BMW or Chrysler: 82% of People Can't Correctly Identify the Make of These Vehicles! Can You?

By: Craig
Image: Youtube via BMW

About This Quiz

You know your cars, right? 

But how much do you know about cars in the United States and across the pond? That's right. This quiz will test your knowledge of not only one of Europe's most respected car makers, but also one of America's 'Big 3'. 

It's BMW versus Chrysler! Or perhaps, more importantly, you versus BMW and Chrysler

For close to 100 years, BMW has produced some of the finest cars the world has ever seen in a range of classes. Chrysler too has a rich history and are approaching a century of making incredible cars with that true American pedigree. 

But as a car aficionado, you knew that, didn't you?

The question is, can you identify which manufacturer is which from just looking at an image of one of their vehicles?

You can? Then you are definitely in the right place.

Take our quiz and see how many you can get right out of 50 questions. Be warned, however, it certainly is not as easy as you think. In fact, these two auto manufacturers, despite coming from two different continents will push your ability to the limit and test your knowledge extensively. 

Let's see how you fare! Ready, steady, green light, go!

Although it had a strange shape (often called the clown shoe) the M Coupe was another winner from BMW in the 1990s. Released in 1998, the first generation was powered by a 3.2-liter straight-six engine.

First marketed in Europe as the Hillman Avenger, this four-door small family car received Chrysler branding from 1976 to 1979. Interestingly, from 1971 to 1973, before it received its Chrysler badge for the European market, it was sold in America as the Plymouth Cricket. Three models of the Avenger were available to the motoring public - LS, GL and GLS

The 503, a two-door two-seater came in the form of a coupe or cabriolet. It was produced by BMW between 1956 and 1959 with 413 built over that period. It was aimed in particular at the US market, but saleswise, performed poorly.

The X3 is a compact crossover SUV and part of the X range. It is based on the 3-series platform and was first produced in 2003. The second generation X3 offers two petrol and two diesel engined models.

The Airflow, a full-sized Chrysler model, was available as a four-door sedan or two-door coupe. Its design incorporated the concept of streamlining, one of the first American cars to do so. Ultimately, however, the Airflow was not a particularly successful model for the company.

The Centura featured as a model of Chrysler Australia from 1975 to 1978. This four-door was a front-wheel drive, front-engine sedan. Essentially, it was a modified Chrysler 180 which featured three engine options from 2.0 liters to 3.5. liters.

The Z4 Roadster first hit the streets in 2002 and still forms part of the BMW fleet. Although the first generation included a convertible with a soft-top roof, this was changed to a retractable hardtop from the second generation onward.

Based on the Dodge Durango, the Aspen was launched in 2007. Sales of the Aspen were very poor and Chrysler quickly dropped the model after 2009.

An off-road roadster, the Z18 was a concept car from BMW in 1995. It was powered by a 4.4-liter V8 which produced 355 brake horsepower. Incredibly, the body of this vehicle was built out of plastic.

Another Australia-only model, the Charger, a two-door muscle car was produced between 1971 and 1978. Eight different model types were marketed during those seven years

A full-sized four-door sedan, the Concorde was built from 1994 to 2004. Based on the Chrysler LH platform, two generations were made during its production run. Second-generation Concordes included a range of gas engine options, with the largest, a 3.5-liter V6. The Concorde was eventually replaced by the Chrysler 300.

Designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro, the M1 sports car was released in 1978 and built for a period of three years in which 453 were made. This was BMW's first mid-engined car and was powered by a 3.5-liter double overhead cam straight six engine. It had a top speed of 162 mph.

A little over 500 examples of this sports touring car were produced by BMW from 1962 to 1965. The 3200 Coupe was essentially seen as a 2-door grand tourer and was powered by the first-ever V8 car engine produced by the company.

Introduced in 2002, the 1-series offered BMW fans a smaller car than both the 3- and 5-series. The first generation included a hatchback, not a model type often found in the BMW range.

The Fifth Avenue badge had formed part of other Chrysler marques over the years, but between 1983 and 1993, it was its own model. They were powered by a 5.2-liter V8 engine which produced 140 brake horsepower. As Chrysler's largest car during these years, the fifth Avenue proved popular with 100,000 sold in 1985 alone.

Based on the two-seat Isetta microcar, the 600 microcar was bigger and could seat four occupants. It was the first four-person car produced in Germany after the war but was not much of a success in terms of sales. The 600 was powered by a 600cc engine.

The Conquest was essentially a rebadged Mitsubishi Starion and marketed in the United States between 1987 to 1989. This three-door coupe sports car was powered by a 2.6-liter turbocharged engine which produced 145 brake horsepower.

A two-door coupe or fastback, the Crossfire was marketed by Chrysler between 2004 and 2008. The Crossfire was designed and built during Chrysler's association with Daimler and interestingly features many Mercedes SLK parts. It was also powered by a 3.5-liter V6 AMG engine. Just over 76,000 were sold worldwide during its production run.

Produced from 1936 to 1940, the Roadster from BMW is simply beautiful. This two-seater, open top sportscar was powered by a 2.0-liter straight six engine coupled to a manual 4-speed transmission. Only 464 were built.

The Chrysler Imperial was first introduced in 1926. The model saw various updates right until 1954 before the Imperial name was discontinued. It resurfaced for a brief period in the 1990s, from 1990 till 1993.

The first generation of BMW's famed 3 series was released in 1975 and remained in production until 1983. Over 1.3 million were built and included a convertible model designed with the help of Baur Coachbuilders.

BMW M models have a reputation as some of the finest passenger cars ever produced. The M5 was no different, but this was also a beast thanks to its 400 brake horsepower V8 engine.

