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Re: Euro/US Naming
The North American market had various different names. There was
some discussion on this mailing list in December. I wrote:
> Sure, the 5000 was the 100 renamed for the North American market.
> There were two name changes. I think the first (100 to 5000) was to
> try to get some distance from the Audi problems of the 1970s, which are
> legion. The second name change (5000 back to 100) was probably due to
> Mike Wallace, 60 Minutes, unintended acceleration, and "pedal
> misapplication." Do name changes help? I don't know.
Both the 100 and 200 were sold here as the 5000, with various suffixes
denoting equipment level.
The 80 was introduced here as the Fox. After the 100->5000 change,
both the 80 and 90 were sold here as the 4000, again with various
suffixes. The 80/90 coupe was sold here without a numeric badge,