Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The Armarda is a special case of irritation with me. Not only is it an Uber-SUV, with it's 12 miles per gallon city and 18 miles per gallon highway, but it has one of the worst names in history. You may as well call the vehicle the Titanic or Fiasco. Why? Armada is a Spanish word for naval fleet and the world's most famous one is the Spanish Armada of 1588. It must have been a beautiful sight! Twenty-two ships bristling with canons with over a hundred support ships charging down the English Channel to invade England, and all for the glory of Catholic Spain (England had dodged outta the Catholic Club a bit earlier).
It all went to Hell.
Not all. Fifty out of the original 130 ships made it back to Spain.
The rest were either burnt by the English (a night attack with boats lit on fire) or wrecked by storms.
Almost French-like in its scope of disaster (oh, c'mon! the Maginot Line is in a class of it's own!).
What's scary is that Nissan thought it'd be a humdinger of a name for their SUV.
What's worse is that a majority of Americans buying it just don't get it, "It's got a cool name! I’m a bad ass!"
No, you're ignorant.
This is Purgatory.