Automotive Brands

Here are the different manufacturers that we cover:

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Alfa Romeo

The cars built by this manufacturer have a certain allure to them. Not only they have a very stylish design, they also provide all the comfort that a person needs while driving them. The company was founded back in 1910 and exported cars all over the world. They had a time in which they didn’t ship to the US for different reasons, but in recent years the exporting was renewed, so Americans can also enjoy these luxurious cars. Alfa Romeo has come with one of the most unique body designs and has received quite a lot of awards over the years.

Official Site of Alfa Romeo :  www.alfaromeo.com
Headquarters: Italy
Owner(s) : Fiat Group

 

Abarth

Abarth is a racing car and road car maker founded by Carlo Abarth of Turin in 1949.[1] Its logo is a shield with a stylized scorpion on a red and yellow background.

Official Site of Abarth :  http://www.abarth.it/
Headquarters: Turin, Italy
Owner(s) : Fiat Group

 

Aston Martin

Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars. It was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford.

From 1994 until 2007, Aston Martin was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company, becoming part of Ford’s Premier Automotive Group when it was formed in 2000. In March 2007, a consortium of investors led by Prodrive boss David Richards purchased 90% of Aston Martin for £479 million, with Ford retaining a £40 million stake.[6] David Richards becomes chairman of Aston Martin. In December 2012, the Italian private equity fund Investindustrial signed a deal to buy 37.5% of Aston Martin, investing £150 million as a capital increase.

Owner(s) : David Richards, Investment Dar, Adeem Investment, Ford Motor Company
Headquarters: England, United Kingdom
Official Site of Aston Martin : astonmartin.com

 

Audi

Audi it’s one of the main German car brands, which is specialized in the creation of luxury cars. Since 1909, it has created SUVs, mini cars and other types of automobiles, but their main focus still remain the high end models such as the A8 that can be found on the streets of most European countries. Their focus remains on the great looks of the cars, but also their amazing reliability and efficiency.

Headquarters: Ingolstadt,Germany
Official Site of Audi : audi.com
Owner(s) : Volkswagen Group (99.55%)

 

Arrinera

Arrinera Automotive S.A., is a Polish sports car manufacturer based in Warsaw. The company developed from an initiative in 2008 including Lee Noble, and as of late 2011, only a prototype version of the Arrinera “supercar” has been produced.

Promotional videos for the “Arrinera” were released by the company in September 2011. The car, slated for release in 2013, boasts a V8 650hp engine as well as a thermal camera to display the road ahead.

Headquarters:Warsaw, Poland
Official Site of Arrinera : http://arrinera.pl/en

 

Acura

Acura is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Honda Motor Company’s North American–based subsidiary American Honda Motor Company. The brand has been available in the United States and Canada since March 1986, marketing luxury, performance, and high-performance vehicles. It was introduced to Hong Kong in 1991, Mexico in 2004, and China in 2006. Honda’s plan to introduce Acura to the Japanese market in 2008 was delayed, due to economic reasons, and later withheld as a result of the 2008 financial crisis.

Headquarters: Minato, Tokyo, Japan (at Honda Headquarters) , Torrance, California, USA
Official Site of Acura : http://www.acura.com/
Owner(s) : Honda Motor Company, Ltd.

 

Aixam

Aixam-Mega is a French automobile manufacturer based in Aix-les-Bains, Savoie. It was founded in 1983 to make microcars following the acquisition of Arola

Headquarters: Aix-les-Bains, Savoie, France
Official Site of Aixam : http://www.aixam.com/

 

AC

AC Cars Ltd.formerly known as Auto Carriers Ltd., is a British specialist automobile manufacturer and one of the oldest independent car makers founded in Britain.

Headquarters: Thames Ditton, Surrey, United Kingdom
Official Site of AC : www.accars.de
Owner(s) : Alan Lubinsky

 

Bentley

Bentley Motors Limited is a British luxury automaker, and a wholly owned subsidiary of the German Volkswagen AG. Its principal activity is the design, engineering, manufacture and distribution of luxury automobiles sold under the Bentley marque. Based in Crewe, England, Bentley Motors Limited was founded by W. O. Bentley on 18 January 1919 in Cricklewood near London and was acquired by Rolls-Royce in 1931.

Bentley Motors Limited is the direct successor of Rolls-Royce Motors, which Volkswagen AG purchased in 1998. The purchase included the vehicle designs, model nameplates, production and administrative facilities, the Spirit of Ecstasy and Rolls-Royce grill shape trademarks, but not the rights to the use of the Rolls-Royce name or logo, which are owned by Rolls-Royce Holdings plc and were later licensed to BMW AG.

Headquarters: Crewe, England, United Kingdom
Official Site of Bentley : http://bentleymotors.com/
Owner(s) : Volkswagen AG

 

BMW

BMW was created in 1916 and since then it created anything from race cars to sports cars and luxury cars. Their main target remains the creation of premium, high quality cars. People know that this is one of the best car companies in the world, as they create high standard cars with amazing performance, added luxury on the inside as well as outside, comfort and also high speeds.

Headquarters: Munich, Germany
Official Site of BMW M2 : http://bmwgroup.com/

 

Buick

Buick, formally the Buick Motor Division is a brand of automobiles manufactured by General Motors (GM). For much of its existence in the North American market, Buick has been marketed as a premium automobile brand, selling entry-level luxury vehicles positioned above its mainstream GM stablemate Chevrolet, and below the flagship Cadillac division. Buick’s elegance and luxury is particularly evident when they applied generous quantities of faux wood trim both in the interior and exterior of early 1990s models such as the Roadmaster. Buick holds the distinction of being the oldest active American marque of automobile, and the original Buick Motor Company was a cornerstone of the establishment of General Motors in 1908.

Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Official Site of Audi : http://www.buick.com/
Owner(s) : General Motors

 

Bugatti

Although it was revived in the 1990’s, the Bugatti company was created in France back in 1909 and created numerous cars that were suitable for racing. They also created war vehicles and the company was sold in 1963. Nowadays, this manufacturer in specialized in creating rare yet amazing cars in limited editions.

Headquarters: Molsheim, Alsace, France
Official Site of Bugatti : http://www.bugatti.com/
Owner(s) :  Sold to Volkswagen Group (July 1998)

 

Chevrolet

Chevrolet , colloquially referred to as Chevy and formally the Chevrolet Division of General Motors LLC, is a brand of automobiles produced by American automaker General Motors (GM). Louis Chevrolet and ousted General Motors founder William C. Durant started the company on November 3, 1911 as the Chevrolet Motor Car Company. Durant used the Chevrolet Motor Car Company to acquire a controlling stake in General Motors with a reverse merger occurring on May 2, 1918 and propelled himself back to the GM presidency.

Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Official Site of Chevrolet : http://www.chevrolet.com/
Owner(s) : General Motors Company

 

Cadillac

Cadillac formally the Cadillac Motor Car Division, is a division of U.S.-based General Motors Company (GM) that markets luxury vehicles worldwide. Cadillac’s primary markets are the United States, Canada, and China, but Cadillac-branded vehicles are distributed in 34 additional markets worldwide. In 2012, Cadillac’s U.S. sales were 149,782 vehicles.

Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Official Site of Cadillac : http://www.cadillac.com/worldwide.html
Owner(s) : General Motors Company

 

Chrysler

Chrysler Group LLC is an American automobile manufacturer headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Italian multinational automaker Fiat S.p.A.Chrysler was one of the “Big Three” American automobile manufacturers. It sells vehicles worldwide under its flagship Chrysler brand, as well as the Dodge, Jeep, and Ram brands; it also manufactures vehicles sold under the Fiat brand in North America. Other major divisions of Chrysler include Mopar, its automotive parts and accessories division, and SRT, its performance automobile division. In 2011, Chrysler Group (not including Fiat) was the twelfth biggest automaker in the world by production.

Headquarters: Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
Official Site of Chrysler: http://www.chryslergroupllc.com
Owner(s) : Fiat S.p.A.

 

Caterham

Caterham Cars is a manufacturer of specialist lightweight sports cars established in Caterham, Surrey, UK, with their headquarters in Crawley, Sussex, UK. Their current model, the Caterham 7 (or Seven), is a direct evolution of the Series 3 Lotus Seven designed by Colin Chapman and originally launched in 1973. In the 1990s the company made the Caterham 21,a two-seater soft top alternative to the MGF and Lotus Elise, (which both sold many more units). A track-only car, the SP/300.R, a joint project with Lola was released for customer testing in 2010 and is scheduled for release in 2013. On 27 April 2011, the Malaysian Formula One team owner Tony Fernandes announced that he had purchased Caterham.

