The history of the automobile proves that when it comes to car manufacturing, no one country stands out.
Sure, the United States has what they like to call the "Big 3," namely Ford, Chrysler, and Chevrolet. And yes, they do build a lot of cars, but that doesn't mean other parts of the world are left behind in the car manufacturing stakes. Just think of Europe, for example. Here you will find many manufacturers and not just in Germany, the obvious European car manufacturing country that people think of first. Even Russia has a range of their own car manufacturers!
As for Asia, well over the past 20 years, many brands have become global power players after starting out small in their respective countries. In particular, Hyundai's growth has skyrocketed over the past decade. And another player from Asia is starting to spread their wings in terms of global car sales, with a special focus on Africa.
So now the question is if we give a car make and model, can you tell us which country they were originally manufactured in?
Some of these questions are dead simple, while others will have you wracking your brains for an answer!
But you are up for the challenge, right?
Thought so... let the quiz begin!
Just 100 examples were built of the L1 Continental Coup in the early 1930s. They were mostly a two-tone color schemer, with canary yellow and black a favorite. The L1 was powered by a 1.0-liter six-cylinder engine, which produced around 41 brake horsepower.
The Bricklin SV-1 was the brainchild of Malcolm Bricklin. Simply put, there was never enough money to see the project off the ground properly, and although a few cars were made, they did not generate enough revenue for the project to continue.
The Silverado and the GMC Sierra share exactly the same mechanical build and configuration. Currently in their third generation, designed by Kevin O’Donnell, some models are powered by a 6600 cc V8 engine, which develops 397 brake horsepower. The Silverado sold just over 574,000 units in the United States in 2016.
Other than the fact that it is the quintessential Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5 certainly is a classic! This luxury grand tourer was only produced between 1963 and 1965 with little over 1,000 made. It was available as a hardtop and as a convertible.
Built by a lesser-known Japanese manufacturer, the Hijet is a larger pickup truck built to transport materials or goods. It descends from the Kei line of trucks first built by Daihatsu in the 1960s. Daihatsu even introduced a hybrid version in 2003 that was 30% more fuel efficient
A real looker, The SJ was only for the rich and famous. After all, it was produced during the depression, so the man in the street was certainly not going to get behind the wheel. These cars had a supercharged motor and were capable of traveling at over 100 mph.
Fiat was producing cars from the turn of the last century. Their first model was available in 1901, the 4HP. In the ‘80s, the Uno model was a particular favorite, both in Italy and around the world. The last Uno rolled off the production line in Brazil in 2013 with over 8 million built worldwide.
The Safe is a mid-sized SUV produced between 2002 and 2009 by Great Wall Motors. It was only available with a 5-speed transmission and one powerplant option, a 2.2-liter gasoline engine.
Built between 1981 and 2002, the Holden Jackaroo was based on the Isuzu Trooper. This SUV was marketed for two generations and included an HSV model with a high-performance engine.
The XC40 compact crossover SUV is a new model released by Volvo in 2017. This front-engined all-wheel drive vehicle is powered by either a 2.0-liter gasoline or diesel engine. It was designed by Ian Kettle and Thomas Ingenlath.
First launched in 1997, the Forester is a compact cross-over from Japanese car maker Subaru and currently in its fourth generation. With seating for five, impressive cargo space and above average gas mileage figures, the Forester is extremely popular.
General Motors introduced the Saturn brand in 1990 as a way of introducing a smaller car to compete with the range of Japanese brands in the United States. The Sky was a convertible produced by Saturn 2006 to 2009. Sadly, GM discontinued the Saturn brand in 2010.
The Clio has been a very popular compact car option within Europe for the past two decades. Available in a range of configurations, the Clio sold over 310,000 units in 2016 alone.
Built by Italian firm Pagani, the Zonda sports car had a very unique look when introduced in 1999. A number of models followed over the years with a range of power plant options including a 6.0 /7.0 or 7.3 liter M120 AMG V12 motor with the 7.0 liter pushing out 540 brake horsepower.
Marketed by Porsche between 2004 and 2012, the 997 is available as a two-door coupe, convertible, speedster or Targa. Interestingly, the largest engine put into the 997 was just a 4.0-liter flat six.
