Amidst the onslaught of new car models every month, have you wondered about the lineage of these cars? The famous ones we read in books in our childhood and the comparatively newer ones that have acquired fame more recently? With a large range of brands under their umbrella, it is difficult to remember all the brands under each manufacturer’s patronage, especially ones which are exclusive to certain countries or have been manufactured certain years. For example, Lamborghini is owned by Audi which is controlled by Volkswagen. And Vauxhall as well as Opel are owned by GM for years now, under the same company as Peugeot and Citroen.
Aston Martin – Belonging to a British manufacturer, this luxury sports car company was founded in 1913 and started by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. Over time it became an established car brand in racing fraternity. Aston Martin flourished during the period of David Brown, an English industrialist, who took the rein from 1947 to 1972. Accompanying luxury touring cars in 1950s and 1960s, it became famous with the movie Gold Finger in 1964. After facing failure in 1970, it came under Ford Motors from 1994 to 2007. Signing with Daimier AG to provide new Merc-Benz power plants for next-gen variants is another feather in its cap. From the origin to the present, it has set its standard and been an irresistible attraction.
BMW – Founded in 1916, Bayrische Motoren Werke AG or BMW is a German luxury Automobile, Bike and engine producing company, headquartered in Munich. Initially it was an aircraft manufacturer company which ceased to create aircrafts after world war-1 in 1918 followed by bike manufacture in 1923 and automobiles in 1928-29. It made a name in India with its variants in 2006 and at present proudly showcases different shades of BMW 3 series, 5 series, X1, X3, Mini Cooper S, Mini Cooper D, Mini Countryman and Triumph. BMW feels honoured to be the parent company of Rolls-Royce Motor cars. Beating its rivals with products like sedans, wagons, SUVs it has been a king of brands among auto enthusiasts.
Ford – Founded by Henry Ford in 1903, this American auto manufacturer is headquartered in Michigan. Automobiles and commercial vehicles are sold under Ford brand whereas luxury cars are under Lincoln Brand by the same company. Henry Ford’s segment T in 1908 helped the company bloom into a multinational gigantic figure with numerous brands under its wing. 1927 saw Model A as the first car having safety glass in wind shield and 1932 welcomed first economical car with a V8 engine. To compete with luxury variants like Cadillac and Packard, Henry Ford bought Lincoln Motors in 1922. By 1914, large scale car production methods had been introduced by Ford. Crowned as the largest family controlled manufacturing company, Ford Motors witnessed many ups and downs in the years.
Daimler AG – This German multinational company having its head quarter in Stuttgart, was founded in 1926. Some of its famous alliances are Mercedes Benz, Mercedes AMG, Chrysler, Tata Motors etc. Maybach entered into Daimler’s life in 2012 and together they have set many milestones. The company was named Daimler-Benz from 1926 to 1997 after the merger of Benz, Cie and Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft, then renamed as DaimlerChrysler in 1998 and again renamed Daimler in 2007.
Tata Motors – Founded in 1945,Tata Motors is an Indian automobile manufacturing company with headquarters in Mumbai. It has production units in various parts of the country as well as overseas. It joined hands with Diamler-Benz between 1954 and 1969 and in 2008 bought Jaguar Land Rover from Ford. It entered the passenger car market with Tata Sierra in 1991, Tata Estate in 1992 and Tata Sumo in 1994. 1998 became a turning point both for Tata Motors and Indian auto market with the launch of Indica, the first indigenous passenger car. Tata Nano was another landmark in Indian history, being the smallest and cheapest car in the country.