The company began in Italy in 1910 as Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobil, or ALFA. Nicola Romeo bought the company in 1915 and added his name.
In Korean, the name means “rising from Asia.”
Originally called Toyoda, after founder Sakichi Toyoda, the company held a contest to come up with a better name. The winner: Toyota.
Lionel Martin started the company in England, near Aston Hill.
It’s an approximate pronuncitation of HMMWV—an acronym for “High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle.”
“Modern” in Korean.
The Latin word for “I roll” is volvo. But that’s not a reference to the company’s cars: Volvo’s first product was a ball bearing.
The Swedish company started in 1937 as Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, or SAAB for short.
Was a cheap, compact Daihatsu your first car? In Japanese, dai means “first”; hatsu means “engine.”
In 1899 August Horch started a car company—he called it Horch (“hark” in German)—but left it in 1909 to start another car company, which he called Audi, Latin for “hark.”
It’s an acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobil Torino (“Italian Factory of Cars of Turin”).
Engineer Frederick Royce built his first car, the Royce, in 1904. In 1906 he partnered with auto dealer Charles Rolls—Royce made the cars, and Rolls was the exclusive sales agent. In 1998 the company was sold to Volkswagen.