Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation are century-old automotive giants that have produced too many classics to count. If you’re a car enthusiast and definitely know your Lincolns from your Buicks, can you pinpoint all the vehicles in our quiz as either Ford or GM? Start your engines – it’s time to find out!
The Pontiac GTO was produced as a grand tourer (high-performance and luxury mix) between 1964 and 1974 and again from 2004 to 2006. It was manufactured by both Pontiac and Holden (Australia) divisions of General Motors.
Production of the Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks began in 1999. Several sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) and armored vehicles based on the Ford Super Duty have been produced by Ford and various other companies.
The Ford Galaxy is an MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) which has been in production by Ford Europe since 1995. Ford had previously issued a full-sized car with a similar name (Galaxie) but that was USA-made and produced from 1959 to 1974.
The Hummer is the civilian version of the Humvee used by the United States Army. The first set of Hummers, now called the Hummer H1, were released in 1992. The Hummer H2 and H3 were released in 2002 and 2005, respectively.
The Lotus 49 Ford-Cosworth was a winning Formula One race car. Its manufacture was funded by Ford and it marked the beginning of a long relationship between Ford and British automotive engineering firm, Cosworth.
The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was produced between 1962 and 1967 in both convertible and hardtop versions. Also known as the C2, the Stingray was a well-received sports car for the years it was released.
The Ford Ka falls into the category of “city car,” being a small car marketed for use in urban areas. The pronunciation of the name “Ka” has been up for much debate, with long “a,” short “a” and calling both letters individually all being used.
Production of the Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), began in 2010. The Volt’s environmentally friendly green car design has received several awards and award nominations over the years.
GM’s Cadillac division began production of the Escalade, a full-size luxury SUV, in 1999. The Cadillac Escalade’s hybrid version was introduced in 2008, but its production ceased with the 2013 model.
Ford has been producing the forward control or cabover Cargo truck since 1981. Styling for the original Ford Cargo is credited to French car designer Patrick Le Quément who worked primarily with Renault but also had some input on the Ford Sierra.
The Mercury Cougar was based on its parent company’s more affordable Ford Mustang. The Cougar was a two-seater, pony car just like the Mustang but its original release was as a hardtop while the Mustang was introduced as a convertible.
The Ford Model T has been hailed for revolutionizing the automobile industry (and modern way of life in general). It was the first mass-produced car and was specifically produced to be affordable to the middle class. In the 20 years in which Ford produced the Model T, around 16.5 million of the cars were built.
The high performance Chevrolet Camaro ranks as a sports car, pony car and muscle car. It was first released in 1966 but production halted in 2002 and restarted in 2009. The Camaro is popular in car racing and is the car used as Bumblebee in several of the Transformers films.
Ford’s Mercury division released the first car in the Sable series in 1985. Following on the Mercury Cougar and the Mercury Grand Marquis, the Sable was the divisions third longest-produced and third best-selling vehicle.
The Pontiac Aztek is a mid-size, sport utility/passenger crossover vehicle (CUV). The Aztec was produced from 2000 to 2005 to mixed reviews from critics. Its association with the popular television drama, Breaking Bad, however, piqued consumer interest and boosted its performance in sales.
The Lincoln Navigator has been in production since 1997. It is the counterpart to the Ford Expedition produced by Lincoln’s parent company.
General Motor’s Cadillac division has been producing the CTS since 2002. Before the car’s official release, it was used in the hugely popular "The Matrix Reloaded" film. The film was released in mid-2003, driving public interest in the CTS.
The Buick Special was first released by GM in 1935 as a modified version of the Buick Series 40. Production of the Special ended in 1969 but for each of its production years, it was the entry level or most affordable car in the division’s lineup.
The Ford Edge is marketed as a CUV (crossover utility vehicle). It is, essentially a combination of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) and a passenger vehicle. The Edge has been in production since 2006.
The Chevrolet Kodiak or GMC TopKick was produced by General Motors from 1980 up to the point when the company no longer made medium-duty trucks (2009). The Kodiak was used as the basis for school buses, as well as modified into a crew cab pickup truck.
In 2005, Ford began production of the Fusion as a mid-sized sedan for markets in the Americas. The name was already in use in European markets but was applied to a mini MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) produced since 2002.
The Ford Thunderbird, initially released in 1955, has often been hailed as the first ever personal luxury car. Although it started out as a convertible, some later generations of the Thunderbird were designed as hardtops.
The Buick Century, so named as it was the first GM car capable of reaching 100 mph, first entered the market in 1936 with 2005 being the last model. As with other Buick vehicles, the Century was marketed to the more affluent segment of GM’s customers.
The Buick Electra was discontinued in 1990 after having been in production since 1959. The Buick Park Avenue (another full-size luxury car) replaced it in GM’s lineup. The name was not new, however, as “Park Avenue” was used for a variation of the Electra while it was in production.
