The ABCs of Cars & Trucks

While flying from DTW to SFO I sat next to a Ph.

While flying from DTW to SFO I sat next to a Ph. D who studies DNA. And the conversation turned to cars. After all, while she drives a car, I am not much when it comes to A,C, G, T (a.k.a., adenine, cytosine, guanine, thymine).

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As the conversation proceeded, she observed that there tends to be a whole lot of cars and trucks that are alphanumerics, and generally more alpha and numeric. To that end, I've complied a list of current models (absenting things like the Pontiac GTO and G8) that are remarkably code-like in their names.

Here goes:

Cadillac

  • CTS

  • DTS

  • STS

  • XLR

  • SRX

Chevrolet

  • HHR

Lincoln

  • LS

  • MKS

  • MKZ

  • MKT

  • MKX

Scion

  • xB

  • xD

  • tC

Lexus

  • ES

  • GS

  • HS

  • IS

  • LS

  • SC

  • GX

  • LX

  • RX

Toyota

  • RAV-4

Honda

  • CR-V

Acura

  • RL

  • TL

  • TSX

  • MDX

  • RDX

  • ZDX

Nissan

  • 370Z

  • GT-R

Infiniti

  • G

  • M

  • Q

  • FX

  • EX

  • QX

Mazda

  • RX8

  • CX-7

  • CX-9

Suzuki

  • SX4

Jaguar

  • XF

  • XJ

  • XK

Land Rover

  • LR2

  • LR4

Audi

  • A3

  • A4

  • S4

  • A5

  • S5

  • A6

  • A8

  • TT

  • Q5

  • Q7

BMW

  • Z4

  • X3

  • X5

  • X6

Mercedes

  • C

  • CL

  • CLK

  • CLS

  • E

  • S

  • SL

  • SLK

  • SLS

  • ML

  • R

  • G

  • GL

  • GLK

Volkswagen

  • CC

Volvo

  • C30

  • C70

  • S40

  • V40

  • V50

  • V70

  • S80

  • S60

  • XC60

  • XC70

  • XC90

Makes you wonder: Are all these code-like names meaningful or merely vehicle-manufacturer centric?