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Monday, 25 February 2019 23:16

On the Lighter Side: What World-Famous Car Brand Names Actually Mean

Written by Staff, Interesting Engineering

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We’d all love to own one of the world-famous cars, but hardly a few of us know what their names mean and stand for.

 

Do you know that Aston Martin is derived from Aston Hill, where the founder lived?

 

Knowing the origins of car brands is quite fascinating and helps us understand why the particular title was given.

 

This list of 15 famous car brands and their origins will give you a good insight into how these companies got their names.

 

1. Aston Martin

 

The name Aston Martin is derived partly from the name of its founder, Lionel Martin and Aston Hill, where he lived. In 1914, the company headquartered in London got its name. Lionel was obsessed with luxury, beauty, and performance. He gave more impetus for perfection in all three key parameters and so the iconic brand became synonymous with Hollywood celebs and movies.

 

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Source: Thomas Quine/Flickr

 

2. Audi

 

German Engineer August Horch founded the company August Horch & Cie. Motorwagenwerke AG, in 1904. Due to misunderstandings among partners, Horch left the company and formed his own company August Horch Automobilwerke GmbH in 1909. After a German court pointing Horch of trademark infringement, he was forced to change the name.

 

In a meeting to disc the new name, his son suggested the Latin word “Audi”, which means “Hear”, similar to Horch in German.

 

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Source: RoadOver/Flickr

 

3. BMW

 

BMW started its operation in 1912, is formed with the merger of 3 German companies.

 

The company’s name stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, which means Bavarian Motor Works in German. After easing World War I restrictions, it became a full-fledged automobile company by manufacturing its first car “Dixi”, under license from the Austin Motor Company.

 

In a meeting to disc the new name, his son suggested the Latin word “Audi”, which means “Hear”, similar to Horch in German.

 

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Source: Nikhil B/Flickr


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