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Who Owns Who? World’s Largest Automakers And The Car Brands They Currently Control




World’s Largest Automakers

Largest Automakers

Who Owns Who?

Did you know that Volkswagen, who currently makes cars like the Golf and Passat, also makes cars under the Bugatti brand, while its German counterpart BMW owns the Rolls-Royce Motors cars?

Yes, read that right! The automotive industry has a very confusing family tree due to the facts that the “big boys” keeps acquiring the weaker one in order to save them from going into extinction, a fate that befell the likes of Hummer, Saturn, Pontiac and Oldsmobile.

The past few years have seen sales, separations and entire divisions killed off, making it difficult to know which brand is still alive or the automaker that still controls them.

The list below shows the brands the world’s largest automakers currently control.

•BMW Group

The BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke in German, or Bavarian Motor Works in English)

The BMW Group controls:

BMW – Mini – Rolls-Royce – BMW Motorrad

•Daimler AG

Daimler controls:

Mercedes-Benz – Smart – Mercedes-Benz Trucks – Freightliner – Fuso – Western Star – Bharatbenz (India) – Mercedes-Benz Vans – Mercedes-Benz Buses – Setra – Thomas Built

•Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

FCA controls:

Abarth – Chrysler – Dodge – Jeep – Ram – Fiat – Alfa Romeo – Lancia – Maserati

•Ford Motor Company

Ford controls:

Ford – Lincoln

•General Motors

General Motors controls:

Autobaojun (China) – Buick – Cadillac – Chevrolet – GMC – Holden – Jiefang (China) – Wuling (China)

•Honda Motor Company

Honda Motor Company controls:

Honda – Acura – Honda Powersports

•Hyundai Motor Company

Hyundai Motor Company controls:

Hyundai – Kia – Genesis

•PSA Group

PSA Group controls:

Peugeot – Citroen – DS – Opel/Vauxhall


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi controls:

Renault – Nissan – Mitsubishi – Dacia – Alpine – Infiniti – Datsun – Lada (Russia) – Renault-Samsung – Venucia (China)

•Toyota Group

Toyota Group controls:

Toyota – Lexus – Hino – Daihatsu

•Volkswagen Group

Volkswagen controls:

Volkswagen – Audi – Bentley – Bugatti – Lamborghini – Porsche – SEAT – Skoda – MAN – Scania – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles – Ducati

•Tata Group

Tata Group controls:

Tata – Land Rover – Jaguar – Tata Daewoo

•Zhejiang Geely

Zhejiang Geely controls:

Geely Auto – Volvo – Lotus – Proton – London EV Company – Polestar – Lynk & Co – Yuan Cheng Auto – Terrafugia

Volkswagen AG and Daimler AG currently controls the largest number of automotive brands while their German counterpart, the BMW Group, keeps it very simple.

Which Automaker Currently Controls Your Favourite Brand? 

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