A rebadged Lancia with the same model name, the Ypsilon is currently sold in the in Japan and the United Kingdom. It has four engine options ranging from 900cc to 1.2-liter.

The Voyager minivan was produced by Chrysler from 1988 till 2016. During this time, Chrysler produced five generations. The last models made had three powerplant options, two gas, the largest a 3.8-liter V6 as well as one diesel variant.

A hybrid sports car first seen in 2014, the i8 is not only good for the environment but it is possibly one of the best-looking cars on the road today. And for a hybrid, it is incredibly quick, going from 0-60 mph in just 4.4. seconds.

This concept car was built in small numbers. In fact, only 55 were made of which 50 were used in a designed user program. As one can tell by the name, this Chrysler model was driven by a turbine engine. Only nine remain today, of which two are in private hands.

The 7 series was introduced by BMW in 1977. It is currently in its sixth generation and is the flagship of this German automaker’s fleet. It comes with a range of engine options including a hybrid model.

A 3-door hatchback in the supermini class, the Sunbeam was another product from Chrysler Europe. It was based on the Hillman Avenger and was produced from 1977 to 1979. The Sunbeam had four engine options ranging from 930cc to 2.1-liter 16 V.

Part of Chrysler's offering in the mid-sized segment, the Sebring was produced between 1995 and 2010 and over three generations. It included various models including a sedan, convertible and coupe. Between 2007 and 2010 over 200,000 units were sold. It was rebadged as the Chrysler 200 in 2010.

The first full-sized car released by Chrysler, the Royal badge adorned a range of body styles including a four-door sedan and two-door convertible as well as a coupe. It was produced from 1937 to 1950.

The i3 is an electric vehicle offering from BMW. Obviously, people buy cars such as these to have as little impact on the environment as possible, but as you would expect from a BMW model, the i3 offers so much more. Performance and handling are both impressive while the interior is top class. This is the perfect car for the environmentally conscious.

Essentially an upmarket version of stablemate, the Dodge Laser, Chrysler's version was deemed to be the first sports car released by the company. The difference between the Dodge and Chrysler models were in trim levels only. The Laser was marketed between 1984 and 1986.

The most expensive model from BMW, the Gran Coupe was first introduced in 2011. It has a range of powerplant options including diesel and gas with the biggest engine a 4.4-liter S63 V8 twin-turbo.

The base model (and cheapest) Chrysler at the time, the LeBaron was introduced into the Chrysler fleet in 1977. The brand formed part of the model range until 1994 with three generations produced. In terms of body styles, over the years, the LeBaron was available as a sedan, wagon, coupe and convertible.

The minivan market in the United States is fiercely competitive. The Pacifica from Chrysler is fairly new to it, but already has made an impression with impressive sales in its first year.

Now in its seventh generation, the 5-series was introduced in 1972. Larger than the 3-series, this was the first model to use the number naming convention employed by BMW to this day.

This retro-styled sports car was marketed by Chrysler between 1997 and 2002, first under the Plymouth brand and then Chrysler from 2001. Over 11,000 units of this 2-door, rear-wheel drive roadster were produced.

Introduced by BMW in 1975, the 3-series is one of the German car maker's top-selling brands. In fact, worldwide, over two million of these vehicles have been sold in the last 60 months.

A compact car from BMW, the 2 Series has a range of body styles including a coupe, active tourer and grand tourer. It was first introduced in 2010.

The Zagato Roadster, commonly known as the Z4, was introduced by BMW in 2009 and remained in production until 2016. This was the first BMW convertible to have an automatic hardtop roof. The top of the range model was powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine capable of producing 335 brake horsepower

Part of the X-series of SUV's, the X5 was introduced by BMW in 1999 and remains in production today. This was the first SUV produced by the company. It is currently in its third generation and offers two gas and diesel powerplant options.

Although keeping with the "air" theme like another Chrysler model, the Airflow, the Airstream was not a streamlined design and was based on the 1933 Chrysler CO. And it certainly proved more popular than its more streamlined stablemate, with 5 sold to every one Airflow. The following year, 1935, this rose to 9 sold for every Airflow that left the showroom floor.

Mini cars have a certain charm and perhaps the most famous of them all is the Isetta. Interestingly, this was not a BMW design, but built under license. BMW built the Isetta between 1955 to 1962.

A luxury coupe, the Cordoba was marketed by Chrysler between 1975 and 1983 and over two generations. The Cordoba also featured in NASCAR for two seasons. The largest engine to feature in this vehicle was a 5.2-liter V8.

The Alpine was a European Chrysler model marketed under a host of other names in various car markets around the world. This front-wheel drive hatchback was produced by Chrysler Europe between 1975 and 1979.

This mid-sized luxury crossover SUV based on the BMW 6 series platform was first produced in 2007. Now in its second generation, around 7,000 are sold in the United States each year.

Powered by a 4.9-liter V8 motor, the Z8 Roadster not only looked good, it offered excellent performance as well. Built between 2000 and 2003, the Z8 had been developed since 1993. 5,703 were produced by the company.

A four-door notchback sedan, the Chrysler Cirrus was marketed between 1995 and 2000. The Cirrus has a few engine options with the largest a 2.5-liter V6. Two other vehicles were based on the Cirrus platform, the Dodge Stratus and the Plymouth Breeze.

Another Chrysler Europe model, this car was essentially a rebadged Hillman Hunter and made available for the U.K. market in 1976. Interestingly, today there are only seven left of which one is in running condition.

The smallest of BMW's SUV models, the X1 entered the market in 2009. It is currently in its second generation which is powered by either turbo gas or diesel engines. Around 100,000 have been sold in the United States since 2012.

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!

Explore More Quizzes