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A list of Foreign Car Brands in the U.S.

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A list of Foreign Car Brands in the U.S.

The United States of America is celebrated for producing some of the highest quality motor vehicles in the world. As a country that is alleged to be the originator of the automobile industry, cars are something that the Americans take great pride in. 

But the U.S. is not a lone ranger in the vehicle manufacturing industry!

There are numerous car brands you see on the streets every day that don’t belong to American car manufacturers.

Whether you are a car enthusiast or simply someone who uses them for your own convenience, it is good to know where the vehicle you’re driving was manufactured. 

Below is a list of foreign car brands in the U.S.

Cars from Japan

Toyota 

Toyota has been in the car industry from as early as the 1920s. It is a popular brand that produces an array of affordable models. The interesting fact about this car manufacturer is that although its origin is in Japan, a big share of its production is done in the U.S. 

For ten consecutive years, Toyota has been voted as a top ten selling brand, which goes to show you just how popular it is on the market.

Unlike most of its competitors, Toyota does not have numerous sub-brands under its main wing to cater to a broad range of market segments. 

Instead, most of its popularity comes from the fact that it focuses its attention on producing high-quality cars for its customers.

 It has generally remained a single name brand, except for the Lexus luxury cars and the cheap Daihatsu vehicles.

Lexus

Lexus is one-half of the only two sub-brands of Toyota. It provides consumers with sleek cars with a top-shelf price tag reserved for the wealthy.

The car models produced under this brand range from SUVs and sedans to hybrids and sports cars. Overall, it is a brand that many Americans fell in love with.

Nissan

This Japanese vehicle manufacturer is preferred by Americans because of its budget-friendly but decent quality cars. Nissan traces its roots back to 1914 when it started as a Kaishinasha Motor Car Works.

It was also the first carmaker from Japan and was introduced to the American market in 1958. 

It took the company ten years to be named the largest car exporter, which is a testament to the level of quality they produce.

However, financial troubles forced the company to form an alliance with Renault in the 1990s, before Mitsubishi joined the party in 2016. 

The aftermath was a merger of essential components among the three brands, with the engine being the most noteworthy feature of the car.

Today, Nissan and its partners are seen as the biggest rivals of big-name brands like Toyota and Volkswagen.  Some of its iconic offerings include the Skyline, Titan, Maxima, Patrol, etc.

Mazda

Mazda is another Japanese car company with the reputation of manufacturing affordable yet appealing vehicles. They boast a fleet of eye-catching cars that are fuel-efficient, as well as long-lasting.

Among its most popular offerings in the U.S. market include Mazda MX5, Mazda RX, MazdaSpeed 3, and Mazda Miata.
 

Honda

This Japanese car brand is beloved for its great mix of affordability and reliability. Honda has enjoyed pretty impressive sales of its most popular car models in the United States, and this curve doesn’t seem to be looping anytime soon.

You might have heard of or even driven Honda’s offerings like the Civic, Odyssey, Accor, and Acura. These cars have enjoyed loyal patronage from a good number of Americans, helping to secure the brand in the country.

Infiniti

Infiniti is a product of Nissan Motors and a crowd favorite as far as luxury car brands are concerned. The brand produces an array of vehicle models, ranging from SUVs to crossovers. Its highest-selling offerings in the U.S. include cars like the Infiniti QX80 and Q60. 

Cars from South Korea

Hyundai

Hyundai has remained the leading automobile maker in South Korea for a long time. It owns a stake in the Kia Motors company, which is another respected brand in America.

The manufacturer produces some popular car models for the American market, and you might have spotted one or two in your neighborhood. Generally, the most bought versions from Hyundai include Santa Fe, Elantra, Tucson, and Accent.

Kia Motors

Kia Motors comes second in the pecking orders as far as car production in South Korea is concerned.

The brand is a particular stand out because of the youthful design that most of its cars assume, which is flawlessly paired with excellent functionality. 

Overall, this is a stylish and fun car brand that boasts models such as the Sportage and the Sorento.

