Information on car manufacturers
The company Bugatti was founded in 1909 in the city of Molsheim, France (Germany at that time) by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti and was set up as a manufacturer of high performance automobiles.
Kia Motors is South Korea's second largest automobile manufacturer and managed to sell over 1.6 million cars in 2009. The word Kia derives from Korean words meaning “to arise to the world from Asia.”
Pagani Automobili S.p.A. is a manufacturer of high performance sports cars, the company was founded in 1992 by Horacio Pagani, and is based in San Cesario sul Panaro, near Modena, Italy.
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A., or more commonly referred to as just Lamborghini, is an Italian automaker based in the small town of Sant'Agata Bolognese. The company was founded in 1963 by manufacturing magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini, who set out to create a refined grand touring car.
Porsche SE, a Societas Europaea or European Public Company, is a German automotive manufacturer of luxury high performance automobiles, which is majority-owned by the Piëch and Porsche families. Porsche SE is headquartered in Zuffenhausen, a city district of Stuttgart, Germany.
Porsche SE has one main subsidiary – Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, often shortened to Porsche AG, which is responsible for the actual production and manufacture of the Porsche automobile line. The company is also the majority shareholder in Volkswagen AG, the parent company of the Volkswagen Group, which includes the automotive marques Audi, Volkswagen, Bentley Motors, Bugatti Automobiles, Škoda, Lamborghini and SEAT.
Mazda Motor Corporation is a Japanese automotive manufacturer based in Fuchū, Aki District, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. The company website states that name "derives from Ahura Mazda, a god of the earliest civilizations in West Asia...the god of wisdom, intelligence and harmony..." Ahura Mazda is the Persian - Zoroastrian God. The company website also notes that the name "also derives from the name of their founder, Jujiro Matsuda."
Since 1904 Rolls-Royce has created instantly recognizable motor cars that have made the marque an enduring icon of luxury all over the world. Learn how this British luxury automaker started and has progressed through the last century.
Zenvo or Zenvo Automotive is a Danish sports car company located near Viby SJ on the Danish island of Zealand. It is managed by Jesper Jensen, the founder and financier, and Troels Vollertsen. The name 'Zenvo' is derived from a combination of their names.
Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corporation. Lexus was founded in 1989 and is now sold globally. It has become Japan's largest-selling make of premium cars. As of 2009, Lexus vehicles are officially marketed in over 70 countries and territories worldwide. The division's world headquarters are located in Toyota, Aichi, Japan, with operational centers in Brussels, Belgium, and Torrance, California, United States.
Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars, based in Gaydon, Warwickshire. The company name is derived from the name of one of the company's founders, Lionel Martin, and from the Aston Hill speed hillclimb near Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire.
From 1994 until 2007 Aston Martin was part of the Ford Motor Company, becoming part of the company's Premier Automotive Group in 2000. On 12 March 2007, it was purchased for £479 million by a joint venture company, headed by David Richards and co-owned by Investment Dar and Adeem Investment of Kuwait and English businessman John Sinders. Ford retained a US$77 million stake in Aston Martin, valuing the company at US$925 million.