Can you speed past the competition?
Toyota, Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford, when it comes to the automotive industry there is no doubt that these brands are among the most well known in the world. However, while they are all members of the same industry, they each have carved out niches that they have become well known for over the years. For instance, Toyota is not just the only Japanese name of the four but they have also managed to become the world leader in hybrid electric vehicles and they are often viewed as pioneers of function and affordability. On the other hand, Ford is not only the father of the pony car craze, but they are known for their robustness and durability with vehicles like their iconic F-series.
In this quiz we've gathered some of the most notable nameplates from these brands. Some of them are the best of the best, while other are just eccentric, and others are notable for less than desirable reasons. How well do you know the auto industry? Get ready to put the pedal to the metal and let's jump right in and find out!
The F-150 is a full-size pickup truck that was first introduced in 1947 and is still in production to this day. It is notable for not only being the best-selling pickup truck in the United States but also the best-selling vehicle in the country overall.
The Corvette is a sports car that has been developed in both 2-door coupe and 2-door convertible body styles over the years. First introduced in 1953, it is considered by many industry experts to be the most popular sports car in history.
The Dodge Ram is a full-size pickup truck that was first introduced in 1981 and is currently in its fifth generation. In recent years, the Dodge title has been dropped from the name and it is simply known as the Ram pickup.
The Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota first introduced the Corolla in 1966. After its initial release, in less than a decade the Corolla became one of the best-selling cars globally - in fact, it is currently the best-selling automobile nameplate of all time!
When it comes to American automobiles, the Ford Mustang is oftentimes one of the first that comes to mind. It is notable for being the very first pony car and over 10 million Mustangs have been produced over the years.
The Dodge Charger was first produced in 1966 and is currently in its seventh design generation. The nameplate has had several hiatuses over the years, and as a result of this intermittent production schedule the designs have varied greatly.
The Malibu nameplate was first introduced by Chevrolet in 1964 as a mid-size car, and after a hiatus that started in 1983, it was reintroduced once again in 1977. The name of the car is a direct reference to the beach city of the same name in California.
Introduced in 1997, the Prius is a full hybrid electric car that is one of the most iconic environmentally friendly vehicles in the world. In fact, it currently ranks as the top-selling hybrid car in the world!
The Fairmont is a compact car that was introduced to the North American market by Ford in 1977. In addition to this, it was actually released alongside the near identical Mercury Zephyr in North America, and in parts of South America it was known as the Ford Zephyr.
The Volt is a plug-in hybrid car that was first introduced by Chevrolet for the 2011 model year. While it is marketed by Chevrolet in North America, it has rebadged variants in other markets; such as the Vauxhall Ampera in the UK and the Holden Volt in Australia.
The Toyota Sienna was first introduced in 1977 and it is still produced to this day, currently being in its third design generation. It is notably manufactured in the United States at Toyota's manufacturing facility in Indiana.
Like many other cars that were introduced in the '80s, the Taurus has notably evolved from being rugged to rounded in more ways than one. It holds the distinction of being Ford's fifth best-selling nameplate, with well over 7.5 million units sold.
The Camaro was introduced in the late '60s and ran for four design generations before begin canceled in 2002. However, less than a decade later, the nameplate was revived and is not currently still in production.
The Dynasty is a 4-door sedan that was manufactured by the Chrysler Corporation and marketed under the Dodge brand. It was originally introduced in 1987 as an expected replacement for the earlier Dodge 600.
While the Mustang was dominating North America, Ford wanted to introduced a similar vehicle that could dominate the European market as well - this line of thinking led the birth of the Capri.The Capri was introduced in 1968, and over almost two decades managed to sell over 1.8 million units.
There is no doubt that the Dodge Viper holds the distinction of being one of the most iconic American sports cars that has ever been made. It is also notable for having over three-quarters of its parts being manufactured in the United States.
Ford introduced the Explorer in 1990 as a mid-size SUV that was meant to replace the Bronco II. It is notable for actually being the very first four-door SUV that Ford produced.
The Century is a 4-door limousine that was first introduced by Toyota in 1967. The name of the car is a direct reference to the 100th birthday of the founder of Toyota Industries, Sakichi Toyoda (born 1876), which coincided with the release year of the vehicle.
The Impala was introduced by Chevrolet in the 1950s and has significantly evolved over the years in terms of design and build. While it is popular in North America, it also has significant sales in China, South Korea and parts of the Middle East.
