The 21st century automotive ruling class contains as many intermarriages as 19th century European nobility. Take Toyota, for example. They actually own Lexus and Scion, so next time you take the wheel of a luxurious Lexus, look a little closer and you may see some design cues modeled on Toyota. Let’s review some other auto makers that are related to each other.
When you hear “Volkswagen,” what do you think of? Many New Jersey motorists think of German-engineered cars at an affordable price. But when you think of big ticket Porsche, Audi, and Bentley, you probably envision some of the most elegant automobiles on the road. But you may be surprised to hear that Volkswagen owns all three of those brands and more. Namely, Lamborghini and Bugatti, both of which have designed mind-blowing sports cars that belong in a class of their own. Volkswagen Group is the most diverse car manufacturer in the world. They market just about any type of automobile imaginable, from economical subcompacts to super cars that cost millions of dollars.
Volkswagen has certainly advanced significantly since introducing the world to the humble little Beetle over 70 years ago.
BMW is another celebrated auto manufacturer that has become a distinctive luxury brand. But this German company also owns two other brands that are as unique in their own ways. Mini and Rolls-Royce are both owned by BMW.
Ever heard of Daimler AG? Probably not. Ever heard of Mercedes-Benz? Most likely. Actually, Daimler AG is the proud parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart Cars. Since Mercedes-Benz is a universally admired brand, that may be why Daimler AG allows them to operate so independently.
With all the mergers and acquisitions in the global automotive industry, the line between “foreign” and “domestic” has been blurred beyond recognition. Many of the automobiles built in the country are owned by foreign-based organizations and, in addition, have multiple overseas-sourced parts.
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