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Popular Car Brands, Their Emblems & The Countries Where They Are Produced

A car’s emblem or logo is a very important component of an automaker’s brand identity. In fact, the logos or emblems, which are stuck or branded on the car badge, are used to identify cars from a particular manufacturer.

There are countless car brands around the world, each one with its own story. Some of the car histories are represented in the brand identity which is often in the form of the car emblems and logos.

In this article, presents a comprehensive compilation of globally-renowned automakers, their brand identity – car emblems and/or logos, their country of production, and some important information about them. In this list, you will find the most popular automakers, other active auto manufacturers and the non-active auto brands by each country.


Brand: Chery

Manufacturer: Chery Automobile Co.

Country of Production: China

Headquarter: Wuhu, Anhui, China.

Founded: 1997.

Important Note:
The company was founded by the government of China in 1997. Chery began the production of automobiles in 1999, and began their export from China in 2001. Chery is the 10th-largest China-based automaker measured by 2012 output (around 590,000 units produced).


Brand: Geely

Manufacturer: Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., Ltd

Country of Production: China

Headquarter: Hangzhou, Zhejiang province of China

Founded: 1986 (automotive division began in 1997).

Important Note:
It is a privately held car manufacturing company. Geely Group has been manufacturing its own cars before it acquired the Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars in 2010. Geely acquired Volvo from Ford.


Brand: Skoda

Manufacturer: Skoda Auto of the Czech Republic

Country of Production: Czech Republic (also China, Russia, India and Slovakia).

Headquarter: Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic.

Founded: 1948.

Important Note:
The company became state-owned in 1948. After 1991, it was gradually privatized. In 2000, Škoda became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group. As of August 2016, Škoda was being sold in 102 countries.


Brand: Bugatti

Manufacturer: Bugatti Automobiles SAS (a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG)

Country of Production: France.

Headquarter: Molsheim, Alsace, France.

Founded: 1909 (purchased by Volkswagen in 1998)

Important Note:
Volkswagen purchased the Bugatti trademark in June 1998 and incorporated Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. in 1999. Bugatti presented several concept cars between 1998 and 2000 before commencing development of its first production model, the Veyron 16.4, delivering the first Veyron to a customer in 2005.


Brand: Citroen

Manufacturer: PSA Peugeot Citroën group

Country of Production: France.

Headquarter: Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine in France

Founded: 1919

Important Note:
Citroen has been part of the PSA Peugeot Citroën group since 1976. In 2014, when PSA Peugeot Citroën ran into severe financial difficulties, then the Dongfeng Motor Corporation of China took an ownership stake. Some of its models include Berlingo, Relay, and Dispatch.


Brand: Peugeot

Manufacturer: PSA Peugeot Citroën group

Country of Production: France.

Headquarter: Sochaux, France. (with manufacturing plants in different countries around the world including Nigeria).

Founded: 1889 (the year the first Peugeot car was built).

Important Note:
Peugeot brand started as a family business before veering into the production of automobiles. Today, Peugeot is owned by a joint parent company that became the PSA (Peugeot Société Anonyme) group. The group also controls the Citroen car brand. Peugeot thus briefly controlled the Italian Maserati marque but disposed of it in May 1975.


Brand: Audi

Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group.

Country of Production: Germany

Headquarter: Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany

Founded: 1899.

Important note:
Audi AG is a member of the Volkswagen Group. Audi-branded vehicles are produced in nine production facilities worldwide, some of which are shared with other VW Group marques. Audi has one of the most interesting car emblems. The four silver rings symbolize the 1932 merger of the four oldest car manufacturers in Germany: Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer. These four companies formed what is known as the Auto Union, and initially, only Auto Union-specific cars bore the four-ringed badge, while the individual carmakers used their own logos.


Brand: BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG)

Manufacturer: BMW Group

Country of Production: Germany (with production facilities in Germany, Brazil, China, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Mexico)

Headquarter: Munich

Founded: 1916.

