The degree of development of humanity is determined by the complexity surrounding him with the products he has made. The history of the development of the automotive industry, in this case, is one of the most effective ways to obtain the required result, to be able to assess the past, today’s auto industry, to analyze its possible future and the real prospects of both production and the car itself. In addition, this direction of history will not only raise the intellectual level of those interested. Still, it will also be necessary for those who have chosen the automotive industry and the car itself as the meaning of their lives, as well as their main hobby.
What car brands start with A?
The question is so vast that it is almost impossible to give a short answer to it. These are dozens of brands – Audi and Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, and Apollo. Which ones are interesting – the oldest or the most important, modern brands or the leading ones? But our work will allow us to broaden our horizons in this matter somewhat. We advise you to familiarize yourself with it.
The automotive industry is over 120 years old. And this is a large enough figure so that there will no longer be living witnesses of her birth. When compiling a list of brands in alphabetical order, I had already come across names about which information had already been lost; there was no evidence of the appearance and characteristics of many car models. And how many more forgotten manufacturers are there, especially those who broke out in this area, creating something original and could no longer continue their activities for various reasons. A list in alphabetical order will not only make it easier to familiarize yourself with and search for a brand of interest. Still, it will also allow you to save some interesting and important information about the car and the person who created it in history.
What car logo is the letter A?
If you read the list of brands on the “A” above, you can find more than 60 names. And it’s far from complete. It only includes companies that have played an important role in the automotive industry. They are Ariel and Audi Sport, Aspark and Alfa Romeo.
What SUV starts with an A?
As of 2010-2020 only, there is a mass and small-scale production of more than 35 models of SUVs from 10 well-known brands in the world. The most “prolific” in this direction was Audi, with 17 models and modifications. Among them, the freshest are RS Q3 Sportback, Q4 e-Tron. Aston Martin, ArcFox, AM General, Alpina with four models, Alfa Romeo, Acura offers three luxury compact crossovers, and others are not lagging behind.
What expensive cars start with A?
Today, among the most expensive cars with the name beginning with letter A are: Aspark Owl with the declared cost of $3,560,000, two models – Aston Martin Valkyrie with the price of $3,200,000 and One-77 with $1,400,000. Many more models would be added to this group when viewed in a historical context. However, the different values of the dollar in different periods would make it difficult to estimate their real value.
The most famous German carmaker – Audi AG, founded in 1909 by August Horch, today is engaged in the design, production, and sale of cars. Its headquarters are located in Ingolstadt, Germany. In 1966, it became part of the Volkswagen Group to expand its capabilities, becoming its subsidiary. In turn, having reached the leading global positions in the sales of its products, the brand has formed two own subsidiaries – Lamborghini and Audi Sport GmbH. Both are famous all over the world: first luxury and expensive supercars, sports cars and SUVs. Audi is the best-selling luxury technology brand today.
2 Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo Automobiles SpA, founded in 1910 in Milan under the name A.L.F.A., is very popular among the most famous Italian brands. Her first racing cars in 1911 took the lead in the competition. The brand’s name comes from the full – Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili, which made up the abbreviation and the name running it since 1915, Nicola Romeo. Transferred to the state-owned Istituto per la Ricostruzione Industriale in 19932, it remained state-owned until 1986, when it was sold to Fiat. After 21 years, the brand became Alfa Romeo Automobiles SpA, a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Italy subsidiary.
The Japanese brand Acura, founded by the Honda Motor Company in March 1986, became the luxury model brand for the Japanese auto industry. Headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan, the brand uses manufacturing bases in the United States and Canada. The brand’s technique is distinguished by its luxury and original design and its high performance. The company’s production technologies are innovative and innovative. This made it possible, almost immediately after the opening, to organize the release of the flagship Legend, which immediately became a leader in its class. Its appearance prompted leading Japanese brands Toyota and Nissan to create competitive luxury models – Lexus and Infiniti.
4 Aston Martin
The category of luxury cars also includes the products of the British brand Aston Martin, which began its activities in 1913. Founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, the brand focused on luxury sports cars and urban luxury models. Having a rather complicated development history, going through bankruptcy in the 70s of the last century and experiencing long periods of success and stable work – from 1947 to 1972, when David Brown owned the company. The brand repeated its rise under the control of the largest American automaker Ford Motor Company from 1994 to 2007.
