World’s Largest Automakers
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.
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The list below shows the brands the world’s largest automakers currently control.
The BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke in German, or Bavarian Motor Works in English)
The BMW Group controls:
BMW – Mini – Rolls-Royce – BMW Motorrad
Mercedes-Benz – Smart – Mercedes-Benz Trucks – Freightliner – Fuso – Western Star – Bharatbenz (India) – Mercedes-Benz Vans – Mercedes-Benz Buses – Setra – Thomas Built
•Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Abarth – Chrysler – Dodge – Jeep – Ram – Fiat – Alfa Romeo – Lancia – Maserati
•Ford Motor Company
Ford – Lincoln
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
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PSA Group controls:
Peugeot – Citroen – DS – Opel/Vauxhall
Renault – Nissan – Mitsubishi – Dacia – Alpine – Infiniti – Datsun – Lada (Russia) – Renault-Samsung – Venucia (China)
Toyota Group controls:
Toyota – Lexus – Hino – Daihatsu
Volkswagen – Audi – Bentley – Bugatti – Lamborghini – Porsche – SEAT – Skoda – MAN – Scania – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles – Ducati
Tata Group controls:
Tata – Land Rover – Jaguar – Tata Daewoo
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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