There’s a prolific mistruth that has been spread far and wide. I’ve read it in magazines, on automotive blogs, I’ve even read it in university text books. The legend goes the Chevrolet Nova sold poorly in Latin America because “nova” means “no go”. Snopes’ article on this urban legend details the various reasons that is, to put it lightly, a crock; nova and “no va” are pronounced differently, for example, and Spanish speakers would generally say a car “no marcha” or “no funciona” anyway. The way I explain it is simple: as an English speaker, are you terrified of visiting a therapist because you fear, based on their job title, you will be sexually assaulted? If there’s any urban legend that gets under my skin, it’s this one. Seriously, Google “Chevy Nova” and “Latin America” and look at all the identical, spurious claims. Also, as Snopes notes, the Nova actually sold well in Mexico and Venezuela.
Tell me: are there any automotive urban legends, myths, falsehoods, or misconceptions you would like to clear up?