French Alpine, founded by racing driver Jean Rédélé in 1955. Using a Renault 4CVs car of its modernization, Rédélé wins several races and is set with the idea of creating its model of a racing car, which it implements with the help of its brand. Today Alpine is a manufacturer of racing and sports cars, joining Renault in 1976. The brand maintains its headquarters in Dieppe, France. With the death of the founder in 2007, production stopped. But in 2016, the Monte Carlo brand introduced its new Vision coupe concept model. In support of the brand’s resurgence, Renault renamed its Formula 1 team to Alpine.
Ariel is a British car manufacturer with a very long history. Founded back in 1991 by Simon Saunders, the brand is located in Crewkerne, Somerset, United Kingdom. Not to be confused with Ariel Motorcycles from 1870, which has been making motorcycles since 1902. Today this small enterprise consists of 7 people and carries out small-scale production of sports cars. Its capacity is 100 vehicles per year. In 2001, the brand was renamed Ariel Motors. There is an especially light car in the brand’s production, characterized by high performance and having a power plant and gearbox from the Honda Civic Type R – a sports model of the second generation.
Another Italian automaker, Abarth, is distinguished by the production of high-speed racing and off-road vehicles. Founded by the Austro-Italian Carlo Abarth, a racer and designer, it began producing its first products in 1949. The mufflers and exhaust system were the first to come out. The sports car, the base of which was Fiat, appeared in 1956. Modernizing Fiat equipment after an agreement with it, the brand created small urban versions, the leader of which was the Abarth 850TC model in the 60s, on the Fiat 600 chassis. The last car came out in 1971. In 2007 Fiat decided to revive the brand.
8 Audi Sport
1983 was the year of the emergence of a new brand to produce high-performance cars and components for the – Audi Sport GmbH, which was originally called Quattro GmbH. The company is headquartered in Neckarsulm, Germany. As a division of Audi, which is part of the Volkswagen Group, the brand, in addition to manufacturing equipment, carries out individual settings according to the requirements of the future owner. The first name was given to the brand in tribute to the all-wheel-drive road and rally Audi Quattro, which was first demonstrated at the 1980 Geneva Motor Show.
9 ABT Sportsline
Germany is the parent country of many world-famous car brands, having a particular influence on the development of the global automotive industry. ABT Sportsline – whose profile is motorsport and car tuning from subsidiaries of the Volkswagen AG concern – Audi, Seat, Škoda, and Volkswagen. It is based in “Kempten im Allgäu,” Germany, and has its racing team. Its production provides the modernization of individual brands of cars, sports suspension units, tuning of electronic electronics, aerodynamic shapes, and external body elements. The family history dates back to 1896 when the brand was named Auto-Abt and was a forge. The company reoriented to the current type of production in 1991, changing its name to Abt Sportsline GmbH.
The German company Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH & Co. KG, founded in 1956, produces modified cars on the BMW chassis. The brand was founded by the German manufacturer Burkard Bovensiepen, which continued the family technology business, which collapsed in the 60s but revived it and immediately reoriented it to automotive. Its office is located in Buchloe, Germany. Initially, the company supported BMW by ordering carburetor and cylinder block rework from the Kaufboyerne workshop. With the development, the company moved to Buchloe, and in 1983 began to produce cars registered with the Alpina brand.
In 1999, Briton Arash Farboud founded Farboud Limited, which was renamed Arash Motor Company after seven years. Based in Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, the brand launched a new era of British sports cars with the Farboud GT. The model has embodied all the most unusual – avant-garde, unusually attractive design, ideal aerodynamics, a maximum speed of 327 km / h. Aimed at developing and producing exclusive models in design, power, and comfort, the enterprise, for five years – from 2006 to 2011, was engaged in the release of constantly modernized Farboud GT and Farboud GTS. The result of such work was the unique Arash AF-10. The brand continues to create exclusives today.
German car manufacturing company – Klaus Dieter Frers was the brainchild of German designer Klaus Dieter Frers, founded in 2006 and existed for only six years. The reason for its inclusion in this list is the immense amount of various know-how and advanced technologies in automobile construction. All ideas after the bankruptcy of the brand in 2012 were bought by Volkswagen, with the success that applies them today. The brand’s office was located in Delbrück, Germany. But in such a short period, the company managed to design and release one model – the Artega GT with 300 hp. and a 6-cylinder engine. 2 starter models were also created, one of which had a hybrid engine.
