American Car Brands

American Car Brands

American car brands have undergone a major metamorphosis in recent years. Globalization and the expanding monopoly on the automotive market from time to time carry reports of further mergers and acquisitions of smaller concerns by the giants of the automotive world. What once seemed to us to be an authentic American brand today is taken over by large automotive concerns that create new companies for tax and localization purposes, relocating capital.

General Motors

American Car Brands

Founded: September 16, 1908

Founder: William C. Durant, Charles Stewart Mott

Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Website: www.gm.com

The company was founded in 1908 and is located in Detroit, Michigan. This automotive giant includes other American brands that do not belong to other concerns. Following the sale of Opel and Vauxhall, GM comprises four American companies – Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC – and Australian Holden. All of them have been owned by General Motors almost since the beginning of their existence, but the raisin here is Holden, which is the oldest company in the group. It is worth adding that GM included automotive bankruptcies and companies that ceased their activities, including Bedford, Oldsmobile, Hummer, Pontiac, Saab and Saturn.

Ford

American Car Brands

Founded: June 16, 1903

Founder: Henry Ford

Headquarters: Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.

Website: www.ford.com

The automotive giant Ford is an independent company. It has been the owner of the premium brand – Lincoln – since 1922. Although Ford has cooperated with many car manufacturers, for example with Fiat or Mazda, the vast majority of products are original designs. Ford Motor Company is divided into several continental divisions and many models are made exclusively with local markets in mind. It is not entirely true that every Ford is American and you can safely talk about German or Australian Ford.

Chrysler

American Car Brands

Founded: June 6, 1925

Founder: Walter Chrysler

Headquarters: 1000 Chrysler Drive, Auburn Hills, Metro Detroit, Michigan, United States

Parent: Stellantis

Website: www.chrysler.com

It is one of the most popular US brands. It has belonged to the Italian Fiat since 2009. Chrysler also owns the Dodge and Jeep brands, which are the pillars of sales in the US, reaching 2.5 million cars per year. Chrysler provides profits for the entire Fiat group, and one of the most famous models is the minivan. Chrysler has one of the most turbulent stories in the industry. Founded by Walter Chrysler in 1925, he purchased the Dodge 3 years later.

Chevrolet

American Car Brands

Founded: November 3, 1911

Founder: Louis Chevrolet, William C. Durant, Samuel McLaughlin, Edwin R. Campbell, William Little

Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Parent organization: General Motors

Website: www.chevrolet.com

It is an automotive company belonging to the American group General Motors. The company’s history began in 1911 – it was founded by Louis Chevrolet and William C. Durant in Detroit. Currently, the cars produced by the concern can be purchased in over 140 countries around the world. Chevrolet’s most popular models are the Aveo, Cruze, Sports Camaro and Electric Volt.

Cadillac

American Car Brands

Founded: 22 August 1902

Founder: William Murphy, Lemuel Bowen, Henry M. Leland

Headquarters: Warren, Michigan, United States

Owner: General Motors Company

Website: www.cadillac.com

It is a well-known manufacturer of luxury cars, part of the American concern General Motors. It operates mainly in the USA, Canada and China. In 2016, the company released over 170,000 exclusive cars to the market. It is one of the oldest brands in the world and the second in America. It was founded in 1902 in Detroit.

Jeep

American Car Brands

Founded: 1943

Headquarters: Toledo, Ohio, U.S.

Parent: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Website: www.jeep.com

The first Jeep cars were the light 4 x 4 utility vehicles used in World War II by the United States. Due to its high quality and acceptance, it was created as a brand in 1950. It is currently part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Its main characteristic is its strength, its 4 x 4 traction and its all-terrain condition. There are even international off-road competitions where Jeep has won many awards.

Dodge

American Car Brands

Founded: 1900

Founder: John Francis Dodge, Horace Elgin Dodge

Headquarters: Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States

Parent company: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Website: www.dodge.com

Dodge is an American manufacturer of passenger cars, SUVs, pickups and muscle cars. The history of the Dodge brand dates back to the end of the 19th century – initially it dealt with the production of bicycles and machine parts, and only several decades after the brand was founded, the first car model with its logo was created. The Dodge brand currently belongs to the FCA Fiat Chrysler group – just like RAM, which was created on the initiative of the Dodge brand.

Lincoln

American Car Brands

Founded: August 1917

Founder: Henry M. Leland, Wilfred Leland

Headquarters: Dearborn, Michigan, United States

Parent organization: Ford Motor Company

Website: www.lincoln.com

It is an American concern that produces luxury cars. The company was founded by Henry Leland in 1917 in Michigan. Less than five years after its inception, it was bought by Ford for $ 8 million. The company’s current offer includes two sedans (Continental and MKZ), three crossovers (MKX, MKT, MKC) and one SUV (Navigator). For many years, Lincoln’s have served as the official models that the US President rides.

Buick

American Car Brands

Founded: 1899

Founder: David Dunbar Buick

Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Parent company: General Motors

Website: www.buick.com

An American brand of luxury passenger cars founded in 1903 in Detroit (the Buick headquarters is still located in Detroit today) by David Dunbar Buick, a designer and inventor. One of the company’s first owners was William C. Durant, founder of General Motors, which Buick belongs to. The three shields in the brand’s logo refer to the coat of arms of the noble family of the company’s founder.

Tesla Inc.

American Car Brands

Founded: July 1, 2003

Founder: Elon Musk, JB Straubel, Martin Eberhard, Marc Tarpenning, Ian Wright

Headquarters: Palo Alto, California, United States

Owner: Elon Musk (20.8%)

Website: www.tesla.com

It is an electric car manufacturer company founded in 2003. They also manufacture electric motors for industry. This company has concentrated all its efforts to make its cars affordable for the public, gaining much acceptance, and continuously innovating. They have several models on the market, the Tesla S being the most prominent for its beauty and luxury line.