The Ford Explorer SUV (sport utility vehicle) has been on the company’s roster of vehicles since 1990. It was voted the North American Truck of the Year in 2011 by a panel of U.S. and Canadian automotive journalists at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
When production of the Ford Taurus began in 1985, it’s new design and engineering features were a welcome boost to the American automotive sector. A few years later, Ford also released the Taurus SHO (super high output) as a high-performance variant of the Taurus.
Production of the Ford Windstar began in 1994. By 2003, when the third generation of the Windstar was to be released, it was given several design improvements and renamed the Ford Freestar.
GM discontinued production of the Pontiac Solstice in 2009 when it was forced to close its Pontiac division due to financial constraints. While the Solstice was being produced, however, it had received generally favorable reviews, with the performance- enhanced GXP version perhaps being the most liked of all.
The GMC Acadia is a crossover SUV which GM has been producing since 2006. The first Acadia vehicles were in the full-size range, but the most recent models have been mid-size in a bid to make the Acadia more competitive.
While the Saturn division of GM was still in operation, the Vue held the distinction of being Saturn’s best-selling model. Production of the Saturn Vue ended along with the entire Saturn division.
The Oldsmobile Cutlass was in production from 1961 to 1999. It started out as a compact car but was soon changed to fit the mid-size category.
Ford’s Lincoln Continental has been in production since 1939. The fourth generation Lincoln Continental, which was produced from 1961 – 1969, has been featured in quite a few films and televisions shows, including "The Matrix," "Spider-Man 2" and "Perry Mason."
The Pontiac Firebird was released by GM as a pony car/muscle car answer to Ford’s Mustang – both cars coming to the marketplace in the same year. The Trans Am version of the Firebird was featured in all three "Smokey and the Bandit" movies, as well as in "Rocky II" and in the "Knight Rider" series.
The road-going Vauxhall Astra is a popular choice for modification and use in touring car racing. The now defunct Saturn division of GM sold a version of the Astra until its closure in 2010.
The electric GM EV1 had a short production – from 1996 to 1999. It got some special treatment, however, as it holds the distinction of being the only passenger car (to date) to be branded and marketed directly as GM instead of being identified with one of GM’s divisions.
The Ford Bronco is a two-door multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) produced between 1966 and 1996. At the end of production, it was replaced by the larger four-door sport utility vehicle (SUV), the Ford Expedition. A white 1993 Bronco was used in football star O.J. Simpson’s televised low-speed police chase on June 17, 1994.
In 1998, GM released the first vehicles in the Chevrolet Silverado series of full-size and heavy-duty pickup trucks. When GM released the Silverado’s hybrid version in 2004, it was the very first hybrid passenger vehicle offered by the company
The Ford Transit series of vehicles which has been in production since 1965, includes cargo vans, passenger vans and pickup trucks. The Transit was originally released into the European market but its popularity has since spread over into the global light commercial vehicle marketplace.
The introduction of the Ford Mustang is credited as the beginning of the “pony class” of cars. The Mustang was developed and marketed by Ford to target its younger, more adventurous customers.
Ford has been producing the full-size SUV Expedition since 1997. It served as a replacement for the highly-popular Ford Bronco once the company ended production of that vehicle in 1996.
For the 22 years that it was produced, over half a million Ford Rancheros made it into the marketplace. The design is described as a coupe utility as opposed to a pickup truck, since the cab and cargo bed are integrated into the body of the vehicle.
The Cadillac Cimarron was only produced from 1981 to 1988 but that was long enough for the car to go down in infamy in GM history. It was received with widespread displeasure for being an economy car sold under the guise of being luxury car material.
The four passenger, two-door, convertible Buick Cascada has been in production since 2013. Apart from Buick, Opel, Vauxhall and Holden each market the car under their own names.
The Wildcat began as a part of the Buick Invicta series and evolved into a series of its own. Wildcat concept cars have been a part of Buick history since the 1950s.
The Ford GT is reminiscent of Ford’s renowned GT40 which won the 24 Hour of Le Mans in four consecutive years – 1966 to 1969. The GT was first produced from 2004 to 2006, with production starting up again in 2016.
The high-end Buick LaCrosse was first introduced in 2004 as a mid-size luxury car but has since (2010 onwards) been upgraded to full-size. Shanghai GM offers a hybrid Buick LaCrosse to the Chinese market.
The entry-level Chevrolet Chevette was in production from 1975 to 1987. In 1970, before the growth of popular modern-day interest in electric cars, GM developed the Electrovette – an electric car based on the Chevette.
Ford produced the Ranger for 29 years (1982 – 2011). During that time (1987 – 2004), the Ranger achieved the top spot for best-selling vehicle in the compact truck class in the U.S.
Ford based the B-Max (also B-MAX) on its popular Fiesta series. Production of the B-Max began in 2012 and ended in 2017.
Although the Ford F-series has been around since 1948, the F-150 was not introduced until 1975. The hugely popular F-150 can be customized for optimum off-road performance, luxurious comfort or varying combinations of both.