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American Auto Manufacturers Quiz
by Staff
From revolutionary inventions to famous feuds, cars and their makers have a long history in the United States. Test your knowledge of the most iconic cars made in the U.S.A. with this quiz.

Which automaker is largely credited with revolutionizing the auto manufacturing process?

  • Nikola Tesla
  • John DeLorean
  • Henry Ford

What brand has been General Motors' largest volume seller since the 1920s?

  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet

What famed movie car can still be bought new, nearly two decades after its manufacturer went out of business?

  • DeLorean DMC-12
  • AMC Eagle
  • Plymouth Voyager

What led to Mercury's demise?

  • Ford was made an offer it couldn't refuse.
  • Ford wasn't giving the brand good support or fresh products.
  • The planet was too close to the sun and finally got too hot.

General Motors tried really hard to make the Saturn buying and ownership experience different. What was unique about Saturn's actual cars?

  • They had a revolutionary everlasting new car smell.
  • They were made of plastic.
  • They were tested in outer space.

Cadillac recovered during the 1950s and 1960s, and then sales began to decrease again in the 1980s. What was the cause of its decline?

  • Japanese and German imports took a lot of market share.
  • There weren't enough Cadillac dealerships.
  • The unions went on strike and stopped building Cadillacs for a long time.

Premier Automotive Group was formed in the early 2000s, primarily to handle Ford's acquisition of European brands such as Aston Martin, Land Rover, Jaguar and Volvo. Which two American brands were also rolled into this umbrella?

  • Mercury and Plymouth
  • Mercury and Lincoln
  • Lincoln and Ford

When was General Motors' Saturn brand first conceived?

  • 1982
  • 1990
  • 1995

What was Plymouth named after?

  • the English university
  • the town in Indiana
  • Plymouth Rock and a brand of twine

Who is credited with saying "If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses"?

  • Henry Ford
  • Louis Chevrolet
  • Henry Martyn Leland

Where is the Walter P. Chrysler Museum located?

  • Auburn Hills, Mich.
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Pittsburgh, Penn.

Which two automotive brands had one of the same founders?

  • Lincoln and Cadillac
  • Lincoln and Ford
  • Studebaker and Cadillac

When did the new DeLorean Motor Company start selling new DeLorean vehicles?

  • 1989
  • 1990
  • 2008

Why did GMC and Pontiac merge in 1996?

  • to make GMC cars and Pontiac trucks
  • to reduce the dealership network
  • to reduce the number of factories

How did Cadillac survive the Great Depression?

  • Cadillacs during the Depression were actually rebadged Chevrolets
  • Cadillac gave away free maintenance with all its cars
  • General Motors kept Cadillac open despite the brand's losses

What town was the home of Studebaker?

  • Racine, Wisconsin
  • South Bend, Indiana
  • Pawnee, Indiana

Before Tesla Motors introduced its luxurious electric Model S, there was the Tesla Roadster, which consisted of Tesla's electric drivetrain in car bodies supplied by another manufacturer. Who did this fledgling American manufacturer partner with?

  • Lotus
  • Daewoo
  • Shelby

AM General was the auto company chosen by the U.S. Army to produce the military vehicle that became the Humvee. Which other companies submitted bids for the project?

  • International Harvester and Willys-Overland
  • Jeep and Navistar Defense
  • Chrysler Defense and Teledyne Continental

Panoz Auto Development Company is a small American exotic car manufacturer that was founded in 1988. Where did Daniel Panoz's startup capital come from?

  • the security industry
  • the pharmaceutical industry
  • car racing

Which two automotive brands sold a Model A?

  • Lincoln and Ford
  • Cadillac and Ford
  • Chevrolet and Lincoln

In what decade was the ram introduced as the Dodge brand's mascot of sorts?

  • 1910s
  • 1930s
  • 1980s

Which American car company's founder had previously started a car company in Europe?

  • Panoz
  • Mosler
  • Austin

What brand held the third top-selling spot in America from the early 1930s into the 1950s?

  • Plymouth
  • Ford
  • Chevrolet

What was America's leading car producer for a brief time before Chevrolet and Ford took the top spots?

  • Studebaker
  • Oldsmobile
  • DeSoto

What was the purpose of the very first Jeep vehicle, as built by Willys-Overland?

  • military transport during World War II
  • military transport during World War I
  • camping

Where did Walter Percy Chrysler work before founding Chrysler?

  • a bookbinder
  • a university
  • Buick

What American luxury electric car company went defunct in 2013?

  • Tesla
  • Fisker
  • Rimac

William C. Durant founded General Motors but was quickly removed from power. What brand did he then form as revenge (of sorts)?

  • Chrysler
  • AM General
  • Chevrolet

In Buick's early days, the brand produced some truck models, but then stopped to focus on more traditional passenger vehicles. What vehicle was considered Buick's first truck in 70 years?

  • the Enclave
  • the Rendezvous
  • the Aztek

What did David Dunbar Buick make before founding his car company?

  • bathtubs
  • toilets
  • kids' toy wagons