Can You Match the European Car Maker to the Model?


By: Steven Symes

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

We might love the cars in America, but its birthplace was Europe. Maybe that's why so many automotive brands come from there, which can make knowing about all of them quite the task. Even more difficult is keeping the many models from the past and present lined up with the correct brands. After all, German automakers are especially notorious for long model names and a proliferation of niche vehicles, making their lineups extensive. And, thanks to the long history of the automobile in Europe, there are quite a few cars that have hailed from the continent. 

Many people around the world view European cars as being more refined than others. Perhaps its the deep heritage behind each of the brands, or the fact that Europeans have more practice with making vehicles. Whatever the reason, showing up at many places behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Volvo, Porsche, Jaguar, or any number of other European brands will surely turn heads. 

The one thing to keep in mind is that Europeans love to use other languages to name their cars. That means you can't always count on how a model sounds to link it with the right brand. Think you're up to the challenge? Take the quiz now! 

Which brand makes the Cayman?

Now officially called the 718 Cayman, many automotive reviewers have raved that this mid-engine car surpasses the Porsche 911 in handling and overall driving feel. It's enjoyed solid success since launching into the market back in 2006.


The Phaeton was a sedan made by which brand?

Back at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled its intent to go far upmarket with the full-size Phaeton sedan. Some questioned the wisdom of a mainstream brand creating such a luxurious vehicle, which quickly exited the North American market after lackluster sales.


The C30 hatchback was a manufactured by which European brand?

Volvo tried to reignite interest in its lineup among young car shoppers with the C30. The little hatchback could be customized in several ways, in an attempt to scoop market share from the Mini Cooper, but Volvo discontinued the C30 after the 2013 model year, thanks to lagging sales.


The Xsara Picasso is still made by which auto brand from Europe?

Even many Europeans don't realize the Xsara Picasso is still being made today, even though it first launched in the domestic French market back in 1999. Egyptian shoppers, among a few fortunate others, can still purchase the Xsara Picasso.


The Tuscan was a sports car made by which brand?

British automaker TVR, which recently returned to the market, was famous for the Tuscan. This front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car originally launched back in 1967 but enjoyed several runs and a reputation for extreme bravado and performance.


The Countryman is still being made by which brand?

Technically considered subcompact crossover, the Countryman has become a big success for Mini. The first generation launched in 2010, just as the market was heating up for smaller crossovers. A second and larger generation came out in 2017.


The Phantom is a vehicle made by which of the following brands?

The Phantom name has been used by Roll-Royce since 1925, when it launched the Phantom I. The British automaker released the Phantom VII back in 2003, bringing the automotive legend into the 21st century.


The Stelvio, a modern crossover, comes from what European brand?

Billed as a sportier and more interesting crossover, the Alfa Romeo stormed into the market in the 2018 model year. It's received quite a wave of critical praise, maybe cementing the Italian brand's return to the North American market.


What European brand made a city car called the Panda?

The Fiat Panda has enjoyed a long production run, which started in 1980 and is still going today. The current iteration of the vehicle is larger than ever and even comes in four different versions, catering to different budgets and preferences.


Which brand still makes the Octavia?

The Skoda Octavia, a small family car, has been proudly made in the Czech Republic since 1996. As is the case with a lot of vehicles, the current generation can be had in a number of forms, including versions with all-wheel drive, depending on the market.


The M1 supercar was made by which legendary European brand?

Back in the late 1970s, BMW decided it would show it could make a genuine supercar, the M1. It recruited the help of Lamborghini, whose influence can clearly be seen in the wedge-like and geometric shape of the vehicle. Fewer than 500 M1s were made during its short run.


The Elan was made by which brand?

The Lotus Elan, an old British roadster, enjoys a rabid cult following. Many praise it for a connected, pure driving experience, but it's also known for not being even remotely reliable, making for an interesting ownership experience.


What automaker produced the Agera hypercar?

Back in 2010, Koenigsegg really put itself on the map with the Agera, a word that means "to take action." Everything about the Agera was an engineering marvel, including the wheels that acted like turbines, pulling heat away from the brakes, and the twin-turbo engine.


The 9-4x crossover was one of the last vehicles made by what brand?

Not too long before it went under, Saab launched the 9-4x. It was a vehicle some thought would've saved the brand had it came out several years sooner. Sadly, the 9-4x was only made for the 2011 and 2012 model years.


Which brand has famously made the Unimog for decades?

With World War II done, Germany started the painful process of rebuilding. Mercedes-Benz developed the Unimog, a hardworking and durable truck that filled all kinds of roles in different industries, as well as personal use. That do-anything and go-anywhere reputation has made the Unimog an automotive legend.


The FF is a sportbrake from which brand?

The Ferrari FF isn't loved by some enthusiasts, who think it isn't "pure" enough to wear the badge. But others love the sporty yet practical nature of this model, thanks to the four seats and surprising storage area, and was launched back in 2011.