Toyota introduced the RAV4 in the mid-'90s as a vehicle that was meant to provide benefits of both an SUV and a compact car. It initially debuted in only Japan and Europe but it was quickly introduced to the North American market following its rapid success.
The Nitro is a compact SUV that was produced by Dodge from 2007 to 2012. It is notable for actually sharing its platform with the Jeep Liberty (specifically the second generation).
The Galaxy was introduced by Ford in 1995 and is still in production to this day, with its third design generation being the most recent. This vehicle holds the distinction of being the very first multi-purpose vehicle that was marketed outside North America by Ford.
The Chevette was introduced by Chevrolet in 1975, and its quick success led to it unseating the Vega as the brand's subcompact of choice. For several years during its 12-year run it actually managed to be the best-selling small car in the United States.
The Journey was introduced in 2008 to the US market and it is still in production to this day. Nowadays it is also marketed in other regions under different names; such as. the Fiat Freemont in Europe and the Dodge JC in Japan.
Toyota initially introduced the Tacoma in the mid-'90s as a compact pickup truck; however, subsequent generations have since been reclassified as mid-size pickup trucks. While Toyota is a Japanese manufacturer, the Tacoma is actually manufactured and primarily marketed in the United States.
The Tahoe is a full-size SUV that is manufactured by Chevrolet, and it is also sold in some markets as the GMC Yukon (which is technically a rebadged variant). For several years throughout its run, it has managed to be the best-selling vehicle in its class in the US.
Toyota introduced the Matrix exclusively in the North American market in 2002 and production ended in 2014. It is actually closely related to the Toyota Corolla and is even sometimes referred to as the Toyota Corolla Matrix.
The Silverado is a massive heavy-duty pickup truck that was first introduced in 1998 and is currently in its fourth design generation. It is exclusively manufactured in North America, with assembly taking place in the US, Canada and Mexico.
The maverick is a compact car from Ford that was marketed in the US for model years exclusively in the 70s (1970 to 1977 model years). Around this time it also notably had notably smaller but still significant manufacturing and marketing agendas being carried out in other parts of North America and also in South America.
The Challenger was first introduced by Dodge in 1970 and it is still introduction to this day. It was initially a pony car, but the nameplate has also been attributed to compact cars and muscle cars over the years as well.
When it comes to coupe utility vehicles, the El Camino is one of the prime examples of this type of car done right. Chevrolet actually produced the El Camino as a direct response to the success that the Ford Ranchero was experiencing.
The Camry is a vehicle from Toyota that has evolved over the years, which is understandable since it has existed for several decades. The company first introduced it in 1982 as a narrow-body compact car, but today it takes the form of a mid-size sedan.
The Dodge Dart was introduced in 1960 and eventually discontinued in 1976 when it was replaced by the Dodge Aspen. While it was somewhat successful, the Dart nameplate was somewhat all over the place during its relatively short lifespan; going from full-size, to mid-size, and then to compact within a few short years.
The Tercel is a subcompact car that was introduced by Toyota in 1978 and finally discontinued in 1999. In total the nameplate had five design generations and it was eventually succeeded by the Toyota Vios.
The Avenger is a mid-sized sedan that was introduced by Dodge in 1994 and then reintroduced again in 2008 after an eight-year hiatus. The Avenger was eventually succeeded by the Chrysler 200, which is currently heavily inspired by it.
Introduced in 1998 and still in production to this day, the Spark is a city car that is currently marketed by Chevrolet. Before being known by its current name, it was actually marketed as the Daewoo Matiz for some time.
Initially released in 1998 by Ford, the Focus was intended to be the successor to the Escort. It was actually formulated from the company's European design teams in the UK and Germany.
Toyota's Land Cruiser line has over the years managed to help shape and define the global landscape of SUVs and off-road vehicles. Over 6.5 million units have been sold and it is distinctive for being the company's longest-running model line!
The Dodge Dakota was a mid-size pickup truck that debuted in 1986 and lasted until 2011. It notably held the distinction of being the very first mid-size pickup truck that had an optional V8 engine.
Not only is the Fiesta one of Ford's best sellers, but it is also one of the company's most widely sold vehicles in terms of regions. It was first introduced in 1976 and since then over 16 million units have been sold.