I have had so many questions in the past about who runs who. No, I’m not talking about men and women but about car manufacturers. For as long as I can remember, it has always been a tough job to figure out who is bankrolling the “other guy”. There are some long time obvious ones like Toyota owning Lexus, Honda owning Acura, and Ford owning Lincoln. Good news is TooManyCars.info and Jalopnik.com have clarified the whole picture and helped us out with even the most obscure! Below is a preview of the map of how all the auto manufacturers are tied to each other. If you would like to view the full high res copy, click the map below. Don’t forget to subscribe to us and keep up to date on Motorpinion.com through email or your favorite RSS reader.
Here is an update to some of the car manufacturers relationships. Thanks to Consumer Reports for this.
BMW owns: Mini and Rolls Royce.
Fiat owns: Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, Ram and SRT.
Ford Motor Company owns: Lincoln and a small stake in Mazda.
General Motors owns: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC. GM owns a controlling interest in Opel and Vauxhall in Europe and Holden in Australia. (The U.S. Treasury Department is in the process of selling off the remaining GM stock holidngs.)
Honda owns: Acura.
Hyundai owns: Kia.
Tata Motors (India) owns: Jaguar and Land Rover.
Mazda mostly independently owned (Ford has small stake)
Mitsubishi is independently owned.
Daimler AG owns: Mercedes-Benz and Smart.
Nissan owns: Infiniti. (Nissan, in turn, is owned by Renault.)
Saab is owned by National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS).
Subaru: Owned by Fuji Heavy Industries with Toyota a minority partner.
Tesla: Toyota is a minority partner. Partnership with Daimler AG.
Toyota Motor Company owns: Lexus, Scion, Daihatsu and Hino Motors, with a stake in Fuji Industries (Subaru’s parent company) and Isuzu.
Volkswagen owns: Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, and overseas-brands SEAT and Skoda.
Volvo is owned by Chinese-automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, aka Geely.