UK vs US: Do You Know Which Car Comes From Which Country?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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It doesn't matter what side of the pond you're on - the United States or the United Kingdom - there is a wide array of vehicles from which to choose. Both the automotive industry in the United Kingdom and the automotive industry in the United States have managed to climb their way up from humble beginnings, struggle through adversity, and come out experiencing success. If we were to compare the two today, then in terms of sheer numbers and revenue, the United States' automotive industry trumps the United Kingdom's outright. 

This should come as no surprise since American companies like Ford and General Motors currently rank within the top five in terms of production numbers. However, the United Kingdom has never really been a contender in this regard. They have instead, in contemporary times, had a greater focus on sports car marquees and luxury car marquees. Some of these include Bentley, Lotus, and Aston Martin. In this quiz, we've gathered a handful of cars from either side and put them together to see if you can correctly identify where they're from! So, start your engines and let's get going!

The Ford Mustang is a pony car that was introduced by the U.S.-based Ford Motor Company. It is notable for being one of the most iconic American cars and the originator of the pony car class of vehicles.

The U.K.-based automobile company, Aston Martin, first introduced the Aston Martin DB5, a luxury grand tourer, in 1963. It is without a doubt most notable for being the most iconic James Bond car (initially appearing in "Goldfinger").

The Chevrolet Corvette is a two-door sports car that was introduced by the U.S.-based General Motors Company. It is currently set to commence its eighth design generation and has had a lifespan of more than 60 years.

The U.K.-based Lotus Cars Limited first introduced the Lotus Esprit, a 2-door sports car, in 1976. More than 10,000 units were produced and the nameplate was finally retired in 2004.

The BMC ADO16 is a small family car that was introduced by the U.K-based British Motor Corporation. It was extremely successful being the best-selling car in the United Kingdom for several years (1963 to 1966 and also 1968 to 1971).

The U.S.-based company, Equus Automotive, first introduced the Equus Bass 770, a luxury muscle car, in 2013. It is currently still in production and is notable for being one of the most expensive muscle cars on the market today (prices as high as US$290,000).

The Jaguar F-Type is a two-door sports car, that was introduced by the U.K.-based company, Jaguar Land Rover. The nameplate has evolved over the years, from early concepts in the 1980s and early 2000s to what it is today.

The U.S.-based Chrysler Corporation first introduced the Chrysler Newport, a full-size car, in 1940. It had staggered releases and significant changes but managed to survive until 1981, when it was eventually succeeded by the Chrysler E-Class.

The Jeep Cherokee is a full-size/compact SUV that was introduced by the U.S.-based American Motors Corporation as a part of its Jeep brand. The vehicle's name is a reference to the Cherokee tribe of Native Americans.

The U.K.-based Bentley Motors Limited first introduced the Bentley Continental, a luxury car, in 1952. Initial production ended in 1965 but it was eventually revived almost two decades later and is still in production to this day.

The original Dodge Charger is a 2-door fastback that was introduced by the U.S.-based Chrysler Corporation. It debuted in 1966 and to date has seven design generations.

The U.K.-based company, Jaguar Land Rover, first introduced the Land Rover Discovery, a mid-size luxury SUV, in 1989. It has been largely successful, with well over 1.2 million units sold.

The Plymouth Valiant is a compact car that was introduced by the U.S.-based Chrysler Corporation. During the 1960s and 1970s, it ranked as one of the company’s best-selling vehicles and was marketed to several other countries without the Plymouth name.

The U.K.-based company, Lotus Cars Limited, first introduced the Lotus Elise, a two-seat mid-engined roadster, in 1996. It is critically acclaimed and without a doubt one of the company’s most successful cars. It is still in production.

The Jaguar XJ is a full-size luxury car that was introduced by the U.K brand, Jaguar Cars. It is perhaps most notable for being one of the primary cars of choice when it comes to transporting the British Royal Family and the U.K.'s Prime Minister (albeit modified armored versions).

The U.S.-based Ford Motor Company first introduced the Ford Explorer, a mid-size SUV, in 1990. Special versions are notably utilized by emergency service divisions, specifically fire departments, law enforcement, and emergency medical services.

