During the 1990s Volkswagen acquired Lamborghini, Bentley, and Bugatti. VW also owns Audi, Ducati Motorcycles, MAN (Uzbekistan), Scania, Porsche, SEAT (Spain), and Skoda (Czech) brands, as well as 19.9% of Suzuki. All together, Volkswagen owns 340 subsidiary companies, with 550,000 employees. Interesting to know that Porsche produced the first VW Beetle. Seems VW transformed itself from beetle to elephant.
Other interesting brand owners:
BMW owns: BMW, Mini, and Rolls Royce.
Fiat owns: Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Jeep, Lancia,
Maserati, and Ram.
Hyundai owns: Hyundai, Kia. (It is pronounced Hun-Day, like Sunday)
Tata Motors (India) owns: Tata, Jaguar, and Land Rover.
Renault owns Nissan, which owns Infiniti.
Toyota owns: Lexus, Scion, Daihatsu, Hino Motors, Isuzu, and a stake
in Fuji Industries (Subaru's parent).
Geely owns Volvo (Chinese Zhejiang Geely Holding Group).
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Jun 24, 2011
There is an option for BMW's Mini Cooper that will tell you how long your convertible top has been down. It is called the openometer and it keeps track of the minutes and hours that you have your top down. At the other end of the spectrum, the Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe has a feature that creates the illusion of a convertible at night. Hand sewn into the headlining are 1600 fiber optic lights that create the illusion of a starry night overhead.