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While millions of its vehicles were being recalled because of malfunctioning brake systems and faulty accelerators, Toyota continued broadcasting its Moving Forward ad campaign. Many have suggested changing the slogan to... "Moving Forward, like it or not!" or "Moving Forward at 120 mph!"

When General Motors tried to sell the Chevrolet Nova in Latin America, sales were abysmal. Eventually, the company realized the problem was in the name:
No Va means "doesn't go" in Spanish.

When the General Electric Company (GEC) and Plessey combined to create a new telecommunications giant, the brand name GPT (for GEC-Plessey Telecommunications) was selected. It was a total disaster for European branding, as GPT is pronounced in French as "J’ai pété" or "I've farted."

Latte means milk in Italian. In English, Latte is a coffee-drink.
But in German, Latte is a well known word for an erection.
A "morning latte" is when you wake up in the morning with an erection. 

When Canadian Mist, a popular blended whiskey produced by the Brown-Forman Corp., was introduced into Dutch and German markets the results were disappointing. Corporate officials were baffled until someone pointed out that "mist" is a slang term in German that means "manure."
When Honda introduced their "Fitta" into Nordic countries in 2001 they belatedly learned that "fitta" was an old word used in vulgar language to refer to a woman's genitals in Swedish, Norwegian and Danish. They soon renamed their vehicle "Honda Jazz."
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Gerber, the name of the famous baby food maker, is also the French word for vomiting. Gerber, consequently, does not sell its products in France.


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