The Chrysler PT Cruiser is a compact car that was introduced by the U.S.-based Chrysler Corporation. Throughout its decade-long run, production units exceeded more than 1.3 million.

The U.K.-based Bentley Motors Limited first introduced the Bentley Mark VI, a full-size luxury car, in 1946. Production eventually ended in 1952, will a little more than 5,000 units produced.

The Dodge Viper is a sports car that was introduced by the U.S.-based Chrysler Corporation. It was introduced in 1992 and production finally ended in 2017.

The U.S.-based General Motors Company first introduced the Buick Park Avenue, a full-size car, in 1991. The nameplate is a direct reference to the real-life New York City street with the same name.

The Reliant Regal is a small three-wheeled car that was introduced by the U.K. Reliant Motor Company. Its eccentric design has allowed it to feature heavily in British pop culture.

The U.S.-based company, Tesla, Inc., first introduced the Tesla Model S, a luxury all-electric car, in 2012. To date, it has the highest official range of any electric car, at 335 miles (539 km).

The Bristol 405 is a luxury car that was introduced by the U.K.-based company, Bristol Cars. It is closely related to the Bristol 404, of which there were only 52 units produced.

The U.K.-based company, Rolls-Royce Limited, first introduced the Rolls-Royce Phantom V, a four-door limousine, in 1959. They have notably been owned by several world leaders and prominent figures across the world, including Queen Elizabeth II, King Olav V of Norway, and John Lennon.

The Oldsmobile 442 is a muscle car that was introduced by the U.S.- based General Motors Company as a part of its Oldsmobile brand. It was eventually succeeded by the Oldsmobile Aurora in 1994.

The U.K.-based company, Noble Automotive Ltd., first introduced the Noble M400, a 2-door sports car, in 2004. It was one of only two Noble vehicles that was exported to America, the other being the Noble GTO-3R.

The DeLorean DMC-12 is a sports car that was introduced by the U.S.-based DeLorean Motor Company. It was the company’s only model and is most notable for its iconic appearance in the "Back to the Future" film series.

The U.K.-based company, AC Cars Ltd., first introduced the AC Greyhound, a 2-door grand tourer, in 1959. It had limited production, with only 83 units made over four years.

The Lincoln Continental is a luxury car that was introduced by the U.S.-based Ford Motor Company. It is perhaps most notable for having been a presidential state car in the 1960s and 1970s and the car in which John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

The U.K.-based company, Rolls-Royce Ltd., first introduced the Rolls-Royce Wraith, a luxury car, in 1938. Fewer than 500 units were originally produced and the nameplate has since then been revived, in 2013.

The Cadillac Eldorado is a personal luxury car that was introduced by the U.S.-based General Motors Company. It had a production run that spanned five decades and 10 design generations.

The U.S.-based General Motors Company first introduced the Oldsmobile Cutlass, a compact car, in 1961. It was discontinued in 1999 after six design generations.

The Triumph Herald is a two-door family car that was introduced by the U.K.-based Triumph Motor Company. It was noticeably successful, with more than half a million units sold.

The U.K.-based British Motor Corporation first introduced the Mini, a small economy car, in 1959. It is notable for not only being one of the best-selling British cars of all time but it is also widely regarded as one of the most influential cars in history.

The Buick Regal is a mid-size car that was introduced by the U.S.-based General Motors Company. It proved to be a more successful replacement for the Buick Skylark.

The U.K.-based British Motor Corporation first introduced the Austin FX4, a 4-door saloon, in 1958. It notably functioned primarily as a hackney carriage (taxicab) in the United Kingdom.

The Land Rover Freelander is a compact SUV that was introduced by the U.K.-based company, Land Rover Ltd. Production ended in 2014 and it was subsequently replaced by the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

The U.S.-based General Motors Company first introduced the Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid car, in 2011. It notably ranked as the top-selling plug-in electric car in the United States and also the best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in the world.

The Aston Martin Vanquish is a super grand tourer that was introduced by the U.K.-based company, Aston Martin Lagonda Limited. The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera served as its replacement in 2018.

The U.S.-based company, Rossion Automotive, first introduced the Rossion Q1, a mid-engine sports car, in 2008. It notably draws inspiration from the noble M400, a car for which Rossion Automotive now has the rights.

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