Origin of Famous Car Brands around the World Part-2

We appreciate your response over the Part-1 of this blog. In continuity to the previous trivial blog where we cover the origins of famous car brands of the countries like the USA, Germany, and Britain. We now move forward to other countries who have been instrumental in the growth of car industry around the world.


Strange thing is that Japan is such a small country in comparison to the others in the automobile sector. Still US & Germany had only 4 car brands each but seems Japan has taken the lead. Check out the number of famous cars brands Japan has!

Datsun: In 1911 Masujiro Hashimoto, with the help of three investors (the first initials of their family names were D.A.T.), formed the Kwaishinsha Motor Car Works.

Honda: Honda Motor Company was formed in 1948 by Soichiro Honda. In June 1963, Honda produced their first four-wheeled vehicle, the T360, a small 356 cc pick-up truck. Models produced by Honda in 2007 include the Jazz, CR-V, FR-V, Civic, Accord, Fit, Odyssey and the S2000.

Nissan: In 1928, Yoshisuke Aikawa formed Nippon Industries, which during the early 1930s became abbreviated to “Nissan”.  Cars produced by Nissan include the Micra/March, Bluebird, Primera, Sunny, Altima and Almera.

Suzuki: Between 1937 and 1939 the company produced several 13 hp (9.7 kW) prototype cars. It produces Alto,Baleno,Crescent and Esteem models.

Toyota: Toyota Motor Corporation was formed when a textile machinery manufacturing company, owned by Sakichi Toyoda, created a new division to produce cars.  Models produced by the company include the Celica, Lexus, MR2, Supra, Prius, Avalon, Innova, Matrix, and Yaris.


Ferrari: Enzo Ferrari founded “Scuderia Ferrari” in 1929 to sponsor and manage racing drivers. Models available in 2007 include the F430, 599 GTB Fidrano and the 612 Scaglietti.

Fiat: Fiat was founded in 1899 and by 1910 it was the largest car company in Italy. Models produced since 2000 include the Doblo, Stilo, Idea, Punto, Croma, Sedici and Linea. Panda and Bravo models were also been produced.


Maruti Udyog: In 1982 Maruti Udyog signed a license and joint venture agreement with the Suzuki Motor Corporation of Japan. It produced Alto, Baleno, Celerio, Ciaz, Eeco, Ertiga, Swift and Wagon R.

Tata Motors: Formerly called TATA Engineering & Locomotive Co. name Tata Motors came into existence in 1960. It produces models including Nano, Indica, Indigo, Bolt, Vista, Safari and Aria

Mahindra & Mahindra: The company was formed in 1945 in Ludhiana. Models produced include Bolero, Scorpio, XUV500, Xylo, Quanto, Verito, Supro and TUV 300

Companies from Others Countries

Hyundai: Company was founded in 1967 in Seoul, South Korea by Chung Ju-yung. It produces i10,i20,Verna,Xcent,Verna,Creta,Elantra and Santa Fe.

Renault: Headquartered in Boulogne-Billancourt, France in 1899. The company manufactures models like Pulse, Scara, Lodgy, Duster, Fluence and Koleos.

Hope the blog gave you some really cool insights.  This might make you readers to further dig up information such as technology employed by countries for fuel efficiency and better mileage, their brand marketing strategies, designs and colour preference of end consumers. If you come across some cool fact, do share with us.

Don’t forget to drive safe.

Ketan Raval

“My first interaction with technology made me believe that it’s magic.”