You might be surprised how many car names start with the letter “E.” From makes to models to an entire line of vehicles, plenty of cars have used “E” names. One of the most notorious cars in history has an “E” name.
Ford’s SUVs and Crossovers
Ford Motor Company has relied on “E” words to name nearly every vehicle in their line of SUVs and crossovers. From the compact Ecosport and Escape to the popular Edge, Explorer and Expedition, plenty of Ford “E” names abound. In fact, the only current SUV or crossover in Ford’s lineup that doesn’t start with “E” is the Flex.
From 2000 to 2005 Ford had another “E” SUV model: the Excursion. This SUV was a heavy-duty model that possessed power and versatility but had poor fuel mileage. Even though it was popular with drivers, critics hated the Excursion, and Ford discontinued it under pressure to produce vehicles with better gas mileage and emissions.
German automaker Mercedes-Benz has manufactured its E-Class line of cars since 1993. The “E” in E-Class stands for eEinspritzmotor, the German word for “fuel-injection engine.” The E-Class series is a mid-range line of cars for the company.
From 1953 until the introduction of the E-Class line, Mercedes-Benz used the “E” designation on various cars that employed fuel injection in their motors.
The Most Infamous Car of All Time
Ford has manufactured some of the most popular cars in the world since Henry Ford started the company in 1903. By the 1950s the company had become ambitious and launched a model whose name has become a synonym for failure: the Edsel.
In a way, the Edsel represented all of the excess of the 1950s. A large group of executives and designers had a hand in the car’s development, and the finished product was massive and unattractive. Production problems and an economic downturn helped doom the Edsel within three years.
Three-Wheeled “E” Cars
Since the last decade of the 20th century, two companies with “E” names have begun manufacturing or planning to build three-wheeled cars. Egypt’s Egy-Tech has developed and made three-wheeled smart cars for drivers in urban settings since 1997. The company builds its cars in conjunction with the Egyptian government.
In 2009, American entrepreneur and inventor Paul Elio began planning a three-wheeled car that he intends to sell at an economical price. Elio Motors hasn’t begun building the cars yet, but he plans to manufacture them in the United States. The cars will be environmentally friendly, safe and customizable.
Foreign “E” Cars
Several foreign car companies have names that begin with “E.” Elva is a British company that has manufactured race cars since the 1950s, while Elemental builds roadsters in the U.K. Eicher is a truck manufacturer in India that has been in operation since the 1940s, and Elfin is an Australian sports car company.
“E” Cars of the Past
You can also find “E” cars throughout the storied history of cars throughout the world. American Motors had a brand called Eagle, and when Chrysler bought American Motors, it kept the Eagle brand alive from 1988 to 1999. Excalibur made luxury cars from the 60s to the 80s.
Several British brands that start with “E” were active in different eras, from Essex in the 1930s to Enfield in the 1960s and ERF Trucks from 1933 to 2007.
Other “E” Cars
Other various cars that begin with “E” include the Honda Element, the Chevy Equinox and the Buick Enclave. Luxury SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade and Land Rover Evoque use “E” words for their names as well.