An all-electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf went into production in 2010. Of course, perhaps the most important thing with such a car is the range. Today, a fully charged Leaf has a range of 107 miles with the larger 30 kWh battery. Perhaps more importantly, a flat battery can be charged to 80% within a mere 30 minutes. This is the best-selling electric car in the world.
The dream of John DeLorean, the DMC-12 had its five minutes of fame thanks to the "Back to the Future" movies. It remained a terrible car with sluggish performance and was only produced for a year before the company went bankrupt.
Built between 1937 and 1939, this Italian classic sold at auction for $5.983 million 1999. Imagine how much it would go for now? Essentially, this was a road-going version of the famous 8C 2900A race car.
The two-door coupe version of the Legend was introduced to the United States market in 1987, a year after the sedan. Its power came from a 2.7L V6 engine which delivered 160 brake horsepower. The second generation beefed up somewhat with an engine producing 230 brake horsepower coupled to a six-speed manual box.
This grand tourer model has been in production from Bentley since 2003. It is available both a 2-door fastback and coupe. The Continental is powered by a 6.0-liter twin turbo engine capable of producing up to 600 brake horsepower.
1,311 Ferrari F40’s were produced between 1987 and 1991. Many consider this to be the finest Ferrari ever. The F40 was powered by a 2.9-liter twin turbo V12 capable of producing 471 brake horsepower. The F40’s top speed was 321 km/h.
Manufactured by Indian company Tata, the Xenon pickup was first produced in 2006. It features in a range of markets including South America, Asia, Europe, and Africa. The Xenon is powered by a 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine running through a 5-speed manual transmission.
Introduced in 2001, the PU was a 2-door van/pickup from Chinese automaker Geely. Based on the Daihatsu Charade platform, the PU was marketed till 2007.
Early NASCAR racing saw drivers using stock vehicles, hence the term, stock car. The Hudson Hornet was so dominant that if you were not driving one, you didn't stand a chance of a NASCAR win, no matter how talented a driver you were.
If it's speed and acceleration you are after, the Koenigsegg Regera is the car for you. It can reach 62mph in an astonishing 2.8 seconds thanks to its twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 that pushes out a staggering 1500 brake horsepower.
Powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine, The Lagonda Taraf (silly name Aston Martin, silly name) will take you from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. You could have one if you had $1 million lying around.
This four-wheel drive pickup truck is made by the Russian auto manufacturer, VAZ. It was first introduced in 2000 and can carry up to 350 kilograms.
Started by Henry Ford’s son, Edsel in 1937, the Mercury brand was positioned between the Ford and luxurious Lincoln brands. Although Ford ended the brand in 2010, some iconic Mercury’s were built over the years including the Cougar XR7, a sort of upscaled Mustang.
The Opel Mokka is the German car manufacturer’s current SUV offering. It was launched in 2012 and is available in many markets. Interestingly, this SUV is marketed in China and the USA but as the Buick Encore. The Mokka offers both gasoline and diesel power plants.
710 units of this stunning-looking car were produced from 1934 to 1940. This is a true classic and a vehicle of rare beauty. That would explain the price of $7.9 million at auction in 2008.
A four-door saloon car with epic performance – yes, that’s the Maserati Quattroporte! The history of this model traces back to 1963 but the current model, the VI really stands out. The top of the range model features a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 that pushes out an astonishing 523 break horsepower!
The legendary Defender is also available as a 2-door pickup from 1983 onwards with the release of the 90 and 110 series. The Defender was manufactured from 1948 to 2016.
With a range of affordable, high-spec cars coming out of Korea, Hyundai’s Elantra model is certainly one of the best cars available from that Asian country. This car, which features in the compact class, has been on the market since 1990 and was available in the United States the following year. It continues to prove to be fairly popular with sales of over 200,000 units for the last five consecutive years.
A sports utility truck, the Ridgeline was first marketed by Honda in 2005. It is currently in its second generation and is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine.
There have been three generations of the Audi TT 2-door sports car since 1998. It is available as both a coupe and roadster and also includes an all-wheel-drive Quattro model. In the '90s it became an immediate head-turner thanks to its sleek lines and excellent performance figures.