What brand makes a car called the 7?

Caterham decided to build a super lightweight sports car that's a tribute to the Lotus Seven. It launched in 1973, the year after the Lotus stopped production, and is still being sold today, with plenty of enthusiasts loving the simple nature of the car.


The F-Type is made by which brand?

Jaguar used a shortened version of the XK convertible's platform to create the F-Type, a sports car that launched back in 2013. Today, you can get it as a convertible or coupe, with several versions that offer different features. Overall, it's praised as a balanced and highly attractive car.


Which brand makes the Allroad wagon?

First launched in the European market back in 1999, the Audi Allroad took the brand's A6 Avant wagon where it didn't dare venture before: off the road. Not only did it have body cladding and a Quattro all-wheel drive, the wagon also featured a taller 5.6-inch ground clearance, making it more worthy of at least some trails.


Which European brand makes the Ghibli sedan?

While the current Maserati Ghibli has been around since 2013, the brand has used the name on two other distinct cars. Interestingly, the name comes from a hot and dry south-westerly wind in by Libyan desert.


Which manufacturer made the wickedly-named Diablo?

As the follow-up model to the Countach, the Diablo had a big reputation to live up to. Fortunately, this Italian supercar didn't disappoint, thanks to its aggressive looks, backed up by its impressive performance. It was offered from 1990 to 2001, carrying the brand's legacy into the 21st century.


Which brand made the legendary F1 hypercar?

Only slightly more than 100 (in number), McLaren F1 cars have been produced during the manufacturing run that lasted most of the 1990s. This vehicle had a strange seating arrangement where the driver was in the center, plus set the record for the world's fastest production car.


Can you name the brand that makes the C8 Preliator?

Spyker stopped making cars for a short while but jumped back into the spotlight with the C8 Preliator in 2016. Like the other models from the brand, this one carries a heavy aeronautical theme that hearkens back to the early part of the 20th century.


Which brand named a vehicle the Yeti?

Skoda had a solid hit on its hands with the Yeti, a compact crossover that mixed capability with efficiency. Believe it or not, Skoda had never before made any SUV or crossover model, so the Yeti was a big deal when it debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009.


The B7 is a luxury sedan from which brand?

The Alpina B7 is based on the BMW 7 Series, elevating the car to a new level of luxury and refinement. The brand starting using the B7 name in 2004 with the BMW E65, and have continued through the F02.


Which brand makes the Z4?

In 2003, the BMW Z4 replaced the Z3, a wildly popular roadster. Since then, the Z4 has won over enthusiasts for its fun nature and luxurious features, without making the driver feel overly insulated from the road.


The Range Rover is from which brand?

The Range Rover has been around since 1970, with a lasting impression left on the automotive landscape. Land Rover has transformed the SUV from something almost purely utilitarian to a highly luxurious vehicle that goes for a considerable amount. Today, there are several versions of the Range Rover.


Which brand made the popular Midget?

From 1961 to 1980, the Midget was offered under the legendary MG brand. It was one of several roadsters from Britain that left a huge impact on the automotive industry, inspiring the modern roadster models of today.


Which brand has famously made the Plus 8?

Thanks to enthusiasts flocking to the Plus 8, Morgan was able to stay afloat during some financially turbulent times. It enjoyed an especially long production run from 1968 to 2004 and is highly sought after today.


Which brand makes the Twingo?

Now in its third production generation, the Renault Twingo has been providing practical city transportation since 1992. It started out with a front engine and rear-wheel drive, but now has the engine in the rear.


The F40 was famously made by which European brand?

This car is viewed as special among many Ferrari faithful. Not only was it the successor of the mighty 288 GTO, it was the last vehicle that Enzo Ferrari personally signed off on before his death. It put a considerable amount of Formula One technology in the hands of consumers, too.


Which European brand makes the Mulsanne?

As a full-size luxury car, the Bentley Mulsanne has a presence that will impress just about anyone. Adding to its aura is the fact that each one is built by hand. Bentley got the name Mulsanne from the Mulsanne Corner of the Le Mans track.


The Defender has been produced by which brand for decades?

The American jeeps from WWII made quite the impression on the British, which gave birth to the Defender. This go-anywhere SUV was born shortly after the war, and has taken people to destinations all over the world, earning a tremendous reputation.


Which brand makes the Giulia?

To help Alfa Romeo compete against the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, etc. and gain a foothold in the North American market again, Alfa Romeo launched the Giulia. The car won quite a bit of praise from automotive reviewers, who raved about how much more entertaining it was to drive versus the competition.


The XF is from which brand?

Jaguar debuted this luxury sports sedan in 2009 as a replacement to the S-Type, which was a bold move as the world's economy was in a downturn. The car was compelling enough; it survived the recession and is still in production today.


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