tell-a-friend

Armin said on December 12, 2005 01:59 PM:

AIL seems to be from Israel. Found here.

Horst said on December 12, 2005 02:11 PM:

Wow. That's a good link with hundreds of car makes that I've never heard of. There's stuff for plenty more quizzes in there.

I'm starting to think that maybe it wasn't "UAR", but "UAZ". Not that I'd ever heard of UAZ before having a look at your car list.

Diana Eastment said on December 12, 2005 03:09 PM:

I do love a challenge!


Universal Auto Radiator Manufacturing Company (UAR), Pittsburgh, produces the first commercial CuproBraze radiators in configurations that fit more than 90 models of American, European and Japanese cars and trucks.


Company name: Automotive Industries ltd
Address: P.O. Box 535, Nazareth Illit 17105

Automotive Industries Ltd. (AIL) was established in 1966 by the Automotive Equipment Group as an assembly plant for cars and trucks.


AS Design (France)

Company near Besancon specializing in car tuning.

Company name: AS Design
Address: rue des Valliéres, Z.I. de Thise, 25025 Besancon-cedex

Pretty arcane stuff, though, for a TV quiz...

Btw, Horst - super site, I love it!

Best wishes

Diana (your colleague in the IB at the PA Wien)

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