Hyundai, Volkswagen, Porsche Are The Most Misspelled Car Brands On The Internet: Study

The study found that Hyundai was misspelled 2,249,400 times per month on the Internet, while Volkswagen was misspelled 1,156,700 times.

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13 June 2022, 12:20

File photo of Hyundai (L) and Volkswagen (R) logos.

Car brand names can often be difficult to pronounce or even spell, and the internet is full of people who misspell many car brands. According to a study by financial services website Confused.com, the top three frequently misspelled car brand names searched for in a month are Hyundai, Volkswagen and Porsche.

The study found that Hyundai was misspelled 2,249,400 times per month on the internet, while Volkswagen was misspelled 1,156,700 times and Porsche 1,011,000 times. Besides these top three misspelled car brands, other frequently misspelled car brands are Toyota with 824,600 occurrences per month, 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.

The study compiled a list of 27 frequently misspelled global automotive brand names on the Internet. Apart from the top 10 car brands mentioned above, the list also included names such as Nissan, Renault, Mazda, Rolls-Royce, Volvo, Land Rover, Lexus, Chevrolet, BMW, Ford, Jaguar, Audi, Jeep, Fiat , Geely. and Subaru.

The study noted that misspellings are mostly based on the phonetic pronunciation of a brand. For example, Porsche is misspelled as “Porshe”, Mercedes as “Mersedes”, Lexus as “Leksus”. Some other misspellings seem to be just a matter of hitting adjacent letters on the typing board by mistake, for example, Ford being misspelled as “Dford”, Volvo as “Volvi”, and Toyota as Totota.

Another subset of misspellings includes the case of certain interchanged letters, for example, Chevrolet being misspelled as “Chevorlet”, Tesla as “Telsa”, and BMW as “BWM”. Another subset of misspellings included the addition or subtraction of certain letters from car brand names. For example, Honda being misspelled as “Hond”, Audi as “Auddi”, Jeep as “Jeeep”, among others.

Date of first publication: June 13, 2022, 12:13 PM IST

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