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 and Fiat had a famous merger in 2009. The goal of the merger was more efficient production and global reach.
Porsche and Volkswagen famously merged in 2008. Porsche swallowed up VW like it was a steaming plate of eggs, sausage and bacon.
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.
India's Tata picked up Jaguar Land Rover in 2008. Little did they know about the economic crisis that was just about to hit.
Before it was bought by Tata in 2008, Jaguar Land Rover belonged to Ford. We don't think that Ford has any regrets.
Ford managed to pick up Volvo in 1999. Apparently, the price tag was about $6.5 billion.
The economic disaster was a time of many mergers in the auto industry. Former giants were failing, and the Asian market swooped in.
During the economic crisis, there were a lot of manufacturing mishaps. The recalls only fueled more interest in mergers and acquisitions.
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.
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.
In 1908, General Motors Company was established by the Buick Motor Company. It was a precursor of the merger tendency.
Oldsmobile was the second company to join GM. Olds Motor Works was sold to GM in November of 1908.
There was a famous merger between Packard in Studebaker in 1954. They formed the Studebaker-Packard Corporation.
The final Packard vehicle came off the production line in 1958. Studebaker-Packard would eventually just be called Studebaker.
Chrysler bought stake in Mitsubishi in 1971. It was the first Japanese automaker that they bought stake in.
French manufacturer Peugeot bought the French auto company Citroën in 1976. Citroën had gone bankrupt.
In 1979, Ford bought stake in Japanese carmaker Mazda. They increased their ownership stake throughout the '80s.
The French automaker Renault bought stake in American Motors Corporation in 1979. But, in the '80s, so many things were about to change.
In 1987, Ford bought a controlling stake in British luxury carmaker Aston Martin. That was the same year that Chrysler bought American Motors Corporation.
First, GM bought half of Saab in 1989. Then, they went ahead and bought the other half in 2000.
In February of 1990, Ford bought British carmaker Jaguar. Three years later, Chrysler would sell off its stake in Mitsubishi.
Volkswagen purchased both Rolls-Royce and Bentley in 1998. Those are some fancy acquisitions!
Ford picked up the Swedish brand Volvo in 1999. That was the same year that GM bought controlling stake in Isuzu.
Renault and Nissan formed an alliance in 1999. They maintained distinct brands but held shares in each other's companies.
2000 was the year when GM bought stake in Italian carmaker Fiat. That was the same year that Ford bought Land Rover from BMW.
In 2000, DaimlerChrysler was feeling hungry. They bought stake in both Mitsubishi and Hyundai.
Failed South Korean automaker Daewoo was given new life. They were picked up by GM in 2001.
In 2002, Isuzu had a change of heart. They bought back their shares from GM.
The list of GM brands is extensive, and Hummer is just one of them. The list also includes Saturn and Buick.
Ford partnered with Mazda until 2015. The partnership began in 1974.
Fiat is the proud owner of Maserati. They also own some other Italian staples, like Alfa Romeo and Lancia.
Honda owns Acura. The automaker was founded in 1948, with 34 employees.
Famously, Ford and GM held merger talks in 2006. It would have been one of the largest mergers in automotive history.
Lamborghini is owned by the Volkswagen Group through their subsidiary, Audi. Lamborghini is based in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy.
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.