Headquarters: Crawley, Sussex, England
Official Site of Caterham: http://www.caterhamcars.com/
Owner(s) : Caterham Group

 

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The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car by the Chevrolet division of General Motors (GM) that has been produced in seven generations.The first model, a convertible, was designed by Harley Earl and introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a concept show car. Myron Scott is credited for naming the car after the type of small, maneuverable warship called a corvette. Originally built in Flint, Michigan and St. Louis, Missouri, the Corvette is currently manufactured in Bowling Green, Kentucky and is the official sports car of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Citroën

Citroën was founded back in 1919 and has quickly become the first mass production car company outside the United States of America. It was the first company that pioneered the concept of creating a services and sales networks that comes as an addition to the delivered car. This feature, alongside the great cars they design and built made them one of the top competitors on the worldwide market. The major car categories include the Citroën line, the DS line, the joint venture line as well as the racing counterparts. Over the years, Citroën receive numerous awards, such as European and USA car of the year.

Headquarters: Saint-Ouen, France
Official Site of Citroën : http://www.citroen.com/
Owner(s) : PSA Peugeot Citroen

 

Dacia

Automobile Dacia S.A is a Romanian car manufacturer, named for the historic region that constitutes much of present-day Romania. It is now a subsidiary of the French carmaker Renault. The company is the largest exporter from Romania with 7.9% of total exports in 2011.The Dacia manufacturing plant in Mioveni, Argeș County is currently Europe’s fifth biggest car manufacturing facility in terms of volume produced with a total of 412,718 units (cars + CKD collections) delivered in 2013.

Headquarters: Mioveni, Argeș, Romania
Official Site of Dacia : http://www.daciagroup.com/en
Owner(s) : Renault

 

Daihatsu

First known as Hatsudoki Sieze Co.; Ltd, Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd was founded in 1907. It is a Japanese company that manufactures cars. This company was known for their off roader models and their small sized cars. It was renamed as Daihatsu Motor in 1951, which means “engine manufacturer.” In this year, it also started exporting cars to Europe, but it did not work out well until the year 1980.

Headquarters: Osaka, Japan
Official Site of Daihatsu: http://www.daihatsu.com/
Owner(s) : Toyota Group (51.2%)

 

Dodge

Dodge, formally the Dodge Division of Chrysler Group LLC, is an American brand of automobiles, minivans, and sport utility vehicles manufactured by Chrysler Group LLC, based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Dodge vehicles presently include the lower-priced badge variants of Chrysler-badged vehicles as well as performance cars, though for much of its existence Dodge was Chrysler’s mid-priced brand above Plymouth.

Headquarters: Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.
Official Site of Dodge : http://www.dodge.com/en/
Owner(s) :Chrysler Group LLC

 

Daewoo

Daewoo was founded on 22 March 1967 as Daewoo Industrial and was dismantled by the Korean government in 1999. Prior to the Asian financial crisis, Daewoo was the second largest conglomerate in Korea after Hyundai Group, followed by LG Group and Samsung. There were about 20 divisions under the Daewoo Group, some of which survive today as independent companies.

Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea

 

Elfin

Elfin Sports Cars Pty Ltd is the current name of the car company which was founded by Garrie Cooper. It has been an Australian manufacturer of sports cars and motor racing cars since 1957.

Elfin is the oldest continuous sports car maker in Australia and one of the most successful with 29 championships and major Grand Prix titles.The original factory was located at Conmurra Avenue, Edwardstown in suburban Adelaide, South Australia. The company is currently located is at Braeside, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia.

Headquarters: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Official Site of Elfin : http://www.elfin.com.au/
Owner(s) : Walkinshaw Performance

 

Fiat

Fiat was founded in 1899 by a small group of investors. They create road vehicles, but on top of that, they are also specialized in the commercialization of car components as well. For a brief time, they were are suppliers of metallurgical products as well. The manufacturer received the European Car of the Year award 12 times, but, on top of that, it’s also widely recognized in the world for the quality products they provide.

Headquarters: Turin, Italy
Official Site of Fiat : http://www.fiatspa.com/
Owner(s) : Exor(30.05%)

 

Ferrari

The company was created in 1929 and since then they are specialized in creating the best luxury sports cars in the world. The first cars created by them were not street legal, as they had tremendous amounts of power as well as high speeds that really surpassed the powers of the vehicles at that time. After the two world wars, they began creating street legal cars. They created a lot of supercars and concept cars that really put the drivers to the test, as they have an amazing design and insane speeds. Ferrari also made quite a name in driving competitions, especially in Formula 1, where it’s one of the top players for more than 2 decades.

Headquarters: Maranello, Italy
Official Site of Ferrari : http://www.ferrari.com/
Owner(s) : Fiat S.p.A.

 

Ford

The Ford Motor Company (also known as simply Ford) is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer, Troller, and performance car manufacturer FPV. In the past it has also produced tractors and automotive components. Ford owns a 2.1% stake in Mazda of Japan, a 15% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiagling of China. It also has a number of joint-ventures, two in China (Changan Ford Mazda and Ford Lio Ho), one in Thailand (AutoAlliance Thailand), one in Turkey (Ford Otosan), and one in Russia (Ford Sollers). It is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family, although they have minority ownership. It is described by Forbes as “the most important industrial company in the history of the United States.

Headquarters: Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.
Official Site of Ford : http://corporate.ford.com/
Owner(s) : Ford Family (2%)

 

GMC

GMC, formally the GMC Division of General Motors LLC, is an American automobile division of the American manufacturer General Motors (GM) that primarily focuses on trucks and utility vehicles. GMC sells pickup and commercial trucks, buses, vans, military vehicles, and sport utility vehicles marketed in North America and the Middle East by General Motors. In January 2007, GMC was GM’s second-largest-selling North American vehicle division after Chevrolet, ahead of Pontiac.

Headquarters: Detroit, United States
Official Site of GMC : http://www.gmc.com/
Owner(s) : General Motors Company

 

Gaz

GAZ or Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod (Russia, Nizhny Novgorod), translated as Gorky Automobile Plant started in 1932 as NAZ, a cooperative enterprise between Ford and the Soviet Union, as a result of a Five year plan.

GAZ is the core company of GAZ Group holding, a part of Basic Element business group. The headquarters of GAZ Group is located in Nizhny Novgorod. Russian Machines Corporation is the controlling shareholder in OAO GAZ.

Headquarters: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Official Site of Gaz: http://www.azgaz.ru/
Owner(s) : Oleg Deripaska

 

Gillet

Gillet is a Belgian automobile manufacturer, started in 1994 by former racing driver Tony Gillet. The company produces the Vertigo sports coupé, an ultra-lightweight (990 kg) ‘bespoke’ and hand-built sportscar. The first Vertigo was powered by a Ford Cosworth 2.0 litre 4-in-line, later evolutions are powered by more powerful engines: the 3.0 litre Alfa Romeo V6 engine and the 4.2 litre Ferrari/Maserati V8 in the latest evolution called Vertigo.5.

Headquarters: Gembloux – Belgium
Official Site of Gillet : http://www.gilletvertigo.com/

 

Ginetta

Ginetta Cars Limited was founded in 1958 by the four Walklett brothers. The business was an extension of a passion for motor racing and produced predominantly race or road/race orientated cars.

Today, Ginetta is building the G40 Road Car. It like previous Ginettas has a Ford engine and is a light, track focused car to be raced. The G40 is a modern day G4 and as such is true to the original Ginetta DNA … Maybe it should be a Ginetta G4zero, a G4 for this millennium. The breed continues.

Headquarters: Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Official Site of Ginetta : http://www.ginetta.com/
Owner(s) : LNT Group

 

Geely

Geely is a Chinese automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Binjiang District, Hangzhou, China. Its principal products are automobiles, motorcycles, engines, and transmissions.

Headquarters: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Official Site of Geely : http://www.geely.com/
Founder(s) : Li Shufu

 

Great Wall

Great Wall Motors Company Limited is a Chinese automobile manufacturer formed in 1984. The company is named after the Great Wall of China. As of 2010, it is China’s largest sport utility vehicle (SUV) producer.

In the 2012 market beset by lower demand and curbs on road-going city cars, Great Wall performed well. It rose to three places to rank as the seventh largest Chinese automaker and made just over 675,000 units.The export of cars for 2012 stood at 96,500 units.

Headquarters: Baoding, Hebei, China
Official Site of Great Wall: http://www.gwm.com.cn/eng/

 

Gumpert

Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH is a German supercar manufacturing company headquartered in Altenburg. Roland Gumpert, the founder and owner of Gumpert, once held the position of Director of Audi Sport. Under his management, Audi won a total of 25 World Rally Championship races and 4 World Rally Championship titles.

Headquarters: Altenburg, Thuringia, Germany
Official Site of Gumpert: http://www.gumpert.de/
Owner(s) : Roland Gumpert

 

Honda

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is a Japanese public multinational corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles.