Britain is the birthplace of the sports car manufacturer Ascari Cars Ltd. Founded in 1995 by Dutchman Klaas Zwart; the brand was based in Banberry, UK. It was named after the first two-time Formula One world champion, Alberto Ascari. The main production profile of the brand is sports cars and supercars. During its existence – abolished in 2010, the brand has developed and launched into the series five models of road cars and 4 Ascari racing versions. Today, the brand owns the race track – Race Resort Ascari – 5425 meters of pure adrenaline with modern surfaces and unique natural surroundings.
Arrival brand was founded by Russian Denis Sverdlov in London, the United Kingdom, in 2015. As a former director of Yota Group, a Russian mobile communications service provider, he invested in the development of his initial hobby and then his main activity after leaving the post of director. The brand is now focused on producing light commercial vehicles, making it one of the main areas of electrification of commercial vans, buses, including city buses, for use in the busiest cities, having design features that ensure the distance of passengers in conditions of coronavirus. The facility is located in Banbury, Oxfordshire, with a new plant at Bicester. A second headquarters is opened in North American in Charlotte, NC, USA.
The Polish car brand Arrinera, founded by Łukasz Tomkiewicz, was founded in 2008. Its headquarters are located in the capital of the country – Warsaw. The main activity is the production of supercars, a prominent representative of the 2008 Arrinera Hussarya model. In 2015, a finished version was presented at the Poznan Motor Show. At the same time, it was announced that by the fall of 2015, the racing Arrinera Racing would see the light, and in 2016 the civil version would be released. However, the constant shift in terms and similarities with the models Lamborghini Murcielago and Lamborghini Reventon raised doubts among investors. The brand was closed in 2016.
The Chinese brand for electric cars and crossovers – Arcfox is located in the capital of China – Beijing. It is a subsidiary of the BAIC Group, which created a new brand to develop electric vehicles in 2017. The first representative of the brand’s products was a premium class microcar – Lite. But already brought in 2019 at the Geneva Motor Show, the models were radically different from the Lite. The second model was the GT supercar. The emphasis was on the original design, which was supposed to demonstrate the capabilities of the brand’s designers. It was presented at the exhibition in both trim levels.
In Aix-les-Bains, Savoie, France, in 1983, the Aixam-MEGA automobile industry group began operations to produce cars and trucks. Today, the production aims to replenish an undeveloped market segment with sub-complete cars, light ATVs for rural areas, which are especially in demand in urban conditions and do not require a driver’s license to control. Since 2003, the production has been supplemented by electric vehicles, and already in 2007, the sales volume reached 155,000 vehicles. But after two years, production decreased slightly and reached only 12,000 units.
18 Apollo Automobil
Roland Gumpert, a former director of Audi Sport, founded the Apollo Automobil GmbH brand in 2004, which was originally named Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH. Headquartered in Denkendorf, Bavaria, Germany, it is focused on the production of sports car models. Its opening was due to Roland Gumpert’s preparation for the release of a new generation of sports cars that could be used not only on the racetrack but also in the city. In 2008, Apollo Sport was featured on British Top Gear and became the leader on the track. But in 2013, the brand went bankrupt. After three years, its rights were acquired by the Hong Kong consortium Ideal Team Venture; gave a new name to the brand – Apollo Automobil GmbH.
In 1947, Toshio Sumino of Toyosu, Koto, Tokyo, Japan, founded Autobacs Seven Co., Ltd., which focused on producing auto parts and accessories. Over the years, the brand has expanded its capabilities. The company acquired its current name in 1980, opening branches in Asia and several stores in France. In 2001, Autobacs became the owner of Tommykaira, a sports car tuning laboratory, creating a division of ASL (Autobacs Sportscar Laboratory), creating the Garaiya RS-01, a sports car by Tommykaira engineer Kikuo Kaira. It was immediately announced about the possibility of making individual settings for each customer.
Masanori Yoshida founded the Japanese brand Aspark in the fall of 2005 in Osaka, Japan. Today it is a leading Asian engineering services company in the automotive, electronics, and industrial sectors. At its base is the fully electric luxury supercar – Aspark, which laid the foundation for the mass production of cars of this category, the development center of which is located in Japan and the development and production center of Owl – Turin, Italy. Currently, the brand has 25 offices in various countries of the world – in that case, in Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, and Switzerland.
