As it sits today... The Mako... Where did the name come from? Well, I won't lie. It's nothing fancy. I was fan of the Mass Effect video game series, and in it was a rover called the Mako you would use to explore other worlds. It could also go anywhere - it was unstoppable. So, the name is two-fold. It symbolizes exploration and adventure, and Land Cruiser's prowess off-road.