Honda has been the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, as well as the world’s largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines measured by volume, producing more than 14 million internal combustion engines each year.Honda became the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer in 2001. Honda was the eighth largest automobile manufacturer in the world behind General Motors, Volkswagen Group, Toyota, Hyundai Motor Group, Ford, Nissan, and PSA in 2011.

Headquarters: Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Official Site of Honda : http://world.honda.com/
Owner(s) : Tokyo Bank Corporation (50,49%)

 

Hennessey

Hennessey Performance Engineering is an American tuning house specializing in modifying sports and super cars from several brands. Established in 1991 by John Hennessey, their main facility is located west of Houston, Texas. This firm focuses on mechanical component modification for creating high-powered cars. Besides performance automobiles, they also tune sport utility vehicles such as Ford Raptors and Jeep Cherokees. They also work on luxury cars like Bentleys and muscle cars like Dodge Charger and Challenger, for example.

Headquarters: Houston, United States
Official Site of Hennessey: http://www.hennesseyperformance.com/

 

Hyundai

The Hyundai Motor Company is a South Korean multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. The company was founded in 1967 and, along with its 32.8% owned subsidiary, Kia Motors, together comprise the Hyundai Motor Group, which is the world’s fifth largest automaker based on annual vehicle sales in 2012. In 2008, Hyundai Motor (without Kia) was ranked as the eighth largest automaker. As of 2012, the Company sold over 4.4 million vehicles worldwide in that year, and together with Kia total sales were 7.12 million.

Hyundai operates the world’s largest integrated automobile manufacturing facility in Ulsan, South Korea, which has an annual production capacity of 1.6 million units. The company employs about 75,000 people worldwide. Hyundai vehicles are sold in 193 countries through some 6,000 dealerships and showrooms.

Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea
Official Site of Hyundai : http://worldwide.hyundai.com/
Owner(s) : Hyundai Motor Group

 

Hummer

Hummer was a brand of trucks and SUVs, first marketed in 1992 when AM General began selling a civilian version of the M998 Humvee. In 1998, General Motors (GM) purchased the brand name and marketed three vehicles: the original Hummer H1, based on the Humvee; and the H2 and H3 models that were based on smaller, civilian-market GM platforms.

By 2008, Hummer’s viability in the economic downturn was being questioned, and it was placed under review by GM management. Rather than being transferred to Motors Liquidation Company as part of the GM bankruptcy in 2009, the brand was retained by GM, in order to investigate its sale.

Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Official Site of Hummer: http://www.hummer.com/
Owner(s) : General Motors

 

Holden

GM Holden Ltd, commonly designated Holden, is an Australian automaker that operates in Australasia and is headquartered in Port Melbourne, Victoria. The company was founded in 1856 as a saddlery manufacturer. In 1908 it moved into the automotive field, before becoming a subsidiary of the United States-based General Motors (GM) in 1931. After becoming a subsidiary of GM, the company was named General Motors-Holden’s Ltd, becoming Holden Ltd in 1998—the current name was adopted in 2005.

Headquarters: Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Official Site of Holden : http://www.holden.com.au/
Owner(s) : General Motors

 

Isuzu

Isuzu Motors Ltd. trading as Isuzu is a Japanese commercial vehicles and diesel engine manufacturing company headquartered in Tokyo. Its principal activity is the production, marketed and sale of Isuzu commercial vehicles and diesel engines.

Isuzu has assembly and manufacturing plants in Fujisawa, as well as in the Tochigi and Hokkaidō prefectures. Isuzu-branded vehicles are sold in most commercial markets worldwide. By 2009, Isuzu had produced over 21 million diesel engines, which can be found in vehicles all over the world. Isuzu diesel engines are used by General Motors and Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan
Official Site of Isuzu: http://www.isuzu.co.jp/world/index.html

 

Infiniti

Infiniti is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Company. Infiniti officially started selling vehicles on November 8, 1989 in North America. The marketing network for Infiniti-branded vehicles now includes over 230 dealers in over 15 countries.

With its QX60 crossover (formerly known as JX35) Infiniti began to produce vehicle outside Japan. In 2014, it is expected to start producing two models in Xiangyang, China, a plant operated by Nissan’s joint venture with Dongfeng Motor.It is also expanding in Sunderland, England, to produce a new compact car named Q30 in 2015.

Headquarters: 3 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
Official Site of Infiniti : http://www.infiniti.com/
Owner(s) : Nissan Motor Company

 

Jeep

Jeep is a brand of American automobiles that is a division of Chrysler Group LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Italian multinational automaker Fiat S.p.A..The former Chrysler Corporation acquired the Jeep brand, along with the remaining assets of its owner American Motors, in 1987. Jeep’s product range current consists solely of sport utility vehicles and off-road vehicles, but has also included pickup trucks in the past.

The original Jeep vehicle that first appeared as the prototype Bantam BRC became the primary light 4-wheel-drive vehicle of the United States Army and Allies during World War II, as well as the postwar period. Many Jeep variants serving similar military and civilian roles have since been created in other nations.

Headquarters: Toledo, Ohio; Auburn Hills, Michigan, US
Official Site of Jeep: http://www.jeep.com/
Owner(s) : Chrysler Group LLC

 

Jaguar

Jaguar Cars is a brand of Jaguar Land Rover, a British multinational car manufacturer headquartered in Whitley, Coventry, England, owned by Tata Motors since 2008.Jaguar cars today are designed in Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering centres at the Whitley plant in Coventry and at their Gaydon site in Warwickshire, and are manufactured in Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich assembly plant in Birmingham with some manufacturing expected to take place in the Solihull plant.

In September 2013 Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to open a 100 million GBP (160 million USD) research and development centre in Warwick, United Kingdom to create a next generation of vehicle technologies. The carmaker said around 1,000 academics and engineers would work there and that construction would start in 2014.

Headquarters: Whitley, Coventry, United Kingdom
Official Site of Jaguar: http://www.jaguar.com/
Owner(s) : Tata Motors

 

Joss

Joss Developments Limited is the first supercar company founded in Australia. In the year 2004, they first launched their first model which was the JT1. It was on a car show in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, Australia which marked its first appearance and established a high end impression of being a super car. It was made and designed with a sleek of modern and contemporary look that composed its uniqueness.

Headquarters: Australia
Official Site of Jeep: http://www.joss.com.au/

 

Koenigsegg

Koenigsegg Automotive AB is a Swedish manufacturer of high-performance sports cars, also known as hyper-cars, based in Ängelholm. The company was founded in 1994 in Sweden by Christian von Koenigsegg, with the intention of producing a world-class supercar. Many years of development and prototyping led to the company’s first street-legal production car delivery in 2002.

In March 2009 the Koenigsegg CCXR was chosen by Forbes to be one of the ten most beautiful cars in history.In December 2010 the Koenigsegg Agera won the BBC Top Gear Hypercar of the Year Award.

Headquarters: Ängelholm, Scania, Sweden
Official Site of Koenigsegg: http://www.koenigsegg.com/

 

Lamborghini

The company was founded back in 1963 in Italy and it’s specialized in the creation of luxury sports cars that most of the time come in very limited editions. Few people know this, but they also created a lot of SUVs during their history. They were acquired by Audi back in 1998, but they still create some of the most amazing and fast cars in the world. With a unique body design and lots of comfort, these cars are just a breeze to ride. Their cars come with very exotic designs and received numerous awards all over the world.

Headquarters: Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy
Official Site of Lamborghini: http://lamborghini.com/en/home/
Owner(s) : Audi AG

 

Land Rover

Land Rover is a brand of the British car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover, which specialises in four-wheel-drive vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover, with its headquarters in Whitley, Coventry, was acquired by Tata Motors in 2008.

Land Rover is the second oldest four-wheel-drive car brand in the world (after Jeep).

In June 2008, Ford sold both Land Rover and Jaguar Cars to the Indian Tata Motors. This sale also included the dormant Rover brand.

Headquarters: Whitley, Coventry, United Kingdom
Official Site of Land Rover: http://www.landrover.com/
Owner(s) : Tata Motors

 

Lancia

Lancia Automobiles S.p.A. is an Italian automobile manufacturer founded in 1906 by Vincenzo Lancia which became part of the Fiat Group in 1969.

The company has a strong rally heritage and is noted for using letters of the Greek alphabet for its model names.

Headquarters: Turin, Italy
Official Site of Lancia: http://www.lancia.com/
Owner(s) : Fiat S.p.A.

 

Lincoln

The Lincoln Motor Company is a division of the Ford Motor Company that sells luxury vehicles under the Lincoln brand. While sold primarily in North America and the Middle East, Ford is planning to bring the Lincoln brand to China by the end of 2014. Founded in 1917 by Henry M. Leland, Lincoln has been a subsidiary of Ford since 1922.

