The Steel-making industry has become the most pervasive human activity capable of almost unimaginable harm from needles to bullets to vehicles airborne, aquatic and cross-land.
The Elliott Museum in Stuart, FL, exhibits one of the first automobiles to bear an identifying name -- the 'Impala'. There appears to be a specific mentality guiding this first-choise of vehicular nomenclature, following perhaps Custer's defeat at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
Major automakers are found working in watersheds on the fringes (the "frontiers") of the Midwest, where people and jackrabbits have some of their species' largest ears in North America -- perhaps a psychological advantage during inquisitions initiated from coastal regions where small-eared creatures are the predominant 'fit' within those 'strip' regions bounded by both an ocean and major mountain range. Perhaps inevitably, the larger-eared creatures can easily identify their small-eared counterparts with 'juvenile' characteristics, with the result that false parentage behavior guarantees morale problems among inquisitors who succeed only if defleted to Central America.
Having grown up near both Custer City and Killbuck in Pennsylvania, the spectacle of small-eared humans defying the odds in metal machines that are equated in mind and print with large-eared animals jibes perfectly with the fact of continuous reissue of the 'Impala' automobiles. That some car names fail miserably in the marketplace can be held accountable to the Biblical David-and-Goliath encounters of cross-cultural folklore.
Also, the ears of people who habitually drive motor vehicles from day-to-day over time periods of decades become creased and pointed as a result from the constant forward-looking focus, as another sociological angle that hints about the purposes of the car names.
What most people don't know is that car names assigned over time spans of decades can be traced to a handful of people who elicit/'milk' responses from one mind then poll others about that response, such that the neural pathway of least resistance is simple agreement with an 'utterance'. Therefore, it is important to acknowledge the facts about car-name assignment and that such naming activity can be at times harmful; hence the 'lobby laws' now available for all to present their own viewpoints outside any prevailing industry intelligence monopolies.