21 AC Cars
AC Cars Ltd is the first British company created solely for the development and production of sports cars. Founded by John Weller and John Portwine back in 1902. The Weller Four Seat Touring’s first sports model came out in 1903, and the passenger model, AC Sociable, in 1907. In 1911 the brand was renamed Autocarriers LTD, but in 1922 its original name was returned. From 1919 to 1925, the brand participated with its cars in almost all races and championships. In the 60s of the last century, the company created the AC Cobra, unique in its characteristics. After developing many original sports models in 2008, the brand was discontinued.
From 1919 to 1967 in Coventry, England, United Kingdom, Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd. Founded by Thomas George John; it produced civil and racing cars, armored combat vehicles, and aircraft engines. After purchasing the brand in 1965 by Rover, the brand continued to manufacture armored personnel carriers. Then the company became part of British Leyland, and in 1982 it was acquired by United Scientific Holdings, which immediately after the purchase changed its name to Alvis plc. Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd ceased to exist.
23 Atalanta Motors
The modern Atalanta Motors – England, United Kingdom, became another, near a more successful attempt to revive the Atalanta of the 30s of the last century. The latter is known for releasing the original 21 cars, which received great appreciation from pre-war motorists. But after the war, the brand, unable to continue production, was abolished. There were several attempts to restore the company. Still, the idea of revival was only realized by Martyn Corfield in 2011, who announced this in 2012 with the release of the Sports Tourer model in retro design. The second he presented at the Concours of Elegance 2014 at Hampton Court Palace was another one.
The name of the Spanish auto brand Abadal was given in honor of Francisco Abadal, who had the nickname Paco – its founder. Paco was a race car driver in Hispano-Suiza, Barcelona. His desire to create cars led to the founding of his own company in 1912. However, the owner had only enough knowledge and skills to produce one luxury car of the same name. This situation led to a change in the direction of activity. Abadal has entered into an agreement with Imperia, a Belgian automotive manufacturer, for the right to sell its product in Spain under its brand. In 1923, Francisco Abadal received a lucrative offer from General Motors to represent them in Spain, which led to a halt in its production. In 1930, the brand was completely closed.
American automaker Abbott-Detroit from Detroit, Michigan, United States, founded by Carlo Abarth in 1909, lasted only ten years. Produced until 1919, the car belonged to the “luxury” category, was powerful and practical. It was equipped with one of the best Continental engines of that time. Production, which began in Detroit, was relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, shortening the name to a single word – Abbott. Having expanded its production capacity with the move, the brand could deploy modifications to the manufactured model, creating seven modifications until 1912 inclusive.
Alta, a Greek brand from Athens, was founded in 1962 and disbanded in 1978. The production was focused on light trucks, lacquer cars, and motorcycles. The main difference between car products was their three-wheeled base. A 50 cc Sachs power plant was used. The first truck of the production model – A700 with a BMW engine and 800 kg payload was released in 1967. He became the most successful in this group of trucks in the country. The following year, the Alta A200 passenger car with a 200 cm3 Heinkel engine came out. But her success was average. Expanding production moved to Elevsin. But after the closure of the Alta A200 in 1974, financial problems arose that led to the brand’s closure after four years.
AMC is an American automobile manufacturing company founded by George W. Mason in 1954 and headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, United States. The American Motors Corporation brand was formed from the largest merger in the history of the U.S of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation and the Hudson Motor Car Company, initiated by George W. Mason. Small car manufacturing has created competition for the monsters of the automobile industry – Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler. In the 60s and 70s, the sports models Javelin and AMX were produced, and after the purchase of Kaiser Jeep, the production of SUVs began. Since 1980, cooperation with Renault has begun. But in 1987, the company’s shares will be sold to Chrysler.
Romanian off-road vehicles ARO (Auto Romania) from Câmpulung-Muscel were released in 1957. The brand existed for almost half a century – until 2003. The company’s heyday fell on the Soviet period and the decline – for a while as part of the EU. Models with Daihatsu installations were in high demand in Spain and were produced in Portugal like Hisparo and Portaro. ARO-Ciemme in Italy equipped the equipment with Volkswagen engines and produced it under the ACM brand. After the closure of production in Romania in 2003, ARO was reinstated in the Czech as a small batch. Production started at Auto Max Czech (AMC) production facilities.