Abbott

American Car Brands

Founded: 1909

Defunct: 1919

Founder: John G. Utz

Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan, later Cleveland, Ohio

It is a company that produces luxury industrial cars from the beginning of the 20th century. The company was founded in 1909 in Detroit and sold its cars under the Abbott-Detroit brand.

SSC

American Car Brands

Founded: 1998

Founder: Jerod Shelby

Headquarters: Richland, Washington, United States

Owner: Jerod Shelby

Website: www.sscnorthamerica.com

It is a young company (founded in 2004) with the meaningful name “Shelby Super Cars” (“Shelby” – in honor of the founder J. Shelby).

Fisker

American Car Brands

Founded: August 2007

Defunct: 2014

Founder: Henrik Fisker, Bernhard Koehleri

Headquarters: Anaheim, California, United States

Successors: Karma Automotive, Fisker Inc.

Website: www.fiskerinc.com

The young company Fisker, named after its founder Henrik Fisker, was one of the first to produce ecological-friendly cars.

Eagle

American Car Brands

Founded: March 19, 1988

Defunct: July 4, 1999

Headquarters: Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S.

Parent: Chrysler Corporation (1988–1998)

Website: www.eaglecars.com

Eagle was established in 1987 after the acquisition of American Motors Corporation by Chrysler Corporation. It is of the subsidiaries of Chrysler Corporation, specializing in the production of budget cars.

Saleen

American Car Brands

Founded: 1983

Founder: Steve Saleen

Headquarters: Corona, California, United States

Subsidiaries: Saleen Automotive Show Cars, Inc., SMS Signature Cars, Saleen Special Vehicles

Owner: Steve Saleen

Website: www.saleen.com

Founded by ex-driver Steve Saleen, it produces road and racing sports cars, including those based on the Ford Mustang, Ford 150, Tesla Model S. Its proprietary product, Saleen S7 Twin Turbo, is one of the most powerful and fastest cars in the world.

Lucid Motors

Founded: August 22, 2007

Founders: Sheaupyng Lin, Bernard Tse, Sam Weng

General counsel: Jonathan Butler

Headquarters: Newark, California, United States

Owner: Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia

Website: lucidmotors.com

It is a company founded by former employees of Tesla Motors, Mazda and BMW. The manufacturer is developing premium electric cars in an attempt to compete with Tesla and business sedans from Europe.

Panoz

American Car Brands

Founded: 1989

Founder: Don Panoz, Dan Panoz

Headquarters: Hoschton, Georgia, United States

Website: panoz.com

It is an American manufacturer specializing in the production of exclusive sports cars for public roads and racing. The company was founded in 1989 by Daniel Panoz.

Hummer

American Car Brands

Founded: January 22, 1992

Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan, U.S

Parent: GMC; (General Motors)

Parent company: AM General

Website: www.hummer.com

HUMMER is an American company, part of the General Motors concern, specializing in the production of powerful super-high-capacity vehicles designed for the needs of the army.

Mercury

American Car Brands

Founded: November 4, 1938

Founder: Edsel Ford

Defunct: January 4, 2011

Headquarters: Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.

Parent: Ford Motor Company

Website: www.mercuryvehicles.com

Mercury is a car brand introduced by Ford in 1938 that is offered almost exclusively on the North American market. Mercury cars have their equivalents among Fords, using the same solutions and technologies, but they are slightly more luxurious and comfortably finished.

Hennessey

American Car Brands

Founded: 1991

Founder: John Hennessey

Headquarters: Sealy, Texas, United States

Divisions: Hennessey Special Vehicles

Website: hennesseyperformance.com

In 1991 was founded one of the most creative and unusual car companies in the United States of America, which takes its name from its founder John Hennessy. Until 1996 the company was exclusively engaged in the modification of cars of the Chrysler concern, becoming one of the first professional tuning ateliers in the world.

Bollinger

American Car Brands

Founded: 2014

Founder: Robert Bollinger

Headquarters: Oak Park, Michigan, U.S.

Website: bollingermotors.com

Bollinger Motors was founded by American businessman Robert Bollinger. The main outlined priorities for the development of their own startup was the production of electric SUVs.

GMC

American Car Brands

Founded: July 22, 1911

Founder: William C. Durant

Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Parent organization: General Motors

Divisions: Hummer

Website: www.gmc.com

It is a specialized division of General Motors dedicated to the production of full and mid-size SUVs and pickups.

Airstream

American Car Brands

Founded: 1920s

Founder: Thor Industries

Previous owners: Wally Byam

Website: www.airstream.com

A company specializes in the production of trailers. Having actively started its activity in 1932, when about 50 companies were engaged in this in the USA, today only Airstream continues its work.

AC Propulsion

American Car Brands

Founded: 1992

Founder: Wally Rippel

Headquarters: San Dimas, California, United States

Website: www.acpropulsion.com

AC Propulsion is mainly engaged in the production of electric motors and batteries for electric vehicles.

DeLorean

American Car Brands

Founded: October 24, 1975

Founder: John DeLorean

Headquarters: Humble, Texas, United States

Ceased operations: 1982

An automobile concern founded by John DeLorean in 1975. DMC is best known for its only ever produced vehicle, the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car with stainless steel body and gull-wing doors.

Polaris

American Car Brands

Founded: 1954

Founder: Edgar Hetteen, David Johnson, Allen Hetteen

Headquarters: Medina, Minnesota, United States

Divisions: Polaris Defense, Polaris Commercial

Website: www.polaris.com/en-us

This car brand is engaged in the production and sale of ATVs, snowmobiles and scooters.