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Cars from the Stars – Vehicles Named After Stars, Planets and Celestial Bodies

Darrek Olson
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On this day, September 23, it is officially the first day of fall due to the Autumnal Equinox. Cars are our specialty so it’s hard to fully comprehend what exactly an equinox means, besides the first day of fall. Technically, the Autumnal Equinox occurs when the plane of the equator passes through the center of the sun causing the tilt in the earth’s axis to be neither toward nor away from the sun.

That’s about all of an astronomy lesson as we can give you. Now back to cars.

There is a vehicle named the Chevrolet Equinox, named after this very event today. Then we got to thinking about what other vehicles are named after celestial bodies or themes. This is something we can wrap our head around. So here is a list of some vehicles from both past and present that are named after heavenly objects.

Toyota Celica

Originates from Latin word “coelica” meaning heavenly or celestial

Toyota Celica

Subaru

Japanese word for Pleiades (small cluster of stars in constellation Taurus and reason for Subaru logo containing 6 stars)

Subaru

Ford Galaxie

French word for galaxy

Ford Galaxie

Chevrolet Nova

Named after a star

Chevrolet Nova

Saturn Sky

This one should be obvious

Saturn Sky

Ford Taurus

A constellation

Ford Taurus

Chevrolet Vega

Named after a star

Chevrolet Vega

Ford Orion

A constellation (European car, based on the Ford Escort)

Ford Orion

Toyota Camry Solara

Root word solar, or sun

Toyota Camry Solara

Mercury Comet

A large object with a nucleus of ice and dust with a tail of gas

Mercury Comet

Mitsubishi Eclipse

When the moon’s shadow is cast onto the earth

Mitsubishi Eclipse

Chevrolet Astro

Latin word for “star”

Chevrolet Astro

Mercury

The closest planet to the sun

 Mercury

Ford Telstar

Name of various communication satellites that orbit the earth

Ford Telstar

Darrek Olson
Darrek Olson

Darrek is an enthusiast driver who values the journey more than the destination. A self-proclaimed Miata fanboy, his obscure knowledge of cars sometimes prevents him from remembering what he had for breakfast.

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    Steve May 18, 2017

    does the Aerostar qualify?

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    Steve May 18, 2017

    How about the M3

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    Steve May 19, 2017

    Cirrus, Stratus, Strato Chief, Aurora, Solstice, Sunfire, Astra (From astralis meaning of the stars), Equinox, M37, M45, M35, M56

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