Turkish Askam, a subsidiary of iftçiler Holding, has manufactured trucks and commercial vehicles in Istanbul, Turkey, from 1962 until 2015. The enterprise was created with the joint participation of Chrysler. Initially, the company was named Chrysler Sanayi. But in 1964, Askam replaced it, and the production of trucks began – Fargo Trucks, DeSoto, and Dodge under license. In 1978, Turkish partners bought out Chrysler’s stake. Since the beginning of the 90s, the production of licensed Japanese subcompact trucks began. 2002 was the year of rebranding. The company was renamed Askam Kamyon Imalat ve Ticaret AŞ. But in 2015, production was phased out.
Auburn is one of the oldest American car manufacturers from Auburn, Indiana, United States, founded by brothers Frank and Morris Eckhart in 1900. She seceded from the then famous horse-drawn carriage company, the Eckhart Carriage Company. Eckhart Jr.? ought out the production of two small workshop owners in Indiana and set about implementing their idea with a touring car. After the war in 1919, the brand was bought out by a group of Chicago investors with Ralph Austin Bard. And in 1924, it was bought by Errett Lobban Cord, creating a luxury car – L-29. The famous Duesenberg Model J, Auburn Speedster [en] 1935-1937, and Cord 810/812 were created. The Great Depression led to the closure of the company in 1937.
31 Austin Motor
British Herbert Austin founded the Austin Motor Company in 1905. Releasing cars under the Austin brand in Longbridge, England, United Kingdom, the brand survived until 1952. Its first product was the Austin 18 / 24HP  Endcliffe, released in the spring of 1906. The products were bought by Russian princes, Vatican bishops, nobles of Great Britain, and the leaders of Spain. The brand offered various categories of cars – passenger limousines, coupes, ambulances, commercial utility vehicles. In 1952 the British Motor Corporation holding was formed.
The Italian car brand Autobianchi was founded in 1955 by three leading brands – Bianchi, Pirelli, and Fiat. It was created to produce family-type cars – subcompact cars such as the Autobianchi A111 sedan, which were in great demand, exceeding the sales volumes even of the then-popular Fiat in this group. The most famous was the 1969 Autobianchi A112 hatchback and the Autobianchi Y10 with the FIRE system. Integration of the brand in 1989 with Lancia ceased development of new models under this brand, and with the withdrawal of the Y10 from production in 1995, Autobianchi ceased to exist.
Representative of British automakers – Axon Automotive, from Northampton, Northamptonshire focused on producing cars and components. In 2008, having formed its headquarters in Wellingborough, United Kingdom, it presented its first hatchback at the Sexy Green Car Show. Including its design and development in the field of material technologies, the brand had broad prospects in its development. The company developed lightweight structural composites for the automotive industry, had a staff of experienced employees to design, analyze and implement its innovations in production. But in 2020, she announced it would be closed.
Aeolus (Dongfeng Fengshen) is a Chinese car brand from Dongfeng Passenger Vehicle Company, part of Dongfeng Motor Group. The company began its activity in 2009 under the name Fengshen, later receiving the official English name – Aeolus. The Chinese version of the name is a tribute to the car model of Yunbao Automobile. Having become the official partner of the joint Yunbao in the 90s, the Nissan brand initiated the release – Yunbao Fengshen 7200. In 2009, the company launched the first four-door sedan – Fengshen S30, class A. In 2011, a five-door middle version – Fengshen H30 was launched. In 2012, the brand expanded outside of China, selling in Venezuela.
35 Aiways Automobiles Company Ltd
Fu Qiang (Samuel), former head of sales for Volvo Cars, China, and Gary Gu founded the Aiways car brand in Shanghai in 2017. The main headquarters of the brand is located in Shanghai, China, the European and research center of the company – in Munich, Germany. The first model of the enterprise came out in 2018 and was named Aiways U5. It has been certified for the requirements of the EU market. In 2019, she became the owner of 50% of the shares of Jiangling Holdings. This opened the door for the brand to manufacture electric vehicles and expand capacity through the Jiangling plant. The first models on sale in the EU were shipped by train in 2020, cutting delivery times from 6 weeks to 16 days.
