If you have lived in Nigeria long enough, you are bound to hear Nigerian Nickname of popular cars i.e Muscle, Spider, End of Discussion.

Nigerians are known for their practice of catching “cruise.” One way they do this is by giving nicknames to anyone and anything; even the president wasn’t left out, as the citizens have bestowed the nickname ‘Bubu’ unto him. 

Anything includes cars, and Nigerians have not failed to christen some vehicles with humorous nicknames. The nicknames derived are from a sometimes unique attribute of the car.

Here, we’ll highlight the original names of such cars, their Nigerian sobriquets, and why they were christened their respective nickname.

Volkswagen Beetle – Ijapa or Tortoise:

Nigerians called the Volkswagen Beetle, Ijapa because of its exterior design/shape and uncanny resemblance to the Tortoise. For context, ‘Ijapa’ is the Yoruba name for ‘Tortoise.’ It was a popular car around the 1970s-1980s.

Volkswagen Beetle: Nigerian Nickname is Ijapa or Tortoise
Volkswagen Beetle: Nigerian Nickname is Ijapa or Tortoise

Mercedes Benz W114/W115 – Murtala:

In 1976, the 4th Nigerian head of state, General Murtala Muhammed, was assassinated in his Mercedes. This sad event birthed Murtala, the nickname of the Mercedes Benz W114/W115. The original ‘Murtala’ is still on display at the national museum in Onikan, Lagos. 

Mercedes Benz W114/W115: Nigerian Nickname is Murtala
Mercedes Benz W114/W115: Nigerian Nickname is Murtala

Mercedes-Benz W123 – Regular Benz:

Mercedes Benz W124 was very common in the 1980s-1990s and was the poster car for taxis. This made it a vehicle you see everywhere; therefore, Nigerians gave it the name ‘Regular Benz.’ The Mercedes Benz W124 (V boot) was also in vogue then, so this was a way to differentiate them.

Mercedes-Benz W123: Nigerian Nickname is Regular Benz
Mercedes-Benz W123: Nigerian Nickname is Regular Benz

Mercedes-Benz 911 Bus – Molue:

The word ‘Molue’ is rumored to have been coined from the word ‘Maul,’ which means to treat roughly. It is mainly used for mass transportation, and a crowd is always in a hurry to fill the bus, hence the nickname. 

Mercedes-Benz 911 Bus: Nigerian Nickname is Molue
Mercedes-Benz 911 Bus: Nigerian Nickname is Molue

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Toyota Camry 1995 – Orobo:

The Toyota Camry 1995 model looked fat compared to the other car models in vogue then; therefore, Nigerians gave it a name they saw fitting, ‘Orobo.’ Orobo means to be fat.

Toyota Camry 1995: Nigerian Nickname is Orobo
Toyota Camry 1995: Nigerian Nickname is Orobo

Toyota Camry 1999 – The Pencil:

The origin of this nickname is easily traceable. Compared with the ‘fat’ 1995 model, the Toyota Camry 1999 model was slim. Hence, Nigerians named it ‘The Pencil.’

Toyota Camry 1999: The Nigerian Nickname is the Pencil
Toyota Camry 1999: The Nigerian Nickname is the Pencil

Volvo 200/700 Series Wagon – Coffin:

The Volvo 200/700 Series Wagon owes its nickname ‘Coffin’ to its long-nosed look.

Volvo 200/700 Series Wagon: Nigerian Nickname is Coffin
Volvo 200/700 Series Wagon: Nigerian Nickname is Coffin

1997 Honda Accord US Spec – Baby Boy:

This got its name from the 2001 movie Baby Boy because it was the main character’s, Tyrese Gibson, car. It was popular in the 2000s.

1997 Honda Accord US Spec: Nigerian Nickname is Baby Boy
1997 Honda Accord US Spec: Nigerian Nickname is Baby Boy

BMW 3 Series (1998 – 2006) – COJA:

The All African games (8th edition) were held in Nigeria in 2003, and the official car brand was BMW. The event name was COJA which is short for Commite’ d’Organisation de Jeux Africaine. Trust Nigerians not to let this pass just like that as they named the car ‘COJA.’

BMW 3 Series (1998 – 2006): The Nigerian Nickname is COJA
BMW 3 Series (1998 – 2006): The Nigerian Nickname is COJA

Honda Accord 2003-2005 – End of Discussion:

The Honda Accord 2003-2005 promotion advert, which had the catchphrase ‘The new Honda Accord, End of discussion,’ resulted in the car being famously known as ‘End of Discussion.’

Honda Accord 2003-2005: The Nigerian Nickname is End of Discussion:
Honda Accord 2003-2005: The Nigerian Nickname is End of Discussion:

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Honda Accord (2006-2007, Updated) – Discussion Continues:

As the successor of the car branded ‘End of Discussion,’ it is only fitting that this continues from where it stopped, hence, ‘Discussion Continues.’

Honda Accord (2006-2007, Updated): The Nigerian Nickname is Discussion Continues
Honda Accord (2006-2007, Updated): The Nigerian Nickname is Discussion Continues

Toyota Camry (2007 – 2011) – Muscle:

Although it is popularly known as Muscle, it also has nicknames like ‘Spider’ and ‘Voltron.’ The muscular design is why Nigerians call it Muscle. It was a hit car in Nigeria at that time.

Toyota Camry (2007 – 2011): The Nigerian Nickname is Muscle
Toyota Camry (2007 – 2011): The Nigerian Nickname is Muscle

Honda Accord (2009 – 2012) – Evil Spirit:

The Honda Accord (2009 – 2012) is referred to as Evil Sprit by Nigerians due to its somewhat terrifying demeanor.

Honda Accord (2009 – 2012) - Evil Spirit
Honda Accord (2009 – 2012) – Evil Spirit

SUVs – Jeep:

Most Nigerian wrongly refer to all big cars as jeeps and big cars are mostly SUVs. Although there is an American Automobile manufacturing company known as Jeep that produces 4×4 sport utility vehicles like the Wrangler, Cherokee, etc.

SUVs - Jeep:
SUVs – Jeep

Transporter – Danfo:

Danfo refers to most commercial buses these days. It was initially used to refer to the first Volkswagen transporter van rolled off the production line in Germany.

Transporter - Danfo
Transporter – Danfo

What other car nicknames do you know?

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