We'll Give You the Country, You Tell Us Which Car Brand Originated There

Steven Symes

This automaker is from Sweden.

At the close of World War II, Saab AB, an aeronautics company, decided to build a small car. The Saab 92 hit the market in 1949, helping to establish this Swedish automotive icon, which went defunct during the Great Recession.

This automaker hails from South Korea.

This car company has its headquarters in Seoul, and has been in existence since 1944. At first, the company made steel tubing and parts for bicycles, then entire bicycles, before producing motorcycles and cars.

This storied car brand comes from England.

This automaker, which is famous for making lightweight and sharp-handling enthusiast cars, got its start in 1952. It still calls Norwich, UK, home, despite recently having been bought by a Chinese automaker.

This is one of many automakers that hail from Germany.

Few automakers have the kind of impeccable reputation that Porsche enjoys. Things weren't easy when Ferdinand Porsche launched the company in 1931, thanks to turbulent times in Germany. The company is still thriving in Stuttgart today.

This automaker comes from China.

With a name that's an obvious nod to the Great Wall of China, this automaker has only been in existence since 1984. Based in Baoding, Hebei, this company is a dominant force in the world's largest automotive market.

This automaker started out in Japan.

Infiniti started out in Tokyo in 1989, when the concept of a luxurious Japanese automobile seemed strange to most people. Today, the brand's headquarters is in Hong Kong.

This luxury automaker was based in the United States of America.

In 1899, Packard launched in Detroit. This Motor City automaker was well-respected for producing refined cars, and it even bought out Studebaker. In 1958, this icon met its end.

Australia is the home of this automaker.

Since 1856, Holden has been operating on this island nation, starting off at first making saddlery. It's now owned by General Motors and has its headquarters in Port Melbourne, Victoria.

This maker of exotic cars calls France home.

In 1909, Bugatti got its start in Molsheim. After enjoying considerable success, especially in the 1920s and 1930s, the brand went out of business in 1963. In the late 1980s, it came back, and since has produced some truly amazing vehicles.

The United States is home to this innovating automaker.

There are really two automakers with the Fisker name: Fisker Automotive and Fisker, Inc. The former was founded by Henrik Fisker himself, but went out of business in 2014, while the other is still in operation. Both have been based in California.

This automaker also got its start in the United States.

When Chrysler bought out American Motors Corporation in 1987, it created Eagle as a more European-like brand. Previously, Eagles were four-wheel-drive wagons or crossovers. In 1998, Chrysler decided to fold up the brand forever.

This brand launched in England, but is enjoyed all over today.

In 1919, Bentley Motors Limited was created in Cricklewood, London. Today, it's considered one of the premiere luxury brands in the market, and is owned by the Volkswagen Group.

Germany was and still is home to this giant automaker.

During the conflict that would erupt into World War II, Germans were busy producing all kinds of machinery, including their own cars. Volkswagen was created in 1937 as part of this initiative, and as part of the Volkswagen Group, is a giant in the industry worldwide today.

This Swedish brand makes some of the most impressive hyper cars in the world today.

In 1994, Christian von Koenigsegg decided to launch his own boutique automaker. While still not a mass-produced brand by any means, Koenigsegg is well-known in the industry today for setting quite a few records, among other notable things.

China is where this automaker got its start.

Since launching in 1986, Geely has expanded its operations quickly. Now operating out of Hangzhou and not Taizhou, the company recently purchased Lotus, Volvo, and other notable automakers.

This automaker got its start in the United States.

General Motors launched the Saturn brand in 1985 as a direct response to Japanese brands and their small, affordable, and efficient vehicles. Over time, the brand became just rebadged versions of other GM models, and ultimately met its end in 2010.

Japan is home to this very international automaker.

Nissan headquarters is still in Japan, more specifically Nishi-ku, Yokohama. It originally launched in 1933, before the chaos of World War II, and survived the aftermath of the war.

This famous automaker started in Germany.

Headquartered in Munich, BMW has become one of the most recognizable symbols for luxury in the auto industry. Not only does the company make cars and crossovers, it also produces some highly regarded motorcycles.

Romania is home to this very unique automaker.

