Family Tree: Who Owns Who in the Automotive World

Nope, it’s not as simple as knowing what model goes with what brand. Did you know that Volkswagen owns Porsche, or that FIAT owns Maserati? Much like human families, auto brands go through a basketful of marriages and divorces over the course of several years. Often brands have at least one toe in the waters of another brand, if it doesn’t own the whole outfit outright. Here’s a quick break-down of the parent companies of some of your favorite cars.

  • BMW owns: BMW, MINI, Rolls Royce
  • Daimler AG owns: Maybach, Mercedes-Benz, smart
  • FIAT Chrysler Automobiles owns: Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, FIAT, Jeep, Maserati, Ram
  • Ford owns: Ford, Lincoln
  • General Motors owns: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC
  • Honda owns: Honda, Acura
  • Hyundai Motor Group owns: Hyundai, Kia
  • Nissan owns: Datsun, Infiniti, Nissan
  • Toyota owns: Lexus, Scion, Toyota
  • Volkswagen Group owns: Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Porsche, Volkswagen

Many brands, such as Subaru and Suzuki, are so far owned independently. However, as you can see, a vast majority of the popular car brands in America are interrelated in some way or another. These relationships are also certain to change, soon or in the distant future. It is not so unlikely that this list will be outdated within a year or two given the fluctuations in the dynamics of this somewhat-bizarre family tree. Regardless, love your vehicle as you always have, and don’t be too excited or too downtrodden by the knowledge of who actually owns your vehicle’s brand.