VROOM VROOM! There are millions of cars cruising down the street all over the world. You might even be able to recognize quite a few as they pass you by. While the flash of a logo might help you recognize it, can you name these popular cars just from an image?
The first car was invented by German inventor, Karl Benz. While many people were making an attempt at creating the running car, Benz's invention was a three-wheeled car that had an internal combustion engine. Cars would soon become manufactured all around the world.
Karl Benz would forever be remembered by the German manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz. The country would grow to include BMW, Audi, and Volkswagen. The United States car industry would grow behind their first manufacturer, Ford. Japan would bring Nissan and Toyota while the U.K. would create Land Rover, MINI, and Rolls-Royce.
There are hundreds of different car manufacturers with thousands of different makes and models. Can you name all of them from an image?
Could you recognize the iconic shape of a Beetle? What about the coveted Corvette or Camaro? There's only one way to find out!
These are some of the most popular and iconic cars that you'll find on the street. Strip away their logos! Can you name all of them from an image? Let's find out if you'll be driving your way to a high score!
Fasten those seat belts and find out!
Probably the most iconic car in the world, the Volkswagen Beetle was produced from 1938 to 2003 when the last one rolled off the production line in Mexico. But that wasn’t the end. In 2007, the Beetle received a modern update. Dubbed the ‘New Beetle’ this too received another upgrade in 2011 with the ‘Beetle A5.' Both thoroughly modern cars, they kept that distinct Beetle charm we all know and love.
Introduced to the market in 1994, the Audi A4 still remains a popular executive car. It has a range of power options, including petrol and diesel engine from 1800 cc to 3000 cc. For those of us who like a little bit more power, the top of the range S4 produces 450 brake horsepower and has a top speed of 155 mph. It can go from 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.
Perhaps the most iconic truck ever released by Ford, the F-150 is simply loved in the United States. In fact, this is the biggest selling truck in the country for the past three decades! At certain times, it was also the most popular vehicle in the country in terms of sales.
A muscle car in the true sense of the word, the Chevrolet Camaro was first manufactured in 1967. Over the next 35 years, there were four generations produced of this American favorite and then the model was shelved until 2010, where it returned to the Chevy lineup. Since then, more than 500,000 units of this iconic brand have been sold in the United States.
Now in its seventh generation, the BMW 5 series first hit the roads of Europe in 1972. This range was always intended for those who wanted a larger car than the iconic 3 series. It was the first BMW model to use the number naming convention.
The Corvette name is loved around the world. From its inception in 1953, the Corvette brand is the jewel in the Chevrolet crown. Of course, everyone has their favorite Corvette with many citing the C1 and the C2 Stingray as personal preferences. Now in its seventh generation, the Corvette C7 is a high-performance car with a massive 6200 cc V8 engine.
Perhaps one of the most famous cars ever produced, the Mini first appeared in England 1959 with the Mark 1. This small car was produced into the late ‘90s with various upgrades and changes over the years. In 2000, BMW bought the brand and introduced the Mini ONE. Although the shape paid homage to the original, these were much larger cars. In the past five years, more than 270,000 Mini models were sold in the United States.
One of Jeep’s top-selling models, the Grand Cherokee was first introduced in 1992. It is currently in its fourth generation. Worldwide sales figures for the Cherokee reached just over 277,000 units in 2015.
With close to 500,000 units shifted in the United States in 2016, the RAM pickup is not only one of the most popular trucks in the United States, but one of the most popular vehicles overall.
Certainly an iconic name in American motoring, the Cadillac DeVille was produced between 1958 and 2005. Although sales figures dropped towards the final years of its production run, the car was always popular and seemed to be referenced in rap songs often, including those by Afroman and Snoop Dogg.
Currently in its sixth generation, the Ford Mustang is probably the most iconic muscle car ever. First released in 1964, the Mustang was an immediate hit. In fact, in 1965 and 1966, over 1.1 million units were sold! Its popularity forced Chevrolet to introduce the Camaro as a direct rival.
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Just 20 years ago, Toyota first launched its hybrid vehicle, the Prius. From 1997 to 2003, the Prius was part of the compact car market. In 2003, it was relaunched as a hatchback. With over 4 million sales worldwide, this is the top selling hybrid car on the planet.
