In 2008, The Big Three automakers asked Congress for help to avoid bankruptcy and the loss of 1 million jobs. Not only did this cause a major overhaul in the auto industry in both structure and scope, but several automotive brands also traded hands. In the past decade, we have seen partnerships, sales, separations, bankruptcies, and entire divisions eliminated as automakers slim down to become more profitable and efficient.

Remembering who owns which brands, and which brands are still in existence, still causes some confusion. Storied names, such as Hummer, Mercury, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac, have faded into the history books, and brands such as Chrysler, Jaguar, and Volvo, have found new corporate parents. This is why we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide for vehicles sold in the United States to help make sense of it all.


BMW Group                                                                                                         

  • BMW
  • Mini
  • Rolls-Royce


Daimler AG

  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Smart


Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles

  • Alfa Romero
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Fiat
  • Jeep
  • Maserati
  • Ram


Ford Motor Co.

  • Ford
  • Lincoln
  • Mercury*


General Motors

  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • GMC
  • Pontiac*
  • Saturn*


Honda Motor Company

  • Acura
  • Honda


Hyundai Motor Group

  • Genesis
  • Hyundai
  • Kia


Mazda Motor Corp.

  • Mazda


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance

  • Infiniti
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan


Subaru Corp.

  • Subaru


Suzuki Motor Corp.

  • Suzuki*


Tata Motors

  • Jaguar
  • Land Rover


Tesla Inc.

  • Tesla


Toyota Motor Corp.

  • Lexus
  • Toyota
  • Scion*


Volkswagen Group

  • Audi
  • Bentley
  • Bugatti
  • Lamborghini
  • Porsche
  • Volkswagen


Zhejiang Geely Holding Group

  • Lotus
  • Polestar
  • Volvo


*Retired brand, but many are still sold as used cars.


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