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Automotive manufacturers Who owns Jaguar or your make of car now?

Updated on August 17, 2011

You may be surprised at which company owns which make of car! With all the changes in the auto industry it pays to stay up to date.

General Motors Owns:

Buick, Oldsmobile, Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC as they always have, Update Saab is no longer with GM and is back in the capable hands of Spiker. With solid backing from China's fifth largest vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co Ltd the new 5 series is really something!

Gm still hold Saturn, Hummer, (Soon to be dropped as it can't be sold), Vauxhall, Holden (GMH Australia) as well as Opel. They bought Saab, Opel, and Vauxhall in the 90's. Pontiac is no longer made since Sept 2010. Who knows? They may even survive!

Do you know where your car was assembled?
Do you know where your car was assembled?

Ford Owns:

Mercury, Lincoln, and Land Rover. They bought Volvo, Jaguar and Aston Martin in the 90's. They sold Aston Martin this year to a Middle eastern car parts company.Jaguar now belongs to Tata Motors. Ford also owns part of Ford Australia of course. Ford is thinning down and could survive as well, especially if it can shed a few more makes and concentrates on it's core business. Ford owned Volvo until today........ when they sold it to a small Chinese car company Geely which I have never heard of before. The good news? They are going to invest 900 million dollars to revive Volvo, and it certainly needs reviving! Volvo has suffered big losses in the last few years.

Daimler Chrysler owns:

Dodge, Mercedes, Chrysler, Jeep, Smart, Plymouth, and Mitsubishi, part of Nissan and Renault. Daimler lost 2.3 billion last year. The smart is a lemon, Chrysler and Renault have made some really bad vehicles, the motor in the scenic being an example. Mercedes are stuck for a decent sedan and have more electronic problems than most. Does not look at all good at this time!

Mazda owns:

Owned partly by Ford who use some of their parts and designs, and making a car that is very close to the Mazda, but often cheaper. Who Knows if they will survive? Their latest products have scrubbed up rather well though, and they could make it through where others falter.

Honda owns:

Honda and makes the Accura. Pretty diverse and solid. Honda will stay.

Toyota owns: well as their own company. Toyota, make Lexus and Scion and are now in more trouble than a skunk in an elevator, Toyota may go under despite it's huge size and popular boring sedans having massive market share. All the more to recall my dear!

Volkswagen owns:

Owned mostly by Porsche Volkswagen makes Audi, Bentley, Skoda, Seat, Lamborghini, Spyker, Bugatti, and work with Porsche on R&D. Too fat by far with Bentley and other exotics distractions like Bugatti eating up the funds. Slim or die VW!

Porsche owns:

Owns their own company working together with VW.

Porsche is buying VW and already owns about 45% of VW who own Bentley and Lamborghini. (The Lamborghini Gallardo and Bentley Continental Gt was designed after VW bought the two companies.) If I were Porsche I would just stick to making Porsches!

Nissan owns:

Most of Nissan, makes Infiniti and Renault. Nissan owns some of Citroen as well and has just agreed to a three way deal with Daimler Chrysler. They are falling together like a pack of cards, no long term safety here that I can see. Both products are too patchy.

Fiat owns:

Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, and Maserati. The new Fiat 500 "Bambino" look alike is similar in concept to the BMW mini, but it ain't gonna work guys, you need something sensibly priced in this size car. Yesterday's ideas.

The Alfa is pretty, but no longer the drivers car that it was in it's heyday. The Ferrari and Maserati are dinosaurs to be unless they redirect resources to build cars that can't do 300kph.

How many places in the world can you use any of that horsepower? The ones I see driven could be driven by a lawn mower motor, they're stuck in traffic! Very much inner city rich buyers. Bad strategy.

BMW owns:

BMW. Bought MINI and Rolls Royce. They bought Mini when they decides they wanted to redesign the car which was about a year before the current Mini Cooper came back. BMW still make a very credible although expensive and complex product. Change or die BMW!

(Update) BMW have released the fabulous 1 series with a range of options to make your eyes boggle!Further update. The 1 series is having recalls for a fire hazard caused by potential friction in a seat belt retractor.

