The automotive industry is one of the most diverse industries in the present world and one of the most technological as well. After the Second World War, car companies were among the industries that recorded significant growth. This was mainly due to the demand for vehicles along with the growing industrialization of those years.
Fast forward to modern day, a lot has changed in this industry. Inflation and recession of global economies have resulted in the closure of many car manufacturers and created more mergers.
Which is the biggest car manufacturer?
Many people will fail this question and their confident answer would be Toyota or GM. However, you will be amazed by how big some of the car brands are. After World War II, the VW beetle was the best-selling vehicle selling millions of units across the world. By that time, it was the epitome of what a family car should look like as it combined efficiency and practicality.
Following the great breakthrough, the Volkswagen group managed to be the biggest automaker that managed to buy other companies that were on the verge of collapse. Today, some of your best car brands could be owned by a parent company that you did not know. Without further delay, let us see who owns who;
Car brands and their parent companies
Volkswagen Group: Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, Volkswagen, MAN Trucks
Toyota: Toyota, Daihatsu, Lexus, Subaru, Tesla motors
Ford Motor Company: Ford, Lincoln, Troller
General Motors: Cadillac, GMC, Chevrolet, Holden
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance: Renault, Nissan, Infiniti, Dacia, Datsun, Samsung Renault, Lada, Mitsubishi.
Hyundai Motor Group: Hyundai, Kia, Genesis
Daimler AG: Mercedes-Benz, Smart, AMG, Aston Martin
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: Alfa Romeo, Dodge, Lancia, Maserati, Chrysler, Fiat, Jeep, Ram
Honda: Honda, Acura
BMW: BMW, Mini, Rolls Royce
Suzuki: Suzuki, Maruti Suzuki
Groupe PSA: Peugeot, DS Automobiles, Opel, Citroen, Vauxhall.
Tata Motors: Tata, Jaguar, Land Rover.
Geely: Lotus, Proton, Volvo
Independent: Ferrari, Mazda, McLaren
There you go folks, the next time you say you love a certain company and hate the other one, be sure to know which car company owns the other.