Logos of famous automotive companies
A popular corporate logo is a distinctive symbol which stands out and leaves a strong visual impact on its customers. Take a guess at the company names or brands from the list of logos pictured.
BMWThe company’s circular white and blue logo is portrayed as the movement of an aircraft propeller with the white blades cutting through a blue sky. The German automobile company, Bayerische Motoren Werke is popularly known as BMW.
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One of the oldest car manufacturers Rolls-Royce is very well known for its mascot on the bonnet of its cars. The silver lady also known as the Spirit of Ecstasy is in the form of a woman leaning forwards with her arms outstretched behind and above her.
It was designed by Charles Robinson Sykes and carries with it a story about a secret passion between John Walter Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu, a pioneer of the automobile movement and his secret love and the model for the emblem, Eleanor Velasco Thornton.
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ToyotaThere are three ovals in the logo, the two perpendicular ovals inside the larger oval represent the heart of the customer and the heart of the company. They are overlapped to represent a mutually beneficial relationship and trust between each other.
The overlapping of the two perpendicular ovals inside the outer oval symbolize "T" for Toyota, as well as a steering wheel, representing the vehicle itself and the outer oval symbolizes the world embracing Toyota. This logo of Toyota was introduced in October of 1989 to commemorate the 50th year of the company.
AudiThe Audi emblem of the four rings denotes one of Germany's oldest automobile manufacturers. It symbolizes the merger in 1932 of four previously independent motor vehicle manufacturers: Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer. These companies are the foundation stones on which the present-day AUDI AG is built.
MitsubishiThe name Mitsubishi refers to the three-diamond emblem. ‘Mitsu’ means three while ‘Hishi’(pronounced as bishi) means water chestnut. The logo is said to be an arrangement of two family crests; the three-oak-leaf crest of the Yamauchi family, Lords of Tosa, where Yataro was born, and the three-tiered water chestnut crest of the Iwasaki family.
Mercedes-BenzClassified as one of the luxury automobiles, Mercedes-Benz has a corporate logo which describes the three-pointed star enclosed in a circle. This star was included in the design intended for use on the radiator grille and became a registered trademark in August 1923.
HyundaiThe corporate logo of the Hyundai Motor Company is a circled slanting capital H. The company was established in 1967 and Cortina was the company’s first model which was released in cooperation with Ford Motor Company in 1968
HondaThe capital H inside a square symbolizes distinguishes Honda from the other cars. The Honda Motor Company has been one of the largest motorcycles and automotive manufactures since the 1950s.
RenaultRenault cars are recognized by its diamond logo and have been through many changes since it first was used in 1925. This French multinational vehicle manufacturer was established in 1899.
ChevroletAlthough many variations in coloring and detail of the Chevrolet bowtie has changed over the years since its introduction in late 1913, its essential shape has never changed. In 2004, Chevrolet began to phase in the gold bowtie that today serves as the brand identity for all of its cars and trucks marketed globally.
OpelThe official logo of Opel is in the form of a horizontally stretched letter Z. The origin of the company’s logo lies in the truck Opel Blitz (Blitz means lightening in German). And that is to portray the horizontal form of a lightning which appears in the current logo.
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SuzukiThe letter S is the corporate logo of Suzuki and its largest and most valuable subsidiaries, Maruti Suzuki. The company is known for manufacturing compact automobiles and has main production facilities in over 20 countries.
TataA circled capital T is the corporate identity of Tata Motors. It is India's largest automobile company and Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Marcopolo Motors and Concorde Motors are among its many joint ventures, subsidiaries and associate companies.
VolkswagenVolkswagen means ‘people's car’ in German. The company is was founded on 28 May 1937 and headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. The current Volkswagen logo, which reads a V and a W inside a circle, was redesigned in 2000.
JaguarThe leaping jaguar is the emblem used on the bonnet of the cars. Jaguar was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company by Sir William Lyons in 1922 and is now a subsidiary of the Indian company Tata Motors.
FerrariThe well known symbol of the Ferrari cars is the black prancing stallion on a yellow shield with the letters SF for Scuderia Ferrari and also has three stripes of colors green, white and red on top representing the national colors of Italy. The company was founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929 as Scuderia Ferrari.
BentleyBentley distinguishes its cars with a winged B badge on the hood of its cars. The Bentley Motors was founded in 1919 by W. O. Bentley and is now owned by Volkswagen
LamborghiniFerruccio Lamborghini founded Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini in 1963 and it is said that the world of bullfighting is a key part of Lamborghini's identity. It is believed that Lamborghini was so impressed by the Spanish fighting bulls when he visited the Seville ranch of Don Eduardo Miura, a renounced breeder of the bulls that he decided to adopt a raging bull as the emblem of the company.
PorscheThe centre of the crest shows a black horse rampant, an expression both of forward thrusting power and a derivation of the city seal. The team at Porsche was giving a clear sign of the bond they felt with the town in which they were based and now every Porsche has been duly armed with this logo.
The emblem of Porsche was initially put together out of elements from the history of Württemberg-Baden, as the political region was still called at that time: stylised antlers and the state colours of red and black.
Aston MartinThe full name against a pair of wings is a die-cast emblem is what the company adopted to show off on the radiators of the cars manufactured. Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford founded Aston Martin in 1913.
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