Subaru owns:

Owns itself but Toyota owns a percentage of Subaru and may acquire more of it although in this climate Toyota could fall over first. Subaru is still made by Fuji Heavy Industries and quality remains high. Toyota's interest would seem to be a handicap at this time, and unless Subaru can come up with a hot design they may struggle.

Hyundai owns:

Owns KIA. They bought KIA within the last 5 years. Making better vehicles with strong sales for their people movers Hyundai delve in to markets quite successfully mainly on price.

I have yet to be convinced of their longevity without major component rebuilds. Their motors and transmissions need to continue with current improvements. They may survive..

Update: The new models from Hyundai are better built and finished than ever before, and may gain more market share if they can keep the quality up and the price down.

Original Source(s): Car and Driver Magazine.

edited and updated by me. Last update November 4th, 2010.

Get the idea? You need to be a corporate lawyer to even know who is going to be here next year, or who is going broke next as the industry struggles for market share.


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      gene embry 

      6 years ago

      i bought a 1991 xj6 jaguar 4.0 and i feel like it's one of the best if not the best car made in the world....but for months i have been trying to locate and egr valve for it vin#641562...with out any luck....why is it i can't get this part from the best made car manufacturer in the world?

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      7 years ago

      your prediction is crap. i bet my hands anf feet most of these companies will survive the next 10 years.

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks Bob, will do the update soon. It is a constant job keeping up with the many changes in the industry.

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      7 years ago

      need to update. No mercedes/chrysler any more and quality of mercedes has greatly improved.

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you fashion, I hoped the photos would be a little different to the usual.

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      7 years ago

      Great agticle.I am really surprised to read it.Pics of unique model cars are so cute.I love it

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia


      Saab is back with Spiker and finances by the people who make Hyundai and sell Mercedes in China! The word is the top of the range 95 series is a screamer good ride when compared with 5 series BMW and even the much touted Audi A6. I spoke to my mate Peter tonight who has driven one recently, He owns 2 Saabs and is a major enthusiast of the new model.

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks John, as a Jaguar lover I was horrified!

      So far the Jaguar is being produced as it was before, but I have grave fears that will not continue.

      If Tata produce it in the future, I assume it will be a huge leap from the simple transport they produce now.

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      John Sarkis 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great article earnesthub. Very informative. What do you think about Jag being purchased by Tatta Motors?

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you Shannnon.

      I may make such a chart and publish it as a hub.

      One problem with warranty and "branded" models made offshore.

      Some dealerships will be poorly trained at servicing some of the cars they are selling as they are not the make of car it says on the badge.

      Some times the mechanic has never worked on one of these badged cars, even though they now need to as they are added to their dealership's showroom, sold and need service.

      Great that you have extended warranty.

      If you tell me which make year and model it is, I will be able to tell you what to look out for in service and design faults that may appear and how to deal with them.

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      Shannon Paulk 

      8 years ago

      It is surprising who owns who and how often it changes! I would be interested in seeing a chart some day about the transfer of ownership of one company to another. At least my extended warranty covers my car, no matter what company technically owns the company, so I suppose that's all I need in the end. Still, always interesting to see who is actually who. Informative and interesting hub, thanks!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Honestly, you don't know what is what anymore. Thanks for your informative hub.

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks Japsy!

      The musical chairs are still going on with auto makers! I have needed to update this hub several times already.

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      8 years ago

      nice article very informative...

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Hi agvulpes, Your good old Ford is pretty cheap to run on gas, I think I would be hanging on to that one.

      I read your hub on your conversion to LPG.

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      8 years ago from Australia

      Wow mate it looks like the whole Automotive industry needs a good shake out! I'll still stick with my good old Ford!

      Good interesting Hub about who owns your make of car!

    • earnestshub profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks mtsi1098, I wonder what to expect in the next 5 years.

      I guess there will be more consolidation of the leading makers like Ford and others thinning down there model offerings and making more options available in less models perhaps?

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      8 years ago

      very informative...I remember when the Jag went to Tata...Interesting on Toyota and Subaru...thanks


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