Cars – Which Auto Companies Own What

The car industry is very convoluted these days, with continued change around the world. The poor economy has resulted in widespread cost reductions and new partnerships in auto ownerships.

To help clarify the confusion, here is a list of which auto companies owns which brands. Despite the changes, the one consistent factor is that all consumers are still fully protected from defective autos through the state lemon law.

BMW owns: BMW, Mini, and Rolls Royce

Fiat owns: Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Fiat, Lancia, Maserati; Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep–20-percent stake

Ford Motor Company owns: Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo (for now), and still owns 13.4 percent of Mazda

General Motors owns: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC. Also owns a controlling interest in Daewoo, as well as Opel and Vauxhall in Europe and Holden in Australia. (Pontiac to be discontinued)

Honda owns: Honda, Acura

Hyundai owns: Hyundai, Kia

Tata Motors (India) owns: Jaguar and Land Rover

Mazda (partially owned by Ford)


Daimler AG owns: Mercedes-Benz and Smart

Nissan owns: Nissan and Infiniti (Nissan is owned by Renault–France)

Porsche owns: Porsche and a majority share in Volkswagen

Subaru (A controlling interest of Subaru is owned by Toyota)


Toyota Motor Company owns: Lexus, Toyota, Scion, Daihatsu and Hino Motors, with a stake in Fuji Industries (Subaru’s parent company) and Isuzu

Volkswagen owns: Audi, Volkswagen, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and overseas SEAT and Skoda.

In formal negotiations to be sold:
Hummer: Tengzhong (China)
Saturn: Penske Automotive Group
Saab: Koenigsegg (Sweden)

One Response to “Cars – Which Auto Companies Own What”

  1. John says:

    Thank you David, this article is very helpful and brings up a good point. It is a shame to see many good brands tarnish their reputation due to cost cutting in a bad economy. I bought a 2007 BMW 335i, and loved the car at first. Since, I have had nothing but recurrent manufacturer defects, especially regarding my HPFP. BMW has been giving me the professional run around since 2009 instead of just replacing the part. I created a website with the sole purpose of bringing to light a few of BMW’s defective products, and to STOP their unethical business practices with our fact based comments. If BMW stood behind their brand, the website below wouldn’t exist.

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