I love football. I also love cars. And sometimes it is fun to combine the two.
During the World Cup I will obviously be interested in my own nation’s games, plus some others from a football purist's point of view. However several games, say Switzerland vs Hounduras in Group H, aren’t going to get me very excited. Unless...
Let's imagine if each nation was in fact represented by the used car that suits it best. Then I could complete my World Cup wallchart with glee.
Yes, car hating Switzerland would be represented by the Smart they designed, and motor industry-free Houndras can have a Beetle, as imported several decades before from Brazil.
So here is how I think each country will be represented. Let me know if you agree?
Group AFrance – Citroen Xsara. It is a bit dull, but they are cheap and cheerful.South Africa – Golf Mark 1, or the the Citi as it was badged.Mexico – New Beetle. I’ll pick the new one to set it apart from Honduras.Uruguay - Renault 9, as they have made Renaults there for years.
Group BArgentina – Vauxhall Corsa, although as built by the Argies it was badged as a Chevy Corsa.Nigeria – Peugeot 504, It really could not be any other vehicle it is so African.South Korea – Hyundai Elantra. Just sums up old school Koreans, and its not a Pony.Greece – Mercedes G Class, built under licence by a company called Elbo, I think.
Group CEngland – Rover 800 Sterling, simply because I owned one a few months back.USA – Buick Century simply because my hire car was once ‘upgraded’ to a Buick.Slovenia – The Renault Clio II was built there you know.Algeria – The Peugeot Partner is the most popular used car there, apparently.
Group DGermany – BMW E34 or E39. No arguments.Australia – Holden Commodore, a big old Down Under Omega.Ghana – Mercedes 124. They make replica cardboard coffins of them, you know,.Serbia – Yugo. Remember them?
Group EHolland – Volvo 440. Better than the Carisma, surely?Cameroon – Nissan Sunny. They have loads of Japanese taxis over there.Denmark – Audi A8, because they make a lot of aluminum.Japan – Toyota Corolla. Let's give the company something to cheer this year.
Group FItaly – Fiat Uno. An old Fiat that I like.Slovenia – Skoda Rapid. Any excuse to include the Eastern Block Porsche!Paraguay - Mitsubishi Pajero. They're made in Brazil and they sneak over the border.New Zealand – Hillman Avenger. Yes, really. They were assembled into the early '80s.
Group GBrazil – Land Rover Defender. Cheating maybe, but they build it, so it counts,Portugal – Ford Galaxy, or it could an Alhambra or Sharan.Ivory Coast – A Toyota Landcruiser would be the only way to get around there.North Korea – Mercedes 190. Apparently they copied them, but not very well.
Group HSpain – SEAT Ibiza. Could be any one, but this sums up the holiday mood.Switzerland – Smart, as designed by those clever Swatch people.Chile – Toyota Hi Lux. They seem to like 'em out there.Honduras – Volkswagen Beetle, old style. They have them as cop cars. Nice.