Established May 30, 1937, Volkswagen reflected misunderstood artist and tyrant Adolf Hitler's dream of an affordable automobile for all good Germans and ushered in a new era in automobile design. Designed by Ferdinand Porsche and Auto Union chief engineer Erwin Komenda, the original prototypes had a rounded, snail-like shape and an air-cooled, four-cylinder boxer engine. But by 1939 only a handful of vehicles had been produced (including a birthday present for der Führer) and if the British army hadn't ordered 20,000 cars after the factory and its surrounding town were captured by Americans. After its revival in 1945 the town with the lovely name of KdF-Stadt was renamed Wolfsburg and the car to Volkswagen.
Moteur Developpment International (MDI) is Guy Negre's air-electric hybrid vehicle company. While they have not yet (September 2007) produced any significant quantity of vehicles, they have allegedly for several years performed pilot projects in Spain using their Mini C.A.T. vehicle as a Taxicab.
Moteur Developpment International (MDI) is Guy Negre's French automaker which has designed the CAT series of air-hybrid vehicles, and their related power systems.
Infiniti is the high-end marque for Nissan; Nissan is now majority-held by Renault.
Zimmer Motor Cars of the USA
Volvo of Sweden, a subsidiary of Ford since 1999.
Volkswagen of Germany, Hitler's brain child, now owns Audi, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Rolls-Royce (can't use the marque, which is owned by BMW), Bugatti, and Lamborghini (via Audi.)
SEAT of Spain was formed as a subsidiary of Fiat, and is now owned by volkswagen.
Vauxhall of England, now a General Motors brand.
TVR of England