How Much Do You Know About Car Brand Spinoffs and Takeovers?

By: Annette
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How Much Do You Know About Car Brand Spinoffs and Takeovers?
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These days, it's all about corporate takeovers. But this has been going on throughout the history of the automotive industry! In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of which car companies were swallowed up by other car companies.
Chrysler + _____ in 2009.
BMW
Audi
Fiat
Chrysler and Fiat had a famous merger in 2009. The goal of the merger was more efficient production and global reach.

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Porsche + _____ in 2008.
Honda
Volkswagen
Porsche and Volkswagen famously merged in 2008. Porsche swallowed up VW like it was a steaming plate of eggs, sausage and bacon.
Oldsmobile

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_____ + Daimler Benz in 1998.
Ford
Chrysler
Chrysler and Daimler Benz had a famous union in 1998. The merger was associated with a $36 billion price tag, then dissolved in 2007 for $7.4 billion.
Chevy

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Who bought Jaguar Land Rover?
Ford
Tata
India's Tata picked up Jaguar Land Rover in 2008. Little did they know about the economic crisis that was just about to hit.
BMW

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Who was Jaguar Land Rover picked up from?
Dodge
Ford
Before it was bought by Tata in 2008, Jaguar Land Rover belonged to Ford. We don't think that Ford has any regrets.
Chevy

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Ford + ____ in 1999.
Chrysler
Volvo
Ford managed to pick up Volvo in 1999. Apparently, the price tag was about $6.5 billion.
Suzuki

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Which was a popular time for auto mergers?
The '60s
The '80s
The economic disaster of 2008
The economic disaster was a time of many mergers in the auto industry. Former giants were failing, and the Asian market swooped in.

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The economic crisis of 2008 was a time of what?
Innovation
Recalls
During the economic crisis, there were a lot of manufacturing mishaps. The recalls only fueled more interest in mergers and acquisitions.
Automotive refinement

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Does Honda own Acura?
Yes
Honda is a huge umbrella company that owns so many popular vehicle manufacturers. Takeo Fukui is the President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
No

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Does BMW own MINI?
Yes
Not only does BMW own MINI, but they also own Rolls-Royce and Brilliance. Brilliance was a joint venture that serves the auto market in China.
No

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When GM was organized, they were incorporated by _____.
Dodge
Buick
In 1908, General Motors Company was established by the Buick Motor Company. It was a precursor of the merger tendency.
Honda

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What was the second company to join GM?
Chevy
Oldsmobile
Oldsmobile was the second company to join GM. Olds Motor Works was sold to GM in November of 1908.
Ford

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Packard joined with ____ in 1954.
Chevy
Dodge
Studebaker
There was a famous merger between Packard in Studebaker in 1954. They formed the Studebaker-Packard Corporation.

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When was the last Packard vehicle made?
1940
1958
The final Packard vehicle came off the production line in 1958. Studebaker-Packard would eventually just be called Studebaker.
1965

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Chrysler bought stake in _____ in 1971.
Honda
Mitsubishi
Chrysler bought stake in Mitsubishi in 1971. It was the first Japanese automaker that they bought stake in.
Toyota

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Who was bought by Peugeot in 1976?
Audi
BMW
Citroën
French manufacturer Peugeot bought the French auto company Citroën in 1976. Citroën had gone bankrupt.

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Ford bought stake in ____ in 1979.
Mazda
In 1979, Ford bought stake in Japanese carmaker Mazda. They increased their ownership stake throughout the '80s.
Hyundai
Suburu

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What French automaker bought stake in American Motors Corporation?
Renault
The French automaker Renault bought stake in American Motors Corporation in 1979. But, in the '80s, so many things were about to change.
Peugeot​
Bugatti

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Ford bought a controlling stake in _____.
Lexus
Aston Martin
In 1987, Ford bought a controlling stake in British luxury carmaker Aston Martin. That was the same year that Chrysler bought American Motors Corporation.
VW

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What Swedish automaker did GM buy?
Volvo
Saab
First, GM bought half of Saab in 1989. Then, they went ahead and bought the other half in 2000.
Thulin

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Who bought Jaguar in 1990?
Honda
Buick
Ford
In February of 1990, Ford bought British carmaker Jaguar. Three years later, Chrysler would sell off its stake in Mitsubishi.

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What did Volkswagen buy in 1998?
Rolls-Royce
Bentley
Both
Volkswagen purchased both Rolls-Royce and Bentley in 1998. Those are some fancy acquisitions!

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Who bought Volvo in 1999?
Ford
Ford picked up the Swedish brand Volvo in 1999. That was the same year that GM bought controlling stake in Isuzu.
Buick
Honda

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Who formed an alliance with Nissan?
Oldsmobile
Ford
Renault
Renault and Nissan formed an alliance in 1999. They maintained distinct brands but held shares in each other's companies.

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When did GM first buy stake in Fiat?
1990
2000
2000 was the year when GM bought stake in Italian carmaker Fiat. That was the same year that Ford bought Land Rover from BMW.
2008

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In 2000, DaimlerChrysler bought stake in _____ .
Mitsubishi
Hyundai​
Both
In 2000, DaimlerChrysler was feeling hungry. They bought stake in both Mitsubishi and Hyundai.

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What South Korean automaker did GM buy?
Daewoo
Failed South Korean automaker Daewoo was given new life. They were picked up by GM in 2001.
Hontai
Mumbalo

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What happened between Isuzu and GM?
They merged
They bought shares in each other
Isuzu bought its shares back
In 2002, Isuzu had a change of heart. They bought back their shares from GM.

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Who owns Hummer?
Ford
GM
The list of GM brands is extensive, and Hummer is just one of them. The list also includes Saturn and Buick.
BMW

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Who partnered with Mazda until 2015?
Ford
Ford partnered with Mazda until 2015. The partnership began in 1974.
BMW
Honda

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Who owns Maserati?
Ford
Fiat
Fiat is the proud owner of Maserati. They also own some other Italian staples, like Alfa Romeo and Lancia.
Chrysler

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Who owns Acura?
Hyundai
Honda
Honda owns Acura. The automaker was founded in 1948, with 34 employees.
Toyota

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When did GM and Ford hold merger talks?
2000
2006
Famously, Ford and GM held merger talks in 2006. It would have been one of the largest mergers in automotive history.
2010

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Who owns Lamborghini?
Chrysler
Ford
Volkswagen
Lamborghini is owned by the Volkswagen Group through their subsidiary, Audi. Lamborghini is based in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy.

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When did GM and Chrysler first hold merger talks?
2000
2008
The talks between these two keep happening, but the first merger talk took place in 2008. Apparently, CEO Sergio Marchionne thinks a merger with GM still makes sense.
2017

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