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Old 10-18-2017, 05:07 PM
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I don't quite get the rationale behind this:

- Launch what is essentially a Volvo (looks like one, quacks like one...) under a brand name no-one apart from a few enthusiasts has ever heard of,
- Plan a production run of 500 units (unless there is more demand at what is I assume base at $100k which I somehow doubt), which I don't believe is enough to make profit (which is fine if they have the backing),
- Price it at roughly twice as much as your top-of-the-line luxury saloon which it is based on, but add a trendy, powerful, hybrid powertrain to make it look like a good deal.

My gut feeling is that this is going to slide into obscurity very quickly. It's going to be an (awesome) footnote in Volvo's history, but nothing more, nothing less.
yeah the only part that makes sense is thinking you can only sell 500.... i guess this is to serve as a halo car to get the brand some attention but as we've all said, looking like an S90 coupe won't get that point across.
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Old 10-18-2017, 05:15 PM
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Naming it after a profession that objectifies women is curious though.
"Polestar" is not a profession...and the name has been in existence for 12 years, so how is it NOW a problem?
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:29 PM
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The Polestar branding was always idiotic. Looks great though.
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Old 10-19-2017, 01:58 AM
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"Polestar" is not a profession...and the name has been in existence for 12 years, so how is it NOW a problem?
Obviously the word "Polestar" actually means something else, and obviously they didn't name the brand after strippers (you'd have to be an idiot to think they named the company AFTER the colloquial term, and an even bigger idiot to say the term objectifies women, when men also strip), but most of us are now hearing about this company and it does evoke the idea of strippers in the U.S.

It's kinda like when Pontiac named a car "Vibe," or Audi's TT, or Ford's Probe.

My favorite is the Escort. It was renamed from "Squire" because people made fun of the name... it used to be slang for "hooker." Ironic.
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The Polestar branding was always idiotic. Looks great though.
Amen, amen, amen.

Poledancer is a stupendously stupid name for this car.
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Old 10-19-2017, 02:45 AM
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Could have a good time with this car
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"Polestar" is not a profession...and the name has been in existence for 12 years, so how is it NOW a problem?
Obviously the word "Polestar" actually means something else?, and obviously they didn't name the brand after strippers (you'd have to be an idiot to think they named the company AFTER the colloquial term, and an even bigger idiot to say the term objectifies women, when men also strip), but most of us are now hearing about this company and it does evoke the idea of strippers in the U.S.

It's kinda like when Pontiac named a car "Vibe," or Audi's TT, or Ford's Probe.

My favorite is the Escort. It was renamed from "Squire" because people made fun of the name... it used to be slang for "hooker." Ironic.
I don't understand (though I did just looked at the pictures and read last few comments) the fuss about the name. of course Polestar means something else than the "profession"... it means a star of/from/over pole! a north pole obviously, since parental brand Volvo is Swedish.... and in this analogy it most likely implicates a North Star! hence a "star-like" logo on its trunk.... though I do admit it looks like somebody took old Citroen logo and perpendicularly placed its chevrons

there's always a likely chance that cars, or in this case brands name might have "alternative" meaning... just remember Pinto (meaning small dick in Brazilian slang) or Nova (no-va; does not go in Spanish) or Kuga (plague in Slavic languages)
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The problem with people who are upset at those poking fun at polestar is simply that they have zero sense of humor or command of logic. A sense of humor would be manifested by them laughing too. A command of logic would let them see that using a name--that NO ONE knows for its automotive connotation--that brings up images of dancers and happy ending queens would be antithetical to naming an expensive car.
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https://www.motor1.com/news/183773/p...77000-dollars/

No one will buy a volvo for 150,000 or anything above that.
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The problem with people who are upset at those poking fun at polestar is simply that they have zero sense of humor or command of logic.
Good lord, get over yourself.

"Using a name--that NO ONE knows for its automotive connotation--that brings up images of dancers and happy ending queens would be antithetical to naming an expensive car."

1. Strippers aren't prostitutes.

2. The Polestar name HAS BEEN USED ON VARIOUS VOLVO VEHICLES since 2009. So...actually yeah, people do know it for it's automotive connotation. Quite a number wouldn't associate it with what you do...and you're the one who's getting upset about it being on a car, not the other way around. Perhaps you just have a dirty mind or have enjoyed the benefits of one too many happy ending queens.
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