The current Lincoln model range in North America consists of two sedans (MKS and MKZ), three CUVs (MKT, MKX, and 2015 MKC), and two SUVs (Navigator/Navigator L). Lincoln also sells two vehicles specifically for limousine/livery use, both based on the MKT. In Mexico, Lincoln sells the Lincoln Mark LT pickup truck which is based on the Ford F-150.

Headquarters: Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.
Official Site of Lincoln: http://www.lincoln.com/
Owner(s) : Ford Motor Company

 

Lexus

Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation. First introduced in 1989 in the USA, Lexus is now sold globally and has become Japan’s largest-selling make of premium cars. The Lexus marque is marketed in over 70 countries and territories worldwide, and has ranked among the ten largest Japanese global brands in market value. Lexus is headquartered in Nagoya, Japan. Operational centers are located in Brussels, Belgium, and Torrance, California, USA.

Headquarters: Nagoya, Japan
Official Site of Lexus: http://www.lexus-int.com/
Owner(s) : Toyota Motor Corporation

 

Luxgen

Luxgen Motor Co., Ltd. is a Taiwanese automaker headquartered in Sanyi, Miaoli, Taiwan and a wholly owned subsidiary of Yulon Motor. It was founded in January 2009 and Luxgen vehicles have been manufactured in Hangzhou, China by Dongfeng Yulon since late-2010. Luxgen products are primarily developed by another Yulon subsidiary, HAITEC. The company’s slogan is “Think Ahead”.

Headquarters: Sanyi, Miaoli, Taiwan
Official Site of Luxgen: http://www.luxgen-motor.com/
Owner(s) : Yulon Motor

 

Lotus

Lotus Cars is a British manufacturer of sports and racing cars, famous for its Esprit, Elan, Europa and Elise sports cars and for the highly successful Team Lotus in Formula 1. Lotus Cars is based at the former site of RAF Hethel, a World War II airfield in Norfolk. The company designs and builds race and production automobiles of light weight and fine handling characteristics. It also owns the engineering consultancy Lotus Engineering, which has facilities in the United Kingdom, United States, Malaysia and China.

Headquarters: Hethel, Norfolk, England
Official Site of Lotus: http://www.lotuscars.com/
Owner(s) : Proton

 

Lada

Lada is a trademark of Russian car manufacturer AvtoVAZ based in Tolyatti, Samara Oblast. It was originally the export brand for models sold under the Zhiguli name in the domestic Soviet market after June 1966.Lada cars became popular in Russia and Eastern Europe during the last two decades of the Soviet era, particularly in former Soviet bloc countries, where they became a symbol of city life.

The original Lada was widely exported in sedan and station-wagon versions, and with over 20 million units sold before production finally ended in mid-2012, it had become the highest-selling automobile to be produced without major design change.The Lada badge depicts a Viking sailing ship.

Headquarters: Tolyatti, Samara Oblast.
Official Site of Lada: http://lada.ru/
Owner(s) : AvtoVAZ

 

Maruti Suzuki

Maruti Suzuki India Limited , commonly referred to as Maruti and formerly known as Maruti Udyog Limited, is an automobile manufacturer in India. It is a subsidiary of Japanese automobile and motorcycle manufacturer Suzuki.As of November 2012, it had a market share of 37% of the Indian passenger car market.Maruti Suzuki manufactures and sells a complete range of cars from the entry level Alto, to the hatchback Ritz, A-Star, Swift, Wagon R, Zen and sedans DZire, Kizashi and SX4, in the ‘C’ segment Eeco, Omni, Multi Purpose vehicle Suzuki Ertiga and Sports Utility vehicle Grand Vitara.

The company’s headquarters are at No 1, Nelson Mandela Road, New Delhi.[2] In February 2012, the company sold its ten millionth vehicle in India.

Headquarters: New Delhi, India
Official Site of Maruti Suzuki: http://www.marutisuzuki.com/
Owner(s) : Suzuki

 

Maserati

Maserati is, just like Ferari, one of the top car manufacturers in the world when it comes to the luxury sports car segment. The company was founded in 1914 and during the years it had Orsi, Citroen, as well as Fiat ownership. Recently it has become a part of the sports car group that includes Alfa Romeo. Their cars are known for their amazing visual expressivity as well as added comfort.

Headquarters: Modena, Italy
Official Site of Maserati: http://www.maserati.com/
Owner(s) : Fiat S.p.A.

 

Mahidra

Mahindra & Mahindra Limited (M&M) is an Indian multinational automobile manufacturing corporation headquartered in Mumbai. It is one of the largest vehicle manufacturers by production in India and the largest seller of tractors across the world. It is a part of Mahindra Group, an Indian conglomerate.

It was ranked as the 10th most trusted brand in India, by The Brand Trust Report, India Study 2014 It was ranked 21st in the list of top companies of India in Fortune India 500 in 2011

Headquarters: Mumbai,Maharashtra,India
Official Site of Mahindra: http://www.mahindra.com/
Owner(s) : Mahindra Group

 

Mazda

Mazda Motor Corporation is a Japanese automaker based in Fuchū, Aki District, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

In 2007, Mazda produced almost 1.3 million vehicles for global sales, the majority of which (nearly 1 million) were produced in the company’s Japanese plants, with the remainder coming from a variety of other plants worldwide. In 2011, Mazda was the fifteenth biggest automaker by production worldwide.

Headquarters: Fuchu, Aki District, Hiroshima, Japan
Official Site of Mazda: http://www.mazda.com/
Owner(s) : Japan Trustee Services Bank (6.0%)

 

Maybach

Maybach-Manufaktur was a German luxury car manufacturer.The company was founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach and his son, originally a subsidiary of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH and was itself known as Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau GmbH until 1912.

Today, the ultra-luxury car brand is owned by Daimler AG and based in Stuttgart. Tognum AG based in Friedrichshafen used to manufacture the commercial Maybach diesel engines under the MTU brand through its subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH.

Daimler announced in November 2011 that Maybach will cease to be a brand by 2013 and manufactured the last Maybach vehicle in December 2012. This was due to poor sales, with only 3,000 cars sold since the brand’s revival in 2002. The decision follows almost a decade of trying to make Maybach a profitable rival to Rolls Royce and Bentley.

Headquarters: Stuttgart, Germany
Official Site of Maybach: http://www.maybach-manufaktur.com/
Owner(s) : Daimler AG

 

Mclaren

McLaren Automotive, commonly referred to as McLaren, is a British automotive manufacturer of high-performance vehicles. The company was established as McLaren Cars in 1989 as a producer of road cars based on Formula One technology. It works closely with McLaren Racing, the successful Formula One constructor, and is a spinoff of McLaren Group.

Headquarters: Woking, Surrey, England
Official Site of McLaren: http://www.mclarenautomotive.com/
Owner(s) : McLaren Group

 

Mercedes Benz

Founded in 1926, this company has created some of the most durable and visually impressive cars on the market. On top of that, when it comes to comfort, there’s nothing close that can match it. Over the years, the company also specialized in the creation of other types of vehicles as well, namely trucks, busses, limousines, vans, etc. They create a wide range of vehicles, and also innovate a lot, being one of the world leaders when it comes to researching and innovation in the automotive world. Their high end cars provide all the functions that a person can need, with added car safety features, car computer and other unique functions.

Headquarters: Stuttgart, Germany
Official Site of Mercedes Benz: http://www.mercedes-benz.com/
Owner(s) : Daimler AG

 

Mini

The Mini is a small economy car made by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) and its successors from 1959 until 2000. The original is considered a British icon of the 1960s. Its space-saving front-wheel drive layout – allowing 80 per cent of the area of the car’s floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage – influenced a generation of car makers.[8] The vehicle is in some ways considered the British equivalent of its German contemporary the Volkswagen Beetle, which enjoyed similar popularity in North America. In 1999 the Mini was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century, behind the Ford Model T.

Headquarters: BMW Group headquarters
Official Site of Mini: http://www.mini.co.uk/
Owner(s) : BMW Group

 

Morgan Motor

The Morgan Motor Company is a British motor car manufacturer. The family-owned company was founded in 1910 by Henry Frederick Stanley Morgan Morgan is based in Malvern Link, an area of Malvern, Worcestershire and employs 163 people.

A visitor centre and museum feature exhibits about the company’s history from Edwardian times until the present day, developments in automobile technology, and a display of automobiles. There are also a guided tours of the factory.

