Can You Match the Vehicle Brand to Its Parent Company?

By: Becky Stigall
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About This Quiz

Most car companies aren't independent operators. Most are conglomerates, owned by a parent corporation. How well do you know your cars? Take this quiz to find out!

The luxury line, Rolls Royce, is owned by what company?

The German company, Bavarian Motor Works or Bayerische Motoren Werke, has owned Rolls Royce since 1998.

Got a MINI? Know who owns the company?

German company, Bavarian Motor Works, has owned MINI since 1994.

Drive a BMW? Who is the parent company?

BMW is the parent company of Rolls Royce and MINI, wholly owned by Bavarian Motor Works and established in 1916.

What company owns Mercedes-Benz?

Mercedes-Benz is a division of Daimler AG, a German company. The company was established in 1926, the result of a merger between Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie.

What company heads up the Maybach line of luxury vehicles?

The Maybach line is now a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz, which is owned by Daimler AG. Check out THAT family tree!

Smart cars have smart investors. Who owns the company?

Smart cars are a Swatch/Mercedes collaboration: Think Swatch Mercedes ART. The car was originally called the Swatchmobile!

The Chrysler brand is owned by what parent company?

Fiat took ownership of Chrysler in 2014. The new company is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, or FCA.

Your Jeep calls what company its parent?

Jeep was bought by Chrysler in 1987, then Fiat Chrysler Automobiles took over in 2014.

What parent company controls Dodge?

Dodge was sold to Chrysler in 1928. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles acquired Dodge when it acquired Chrysler.

What company owns Plymouth?

Plymouth vehicles are no longer in production. The company was owned by Chrysler before production stopped in 2001.

Alfa Romeo autos are overseen by what parent company?

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles swallowed the Alfa Romeo company in 2007.

Maserati is owned by what parent company?

The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles group currently owns Maserati and the trident logo. The trident symbolizes a three-pronged approach to building cars.

Do you know what company owns Ford?

Ford is it's own parent company, the Ford Motor Company. Once a huge conglomerate, Ford's portfolio has shrunk in recent years.

What company guides the production of the Lincoln line of vehicles?

The Ford Motor Company is the parent company of Lincoln luxury vehicles.

What company guides the production of your father's Buick?

Buick's line of vehicles are part of the General Motors Company portfolio.

Cadillac luxury vehicles are part of what company portfolio?

GM bought the Cadillac Motor Car Division in 1909.

Chevy dominates the automotive world. Who owns the company?

Chevy and the bowtie logo are owned by General Motors.

What American company owns Australian automaker Holden?

The General Motors Company acquired Holden in 1931. However, the last Australian Holden will leave the factory in October 2017.

What company leads the Honda corporation?

Honda is its own parent corporation. It also manufactures aircraft and motorcycles.

The luxury brand, Acura, is owned by what company?

The Acura line was launched by Honda in 1986. Honda was the first Japanese carmaker to release a luxury brand.

What company owns Genesis Motors?

Genesis is a new division of Hyundai. The new brand appeared in 2009.

Kia is partly owned by what competitor?

Hyundai and Kia are both South Korean car manufacturers. Following Kia's 2007 bankruptcy, Hyundai gained an interest in the brand.

What company has a 34% share in Mitsubishi?

Nissan owns one-third of carmaker Mitsubishi. That's enough to have a controlling interest.

The luxury brand, Infiniti, is a subsidiary of what company?

Infiniti is owned by Nissan. Nissan is in partnership with Renault. This gets confusing!

Compact carmaker, Datsun, is owned by what company?

The Datsun line was phased out in 1986, but relaunched in 2013 in India.

What company controls Saab?

Saab was bought by a company called National Electric Vehicle Sweden, but NEVS lost the rights to the name and logo, so the status of new vehicles under the Saab brand is undetermined.

What automaker is partly owned by Toyota?

Toyota has owned a 16.5% share in Subaru since 2008. Specifically, Toyota owns an interest in the Subaru parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries.

What company owns the Jaguar line of luxury vehicles?

Indian carmaker, Tata Motors, bought Jaguar from Ford in 2008. Ta-ta, Jaguar.

The Land Rover line is owned by what company?

Tata, and Indian auto manufacturer, took over Land Rover from BMW in 2000.

Lexus is part of what company's portfolio?

Lexus launched in 1989, but wasn't available in the Japanese car market until 2005.

What carmaker owns Audi?

Volkswagen is the largest car company in the world.

Porsche is part of what conglomerate portfolio?

Porsche is owned by Volkswagen, which is itself owned by Porsche. Huh?

Ducati is owned by what company?

Volkswagen owns Audi, which owns Lamborghini, which owns Ducati. Go figure!

Pontiac was part of what company's portfolio?

General Motors owned all four, including the defunct Pontiac.

Bentley is a subsidiary of what auto conglomerate?

Luxury brand Bentley has been a part of Volkswagen AG since 1998.

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