These are not only easy on the eyes but also compact and are generally regarded as low-maintenance vehicles. Kia is just the perfect option for budding American car enthusiasts.

Cars from Germany

Volkswagen

Germany is a country that gives America a run for its money when it comes to producing top-of-the-range vehicles. It prides itself in a long list internationally recognized manufacturers, and Volkswagen easily comes to mind when you think of distinguished German carmakers. 

The company was started in 1937 by the Nazi labor union but grew exponentially to be the crème de la crème of the automobile industry.

The cars produced by the brand have always excelled at performance tests. Everything from the design to the performance on the road and overall quality are top-notch. 

The Beetle, for instance, is recognizable all around the world for its unique design; it was even billed the “people’s car” from the diverse segments of the market that have owned it down the line.

Some people just buy it as a collectible for its antique look! Other Volkswagen models range from SUVs like the Tiguan and Atlas Cross Sport to sedans like the Passat and Jetta. 


Audi

Audi is a sub-brand of the Volkswagen motor company. Not many people realize this, especially when you consider just how differentiated the cars produced under the brands are. In many instances, Audi is likened to brands like BMW and Mercedes Benz.

Generally, the carmaker is highly regarded for its sports cars that provide an excellent combination of comfort and elegance.

The most sought-after Audi car models in the American market include the A6, Q5, A3 Convertible, R8, TT, and the Q3 35 TDI Quattro. 


BMW

These three letters have become synonymous with luxury motor vehicles over the years. BMW has manufactured high-value and high quality car models such as the M3 Coupe and Z4 Roadster. Currently, it is partly owned by the British luxury car manufacturer, Rolls Royce. 

The brand boasts a dedicated fan base with loyal customers from all around the globe. What stands out about cars from the brand is the variety of practical features on offer.

Most of the brand’s fans like to mention the adaptive headlights, comfort access system, Head-Up display, and dynamic stability control as some of the impressive features on the cars. 

Other popular BMW car models include the BMW 6-series and 8-series.


Porsche 

If speed and luxury in a car are your cup of tea,  then the Porsche is a car you will fancy. This luxury car brand is a brainchild of the Volkswagen car company and offers a slew of high-quality four-wheelers under its belt.

From the Cayman and the Cayenne to the Boxster and the Carrera GT, you can never run out of exceptional choices.

Aside from sports cars, Porsche also produces a decent range of sedans and SUVs. All their vehicles employ the highest quality of standards and workmanship, which you can tell from the hefty price tag they come with. 

One unique aspect about Porsche is that unlike most brands, a great majority of Porsche car models feature an engine at the back of the car as opposed to the front. This is just one example of where the brand gets its unrivaled appeal from!


Mercedes Benz

Mercedes Benz is a brand that needs no introduction! The German automaker is a pacesetter in the market when it comes to construction quality and overall car performance. Its cars are sleek, reliable and feature the latest technology. 

Mercedes Benz provides American car enthusiasts with unrivaled driving experiences and is highly sought after by athletes, Hollywood stars, politicians, and other celebrities looking to make a statement on the road. 

Their cars are categorized into A Class, B Class, C Class…which tells you something about the size and design of the vehicle.

For example, A class refers to subcompact luxury hatchbacks or sedans whereas C Class is simply a compact convertible or coupe and sedans too.

Cars from Italy 
                     

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo is a popular car brand in Europe, as well as the U.S. It, however, carved a niche in motorsport and the car racing industry.

This powerful and reliable foreign car brand boasts a pleasant line of fast and agile cars. Its best-selling offerings on the market include the C4 Spider and Giulia.


Lamborghini

You’ve probably seen one of these in music videos, but if not, then your favorite athlete in pro sports drives one of them! Lamborghini is the poster child for luxury vehicles in America, driven by a select few with the financial backing to maintain it. 

These cars are also a common feature in the garages of car collectors. They stand out for their sleek sports design and outgoing color combinations but shine even brighter when the rubber meets the road.

Models such as the Aventador offer an unparalleled driving performance that car lovers with a thing for speed dream about. However, the price tag is just as high as the performance. 


