15 Famous Car Brand Names & What They Actually Mean

Did you know that every car brand has a hidden secret behind their name’s origin?

Untold and unheard stories that will leave all car fanatics in awe!

We can bet you were not expecting such mesmerizing stories from your favorite car brands.

1. Aston Martin

Aston Martin

The brand name Aston Martin is driven by two different names, the founder, Lionel Martin, and his residency, Aston Hill. It is said that Lionel was obsessed with beauty, luxury, and performance. He focused on these parameters so much that the brand became associated with Hollywood and celebrities.

2. Volkswagen


Known worldwide for its famous Beetle, Volkswagen means “People’s Car” in German. The brand was founded back in 1937 and is currently one of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers. Volkswagen is the parent company for other major brands, including Audi, Bently, Skoda, Bugatti, etc.

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3. Toyota


The international car brand Toyota was founded in 1937 by Kiichiro Toyota. The Japanese brand is famous for revolutionizing the automotive industry by introducing the Toyota Production System (TPS) and Just-In-Time (JIT).

4. Rolls-Royce

Started in 1906, Rolls-Royce began to as a collaboration between two businessmen named Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. Both men had the vision to build one of the world’s best automobiles, and we can surely say they surely did.

5. Porsche


If there is a discussion on luxury cars, then you will hear the name ‘Porsche’ come up again and again. Founded in 1931, the brand is named after its founder Ferdinand Porsche.

6. Nissan 

Founded in Japan, 1928, Nissan was founded by Toshisuke Aikawa. The brand name was Nihon Sangyo when the company was first introduced. The name Nissan is an abbreviation for Tokyo Stock Exchange as Ni-San.

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7. Mercedes

Invented in 1886, Mercedes Benz is the first car to operate on petrol! The name comes from its founder Karl Benz. Emil Jellinek, an Austrian Automobile Engineer who created the trademark for the Daimler Motor Group, marketed its first product Mercedes 35 HP, after his daughter Mercedes Jellinek, in 1901.

8. Honda

Honda’s founder, Soichiro Honda,  was a mechanic and was fond of race cars. After the failure of a contract with Toyota for piston rings, he started to study his rival’s manufacturing process.

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9. Ford

Henry Ford founded Ford Motors Company in 1903. Ford has left his first company Cadillac, and started his own car company with a $28,000 investment. His famous mass production car of 1908, Model T, sold more than millions over the next 20 years.

10. Ferrari

Ferrari glistens after the name of its founder, Enzo Ferrari. He was an official Alto race driver in 1924 and quit to start his own company in 1939. Within one year, he built 1500 cm3 8-Cylinder 815 Spider, winning its first Grand Prix 1947.

11. Datsun

The name ‘Datson’ was driven from 3 initials representing all three partners, Kenjiro Den, Rokuro Aoyama, Meitaro Takeuchi. The company was later on purchased by Nissan and was renamed to ‘Datsun’ because o Son means a loss in Japan.

12. Chevrolet

Founded in 1911 by Louis Chevrolet and William C Durant, Chevrolet, aka Chevy, was established in Detroit. Louis Chevrolet was a Swiss race car driver and automotive engineer.

13. Cadillac

Founded in 1902, Cadillac was named after the great French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac, who founded Detroit, Michigan, in 1701.

14. BMW

BMW, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, which means Bavarian Motor Works in German, was founded in 1912 as a merger between 3 companies.

15. Audi

German Engineer August Horch founded August Horch & Cie. Motorwagenwerke AG, in 1904. However, due to an argument with partners, Horch left the company and formed August Horch Automobilwerke GmbH in 1909. After a German court pointing Horch of trademark infringement, he was forced to change the name.

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