Headquarters: Malvern, England
Official Site of Morgan Motor: http://www.morgan-motor.co.uk/

 

Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is a multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. In 2011, Mitsubishi Motors was the sixth biggest Japanese automaker and the sixteenth biggest worldwide by production.It is part of the Mitsubishi keiretsu, formerly the biggest industrial group in Japan, and was formed in 1970 from the automotive division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Headquarters: Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Official Site of Mitsubishi: http://mitsubishi-motors.com/
Owner(s) : Mitsubishi Group

 

Mustang

The Ford Mustang is an automobile manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. It was initially based on the platform of the second generation North American Ford Falcon, a compact car. Introduced early on April 17, 1964, and thus dubbed as a “1964½” model by Mustang fans, the 1965 Mustang was the automaker’s most successful launch since the Model A. The Mustang has undergone several transformations to its current fifth generation.

The Mustang created the “pony car” class of American automobiles—sports car-like coupes with long hoods and short rear decks—and gave rise to competitors such as the Chevrolet Camaro, and Pontiac Firebird, AMC Javelin,[6] as well as Chrysler’s revamped Plymouth Barracuda and the first generation Dodge Challenger. The Mustang is also credited for inspiring the designs of coupés such as the Toyota Celica and Ford Capri, which were imported to the United States.

Headquarters: Check out Ford
Official Site of Mustang: Check out Ford
Owner(s) : Check out Ford

 

Mosler

Mosler Automotive was an American supercar manufacturer based in Florida. It was founded in 1985 by Warren Mosler as Consulier Industries, and manufactured the now-defunct Consulier GTP, which was later rebranded and updated as the Mosler Intruder/Raptor when the company spun off its automotive division as Mosler Automotive.

The company produced the MT900R racer and the street-legal MT900S, as well as several unique project vehicles, until its demise in June 2013. Additional manufacturing facilities are based in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England. Filmmaker George Lucas was the first to take delivery of the MT900S

Headquarters: Riviera Beach, Florida, United States
Official Site of Mosler: http://www.moslerauto.com/
Founder(s) : Warren Mosler

 

Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.is a Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer headquartered in Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan.The company is in a close alliance with Renault. Carlos Ghosn serves at CEO of both; technology and production sites are being shared. Nissan is in alliances and joint ventures with other automakers around the world. Nissan Motor Company sells its cars under the Nissan, Infiniti, Datsun, and NISMO brands.

Nissan was the sixth largest automaker in the world behind Toyota, General Motors, Volkswagen Group, Hyundai Motor Group, and Ford in 2012.[8] Taken together, the Renault–Nissan Alliance would be the world’s fourth largest automaker. Nissan is the leading Japanese brand in China, Russia and Mexico.

Headquarters: Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan (
Official Site of Nissan: http://www.nissan-global.com/
Owner(s) : Renault (43.4%)

 

Noble

Noble Automotive Ltd., more commonly known simply as Noble, is a British sports car manufacturer. It was established in 1999 by Lee Noble in Leeds, West Yorkshire, for producing high-speed sports cars with a rear mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. Lee Noble was the chief designer and owner of Noble. He sold the company in August 2006. He resigned from the company in February 2008 and announced his new venture, Fenix Automotive in 2009.The company has since moved to larger premises at Meridian Business Park near Leicester.

Only 220 Noble GTO-3Rs and M400s were imported to the US They are the only Nobles available to the American market. The US distribution rights to the M12s and M400s were sold in February 2007 to 1G Racing from Ohio. Due to high demand of these cars, 1G released its own copy, named Rossion Q1.

Headquarters: Leicester, England
Official Site of Noble: http://www.noblecars.com/
Founder(s) : Lee Noble

 

Opel

Adam Opel AG (Opel) is a German automobile manufacturer headquartered in Rüsselsheim, Hesse, Germany and a subsidiary of the American General Motors Company. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes Opel-branded passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles and vehicle parts for distribution in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. Opel designed and manufactured vehicles are also sold under the Buick brand in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China and the Vauxhall brand in the United Kingdom.

Headquarters: Rüsselsheim, Germany
Official Site of Opel: http://opel.com/
Owner(s) : General Motors

 

Peugeot

The company that now holds the name Peugeot was actually founded back in 1810 as a bicycle and coffee mill manufacturer. The first car was created in 1889 and, since then, the brand has created numerous car models that simply became the delight of people that love quality cars. In 1974 Peugeot bought 30% of Citroën, and it took it over completely in 1975. However, the company still keeps separate identities for the two brands, although it does share the technical and engineering resources. As expected, Peugeot has lots of factories in and outside France, as it has extended to Spain, Brazil, Slovakia, Czech republic, Japan, Indonesia, Portugal, Iran and Italy, among others.

Headquarters: Sochaux, France
Official Site of Peugeot: http://www.peugeot.com/
Owner(s) : PSA Peugeot Citroën (Peugeot S.A.)

 

Pagani

Pagani Automobili S.p.A. is an Italian manufacturer of sports cars and carbon fibre. The company was founded in 1992 by the Italian Argentinian Horacio Pagani, and is based in San Cesario sul Panaro, near Modena, Italy.

On 26 July 2010, Pagani claimed a new record for production based cars using the Pagani Zonda R and completing the Nürburgring in 6:47, beating the Ferrari 599XX.

Headquarters: San Cesario sul Panaro, MO, Italy
Official Site of Pagani: http://www.pagani.com/
Founder(s) : Horacio Pagani

 

Piaggio

Piaggio & C. SpA (Piaggio) via its subsidiaries designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes two wheeled motor vehicles and compact commercial vehicles under seven brands. Piaggio & C. SpA corporate headquarters are located in Pontedera, Italy. Piaggio’s various subsidiaries employ a total of 8,129 employees who produced at total of 615,500 vehicles in 2012.Piaggio operates six research and development centers and operates in over 50 countries.

Headquarters: Pontedera, Italy
Official Site of Piaggio: http://piaggiogroup.com/en
Founder(s) : Rinaldo Piaggio

 

Panoz

Panoz, LLC is an American manufacturer of sports automobiles. Founded in 1989 as Panoz Auto Development by Dan Panoz, son of pharmaceutical and motorsport mogul Don Panoz. The company is located in Braselton, Georgia. Panoz products have included the Panoz Roadster and AIV Roadster, and the Panoz Esperante. All Panoz road cars are tested at Panoz-owned Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia and built at the Braselton workshop.

Headquarters: Braselton, Georgia, USA
Official Site of Panoz: http://www.panoz.com/
Owner(s) :  Dan Panoz

 

Porsche

This company is based in Stuttgart and, since its creation back in 1931, it has created only sports cars. Their consumer models offer various high end functions as well as high speeds, so they are really an attraction for the younger crowd. They also created lots of race models during the years, with the Carrera GT model being one of the most popular. They also have numerous concept car that showcase the amount of research this company undertakes in the technology sector. Few people know this, but Porsche also created quite a lot of tractors that are used all over the world.

Headquarters: Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Official Site of PORSCHE 997: http://www.porsche.com/
Owner(s) : Porsche-Piëch family (50% of equity, 100% of voting power)

 

Perodua

The Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sendirian Berhad, usually abbreviated to Perodua, is Malaysia’s second largest automobile manufacturer after Proton. It was established in 1992 and launched their first car, the Perodua Kancil in August 1994.

Headquarters: Serendah, Selangor, Malaysia
Official Site of Perodua: http://www.perodua.com.my/
Owner(s) : UMW Corporation(38%)

 

Pininfarina

Pininfarina S.p.A. (short for Carozzeria Pininfarina) is an independent Italian car design firm and coachbuilder in Cambiano, Italy. It was founded by Battista “Pinin” Farina in 1930.

Pininfarina is employed by a wide variety of automobile manufactures to design vehicles. These firms have included long-established customers such as Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Fiat, GM, Lancia, and Maserati, to emerging companies in the Asian market with Chinese manufactures like AviChina, Chery, Changfeng, Brilliance, and JAC.

Since the 1980s Pininfarina has also designed high-speed trains, buses, trams, rolling stocks, automated light rail cars, people movers, yachts, airplanes, and private jets. With the 1986 creation of Pininfarina Extra they have consulted on industrial design, interior design, architecture, and graphic design.

Headquarters: Cambiano, Italy
Official Site of Pininfarina: http://www.pininfarina.com/
Founder : Battista Farina

 

Proton

Proton Holdings Berhad (stylized PROTON) is a Malaysian automobile manufacturer. It is headquartered in Shah Alam, Selangor and operates an additional manufacturing plant in Tanjung Malim, Perak. The company was established in 1983 as the sole national car company until the advent of Perodua in 1993. Proton is a Malay acronym for Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sendirian Berhad. (English: National Automobile Company Private Limited).

Proton, predominantly reliant on its domestic market is currently undergoing structural and internal changes, as evident in the appointment of a new owner, partner, Chairman and the launch of various new and upcoming models in an effort to gain an international presence and increase profitability.

