During the early 1900’s hundreds of car companies existed. Although, it seems there are many choices and many nameplates they are controlled by a handful of car conglomorates. I decided to put together a list of brands and their owners. The list is focused on the US market and does not include companies such as Proton of Malaysia, Ssangyong of Tawian or Maruti of India to name a few.
BMW – based in Munich, Germany. Owned by the Quandt family, which Johanna Quandt is the largest shareholder making her the richest German female and one of the richest females in the world.
DaimlerChrysler – based in Stuttgart, Germany.
Fiat Group – based in Turin, Italy. Fiat is an acryonym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino.
Ford Motor Company – based in Dearborn, Michigan.
General Motors – based in Detroit, Michigan
Honda – based in Tokyo, Japan
Nissan – based in Tokyo, Japan
Porsche – based in Stuttgart, Germany. Started by Ferdinand Porsche who also created the first Volkswagen. Ferdinand Porsche’s grandson, Ferdinand PiÃ«ch, is on the VW Group’s advisory board and thus a very tight relationship with the VW Group.
Toyota – based in Aichi, Japan
VW Group – based in Wolfsburg, Germany.