New Zealand has also contributed to the history of the global automotive industry. Her brand is Almac cars, an automotive component manufacturer founded in 1984 at Upper Hutt. It is part of Almac Reinforced Plastics Ltd, founded by Alex McDonald in 1971. After moving to New Zealand, the founder began in 1976 to develop a sports car similar to the Lotus Elite 1974 on the Volkswagen chassis. This was the only model. It was sold as a Phil Derby racing car. The turn of the Almac 427 was a replica of the Shelby Cobra 427, which sold 17 units in 1984. Its body was made of fiberglass. But until now, the brand has not managed to create a single car of its own.
37 Alternative Cars
Another New Zealand automaker is Alternative Cars Limited, founded by Russell Hooper in 1984 as Kit Kars Limited. Initially, she was involved in the supply of medical supplies. And only in 1996, it receives the name known today, starting the production of components for cars. The first cars of the brand were based on the fiberglass body of the MG TF model from the 50s. At this time, the workshop moved from the home garage to the workshop in Auckland. Released in 1996, the T Mark 5 was shipped to the Australian market. By 2000, left-hand drive developments appeared. TG covered the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia markets today.
38 AM General
AM General is a representative of US heavy vehicle and contract model manufacturers from South Bend, Indiana. Its most famous models are the civilian Hummer and the army Humvee, assembled at the Mishawaka, Indiana plant. The brand began its history with the Standard Wheel of 19003, which, after many mergers and changes of ownership in 1970, became the acquisition of the American Motors Corporation (AMC). In 1971, the brand acquired its name – AM General, as a subsidiary. From 1972 to 1979, the company produced city buses. By the time they were closed, two lines of trolleybuses had managed to leave the stocks. In 1992, the HMMWV entered the civilian market. In 2002, the Hummer H2 appeared.
An Australian stretch limousine brand, Amuza, was founded in 1997 by Ventura. The manufacturer is headquartered in Perth. Her most famous car is the Grand Chauffeur, presented in 2003 in Tokyo. Its implementation is carried out in several countries – Japan, Australië en Singapore. The entire line of limousines of the brand uses the base of American models – Ford Falcon, Fairmont, Futura. The brand recently offered a new sports car to car enthusiasts – a prototype for a future mass-produced lineup. The next in line is the project of the amphibious vehicle, which is in the drawings.
40 Anteros Coachworks
Since 2005, a private sports car company has been established in San Jose, California, United States. Its founder was the designer Roger Hector. In 2006, he developed the Anteros luxury sports car, based on the C6 Corvette, with a power rating of 500 hp. and turbocharged. It was produced in a limited edition and hand-assembled for high build quality. Its construction has been applied carbon fiber, leather, and wood in the decoration. The salon had an individual design. The model provided an opportunity for the customer to order an individual setting and was produced until 2009.
41 Apex Motors
Apex Motors is a joint Hong Kong-British automobile company. It was founded in 2016 by brothers Jason and Gary Leung based on the Elemental RP-1. Production was based in Hong Kong, and the AP-1, an open road-track sports car, was launched, which had a 2.3-liter powerplant from Ford with 400 hp. In the spring of 2020, the brand made a new model available to the general public, presenting the concept of an electric vehicle – the Apex AP-0, which will be a real competitor to Tesla. Its mass production is scheduled for 2022 and will take place in England.
42 Aptera Motors
An American startup called Accelerated Composites, now Aptera Motors Inc., was founded in 2005 to produce high-performance cars. In 2011 it was abolished. But in 2019, its first founders Chris Anthony and Steve Fambro, were reborn with a slight name change, becoming Aptera Motors Corp. The facility is based in San Diego, California. Aptera Motors Corp. was a three-seater variant of a two-seater called the Aptera 2 Series. By 2019, it underwent an upgrade to a solar-powered version. In 2020, a new Aptera EV prototype was presented.
43 Arash Motor Company
Newmarket Suffolk, England, is the seat of the British car manufacturing company Arash Motor Company. Founded by Arash Farboud as Farboud Limited in 1999 to manufacture super and hypercars, it changed its name seven years later. Today the brand is known for four models – AF-LM, dedicated to Le Mans; supercars Farboud GTS and AF-8 and AF-10 – the first hypercar. Currently, only AF-8 and AF-10 are produced. The new model will be announced at the end of 2021. In terms of production volume, the brand is focused on ultra-small volumes. Today this figure is 2-3 cars per year. Accordingly, there are no goals to increase sales, which today is less than 80 units per year.