Headquarters: Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
Official Site of Proton: http://www.proton.com/
Owner(s) : DRB-HICOM

 

Renault

This manufacturer started the fabrication of cars back in 1899. Since then it has created numerous car types, such as vans, race cars, normal cars, but also trucks, tractors, tanks and buses. They were always specialized in fulfilling the needs of all industry sectors, and still provide one of the best cars that can be found on the market. Their cars also have a large success in motor sport competitions, such as Formula 1. They have numerous subsidiaries all over the world, in Romania, India, Spain, Russia, Argentina, Turkey and Morocco, among others. They won the European car of the year awards 6 times in the last 40 years, the most recent award being received for their Renault Clio III model back in 2006.

Headquarters: Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Official Site of Renault: http://www.renault.com/
Owner(s) : APE (15.01%)

 

Rolls Royce

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited engineers, manufactures and distributes luxury automobiles and automobile parts worldwide. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of BMW AG established in 1998 after BMW licensed the rights to the Rolls-Royce brand name and logo from Rolls-Royce PLC and acquired the rights to the Spirit of Ecstasy and Rolls-Royce grill shape trademarks from Volkswagen AG. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited operates from purpose built administrative and production facilities opened in 2003 across from the historic Goodwood Circuit in Goodwood, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom. Rolls-Royce Motors Cars Limited is the exclusive manufacturer of Rolls-Royce branded motor cars since 2003.

Headquarters: Goodwood, England, United Kingdom
Official Site of Rolls Royce: http://rolls-roycemotorcars.com/
Owner(s) : BMW AG

 

Rover

Rover was a British automotive marque used between 1904 and 2005. It was launched as a bicycle maker called Rover Company in 1878, before manufacturing cars in 1904. The brand used the iconic Viking longship as its logo.

In the middle of the decade, SAIC Motor Corporation Limited attempted to acquire MG Rover, but in 2005 was outbid by another Chinese automaker, Nanjing Automobile. SAIC did manage to obtain some MG Rover technology that was incorporated into a new line of luxury sedans under the Roewe marque.

With no Rover vehicles currently in production, the marque is considered dormant.

Owner : Tata Motors
Country :  United Kingdom

 

Rimac Automobili

Rimac Automobili is a Croatian company that develops and produces high-performance electric vehicles, drivetrain and battery systems. Rimac Automobili’s first model, the Concept One, is known as the world’s fastest production electric vehicle. While Rimac sells high-performance vehicles under their own brand, the company develops and produces drivetrain systems and full vehicles for other companies. The Applus IDIADA Volar-E is an example  of the services Rimac Automobili offers and executes for other companies.

Headquarters: Sveta Nedelja, Croatia
Official Site of Rimac Automobili: http://www.rimac-automobili.com/
Founder(s) : Mate Rimac

 

Ruf Automobile

Ruf Automobile GmbH is a German car manufacturer. Ruf vehicles are built from unmarked Porsche chassis through which Ruf builds their own independent work. Because the labour is so thorough, including the installation of Ruf-made parts instead of badge engineering, the company is recognized as a manufacturer by the German government. Ruf is historically known for the CTR Yellowbird, and is the largest, most renowned company to make Porsche performance enhancements. Naturally, Ruf has also made a name for itself as a car tuner, specialist in vintage restoration and rebuilds of classic Ruf and Porsche cars. Ruf also carries out service and crash repair.

Headquarters: Pfaffenhausen, Germany
Official Site of Ruf Automobile: http://www.ruf-automobile.de/temp_en.html
Founded : 1939

 

REVA

Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Private Limited, formerly known as the Reva Electric Car Company, is an Indian company based in Bangalore, involved in designing and manufacturing of compact electric vehicles. The company’s flagship vehicle is the REVAi electric car, available in 26 countries with more than 4,000 of its different versions sold worldwide by mid March 2011. Reva was acquired by Indian conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra in May 2010. In 2013, MAHINDRA REVA was selected as one of “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies 2013″ by Fast Company

Headquarters: Bangalore, India
Official Site of REVA: http://www.mahindra.com/What-We-do/Automotive/Companies/Mahindra-Reva-Electric-Vehicles
Founded : 1994

 

Scania

Scania Aktiebolag is a major Swedish automotive industry manufacturer of commercial vehicles – specifically heavy trucks and buses. It also manufactures diesel engines for motive power of heavy vehicles, marine, and general industrial applications.

Founded in 1891 in Södertälje, Sweden, the company’s head office is still in the city. Today, Scania has production facilities in Sweden, France, Netherlands, Argentina, Brazil, Poland, and Russia. In addition, there are assembly plants in ten countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. Scania’s sales and service organisation and finance companies are worldwide. In 2012, the company employed approximately 38,600 people around the world.

Scania’s logo shows a Griffin, from the coat of arms of the Swedish province of Scania

Headquarters: Södertälje, Sweden
Official Site of Scania : http://scania.com/
Owner(s) : Volkswagen Group

 

Seat

SEAT, S.A. is a Spanish automobile manufacturer with its head office in Martorell, Spain. It was founded on May 9, 1950, by the Instituto Nacional de Industria (INI), a state-owned industrial holding company.

It is currently a wholly owned subsidiary of the German Volkswagen Group, as a member of the now-defunct Audi Brand Group, together with Audi and Lamborghini, and marketed as a car maker with a youthful sporty profile.Within the Volkswagen Group and under the Audi Brand Group, the SEAT brand itself has been developed as a group with subsidiary companies (SEAT Group) and ‘SEAT, S.A.’ as the parent company.

The name SEAT previously stood for the acronym Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo (Spanish Touring Car Company, in English)

Headquarters: Martorell, Spain
Official Site of Seat : http://www.seat.com/
Owner(s) : Volkswagen Group

 

Saab

Saab Automobile AB is a Swedish premium car manufacturer. It was formed in 1945 when Saab AB began a project to design a small automobile. The first production model, the Saab 92, was launched in 1949. In 1968 the parent company merged with Scania-Vabis, and ten years later the Saab 900 was launched, in time becoming Saab’s best-selling model. In the mid-1980s the new Saab 9000 model also appeared.

Saab is the exclusive automobile Royal Warrant holder as appointed by the King of Sweden.

Headquarters: Trollhättan, Sweden
Official Site of Saab : http://www.saabcars.com/
Owner(s) : National Electric Vehicle Sweden

 

Scion

Scion is a brand of vehicles produced by Toyota Motor Corporation for the North American market. Founded in 2002, Scion’s long-term goal is to appeal to Generation Y consumers. The first Scion models, the xA hatchback and xB wagon, went on sale in California in 2003, followed by a sports coupe, the tC, and a nationwide U.S. launch in 2004. A successor to the xA, the xD, premiered in 2008, and the Scion marque expanded to Canada in 2010. The Scion lineup uses a one-trim, simplified purchase process, and the marque has relied upon guerrilla and viral marketing techniques. The Scion name, meaning the descendant of a family or heir, refers both to the brand’s cars and their owners. The brand was launched originally with promises of short product cycle and value based partly on low dealer margins which became difficult to keep as sales fell after the economic downturn.

Headquarters: Torrance, California, US
Official Site of Scion : http://www.scion.com/
Owner(s) : Toyota Motor Corporation

 

Skoda

Škoda Auto , more commonly known as Škoda, is an automobile manufacturer based in the Czech Republic. Škoda became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group in 2000, positioned as the entry brand to the group. Its total global sales reached 939,200 cars in 2012

2012 saw an emission-free fleet of Octavia Green E Line e-cars on Czech roads in use of external partners. Since internal tests in late 2011, the e-fleet drove more than 250,000 km. During this very year Škoda celebrated several milestones, for instance fourteen millions Škoda cars since 1905 (January), three millions Fabias (May), 500,000 Superbs from Kvasiny plant (June ) and 5 years of Škoda operations in China.

Headquarters: Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic
Official Site of Skoda: http://skoda-auto.com/
Owner(s) : Volkswagen Group

 

Spyker

Spyker Cars is a Dutch sports car marque.The modern Spyker Cars holds the legal rights to the brand name.The company’s motto is “Nulla tenaci invia est via”, which is Latin for “For the tenacious, no road is impassable”. The marque’s logo displays the rotary engine of an airplane, a reference to the historic Spyker company which manufactured aircraft. In an attempt to save Spyker from bankruptcy, Swedish Automobile in September 2011, announced the immediate sale of Spyker to American private equity and hedge fund North Street Capital for €32 million ($41 million). However, it has since been revealed that the transaction did not occur leaving the future of Spyker uncertain.

Headquarters: Zeewolde, Netherlands
Official Site of Spyker: http://www.spykercars.com/
Owner(s) : Spyker N.V.

