It wasn't that long ago that the first automobile was created. And while it looked nothing like what we're being offered today, it was revolutionary in its own right. Throughout the decades, man has only gotten better at designing vehicles for us to drive and now, we're in a time where cars are far more luxurious than we thought they would ever be. But the men and women responsible for creating those masterpieces have names- and that's why we're here today.
Now, we won't ask you to match the vehicle to the brand (you can find other quizzes like that on this site), but we will try to find out whether or not you can spell the names of the companies who make your favorites. Of course, we're going to give you some of our favorite Italian, French and Japanese brands, but there are also a few American brands sprinkled in there somewhere.
So, if you think you know whether Mitsubishi or Mitsubushi is correct, or whether it's Lamborghini or Lamboghini, go ahead and take this quiz. Will you become the new auto spelling bee champ, or will you go back to basics?
Mercedes-Benz is a global automobile marque known for its luxury vehicles, coaches, lorries and buses. Founded on June 28, 1926, it is a division of German company Daimler AG with its headquarters situated at Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Bugatti, originally called Automobiles Ettore Bugatti, was a French car manufacturer founded in 1909 by Italian-born industrial designer Ettore Bugatti in the then-German city of Molsheim, Alsace. Today, the name is owned by the German company, Volkswagen Group.
Lamborghini, officially called Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., is an Italian car brand and manufacturer owned by the Volkswagen Group through its subsidiary, Audi. Founded in 1963, it is known for its series of luxury sports cars, SUVs and tractors.
Porsche, also known as Dr.-Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, is a German automobile manufacturer founded by Ferdinand Porsche in 1931. Owned by Volkswagen AG, Porsche is well known for its lines of high-performance sports cars, sedans and SUVs.
Found by Enzo Ferrari on September 13, 1939, Ferrari is an Italian automobile manufacturer that specializes in luxury sports cars. This company is also renowned for its participation in racing, particularly in Formula One, which is regarded as the most successful racing team.
Koenigsegg Automotive AB is a Swedish manufacturer of high-performance sports cars founded in 1994 by Christian von Koenigsegg. Over the years, Koenigsegg models have received many awards, including the 2010 "BBC Top Gear Hypercar of the Year Award" (Koenigsegg Agera).
Rolls-Royce Limited was the original company founded by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce in 1904. This British company initially produced luxury cars and later on began manufacturing aero-engines during World War I as requested by the government.
Maserati is an Italian luxury vehicle manufacturers who made its debut 103 years ago on December 1, 1911, in Bologna, Italy. This company is renowned for its luxury sports car which combines timeless Italian style with effortless, signature sounding power.
Maybach-Motorenbau is a defunct German automobile manufacturer that currently exists as a sub-brand of Mercedes-Benz. It was founded in 1909 by German engine designer and industrialist Wilhelm Maybach along with his son, Karl Maybach.
Volkswagen, which translates as "folk's wagen," is a German automobile manufacturer established by the German Labour Front under Adolf Hitler May 28, 1937. It is a member of the Volkswagen Group which includes brands such as Audi, Bugatti, Porsche, and Bentley.
Mitsubishi, also called the Mitsubishi Group of Companies or Mitsubishi Companies, is a group of Japanese autonomous multinational companies which descended from the Mitsubishi zaibatsu company. It was founded in 1870 by Yatarō Iwasaki.
Citroën is a French automaker founded by French industrialist André-Gustave Citroën in 1919. It has been part of the PSA Peugeot Citroën group since 1976 and is credited with creating the world's first mass-produced car, the Citroën Traction Avant.
Pagani, officially named Pagani Automobili S.p.A., is an Italian automaker of sports cars and carbon fiber components. It was founded by Horacio Pagani in 1992 and is currently located in San Cesario Sul Panaro, near Modena, Italy.
The Hyundai Group, founded by Chung Ju-Yung, is a South Korean business conglomerate based in Seoul. It was initially established as a construction company in 1947 and later on became a motor company in 1967. By the mid-1990s, it consisted of more than 60 subsidiaries.
Audi AG, a member of the Volkswagen Group, is a German automaker known for its production and distribution of luxury vehicles. Headquartered in Ingolstadt, Germany, it was founded on April 25, 1910, by German engineer August Horch, in Zwickau, Germany.
Peugeot, a member of the Group PSA, is a French automotive manufacturer of luxury cars, sports cars and commercial vehicles. It was established by Jean-Pierre Peugeot and Jean-Frédéric Peugeot in 1810 and is currently headquartered in La Grande Armée, Paris, and Sochaux, France.
Founded on July 15, 1953, Subaru is the automobile manufacturing division of Subaru Corporation, a Japanese transportation conglomerate. Subaru cars are widely known for their boxer engine layout in a majority of vehicles above 1500 cc.
Renault, also known as Groupe Renault, is a multinational automotive manufacturer founded on February 25, 1899, by Louis Renault, Marcel Renault and Fernand Renault. This company is known for its participation in motorsport, specifically rallying, Formula E and Formula 1.