In 1966, Automobile Dacia struck out into the automotive industry. The name comes from the region that constitutes a greater portion of present-day Romania, making it a symbol of national pride.

Many people don't realize this ultra luxurious automaker came from the United States.

In the early part of the 20th century, Duesenberg was one of the premier automotive brands, favored by movie stars and other glamorous people. This Indianapolis-based automaker closed up shop in 1937, due to the Great Depression.

This automaker hails from France.

As one of the oldest automakers in the world, Renault is still a force to be reckoned with in the industry. It started up in 1899, and today is partnered up with Nissan and Mitsubishi.

This storied car company has its origins in England.

Inspired by the Jeeps from America during World War II, the British wanted to build their own go-anywhere vehicle. Today, it and Jaguar are owned by Tata Motors, of India.

This highly modern automaker is from the United States.

Even though Lucid has been around since 2007, it's still working on a first production vehicle, called the Air, which runs only on electricity.

Japan is home to this automotive company.

Funny enough, Suzuki started out in 1909 making weaving looms for the silk industry in Japan. Today, the company produces cars, along with motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and quite a few other products.

This defunct automaker was from America.

American Motors Corporation launched in 1954, and at one time was headed up by George W. Romney. In 1987, struggling against insurmountable odds, the company was purchased by Chrysler, with the Eagle brand and Jeep surviving the transition.

England is where this luxury automaker started.

Rolls-Royce has had an interesting existence, but it all started in 1906. The brand still operates out of England, more specifically Goodwood, with BMW as the owner.

This storied brand comes from America.

Jeep can trace its roots back to World War II as a vehicle commissioned by the US Army for quick and agile transportation. Today, it's owned by Fiat Chrysler, but still operates out of the U.S.

Germany is home of this automaker.

Like BMW, Audi originated out of Bavaria, only it was founded in 1910 by August Horch. Today, the brand is respected and available all around the world.

This automaker hails from Italy.

In 1914, Alfieri Maserati realized his dream of launching a car company. The headquarters have moved from Bologna to Modena, and Fiat Chrysler now owns the company.

This automaker is unique since it hails from Spain.

In 1950, SEAT was launched in Catalonia, Spain, with help from a state-owned industrial holding company. In 1986, the Volkswagen Group bought the entire company, and is still the owner today.

This automaker has its roots in South Korea.

The rise of Daewoo started when it launched boldly into the market in 1967. In 2001, General Motors bought the company's assets after Daewoo folded up.

This England-based sports car manufacturer recently came back to the market.

Since it started making cars in 1947, TVR has been a symbol of British nationalism. The lightweight sports cars the company makes have been revered for their ferocious performance.

This German automaker has a long history.

Now owned by Peugeot, Opel has been around since 1862. The company is based out of Russelsheim am Main, Hesse, Germany but boasts ten factories operating in six different countries.

This is a famous American automaker.

The Shelby brand technically was founded by Carroll Shelby in 1962. By cramming an American V-8 in a small British roadster, forming the Cobra, the company captured everyone's attention quickly.

This is another automaker from France.

In 1896, Peugeot launched in Sochaux, France, getting in the automotive industry early on. Today, it's a key member of Groupe PSA, a conglomerate of several automakers.

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About This Quiz

Car brands come from all over the globe, although they're generally clustered in a handful of countries. Launching a new automaker requires a significant financial investment, plus plenty of expert talent in design, engineering, manufacturing, distribution, marketing, and more. Even getting parts and raw materials to make cars is a tall task, which is why you'll often find automakers clustered in different regions of a country, pooling their resources to cut down on costs. 

It's true that many of the car brands people can name off the top of their heads come from the United States, Japan, and Germany. Those three countries all boast plenty of financial and manufacturing might, plus have enjoyed that advantage for a long time. Still, other countries like Italy, France, and England have historically been significant players in the automotive industry. 

More recently, countries like South Korea and China have become big players in the automotive industry. As time rolls on, the brands from that section of the world will likely become even more prominent. In addition, there are some oddball automakers from countries you might not even suspect. Test your knowledge of car brands from all over and take this quiz!

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