Can You Name All of These Vehicles in French?


By: Olivia Cantor

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About This Quiz

Bonjour! Calling all car lovers out there! Car lovers who are also French proficient, that is! Do you think you can challenge yourself enough to take on this special vehicles in French quiz? Try, try, try!

For travelers, this ought to be fun. Imagine traveling in France or in other French-speaking places. Of course, the very first things that you would try to learn there will be basic words and phrases. This is a basic survival guide skill needed for traveling to any foreign land! So learning a few French words pertaining to vehicles and to major public transportation details ought to be a high priority! 

For car enthusiasts, this is also a good time to test your knowledge of different vehicle types. Learn how they are said in French! Or learn how the French also name their car brands, makes, and even companies to reflect an interesting identity. Some of these brand names and trademarks have accompanying translatable words compounded with them, though. So it should be fun to guess what they mean, right?

So rev up and let's do this quiz! Allez!

What’s the general term for this vehicle?

A car is “la voiture” in French. Try to remember that, s’il vous plait!


What do you call this top-down?

This is a convertible. In France, it’s called a “cabriolet,” okay?


This Renault model is indeed captivating. What’s the name?

This is the Renault Captur. Yes, that means “to capture,” which is what this captivating car model does, perhaps…


What is this one called?

A wagon in French is called “le wagon.” C’est easy!


This is generally known as what?

This is a truck. Or as the French call it, "le camion."


We call it a lorry, but the French call it a what?

"Le poids lourd" translates to lorry. Or technically, it actually means "heavy goods vehicle."


This one’s easy. What’s it called?

"Le tram" is a tram, literally. Tell Blanche Dubois it’s also the French term for "streetcar."


This Venturi model shares its name with an ocean. Which one, said in French?

This is the Venturi Atlantique. Yeah, it’s like the Atlantic!


This fast-moving vehicle is called what?

A typical race car is termed “voiture de course.” Or maybe they name it like a human later…


Quick, what is this encore?

A sedan is called “le sedan.” It’s le simple!


Such a huge win for Citroën, this one. What’s the model name?

This beauty is called the Citroën C-Triomphe. Yes, that last word means "triumph."


A hauler is called what in French?

This is a "transporteur." Such a long term for a hauler…


What is this very common public transport?

"Autobus" is what they usually call a bus in France. Be aware, travelers!


The brand for this Berliet is similar to this female aquatic animal. Which one is it?

This model is called the Berliet Dauphine. Dauphine is actually a female dolphin, or a female heir apparent, too.


It’s like entering a holy temple, but what’s the name of this French car manufacturer?

De La Chapelle or DLC is a longtime French manufacturer of cars. Literally, it means “of the chapel.”


What is a van called in France?

A van is a camionnette. The –ette suffix sometimes indicates a small version of something.


What’s this two-wheeled ride called?

A scooter in French is “le scooter.” Simple enough, n'est-ce pas?


Renault offered this spacious car called what?

This is the Renault Espace. Yes, that means space, for those who need more of it.


What’s a fire truck called?

Fire trucks are defined by who they carry. Since they carry firefighters or pompier, it’s called the “camion de pompier.”


Venturi is not very happy with some models, but they came up with this! What’s it called, ironically?

This is actually the Venturi Buckeye Bullet. But it’s also known as La Jamais Contente, which means “never happy.” Strange!


Can you translate "tractor" in French?

Le tracteur is simple enough to understand. It’s a simple tractor.


What do you think they call this moped in France?

The cute moped has a long French translation. They call it “vélomoteur.”


Exagon has the token winning word in this brand. Which is it?

This is the Exagon Trophee Andros. It’s a trophy car for people who like such tokens.


A tow truck is called what?

La dépanneuse is a tow truck. Yes, it’s female!


Citroën has this newbie-named vehicle. What’s it called?

This is the Citroën C4 Nouvelle. Yes, nouvelle means “new.”


The typical motorcycle is known as what?

A motorcycle is called “la moto.” Yeah, sometimes they just like to shortcut it.


This long commute is known as?

"Le train” is what the French call trains. Easy enough to remember, no?


DLC has this as an ideal model. What’s it called?

This is the DLC Parcours. It translates as “for the course.”


For scooping up during winter, this vehicle is called what?

This is a snowmobile. They call it “motoneige.”


The subway is called what?

The French subway is called “le métro.” Like Zazie Dans Le Métro!


It may be ideal for long rides, so Renault named this model as what?

This is known as the Renault Scénic. It could drive you to scenic places indeed…


Golfers, what’s this?

This is obviously a golf cart. Call it a “voiturette de golf” when in France.


It’s not what you think! This old horse-drawn thingie is called what?

This is a carriage. But they call it “le chariot.”


DLC named this one after a hunter from Greek mythology, named as…?

This is the De La Chapelle Atalante model. Yes, they named it after Atalanta.


It’s the term they use for this saloon. What is it?

The French call this "la berline." We call it a saloon.


Peugeot may have been thinking of the old pager when they created it. What’s this called?

This cute thing is called a Peugeot Bipper. Yes, it shares its name with the beeper…or maybe it’s beeper-inducing to drive?


Renault likes Homer. What’s this model called?

Renault Iliade is named after Homer’s Iliad. It is indeed an epic vehicle!


This Microcar sounds like bling. What’s it called?

This is a Microcar Virgo Luxe. Luxe means "luxury."


Technically, it should mean four-wheel drive. What’s this Citroën model called?

This is called the Citroën Traction Avant. Yes, the name implies that it’s a four-wheel drive.


Renault may be thinking of a huge ship with this one. What’s it called?

This is a Renault Galion. Not exactly like a galleon, but it’s like something in between a truck and a van made during the 1940s.


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