You're correct, eyePad. pulmonia was a typo, pulmonía is correct. Originally, the local populace thought that you could, in fact, get pneumonia by riding in an open air taxi of this sort. The name, pulmonía, is trademarked and can only be used for the ones made in Mazatlán by the pulmonía union-approved builders.
Here is a website that shows an auriga (pictures 3 and 4), an older pulmonía (picture 5) and a Safari (picture 6):
All the dictionaries now seem to translate auriga as a charioteer, but when I first came to Mazatlán (nearly 20 years ago as a tourist), the older dictionaries translated it as a chariot.
If you Google pulmonía, you will see that the newer ones have some pretty fancy new fiberglass bodies, compared to the older one in the photo.
The original Safaris were the VW model Safari (sold in the U.S. as the Thing) with the roof. There are very, very few of those original metal-body ones still on the street. The newer ones have sleek fiberglass bodies. The main (only) difference between a Safari and a pulmonía is that the Safari has 4 doors, rather than being completely open like a pulmonía.
(This post was edited by mazbook1 on Feb 19, 2012, 11:12 PM)
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(Enthusiast) on Feb 19, 2012, 11:12 PM