Ferrari

Ferrari is another Italian vehicle that has long been a rival of the Lamborghini in the sports and luxury car circles. If you can’t have the one, then you will go for the other! The car company is known for producing beautiful and high-value sports cars with an engine that delivers exceptional performance.

Ferraris are some of the fastest cats around, but speed is not their only strong point. They also score incredibly in terms of design, functionality, and performance.

Generally, their construction is highlighted by a low floor with big wheels and a conspicuous red shade.

It’s hard to look away once you’ve spotted one rolling on the streets! Some of the models you are likely to spot on American roads include the Ferrari California, Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, Ferrari F458 Italia, Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. Etc. 


Cars from Britain

Jaguar

Jaguar is a remarkable car brand with its roots in Great Britain.

It is world-renowned for producing the Jaguar luxury range of cars that impress with their sleek performance just as much as with their excellent performance in the streets. 

Jaguar also manufactures alternative types of automobiles outside of the luxury vehicle line, including the Pontiac Solstice . While they may not have such a wide presence in America as other foreign brands, they can still boast a loyal and dedicated following.

Land Rover

Land Rover is another famous British company that is a subsidiary of Jaguar Land Rover. It is a predominantly 4-wheel drive car maker with exciting off-road capabilities. Its luxury off-road SUVs like the Range Rover are pretty popular among the well to do in society. 

Despite being designed for off-road use, they are equally as good on the tarmac roads, meaning they will be right at home in the city, as well as in the countryside. 

Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce is a name that epitomizes luxury, class, comfort, elegance, and every other prestigious adjective you can think of. It is so classy, even the Queen of England chooses to ride in it! However, its price tag is enough to stop you in your tracks. 

These cars are specially designed for the top layer of society!

They have a unique design with spacious interiors and doors that open “backward” rather than the usual “frontwards”. The company produces aircraft engines, so you can imagine the type of workmanship that goes into the design of the car engine.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin is a subsidiary of the American company Ford. However, it was founded and is manufactured by the Brits.

Their products are purely luxury vehicles and were once a mainstay in the iconic James Bond movies. Aston Martin cars are fast, smooth, and a joy to drive. 

Some of the models that stand out in its product line include the V8 Vantage, DB5, One-77, Vulcan, and Rapide.

If you are looking for a luxury car with great looks as well as top performance, then the Aston Martin would be a worthy consideration. 

Bentley

Bentely is a manufacturer and marketer of luxury vehicles that has been a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group since 1998. The models produced under the brand cost a good sum of money, which you can credit to the highest-quality of materials used to deliver that “luxury” feel.

Unlike other expensive models, the assembly process is done purely by hand as opposed to robotics, which further enhances the cost of the final product. The cheapest Bentley cost you upwards of $150,000.

Examples of Bentley car models you can buy in the U.S. include the Continental GT, Flying Spur, Bentyaga. 

Cars from Sweden

Volvo

Volvo has its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden. It also produces luxury cars that are renowned for its safety. The company manufactures and markets sport utility vehicles, station wagons, hatchbacks, sedans and compact executive sedans.

A simple lettering system is employed to denote the type of vehicle that the company offers. 

For instance, the letter “S” will stand for Sedan whereas the letter “C” is representative of a coupe. The XC40 is one of the very popular models that the brand manufactures. Other models include the XC60 and XC90.



Conclusion

American car brands will always have a special place in the heart of Americans, but there is no harm in trying what your neighbors across the borders and beyond the oceans have to offer.

The foreign car brands listed above will not only impress you with their performance but also give you a cool driving experience. 

Whether you are looking for a practical and reliable car that you can afford or a luxury vehicle to bolster your celebrity status, there is enough to go around as far as foreign car brands are concerned. 

About the author 

James Ruhle

Hi, I'm James. I've owned everything from a 1998 Renault Clio, to a modern BMW M3 and even a Tesla Model S. I've driven from Oslo, Norway, all the way to Budapest and back, and am a roadtripoholic. I hope you enjoyed this post from Healthycar.org, a blog I created to share some of the best tips and tricks, as well as products I've found to keep your car in great condition.

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