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How 11 Famous Car Companies Got Their Names

How 11 Famous Car Companies Got Their Names

I’ve always thought it was interesting, how car companies got their names – and Jerry Seinfeld’s bit on how car models are named is downright hilarious. If this sort of semi-obscure knowledge is your thing, below are the origin stories behind the names of 11 popular car companies. ToyotaIn 1926, Sakichi Toyoda founded Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, a company that made looms and not cars at all. It translates to “The People’s Car Company,” a reflection of the push to encourage German nationalism. CadillacHenry Leland, a New Yorker, founded the Cadillac Car Company in 1902, and the moniker is a nod to the history of automobiles itself.

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