How Much Do You Know About the Big Three Auto Manufacturers?

Becky Stigall

Which automaker is said to have taken over Fiat Chrysler's place as the third of the Big Three automakers?

Some experts say that Tesla has taken over the number three spot on the Big Three list. However, historically, the Big Three will always be GM, Ford and Chrysler.

Where are the Big Three located?

All Big Three automakers are headquartered in Detroit. Detroit has been called the automotive center of the world.

Which union is prevalent in the Big Three automakers?

Both the United Auto Workers and the Canadian Auto Workers have a presence in the Big Three automakers. The UAW has about 400,000 active members.

Which of the Big Three held the top spot in North American sales for nearly eight decades?

GM held the top spot for 77 years. The company was toppled by Toyota in 2007.

More than half of Big Three profits are a result of what type of vehicle?

More than half of Big Three profits are a result of SUV sales. The Big Three have struggled to break into the compact car market.

Speaking of the Big Three, which is one of Germany's Big Three automakers?

Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW are Germany's Big Three. Volkswagen is number one in the world, according to sales.

What governor told the Big Three automakers to "get off their butt"?

Arnold Schwarzenegger told the Big Three automakers to "get off their butt." This was in response to the automakers' lawsuit against the governor's tailpipe emissions legislation.

Which of the Big Three stopped offering leases in 2008?

Chrysler stopped offering vehicle leases in 2008. This was in response to the declining resale value of the vehicles.

Which of the Big Three did NOT file bankruptcy in response to the financial crisis of the early 2000s?

Ford did not file bankruptcy as a result of the financial crisis. Both GM and Chrysler filed in 2009.

What company purchased Chrysler as a result of the early 2000s financial crisis?

Fiat had completed its purchase of Chrysler in 2014. The purchase was initiated in 2009, when Chrysler filed for bankruptcy.

Which of the Big Three automakers is considered number one in producing small, fuel-efficient cars?

None of the Big Three is known for manufacturing top-notch small, fuel-efficient cars. That honor is held by Toyota, Honda and Nissan.

Which of the Big Three manufactured the Pinto, known for exploding during rear-end collisions?

Ford manufactured the Pinto. The subcompact was replaced by the Escort in Ford's lineup.

Which of the Big Three manufactured the plagued Vega?

Chevrolet manufactured the Vega. Chevy is a division of GM.

Which of the Big Three has a successful subsidiary in Germany?

Ford has a successful subsidiary in Germany. Ford-Werke is headquartered in Niehl, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia.

Which of the Big Three automakers gained a reputation for producing cars that the middle class could afford?

Henry Ford focused on making cars that middle-class buyers could afford. He was, of course, the founding father of the Ford Motor Company.

Speaking of the Big Three, can you name one of Japan's Big Three automakers?

Toyota, Nissan and Honda are Japan's Big Three. Toyota is Japan's largest earning company.

Which of the Big Three automakers was the first to have an assembly line?

Henry Ford was a proponent of the assembly line. Mass production helped lower costs, which made vehicles more affordable.

Which of the Big Three was founded in 1903?

Ford was founded in 1903 by Henry Ford. The company was founded with the name Ford Motor Company.

Which of the Big Three automakers makes Chevy, Buick and Cadillac vehicles?

General Motors makes Chevy, Buick and Cadillac vehicles. Former brands include Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Hummer.

Which of the Big Three was founded in 1925?

Chrysler was founded in 1925 by Walter Chrysler. Chrysler was formerly the Maxwell Motor Company.

Which of the Big Three automakers used the marketing line, "We are Professional Grade"?

GM used the marketing line "We are Professional Grade." The campaign has evolved into "Like a Pro."

Which of the Big Three is headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan?

Ford in located in Dearborn, Michigan. Dearborn is in the Greater Detroit area.

William C. Durant founded which of the Big Three automakers?

William C. Durant founded GM. The company was founded in 1908.

Witch of the Big Three has the slogan, "America's Import"?

Chrysler's slogan is "America's Import." The company's former slogan was "Imported from Detroit."

Which of the Big Three produced the Model T?

Ford produced the Model T. The Model T was the first car to be produced on an assembly line.

Which of the Big Three has 12 brands?

General Motors houses 12 brands. The company sells approximately 10 million vehicles annually.

Which of the following brands is the luxury division of Ford?

Lincoln is the luxury division of Ford. Ford took over Lincoln in 1922.

Which of the Big Three automakers had the slogan "Heartbeat of America"?

Chevrolet had the slogan "Heartbeat of America." Chevy is a division of GM.

Which of the Big Three automakers was the first to expand overseas?

Ford was the first of the Big Three automakers to expand overseas. GM was second.

Which of the Big Three automakers used the marketing copy, "Your Next Car"?

Chrysler used the marketing copy, "Your Next Car." Chrysler. Your Next Car.

Which of the Big Three owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller?

Ford owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller. Ford took over Troller in 2007.

Which of the Big Three automakers used the slogan, "Inspiration comes standard"?

Chrysler used the slogan, "Inspiration comes standard." Chrysler was originally a luxury brand.

Which of the Big Three automakers was the last to become unionized?

Ford was the last of the Big Three to accept unions. Chrysler and GM unionized in 1937. Ford unionized in 1941.

The Big Three automakers weathered what economic crisis?

All three Big Three automakers made it through the Great Depression. Many other brands failed.

Which of the Big Three automakers used the slogan, "Everything We Do Is Driven by You"?

Ford used the slogan, "Everything We Do Is Driven by You." Ford is the original of the Big Three.

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About This Quiz

General Motors, Ford and Chrysler (not Fiat Chrysler) are known as the Big Three automakers. But they didn't just appear out of nowhere. How much do you know about them?

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