We may all be well acquainted with various automotive brands or manufacturers, of both local and foreign makes. Just like brands such as Pantene and Head & Shoulders, though seeming to be rivals at the supermarket shelves, actually belong to the same parent company, many are unaware that the automobile industry worldwide is dominated by a few superpowers of the automotive world.

Here are the global giants and the brands each of them own:

Daimler AG

Daimler AG is a German multinational company which is based in Stuttgart, Southwest Germany, formed in 1926 as a result of the merger between Benz & Cie and Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft. Here are the brands Daimler owns or controls:

Mercedes-Benz

Fuso

Western Star

Smart

Freightliner

Bharat Benz

Setra

Thomas Built Buses


General Motors Company

General Motors Company is an American multinational company with its headquarters in Detroit, USA. This company was founded by William C. Durant in 1908 and has become the largest American automobile manufacturer. General Motors Company owns or controls:

Buick

Cadillac

Aubobaoijun

Chevrolet

GMC

Holden

Opel

Jiefang

Wuling


Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen AG is a German multinational automotive manufacturing company which was founded in 1937 which started off making cars which would become well known as the Beetle. The company is now headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen AG owns or controls:

Volkswagen

Bentley

Audi

Bugatti

Porsche

SEAT

Lamborghini

Skoda

MAN

Scania

Ducati


BMW AG

BMW AG was founded as Bavarian Motor Works in 1916 and is now headquartered in Munich, Germany. This company builds automobiles and motorcycles and also used to produce aircraft engines. BMW AG owns or controls:

BMW

Rolls-Royce

Mini

BMW Motorrad


Honda Motor Company

Honda Motor Company is a Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer based in Minato City, Japan. Besides cars and motorbikes, Honda also is known to build aircrafts, mountain bikes, robots, power equipment and engines for various machines including powerboats. The automobile companies Honda Motor owns or controls are:

Honda

Acura

Honda Powersports


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

This company was formed as a result of the merger between Fiat and Chrysler in 2014. Fiat itself was founded in 1899 by Giovanni Agnelli and headquartered in Turin, Italy while Chrysler was born in 1925 thanks to Walter P. Chrysler. Together as one, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles went on to become a heavyweight in the automotive industry and they own or control:

Chrysler

Dodge

Ram

Fiat

Jeep

Alfa Romeo

Lancia

Maserati


Hyundai Motor Company

Hyundai Motor Company (under its parent company, the Hyundai Motor Group) is a South Korean automotive manufacturer and was founded in 1967. The company is headquartered in Seoul and it owns or controls:

Hyundai

Kia

Genesis


Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company was founded by Henry Ford in 1903. This company went from building the highly successful Model-T to becoming owners of these two automobile brands:

Ford

Lincoln


The Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance

The Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance was formed 1999 through the strategic partnership (not merger) of Groupe Renault, Nissan Motor Company, and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. Together, they control:

Renault

Nissan

Mitsubishi

Infiniti

Renault Samsung Motors

Dacia

Alpine

Datsun

Venucia

Lada


Tata Motors

Tata Motors is an Indian multinational automotive manufacturing company which is a subsidiary of Tata Group, founded in 1945 by Jamsetji Tata. Headquartered in Mumbai, India, Tata Motors owns or controls:

Jaguar

Land Rover

Tata Daewoo

Tata Hispano


Toyota Motor Corporation

Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational car manufacturer which is based in Aichi, Japan. Founded in 1937 by Kiichiro Toyoda, the company owns or controls:

Toyota

Lexus

Ranz

Scion

Daihatsu


Zhejiang Geely Holding Group

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (better known as Geely) was established in 1986 by Li Shufu. Geely went on to become a world automotive heavyweight and owns or controls:

Geely Auto

Lynk & Co

Lotus

Volvo

Proton

 

Well, there you go. Those were the list of the brands owned or controlled by some of the automotive giants around the world.

It is also worth noting that there are standalone companies which were not mentioned above (such as Ferrari, Mazda, and Tesla) as they do not belong to other automotive groups.