Important note:
BMW Group is the parent company of the luxury Rolls-Royce brand. In 2015, BMW was the world’s twelfth largest producer of motor vehicles, with 2,279,503 vehicles produced. The car emblems is interpreted to signify a propeller against a blue sky, representing BMW’s early history of making airplane engines.


Brand: Mercedes Benz

Manufacturer: Daimler AG.

Country of Production: Germany

Headquarter: Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg in Germany

Founded: 1926

Important note:
In 2018, Mercedes-Benz was the biggest selling premium vehicle brand in the world, having sold 2.31 million passenger cars.


Brand: Porsche

Manufacturer: Porsche AG (a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG)

Country of Production: Germany (operates 10 production plants and 4 development and test centers in six countries).

Headquarter: Stuttgart, Germany

Founded: 1931

Important note:
Porsche has a line up of models that include 718 Boxster/Cayman, 911, Panamera, Macan, Cayenne and Taycan.


Brand: Volkswagen

Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group or “AG”

Country of Production: Germany

Headquarter: Wolfsburg, Germany

Founded: 1937

Important note:
The maker of Volkswagen vehicle brands, Volkswagen Group, is the largest automaker by worldwide sales in 2016 and 2017. The group’s biggest market is in China, which delivers 40% of its sales and profits. Volkswagen translates to “people’s car” in German.

Kantanka cars

Brand: Kantanka

Manufacturer: Kantanka Automobile Company Limited.

Country of Production: Ghana

Headquarter: Central Ghana, Ghana

Founded: 2001.

Important note:
Kantanka vehicles are assembled in Ghana from CKD (Complete Knock Down) kits supplied by a Chinese firm, possible Foday through Chongqing Big Science & Technology. The company said it makes 150 cars every month from its headquarters in central Ghana.

Brand: Mahindra

Manufacturer: Mahindra & Mahindra Limited

Country of Production: India

Headquarter: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Founded: 2001

Important note: Mahindra & Mahindra Limited is one of the largest vehicle manufacturers by production in India and the largest manufacturer of tractors in the world. Its major competitors in the Indian market include Maruti Suzuki and Tata Motors.


Brand: Ferrari

Manufacturer: Scuderia Ferrari S.p.A. Ferrari

Country of Production: Italy

Headquarter: Maranello, Italy

Founded: 1939

Important note:
The first Ferrari car was built in 1940. However, the company’s inception as an auto manufacturer is usually recognized in 1947, when the first Ferrari-badged car was completed. As of the end of 2018, the total number of Ferraris built and in the company’s history is 208,931. The horse was adopted and a yellow background was used to represent the town of Modena, the Ferrari factory’s location. But the car emblems could not be used for the cars, initially — it was seen only on Ferrari’s publications and papers since Alfa Romeo technically owned the cars. The shield emblem debuted in July of 1932 at the Spa 24 Hours, and in 1963, Ferrari also began to utilize a relief version of the Prancing Horse, which you still see today.


Brand: Lamborghini

Manufacturer: Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (owned by Volkswagen Group through its subsidiary, Audi.)

Country of Production: Italy

Headquarter: Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy

Founded: 1963

Important note: By sales, the most important markets As of 2004, the most important markets for Lamborghini’s sports cars were the U.S. (41%), Germany (13%), Great Britain (9%) and Japan (8%). Prior to the launch of the Gallardo in 2003, Lamborghini produced approximately 400 vehicles per year; in 2011 Lamborghini produced 1,711 vehicles. Lamborghini currently produces the V12-powered Aventador, the V10-powered Huracán along with the Urus SUV powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine.


Brand: Pagani

Manufacturer: Pagani Automobili S.p.A.

Country of Production: Italy

Headquarter: San Cesario Sul Panaro, near Modena, Italy

Founded: 1992

Important note:
Pagani Automobili S.p.A. was founded by Horacio Pagani, who formerly managed Lamborghini’s composites department in 1988. In the late 1980s, Pagani began designing his own car, then referred to as the “C8 Project”.

Zonda R, Zonda Cinque, Pagani Huayra, Huayra Roadster, etc are some of the cars manufactured under the Pagani brand.


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