Arcimoto is a new American automotive company focused on modern electric vehicles, headquartered in Eugene, Oregon. Founded in 2007 by Mark Frohnmayer, it now manufactures and markets the Fun Utility Vehicle (FUV), a tandem electric vehicle for two people. In addition, the company sells special vehicles – “Rapid Responder” vans for emergency use and Deliverator for complex last-mile deliveries. In 2020, the brand began a partnership with Sandy Munro to optimize the manufacturing process and design.
45 AC Schnitzer
As a separate division of the Schnitzer Motorsport brand, AC Schnitzer, based in Aachen, is engaged in aftermarket car tuning. The company focuses on the BMW car brand. As the brand develops, it expands its capabilities. Some time ago, he took on the job and Land Rover. The company manufactures parts for an individual order, taking into account the need to increase the device’s productivity. AC Schnitzer offers custom chassis options, custom wheels, performance improvements. The interior and exterior are being redesigned.
46 Allard Motor Company
A small British car manufacturer, Allard Motor Company, based in London, was founded by racer Sydney Allard in 1945. The main goal of Allard’s brand was to find a design solution for placing large American engines in the V8 in small bodies of British models, which, in turn, are lightweight. As a result, the cars of his assembly became especially efficient but crude in their shapes and designs. Since he was a racer, he aimed to provide speed, not beauty. The brand ceased to exist in 1958.
One of the representatives of German engineering is a mechanical engineer – Jochen Arden, who founded a tuning car show in 1972 under his name. The reason for the creation of the company was the need to implement and legalize their ideas for redesigning the Jaguar XJ V12. The resulting model – Arden AJ1, radically differed from the original both in its shape, design, and had better characteristics, increased productivity. The success prompted the continued implementation of the Jaguar brand conversions, which began massively in 1986. Additionally, the brand tried its hand at Bentley, Land Rover, Mini.
48 Auto Union
From 1932 to 1969, the German automotive concern Auto Union, headquartered in Zwickau, Germany, carried out its activities. Its founders are Audi, DKW, Horch, and Wanderer, which is reflected in the logo – 4 crossed rings. Each of the founders contributed their characteristics to the concern. Horch – premium cars, DKW – a group of socially accessible vehicles, Audi and Wanderer – middle class. However, the main focus of this group was on the development and production of racing cars under a single brand name. The rebranding that took place in 1969 led to the abolition of the concern. Its main successor was Audi AG.
Auto Avio Costruzioni (AAC) is the world-famous Italian car brand Ferrari from Modena, founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929. It was created to modify and improve various elements of cars from Alfa Romeo. During this period, Enzo Ferrari was involved in racing, led the Alfa team, and competed in European-level competitions. The first and only car released under the brand name was the Auto Avio Costruzioni Tipo 815. Enzo Ferrari, engineers Alberto Massimini and Vittorio Bellentani personally took part in its creation. It developed a speed of up to 175 km / h and had a power of 72 hp. In 1947, the brand received the name of its founder – Ferrari. In 1957, the AU was officially abolished.
50 Adrenaline Motorsport
Founded in 2005 by Daniel Jefferson Muir, Tom Richard Taylor, Neil Yates, and Martyn Sutherland, Adrenaline Motorsport has become the Adrenaline, Minari, and Toniq brands. Originally located at St Columb Major in der Grafschaft Cornwall, the headquarters moved to Bodmin in 2008. Before that, in 2006, Murtaya was released based on the all-wheel-drive Subaru Impreza 93-2000. The name was made up of 3 surnames of the founders. Forty-five cars were produced from 2007 to 2009. But the financial difficulties that arose led to the company’s move to Lutterworth in Leicestershire and subsequent bankruptcy in 2010. The total production volume was 57 rally cars.
51 A.D. (Advanced Design Tramontana)
Spanish car manufacturer – A.D. (Advanced Design Tramontana) produces sports cars. Founded by Joseph Rubau, who invited the designer Pere Giry, the bodybuilder Xavi Lopez and the engineer Jordi Baltasar, A.D. focused on the production of supercars. The main feature of her developments is the use of modern technologies in the production of cars according to the traditions of the 30s of the last century, creating virtually piece works of art in the form of modern high-speed cars. The brand is characterized by the creation of unique cars, developing designs according to individual parameters.