Despite the fact that it was only released in 2016, the Pacifica has already made an impact in the United States' auto market. And with so many minivan options from which to choose, this is never an easy task.
This midsized sedan was first seen on the roads of the United States in the early 2000s. It quickly became a massive seller, with Ford expanding the range to include both a hybrid and electric versions. This has helped the Fusion reach sales of over 1.4 million units in the last five years.
The Altima, a model now in the mid-sized car segment from Japanese automaker, Nissan, was first introduced to the world in 1992. It is currently in its fifth generation and has become one of the best selling cars in the United States with 1.5 million units shifted in the past five years.
Ford Broncos were made for 30 years, from 1966 to 1996 - and their fans will be glad to hear that a new model is in the works for 2020.
The Clio has been a very popular car within Europe for the past 20 years. The latest model is no different. Available in a range of configurations, the Clio sold more than 310,000 units in 2016 alone.
The iconic BMW 3 series was first produced by the German automaker in 1975. Over the years, it has been available in a range of options, including two-door (coupe and convertible), four-door sedan as well as an estate. Over 2 million vehicles have been sold worldwide in the past five years.
The same vehicle as the Chevrolet Silverado, the GMC Sierra is available as a two-door, four-door double and four-door crew cab. This heavy duty pickup also has a number of drive options, including rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. Other than being sold commercially, the Sierra is used by the military and also is a popular model for truck racing.
While not reaching the sales figures of combustion driven vehicles, the Model X from Tesla is quickly moving up the charts for plug-in electric cars. Since it debuted in 2015, more than 55,000 models have been sold. And it's not difficult to see why. This is an impressive car.
The Silverado and the GMC Sierra share exactly the same mechanical build and configuration. Currently in its third generation, designed by Kevin O’Donnell, some models are powered by a 6600 cc V8 engine which develops 397 brake horsepower. The Silverado sold just over 574,000 units in the United States in 2016.
The compact crossover market has certainly become a battlefield for a number of manufacturers. These vehicles have become extremely popular and none more so than the Escape from Ford. The first Escape was built in collaboration with Mazda who called their vehicle the Tribute. The Escape is known as the Kuga in many parts of the world.
First introduced in 1982, the Opel Corsa (marketed as Vauxhall in the United Kingdom) has proved to be a popular car in the supermini bracket in Europe. In the early 2000s, the Corsa would regularly sell around 500,000 units per year. Although sales have dropped somewhat, over 1.3 million units have sold in the last five years.
Mercedes Benz has always produced top quality cars and, of course, the C-Class is no different. This executive car was brought into the Mercedes range in 1993. The W204, the fourth generation of this vehicle, was introduced in 2014 and is available in four body styles, including sedan, estate, convertible, and coupe.
First introduced to the United States in 1996, the Sonata, from Korean manufacturer, Hyundai, has grown steadily in popularity. So much so that in the past five years, over 1 million units have been sold in the United States alone.
An all-electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf went into production in 2010. Of course, perhaps the most important thing with such a car is how far it will go on a single charge. Today, a fully charged Leaf has a range of 107 miles with the larger 30 kWh battery. Perhaps more importantly, a flat battery can be charged to 80 percent within a mere 30 minutes. This is the best-selling electric car in the world.
Featuring in the compact class, the Ford Focus was manufactured mainly for the European market from 1998 onwards. Currently in its third generation, the car has sold close to 4 million units in the United States alone although numbers have dropped over the past couple of years.
Although there have been seven generations of the Ford Fiesta since 1976, only two have been sold in the United States – the first model, the Fiesta Mk 1 and from 2010, the Fiesta Mk VI. This vehicle falls in the ‘Supermini’ class, perfect as a car for a single person, a couple and even a one-child family. Worldwide, the Fiesta brand has sold more than 16 million vehicles. This makes it the third most popular Ford ever.
Since its inception in 1974, the Golf has gone from strength to strength. In fact, Volkswagen’s tagline, ‘The People’s Car,’ easily moved from the aging Beetle to this hatchback. Now on their seventh model in the range over the last 40 years, current Golfs are sophisticated, high-performance vehicles. And popular too.
