Seems like the Oriental countries are in the lead for the funniest examples.
It’s no secret that the Spanish word “puta” means prostitute, which didn’t stop Mazda launching the Laputa minivan in 1991. The ads claimed that “Laputa is designed to deliver maximum utility in a minimum space while providing a smooth, comfortable ride” and “a lightweight, impact-absorbing body.” No, we didn’t make this one up. It was renamed after Latin American dealerships complained.
Back in the ‘90s my Dad taught in Seoul for about three years. He was always telling me about the Americanized culture over there. Sometimes it was just random words thrown together to look American, but apparently the letter “V” isn’t something familiar. There was a lot of “Harley Dabidson” swag to be had.