Toyota, officially known as Toyota Motor Corporation, is a Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer located in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. It is the world's market leader in sales of hybrid electric vehicles and as of 2017, was named the world's second-largest automotive manufacturer.
Saab Automobile AB was a manufacturer of automobiles established in Sweden in 1945. In 2011, the company filed for bankruptcy and was later succeeded by Swedish company NEVS in 2012. It was previously owned by Saab AB, Saab-Scania, General Motors and Spyker N.V.
Alfa Romeo is an Italian manufacturer of luxury cars founded by Alexandre Darracq on June 24, 1910. Headquartered in Turin, Piedmont, Italy, this brand is known for its production of sporty vehicles and its involvement in car racing since 1911.
McLaren Automotive, previously known as McLaren Cars, is a British automotive manufacturer known for its line of sports cars. As McLaren Cars, it was founded by Ron Dennis on December 2, 1985, and replaced by McLaren Automotive in 2010.
Chevrolet, officially known as Chevrolet Division of General Motors Company, is a division of American company General Motors which produces and markets a wide variety of vehicles, ranging from subcompact automobiles to medium-duty commercial trucks.
Studebaker was an American automobile which operated from February 1852 to November 1967. Founded by the Studebaker brothers, the company initially manufactured carriages, wagons and harnesses before moving on to automobiles.
Polaris Industries, founded in Roseau, Minnesota, is an American manufacturer of ATVs, snowmobiles, and neighborhood electric vehicles. The company was founded in 1954 by Edgar Hetteen, Allen Hetteen and David Johnson. It has two divisions and eight subsidiaries.
Buick, officially known as Buick Motor Division, is a Division of General Motors and the oldest American brand of automobiles. Headquartered Detroit, Michigan, this marque is sold in the United States, Canada, Mexico and China, the latter being the company's largest market.
Plymouth was a marque of automobiles known for its production of cars, minivans and trucks. It was introduced by Walter Chrysler at Madison Square Garden on July 7, 1928, and discontinued 72 years later on June 29, 2001.
Bentley Motors Limited is a British subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a manufacturer of SUVs and luxury cars. It was founded 99 years ago by H. M. Bentley and W. O. Bentley on January 18, 1919, and was acquired by Volkswagen in 1998.
Chevron Cars Ltd., funded by Derek Bennett in 1965, is an English manufacturer of racing cars. Chevron is best known for its small capacity sports cars and single seaters, Formula Three and Formula 5000.
Suzuki is a Japanese multinational corporation which, in 2014, was listed as the ninth biggest automaker by production worldwide. It produces automobiles, four-wheel drive vehicles, ATVs, motorcycles, outboard marine engines and small, internal combustion engines.
Cadillac, officially called the Cadillac Motor Car Division, is a division of General Motors which manufactures and markets luxury vehicles worldwide, primarily in the United States, Canada and China. It was founded in 1902 by William Murphy, Lemuel Bowen and Henry M. Leland.
Jaguar is a luxury vehicle brand of the British multinational car manufacturer, Jaguar Land Rover. Headquartered in Whitley, Coventry, England, this brand was introduced in 1935 and has been owned by Indian company Tata Motors since 2008.
Datsun is an automobile brand owned by Nissan and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The company's original run began in 1931 and was discontinued in 1986. In June 2013, this marque was relaunched as a brand of low-cost vehicles manufactured for emerging markets.
Aston Martin, officially known as Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings PLC, is an independent manufacturer of luxury sports cars and grand tourers. It is renowned for its sports cars, which are regarded as a British cultural icon, one of which appeared in the 1964 James Bond film, "Goldfinger."
The Volvo Group is a Swedish multinational manufacturing company founded in 1927 by Assar Gabrielson and Gustav Larson. It is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, and currently produces, distributes and sells commercial vehicles, trucks, buses, and construction equipment.
Infiniti, founded on November 8, 1989, is the luxury division of the Japanese automaker, Nissan. Headquartered in Hopewell Center, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, this division is marketed worldwide and currently manufactures and market's eight models.
Tesla Inc., named after Nikola Tesla, is an American automotive and energy company which specializes in the production of electric cars through its subsidiary, SolarCity. It was founded in July 2003 by businessmen Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning.
Lexus, founded on September 1, 1989, by Eiji Toyoda, is the luxury vehicle division of the Japanese automaker, Toyota. The company is headquartered in Nagoya, Japan, and produces sedans, convertibles, SUVs and coupes.
DeSoto was an American automobile brand which was manufactured and sold by the DeSoto division of the Chrysler Corporation. It was introduced by Walter Chrysler in 1928 and was discontinued on November 30, 1960, with more than 2 million units built.
Scion was an automotive marque of vehicles founded on June 9, 2003, and officially dropped on August 5, 2016. This brand was a division of Toyota which primarily built sports compact vehicles for the U.S. and Canadian markets.