Released in the compact car market in 1982, the Toyota Camry has changed over the years and since 1991, the vehicle has found itself in the mid-size car category. In that guise, the Camry has undergone facelifts on six separate occasions. It is an extremely popular model in the United States, selling over 2 million units in the last five years.
Essentially a Golf with rear storage space, making it a sedan instead of a hatchback, the Jetta first appeared in 1979. This brand is officially the top-selling model for the German company and by the end of 2016, close to 17 million had been sold worldwide.
Now into its second generation, the Cruze is one of Chevrolet’s global brands marketed in a range of countries. The Cruze brand had been used by General Motors before, but in Japan from 2001 to 2008 on an SUV model. In the United States, the Cruze has sold 1 million units in the past five years.
Another excellent offering from South Korea, the Kia Rio is now in its fourth generation. This subcompact car was first released in 2000. Currently, it is available as both a hatchback and a sedan. The Rio comes with a range of power plants from 1000 cc to 1600 cc petrol options and a 1400 cc turbodiesel. Globally, just over 445,000 models were sold in 2016.
The Malibu was first introduced by Chevrolet in 1963 and up until 1984, four generations were produced. It only returned to the market in 1997 and today is one of the most popular models available in the mid-sized car class in the United States.
First produced in 1976, the Honda Accord is currently in its ninth generation and forms part of the full-size car market. It is a top seller in the United States and sells more than 300,000 vehicles a year. The best sales year ever recorded was in 1990.
The iconic Charger, a fearsome muscle car in the 1960s, remains extremely popular to this day. The current Charger, the seventh generation of this iconic brand is still up against its bitter rivals from years ago, the Mustang and the Corvette. Over the past few years, sales for the Charger in America have reached close to 100,000.
One of the most iconic names in Chevrolet history, the current model, the tenth generation of this iconic car, is still in demand in the United States. In the last five years, in fact, more than 650,000 have been sold in America.
From its introduction in 2004 until 2017, the Equinox featured in the mid-sized crossover category. In 2018, however, it moves into the compact crossover SUV class. How this will affect sales, particularly in the United States, remains to be seen. At present, the Equinox is a top seller in the States and sold just over 242,000 units in 2016.
Initially introduced into the subcompact car market in 1997, Mercedes Benz’s A Class moved to the compact car segment in 2012. The A class is sold only in Europe where the current third generation has sold more than 500,000 units in the last five years.
A compact SUV, the Honda CR-V first hit the road in Japan in 1997. The fifth generation is one of the best-selling models in the United States with more than 357,000 sold in 2016 alone. Honda recently opened a factory in Greensburg, Indiana, that produces the CR-V for the American Market.
One of BMW’s newer models, the 1 series was introduced by the German automaker in 2002. The first generation included a hatchback, not a model type often found in the BMW range.
Known for its incredible handling and punchy performance, the Subaru Impreza was first introduced to the Japanese market in 1992. This car is now in its fifth generation and remains an excellent seller worldwide.
Since 2012, the Honda Civic has sold more than 1.6 million units in the United States alone. The Civic brand was first introduced by the Japanese automaker in 1972 in the subcompact car bracket. From 2000, however, the Civic has competed in the compact car class. Including sales up until the end of 2015, 18.5 million Civics have been sold worldwide.
With a range of affordable, high-spec cars coming out of Korea, Hyundai’s Elantra model is certainly one of the best cars available from that Asian country. This car, which features in the compact class, has been on the market since 1990 and was available in the United States the following year. It continues to prove to be fairly popular with sales of more than 200,000 units for the last five consecutive years.
The best selling car in the world, the Toyota Corolla was first introduced in 1966. During its lifetime, it has had 11 redesigns over that period, first starting out as a subcompact model, moving to compact as well as mid-sized categories. In 2016, more than 300,000 units of the Corolla were sold in the United States alone.
The Nissan Pathfinder is another popular mid-sized SUV with sales of more than 360,000 units in the United States over the past five years. It was first introduced by the Japanese automaker in 1985.