 

Smart

Smart Automobile is a division of Daimler AG that designs, manufactures and markets microcars. Headquartered in Böblingen, Germany, Smart has its primary assembly plant in Hambach, France. Annette Winkler has served as Smart’s CEO since 2010.

Smart uses a lowercase logotype in its branding and a logo incorporating the letter “c” for “compact” and an arrow for “forward thinking”.

The design concept for Smart’s automobiles began in the late 1980s, associated with Swatch. After a period of backing by Volkswagen, the first model was finally launched by Daimler-Benz in October 1998. Several variants on the original design have been introduced, with the original design, called the Fortwo, now in its second generation and available as an electric version.

Smart models are marketed globally, including in Asia, North and South America, Australia and in Europe – and have been the basis for conversions and design modifications by third parties, including electric conversions and performance upgrades. Brabus-tuned production models are widely available.

Headquarters: Böblingen, Germany
Official Site of Smart : http://www.smart.com/
Owner(s) : Daimler AG

 

Shelby Mustang

The Shelby is a higher performance variant of the Ford Mustang which was built by Shelby American from 1965 to 1967, and Shelby Automotive from 1968 to 1970. Following the introduction of the fifth generation Ford Mustang, the Shelby nameplate was revived in 2007 for new high performance versions of the Mustang.

Headquarters: Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.
Official Site of  Shelby: http://www.ford.com/cars/mustang/trim/shelbygt500/
Owner(s) : Ford Motor Company

 

Subaru

Subaru is the automobile manufacturing division of Japanese transportation conglomerate Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI), the twenty-second biggest automaker by production worldwide in 2012.

Subaru is known for its use of the boxer engine layout in most of its vehicles above 1500 cc as well as its use of the all wheel drive drive-train layout since 1972, with it becoming standard equipment for mid-size and smaller cars in most international markets as of 1996, and now standard in most North American market Subaru vehicles. The lone exception is the RWD BRZ introduced in 2012. Subaru also offers turbocharged versions of their passenger cars, such as the Impreza WRX.

Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru, is currently in a partial partnership with Toyota Motor Corporation, which owns 16.5% of FHI.

Subaru is the Japanese name for the Pleiades star cluster (M45, or “The Seven Sisters”), which in turn inspires the Subaru logo and alludes to the companies that merged to create FHI.

Headquarters: Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Official Site of  Subaru: http://www.subaru-global.com/
Owner(s) : Fuji Heavy Industries

 

SsangYong

SsangYong Motor Company or SsangYong Motor is the fourth largest South Korea-based automobile manufacturer. The name SsangYong means double dragons.

A 70% share of SsangYong was acquired by Indian Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, in February 2011, after being named the preferred bidder in 2010 to acquire the bankruptcy-protected company. Mahindra’s acquisition was approved by South Korea’s Free Trade Commission.

Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea
Official Site of SsangYong: http://www.smotor.com/
Owner(s) : Mahindra & Mahindra Limited(70%)

 

Suzuki

Suzuki Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational corporation headquartered in Minami-ku, Hamamatsu, Japan, which specializes in manufacturing automobiles, four-wheel drive vehicles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), outboard marine engines, wheelchairs and a variety of other small internal combustion engines. In 2011, Suzuki was the tenth biggest automaker by production worldwide. Suzuki employs over 45,000 and has 35 main production facilities in 23 countries and 133 distributors in 192 countries.[citation needed] According to statistics from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), Suzuki is Japan’s second-largest manufacturer of small cars and trucks.

Headquarters: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
Official Site of Suzuki: http://www.globalsuzuki.com/
Owner(s) : Volkswagen Group (19.9%)

 

Shelby SuperCars

SSC North America (formerly Shelby SuperCars Inc.) is an American automobile manufacturer founded in 1998 by owner Jerod Shelby . The company is based in West Richland, near the Tri-Cities, Washington and specializes in the production of supercars.

They built the SSC Aero, equipped with a twin turbocharged pushrod engined V8s. Its turbocharged 6.35 litres (388 cu in) V8 produces 1,287 bhp (960 kW; 1,305 PS), which makes it the most powerful production car in the world, beating the Bugatti Veyron’s 987 bhp (736 kW; 1,001 PS). On September 13, 2007, the “Ultimate Aero” took the title of fastest production car from the Bugatti Veyron. The Ultimate Aero has a top speed of 412 km/h (256 mph).

On June 26th 2010 the title was again lost to the upgraded Bugatti Veyron Super Sport that now holds the world speed record for production cars – 268 mph.

Their new car is the SSC Tuatara.

Headquarters: West Richland, USA
Official Site of SSC : http://www.sscnorthamerica.com/
Owner(s) : Jerod Shelby

 

Tesla

Tesla Motors, Inc. is an American company that designs, manufactures and sells electric cars and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors is a public company that trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol TSLA. In the first quarter of 2013, Tesla posted profits for the first time in its ten year history.

Tesla Motors first gained widespread attention by producing the Tesla Roadster, the first fully electric sports car. The company’s second vehicle was the Model S, a fully electric luxury sedan.

Tesla also markets electric powertrain components, including lithium-ion battery packs, to automakers, including Daimler and Toyota. Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, has said he envisions Tesla as an independent automaker, aimed at eventually offering electric cars at a price affordable to the average consumer.

Headquarters: Palo Alto, California, USA
Official Site of Tesla: http://www.teslamotors.com/
Owner(s) : Elon Musk (27%)

 

Tata

Tata Group is an Indian multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. It encompasses seven business sectors: communications and information technology, engineering, materials, services, energy, consumer products and chemicals. Tata Group was founded in 1868 by Jamsetji Tata as a trading company. It has operations in more than 80 countries across six continents. Tata Group has over 100 operating companies with each of them operating independently. Out of them 32 are publicly listed. The major Tata companies are Tata Steel, Tata Motors, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Tata Power, Tata Chemicals, Tata Global Beverages, Tata Teleservices, Titan Industries, Tata Communications and Taj Hotels. The combined market capitalisation of all the 32 listed Tata companies was INR 6.8 Trillion ($ 109 billion) as of March 2014. Tata receives more than 58% of its revenue from outside India.

Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Official Site of Tata : http://www.tata.com/
Founder(s) : Jamsetji Tata

 

Toyota

Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese automotive manufacturer headquartered in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. In 2013 the multinational corporation consisted of 333,498 employees worldwide and, as of January 2014, is the fourteenth-largest company in the world by revenue. Toyota was the largest automobile manufacturer in 2012 (by production). In July of that year, the company reported the production of its 200-millionth vehicle. Toyota is the world’s first automobile manufacturer to produce more than 10 million vehicles per year. It did so in 2012 according to OICA, and in 2013 according to company data. As of November 2013, Toyota was the largest listed company in Japan by market capitalization  and by revenue.

Headquarters: Toyota, Aichi, Japan
Official Site of Toyota: http://www.toyota-global.com/
Owner(s) : Toyota Group

 

Tatra

Tatra is a vehicle manufacturer in Kopřivnice, Czech Republic. The company was founded in 1850 as Schustala & Company, later renamed Nesselsdorfer Wagenbau-Fabriksgesellschaft when it became a wagon and carriage manufacturer. In 1897, Tatra produced the first motor car in central Europe, and one of the first cars in world, the Präsident automobile. In 1918, it changed its name to Kopřivnická vozovka a.s., and in 1919 started to use the Tatra badge named after the nearby Tatra mountains in Slovakia.

Tatra is the third oldest car maker in the world after Daimler and Peugeot. During World War II Tatra was instrumental in the production of trucks, and tank engines for the German war effort. Production of passenger cars ceased in 1999, but the company still produces a range of primarily all-wheel-drive 4×4, 6×6, 8×8, 10×10, and 12×12 trucks. The brand is mainly known as a result of the legendary Czech truck racer Karel Loprais: in 1988–2001 he won the world’s hardest off-road race Dakar Rally as many as six times with the Tatra 815. At the time of his sixth victory, he was the most successful driver in the history of the Dakar.

Headquarters: Kopřivnice, Moravia, Czech Republic
Official Site of Tatra : http://tatratrucks.com/
Owner(s) : Paccar Inc (19%)

 

Think

Think Global was an electric car company located in Oslo, Norway, which manufactured cars under the TH!NK brand. Production of the Th!nk City was stopped in March 2011 and the company filed for bankruptcy on June 22, 2011, for the fourth time in 20 years. The company was bought soon after by Electric Mobility Solutions AS and production ceased in August 2012 with no more announcements regarding future production

Headquarters:  Fornebu, Norway and Garrison, Michigan, U.S.
Official Site of Think : http://web.archive.org/web/20110721025101/http://www.thinkev.com/
Owner(s) : Electric Mobility Solutions AS

 

Troller

Troller Veículos Especiais S/A (Troller) is a manufacturer of off-road vehicles in Brazil. It was founded in 1995, in Horizonte, Ceará. Troller T4 3.0 Turbodiesel is Troller’s flagship. It has featured successfully in several rally races around the world, including the Dakar Rally.

