How Much Do You Know About Car Brand Spinoffs and Takeovers?


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These days, it's all about corporate takeovers. But this has been going on throughout the history of the automotive industry! In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of which car companies were swallowed up by other car companies.

Chrysler + _____ in 2009.

Chrysler and Fiat had a famous merger in 2009. The goal of the merger was more efficient production and global reach.

Porsche + _____ in 2008.

Porsche and Volkswagen famously merged in 2008. Porsche swallowed up VW like it was a steaming plate of eggs, sausage and bacon.

_____ + Daimler Benz in 1998.

Chrysler and Daimler Benz had a famous union in 1998. The merger was associated with a $36 billion price tag, then dissolved in 2007 for $7.4 billion.

Who bought Jaguar Land Rover?

India's Tata picked up Jaguar Land Rover in 2008. Little did they know about the economic crisis that was just about to hit.

Who was Jaguar Land Rover picked up from?

Before it was bought by Tata in 2008, Jaguar Land Rover belonged to Ford. We don't think that Ford has any regrets.

Ford + ____ in 1999.

Ford managed to pick up Volvo in 1999. Apparently, the price tag was about $6.5 billion.

Which was a popular time for auto mergers?

The economic disaster was a time of many mergers in the auto industry. Former giants were failing, and the Asian market swooped in.

The economic crisis of 2008 was a time of what?

During the economic crisis, there were a lot of manufacturing mishaps. The recalls only fueled more interest in mergers and acquisitions.

Does Honda own Acura?

Honda is a huge umbrella company that owns so many popular vehicle manufacturers. Takeo Fukui is the President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Does BMW own MINI?

Not only does BMW own MINI, but they also own Rolls-Royce and Brilliance. Brilliance was a joint venture that serves the auto market in China.

When GM was organized, they were incorporated by _____.

In 1908, General Motors Company was established by the Buick Motor Company. It was a precursor of the merger tendency.

What was the second company to join GM?

Oldsmobile was the second company to join GM. Olds Motor Works was sold to GM in November of 1908.

Packard joined with ____ in 1954.

There was a famous merger between Packard in Studebaker in 1954. They formed the Studebaker-Packard Corporation.

When was the last Packard vehicle made?

The final Packard vehicle came off the production line in 1958. Studebaker-Packard would eventually just be called Studebaker.

Chrysler bought stake in _____ in 1971.

Chrysler bought stake in Mitsubishi in 1971. It was the first Japanese automaker that they bought stake in.

Who was bought by Peugeot in 1976?

French manufacturer Peugeot bought the French auto company Citroën in 1976. Citroën had gone bankrupt.

Ford bought stake in ____ in 1979.

In 1979, Ford bought stake in Japanese carmaker Mazda. They increased their ownership stake throughout the '80s.

What French automaker bought stake in American Motors Corporation?

The French automaker Renault bought stake in American Motors Corporation in 1979. But, in the '80s, so many things were about to change.

Ford bought a controlling stake in _____.

In 1987, Ford bought a controlling stake in British luxury carmaker Aston Martin. That was the same year that Chrysler bought American Motors Corporation.

What Swedish automaker did GM buy?

First, GM bought half of Saab in 1989. Then, they went ahead and bought the other half in 2000.

Who bought Jaguar in 1990?

In February of 1990, Ford bought British carmaker Jaguar. Three years later, Chrysler would sell off its stake in Mitsubishi.

What did Volkswagen buy in 1998?

Volkswagen purchased both Rolls-Royce and Bentley in 1998. Those are some fancy acquisitions!

Who bought Volvo in 1999?

Ford picked up the Swedish brand Volvo in 1999. That was the same year that GM bought controlling stake in Isuzu.

Who formed an alliance with Nissan?

Renault and Nissan formed an alliance in 1999. They maintained distinct brands but held shares in each other's companies.

When did GM first buy stake in Fiat?

2000 was the year when GM bought stake in Italian carmaker Fiat. That was the same year that Ford bought Land Rover from BMW.

In 2000, DaimlerChrysler bought stake in _____ .

In 2000, DaimlerChrysler was feeling hungry. They bought stake in both Mitsubishi and Hyundai.

What South Korean automaker did GM buy?

Failed South Korean automaker Daewoo was given new life. They were picked up by GM in 2001.

What happened between Isuzu and GM?

In 2002, Isuzu had a change of heart. They bought back their shares from GM.

Who owns Hummer?

The list of GM brands is extensive, and Hummer is just one of them. The list also includes Saturn and Buick.

Who partnered with Mazda until 2015?

Ford partnered with Mazda until 2015. The partnership began in 1974.

Who owns Maserati?

Fiat is the proud owner of Maserati. They also own some other Italian staples, like Alfa Romeo and Lancia.

Who owns Acura?

Honda owns Acura. The automaker was founded in 1948, with 34 employees.

When did GM and Ford hold merger talks?

Famously, Ford and GM held merger talks in 2006. It would have been one of the largest mergers in automotive history.

Who owns Lamborghini?

Lamborghini is owned by the Volkswagen Group through their subsidiary, Audi. Lamborghini is based in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Italy.

When did GM and Chrysler first hold merger talks?

The talks between these two keep happening, but the first merger talk took place in 2008. Apparently, CEO Sergio Marchionne thinks a merger with GM still makes sense.

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