ORIGIN OF DIFFERENT CAR BRAND NAMES

Here is a brief description of the origin of different car brand names.

Article Author- Praneeth

FERRARI – from the name of its founder, Enzo Ferrari.

FIAT – acronym of Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (Italian Automobile Factory of Turin)


FORD– named after its founder, Henry Ford, who introduced automobile mass production in 1914.

ASTON MARTIN– from the “Aston Hill” races (near Aston Clinton) where the company was founded, and the surname of Lionel Martin, the company’s founder.

AUDI– Latin translation of the German name “Horch”. The founder August Horch left the company after five years, but still wanted to manufacture cars. Since the original “Horch” company was still there, he called his new company Audi, the Latin form of his last name. In English it is “hark”.

BMW– Bayerische Motoren Werke (Bavarian Motor Works)


HONDA– from the name of its founder, Soichiro Honda.

HYUNDAI– connotes the sense of “the present age” or “moderni Nity” in Korean

MERCEDES– from the first name of the daughter of Emil Jellinek, who distributed cars of the early Daimler Company around 1900.

NISSAN– the company was earlier known by the name Nippon Sangyo which means “Japan Industries”.

PORSCHE– Car Company named after founder Ferdinand Porsche, an Austrian automotive engineer. The family name may have originated in the Czech name “Boreš” (boresh) Rolls Royce

ROLLS-ROYCE– name used by Rolls-Royce plc and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, among others. In 1884 Frederick Henry Royce started an electrical and mechanical business, making his first car, a Royce, in 1904. He was introduced to Charles Stewart Rolls on 4th May that year. The pair entered into a partnership in which Royce would manufacture cars to be sold exclusively by Rolls, and the cars would be called Rolls-Royce

TOYOTA– From the name of the founder, Sakichi Toyoda. Initially called Toyeda, it was changed after a contest for a better sounding name. The new name was written in katakana with eight strokes, a number that is considered lucky in Japan.

VOLKSWAGON– From the German for people’s car. Ferdinand Porsche wanted to produce a car that was affordable for the masses – the Kraft-durch-Freude-Wagen (or “Strength-Through-Joy car”, from a Nazi social organization) later became known, in English, as the Beetle.

VOLVO– from the Latin word Volvo, which means “I roll”. It was originally a name for a ball bearing being developed by SKF (Smith, Kline & French) a bearing factory.

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