The Troller company started in 1995, by Rogério Farias.In April 1996, the first prototype was built. In 1997, Troller was bought by the entrepreneur Mário Araripe, who formed a partnership with Rogério Farias, and the first gasoline-powered T4s were built. The mass-production of the vehicles started in 1999, when a factory was built.

On the 14th of December 2009, a Troller made the news when it cleared São Paulo’s flooded city streets during a live broadcast.

Headquarters: Horizonte, Ceará, Brazil
Official Site of Troller : http://www.troller.com.br/
Owner(s) : Ford do Brasil

 

TVR

TVR is an independent British manufacturer of sports cars. Until 2006 it was based in the English seaside town of Blackpool, Lancashire, but has since split up into several smaller subsidiaries and has been relocated elsewhere. The company manufactured lightweight sports cars with powerful engines and was, at one time, the third-largest specialised sports car manufacturer in the world, offering a diverse range of coupés and convertibles. TVR sports cars are composed of tubular steel frames, cloaked in fibreglass bodywork. At the time that TVR ceased production in 2006, all of the available models were powered by a TVR-built straight-six engine in one of several states of tune. Earlier models had used an in-house V8, a tuned Rover V8, or one of various Ford, Triumph, or MG engines.

Headquarters:  Blackpool, United Kingdom
Official Site of TVR : http://tvr.co.uk/
Owner(s) : Les Edgar

 

Tramontana

The Tramontana is a Spanish single or twin seat sports car with styling inspired by open wheel racing cars. It is built by Advanced Design Tramontana in Palau de Santa Eulalia, Girona, Catalonia (Spain), and costs €500,000 or more. It was launched as a concept at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show, and subsequently modified for production.

Only 12 a year are manufactured. In 2009, Tramontana introduced a closed top model named Tramontana R.

Headquarters: Palau de Santa Eulalia, Girona, Catalonia (Spain)
Official Site of Tramontana : http://tramontanacorp.com/
Owner(s) : a.d. Tramontana

 

UAZ

UAZ is an automobile manufacturer based in Ulyanovsk, Russia which manufactures off-road vehicles, buses and trucks. It is best known for its Model 469 utility vehicle, which has seen wide use as a military vehicle in the Eastern bloc and around the world. The UAZ factory started production in 1941 as part of the Soviet war effort.

Headquarters: Ulyanovsk, Russia
Official Site of UAZ: http://www.uaz.ru/
Owner(s) : Sollers JSC

 

Volkswagen

Since its inception in 1937, this company has created some of the best cars in the world. They say they create the car of the people, and that’s what they do. They design cars that can be used by the normal persons day in and day out. Volkswagen cars are known for their durability on the road, with some cars being able to withstand more than 1 million KM, which is surely a great achievement. This added a lot to their success, as they now own companies like Seat, Skoda, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini and Bugatti, among others. They won numerous Car of the Year awards all over the world, both in Europe and overseas. In addition, they have created numerous iconic cars, one of the most popular ones being the Beetle.

Headquarters: Wolfsburg, Germany
Official Site of Volkswagen: http://volkswagenag.com/
Owner(s) : Porsche SE (50.7%)

 

Vandenbrink

Vandenbrink Design is a Netherlands-based automotive design and coachbuilding company, founded in 2006 by Michiel van den Brink and Robert Koumans

In 2006, Van den Brink introduced a plan to design and build a special coachbuilt Ferrari. The artist impression of a modern-day GTO, to be based on the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano was well received by the press, prompting Vandenbrink Design to develop and build the design. Soon after, the company announced it was working on two other Ferrari-based designs, the Vandenbrink GT Convertible, based on the 599 GTB Fiorano and a shooting-brake version of the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti.

Headquarters: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Official Site of Vandenbrink : http://www.vandenbrinkdesign.com/
Owner(s) : Michiel van den Brink and Robert Koumans

 

Volvo

Aktiebolaget Volvo is a Swedish multinational manufacturing company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Its principal activity is the production, distribution and sale of trucks, buses, and construction equipment. Volvo also supplies marine and industrial drive systems, and provides financial services. Although Volvo was established in 1915 as a subsidiary of AB SKF, a Swedish ball bearing manufacturer, the auto manufacturer considers itself officially founded on 14 April 1927, when the first car, the Volvo ÖV 4 series, affectionately known as “Jakob”, rolled out of the factory in Hisingen, Gothenburg.

Volvo means “I roll” in Latin, conjugated from “volvere”, in relation to ball bearing. The name Volvo was originally registered in May 1911 as a separate company within SKF AB and as a registered trademark with the intention to be used for a special series of ball bearing.

In August 2010, Ford completed its sale of Volvo Cars to the Chinese motor manufacturer Geely Automobile (Zhejiang Geely Holding Group) for $1.8 billion.

Headquarters: Gothenburg, Sweden
Official Site of Volvo: http://www.volvogroup.com/
Owner(s) : Geely Automobile

 

Vauxhall

Vauxhall Motors is a British automotive manufacturing and distribution company headquartered in Luton, Bedfordshire, and a subsidiary of the German Adam Opel AG, itself a wholly owned subsidiary of the American General Motors (GM). The company sells passenger cars and light commercial vehicles under the Vauxhall marque; in the past it has also sold buses and trucks under the Bedford brand. Vauxhall has been the second-largest-selling car brand in the UK for over two decades.

Vauxhall was founded by Alexander Wilson in 1857 as a pump and marine engine manufacturer and began manufacturing cars in 1903. It was acquired by GM in 1925. Bedford Vehicles was established as a subsidiary of Vauxhall in 1930 to manufacture commercial vehicles. Having previously been a luxury car brand, after the Second World War Vauxhall became increasingly mass-market. Since 1980, Vauxhall products have been largely identical to those of Opel, GM’s German subsidiary, and most models are principally engineered in Rüsselsheim, Germany. During the 1980s the Vauxhall brand was withdrawn from sale in all countries apart from the UK and its dependencies. Throughout its history, Vauxhall has been active in motorsports, including rallying and the British Touring Car Championship.

Headquarters: Luton, Bedfordshire, UK
Official Site of Vauxhall: http://vauxhall.co.uk/
Owner(s) : General Motors Company

 

Vector Motors

Vector Motors Corporation is an American automobile manufacturer originally based in Wilmington, California. Its history can be traced to Vehicle Design Force, which was founded in 1978 by Gerald Wiegert. Vehicle production began in 1989 and ceased in the 1990s. The company was recently revived and is currently developing a new supercar. Vector is credited by some as America’s first attempt to compete with European performance car manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Lotus.

Nearly every car produced by the company is designated the letter “W” (for Wiegert) and a number. A letter “X” after the W (e.g. WX-8) signifies a prototype unit. The only exception to this rule is the Megatech-era M12, wherein the “M” stands for Megatech and the 12 signifies its V12 engine.

Headquarters: Wilmington, California
Official Site of Vector Motors: http://www.vectormotors.com/
Founder : Gerald Wiegert

 

Venturi

Venturi Automobiles is a French-founded Monegasque-based multinational automotive manufacturer, that designs, manufactures, and sells luxury electric vehicles. Founded in 1984 by engineers Claude Poiraud and Gérard Godefro as MVS (Manufacture de Voitures de Sport), the company’s sole purpose was to compete in the “Grand Tourisme” market. However, this plan was immediately faced with many challenges, among them was Venturi’s almost unknown existence outside of France, another was Venturi’s under-capitalized and under-staffed state. This resulted in Venturi declaring bankruptcy in 2000, nearly sixteen years after its foundation. In 2001, Monegasque Gildo Pallanca Pastor purchased Venturi, and decided to focus on electric-powered engines. This change of direction led to the limited-production Fétish.

Headquarters: Fontvieille, Monaco
Official Site of Venturi : http://www.venturi.fr/
Owner(s) : Gildo P. Pastor (100%)

 

Viper

The SRT Viper (formerly the Dodge Viper prior to the 2013 model year) is a sports car, manufactured by the Dodge (SRT after 2013) division of Chrysler. Production of the two-seat sports car began at New Mack Assembly in 1991 and moved to its current home at Conner Avenue Assembly in October 1995.

Although Chrysler considered ending production because of financial problems, chief executive Sergio Marchionne announced and showed on September 14, 2010 a new model of the Viper for 2012. All Vipers are V10 powered with a manual transmission.

Headquarters: Check out Dodge
Official Site of Viper: http://www.drivesrt.com/
Owner(s) : Check out Dodge