How much do you know about German car manufacturers?

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Germany is the third-largest maker of automobiles on Earth. Just as important, German cars are acclaimed for their refinements and reliability. How much do you know about German car makers?

How many major car makers does Germany have?

Germany has seven major car manufacturers. Each year, they churn out millions of vehicles and ship them all over the world.

Which of the following is NOT one of Germany's big seven manufacturers?

Toyota is from Japan. The big seven are BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, Porsche, Volkswagen, Audi and Ford-Werke GmbH.

The Cayenne is a popular, high-performance SUV from which company?

Porsche builds the popular Cayenne, a crossover SUV with a powerful V-8 engine. The turbo version can zoom from 0 to 60 mph in just over five seconds.

Volkswagen has always had a close relationship with which German car maker?

Porsche and Volkswagen have had a close relationship that goes back to the early days of the 20th century. Through war and hard times, their partnership has survived and thrived.

Which company's logo features a wild horse in the middle?

Porsche uses a coat-of-arms type symbol for its company logo. Right in the middle? A gallant, wild-haired horse.

Which car maker creates a very popular model called the Golf?

The VW Golf is a small, affordable passenger car that's taken the world by storm. It's popular in Germany, and it's all over American highways, too.

Which German car company is famous for naming its models with the word "Class"?

Mercedes-Benz is well-known for its "Class" cars, like the C-Class, a fabulously popular compact executive car that starts at around $40,000.

Which German company is the world's second-largest car maker?

Following Toyota, Volkswagen is the world's second-largest car maker. In 2015, it built nearly 10 million vehicles.

What sorts of vehicles does Porsche make?

Porsche is renowned for making high-performance (and high-dollar) sports cars, everything from tiny roadsters to SUVs.

Which company uses an emblem that incorporates four interlocking circles?

Audi uses the famous interlocking circles for its emblems. The circles have become symbols of luxury and reliability.

What do the four rings of the Audi emblem stand for?

Audi's company back story is, well, complicated. But at one point, four companies united as one to create a more powerful entity, and the rings symbolize those businesses.

Which company makes the iconic 911?

Porsche struck gold with its 911 model. The six-cylinder coupe not only excels on race tracks, but it sets sales records, too.

Which German car maker creates the spunky Fiesta?

Ford-Werke makes the compact Fiesta, which has been one of Ford's best-selling cars ever. It's built about 16 million of them since 1976.

Ford-Werke is a subsidiary of which company?

Ford-Werke is the German arm of Ford of Europe, which falls under the umbrella of a little American company named Ford Motor Company.

What does "BMW" stand for?

BMW is Bayerische Motoren Werke. It was founded back in 1916 and has become one of the world's preeminent car makers.

Which German company created the ultra-successful model called the Beetle?

Few cars can claim the label of "legendary," but the Volkswagen Beetle definitely qualifies. It has become one of the world's all-time best-selling models.

Who first ordered the design of the legendary car that became the Beetle?

Hitler set out on a policy meant to revolutionize German society, in part by creating better motor vehicles. The Beetle is partly a result of his deranged mind.

What does "Volkswagen" mean, anyway?

Volkswagen means "The People's Car," and the company has a fascinating (and slightly sordid) history that spans the 20th century.

Which German car maker uses a lightning bolt emblem?

Opel uses a circle with a lightning bolt for its emblem. It didn't become the company's standard logo until the 1980s.

True or false, during World War II, did Ford-Werke build machines for the German army?

It's true, during the war, Ford-Werke made machines that were used for German weapons. The company even used slave labor at a time when this branch of the company was still connected to Ford Motors back in Michigan.

Which company got its start making aircraft engines?

Before World War I, BMW made aircraft engines. After Germany's defeat, though, it was forced out of the business by the terms of the Versailles Treaty, which stripped the country of its military capabilities.

Which German car maker sold the most cars in Germany in 2016?

Volkswagen is one of Germany's most prolific car makers. Three of its models grabbed the three top spots on sales charts in 2016: Golf, Passat and Polo.

Which Germany company made a memorable advertising campaign using the word "Fahrvergnügen"?

VW found tremendous success with its fun "Fahrvergnügen" ad campaign. The word means "driving enjoyment" and the ads featured a stick figure having tons of fun driving VW cars.

Which company makes a popular model called the Boxster?

The Porsche Boxster is a two-seater sports car that's been made since the mid-90s. You can pick up a base model for less than $60,000.

Which brand uses the slogan "the best or nothing"?

Mercedes-Benz is known for its very high manufacturing standards. The company uses "the best or nothing."

True or false, is BMW one of the world's 10-largest car makers?

BMW is a big car maker, to be sure, and it does crack the Top 15, but not the Top 10. It built about 2.2 million cars in 2015, far behind more prolific manufacturers.

In 1958, which company was failing and got into the car business hoping to revive profits?

In 1958, BMW's aircraft engine business was slowly but steadily dying. It jumped into the car game and found immediate success.

In 2015, which German company became mired in a huge controversy regarding diesel fuel emissions data?

It was a public-relations fiasco for the ages. In 2015, VW admitted to falsifying fuel emissions data on many of its vehicles. Just a day after the news became public, the company's stock dropped by roughly 20 percent.

Which company is connected to the man who built the world's first gas-powered car?

In 1886, Karl Benz patented the world's first gasoline car. In 1901, the first Mercedes car hit the market.

In the 1970s Volkswagen's future was in serious trouble. It saved itself with which model?

In the 70s, sales of the Beetle were no longer keeping Volkswagen afloat. The company scored a major breakthrough with its Golf model, which continues to be a hot seller even today.

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