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14 Car Names You're Probably Saying Wrong

Yes, there’s an actual correct way.
ILLUSTRATOR ANTONELLA P. VENTURA
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Pronouncing fancy car names the right way isn’t just for car lovers—much like learning how to say alcohol brands isn’t limited to raging alcoholics. Whether or not you’re a car enthusiast, knowing how to properly enunciate different car brands is not too bad a flex.

Even popular brands like Porsche and Volkswagen have had their European names butchered in some way or another. So here’s a list of some of the most mispronounced brands for both car fans and laymen alike.

Photo by Audi Philippines.

1| Audi 

Incorrect: o-dee

Correct: aw-dee 

2| Buick 

Incorrect: byoo-week

Correct: byoo-wik

3| Citroen 

Incorrect: sit-tro-en

Correct: seet-tro-en 

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4| Hyundai 

Incorrect: hon-dey

Correct: hh-yonn-de

5| Peugeot 

Incorrect: peeyo-jot

Correct: poo-jsho 

6| Plymouth 

Incorrect: ply-mouth

Correct: pli-muth 

Photo by Paul John Cana.

7| Porsche 

Incorrect: porsh

Correct: por-shuh 

8| Renault 

Incorrect: ren-awlt 

Correct: ren-oh

9| Koenigsegg 

Incorrect: ko-ni-seg

Correct: kou-nig-zegg 

10| Lancia 

Incorrect: lan-sha

Correct: lan-cha 

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11| Volkswagen 

Incorrect: voks-wa-gen

Correct: folks-va-gun 

12| Mercedes Benz

Incorrect: mer-say-deez benz

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Correct: mert-say-des bents

13| Alfa Romeo

Incorrect: al-fa row-mi-yo

Correct: al-fa ro-me-yo

Photo by COURTESY OF ASIAN CARMAKERS CORPORATION/ BMW GROUP PRESSCLUB.

14| BMW

Incorrect: b-m-w

Correct: b-m-v

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