Ever wonder which car brands are misspelled the most? A study conducted by financial services website Confused.com compiled the most commonly misspelled marques searched over the course of a month, and the results are about what you’d expect.
The top three most misspelled automakers were Hyundai with 2,249,400 misspells per month, Volkswagen with 1,156,700, and Porsche, with 1,011,000. Extending out to the top 10, there’s Toyota with 824,600 and Peugeot with 710,100, Tesla with 539,600, Mercedes-Benz with 489,500, Bentley with 341,900, Suzuki with 317,900, and Bugatti with 205,300.
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Many of names on the list seem to be honest misspellings based on the phonetic pronunciation of a brand like “Porshe” (Porsche), “Mersedes” (Mercedes), and “Leksus” (Lexus). Others, like “Dford” (Ford), “Volvi” (Volvo), and “Totota” (Toyota) appear to just be a case of hitting adjacent letters on the keyboard by mistake. There’s also another subset that just has certain letters swapped, such as “Chevorlet” (Chevrolet), “Telsa” (Tesla), and “BWM” (BMW).
Another case was mistakenly adding or leaving out certain letters, like “Hond” (Honda), “Auddi” (Audi), and “Jeeep” (Jeep). However, for all the honest mistakes on this list, there are still a few like Wolksvagen (Volkswagen) and “Landriver” (Land Rover) that left us scratching our heads. In all honesty, though, we’re surprised to see that Alfa Romeo didn’t make the list, especially given all the times we’ve seen it spelled “Alfa Romero”.
What are some common misspellings of car brands you’ve come across? Let us know in the comments.