52 Aeon Sportscars Limited
British automaker Aeon Sportscars Limited began operations in 2000 in Marden in the county of Kent. Keith Wood and John Timothy Hewat became its directors. Since 2003, the brand has started to produce automotive components and the original GT 3 Coupé. It is distinguished by the doors in the form of a gull wing, the front three-seater seat, where the driver’s seat is in the middle. The GT 3 Spyder came out in 2004. In 2009, the Epona model was presented at the exhibition. Since 2011, a light sports car, Exceed Autocraft, has been in development, which is planned in two versions – a coupe and a roadster.
53 Alba Engineering
Italian car manufacturer Alba Engineering was founded in 1983 by Giorgio Stirano to design and manufacture racing cars. The reason for the creation was the need for cars that could be used in the junior competitions of the C2 world championship in endurance racing. Over two years, the brand has created a racing technique that met the set requirements and constantly led the pilots to victory. Particularly successful results were in the AR2 class. One of the most efficient models was the Alba AR5, presented at Daytona Finale 3 Hours.
The French brand Amilcar was founded by Joseph Lamy and Émile Akar in 1921. Engaged in the release of passenger vehicles, she focused on her sporty type. Based initially in Paris on the rue Shmen-Ver, the company experienced space constraints, which led to a move to a workshop in Saint-Denis. The first engineering product, the CC two-person stroller, was unveiled at the Moscow Motor Show in 1921. The most successful model was the 1926 Amilcar CGSS. In 1928, the brand demonstrated a completely new generation of vehicles of various types of modifications. At the same time, the production of trucks began. The brand was discontinued in 1939.
55 ARK Performance
ARK Performance is an American automotive brand located in Ontario, California, USA. The main focus is auto-tuning, development of world-class components for cars. The brand is actively involved in co-production. Several project vehicles have been created in close partnership with Korean Hyundai, such as the Alpine Edition Veloster, AR550 Hyundai Genesis, Legato Concept, and Danza. Continuing its development, today, the company is considering the conclusion of new agreements on the redesign and joint development of the design of new models with the world’s leading brands in the production of premium cars.
56 American Specialty Cars (ASC)
American car manufacturer American Specialty Cars (ASC) was founded in 1965 by Heinz Prechter in Los Angeles, California. It was originally called the American Sunroof Company. After two years, the brand acquired large premises in Detroit. The first deliveries were made to the Ford Motor Company. S 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7. The main activity was the development of convertible roofs. This process involved the creation of several of its own modified models, including the ASC McLaren Capri coupe and convertible for two people, the ASC McLaren Mustang two-seater. The brand was closed in 2017.
Autobacs’ division of automobile production – ASL (Autobacs Sports Car Laboratory) was formed based on the bought-out bankrupt production of special vehicles – Tommykaira. In 2001, it became the owner of the current name. The first small sports car ASL Garaiya was built based on the Tommykaira ZZ. Its modification in 2003 was presented in Japan in the class of the GT300 racing series. Today the Garaiya RS01 is in development, positioned as a larger and faster addition to the ZZ. The production is functioning and working on several series of cars at once.
58 ASMA Design
In auto-tuning and aftermarket cosmetics, the German brand ASMA Design, located in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany, stands out. But it also has its creation in its base – the ASMA CLS Shark car, which impressed everyone at the IAA 2005, held in Frankfurt, Germany. Subsequent models were also carried out in the original design and showed better performance. Among them – Asma Design SLR Perfectus, 2009, as well as modified models of the world’s leading brands – Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, for example, a unique version of the Asma Design Porsche Cayenne Turbo “Giant.”
The Italian manufacturer of vehicles for tourism and sports – ATS (Automobili Turismo e Sport) was founded in 1961 and is headquartered in Bologna, Italy. The founders were Girolamo Gardini, Giotto Bizzarini, Carlo Kitty, Fausto Galassí, Enzo Selmi – all of the top management of the Ferrari brand who left its composition. The presence in the group of the company’s chief designer made it possible to believe that he could exist as an automaker on his own. The first car for Formula 1 came out – ATS Tipo 100 in 1963. Was released two not very successful options. In the same year, the A.TS 2500GT with a mid-engine position is presented. The brand was closed in 1964.
Japanese brand Autech Japan Co., Ltd. It was created in 1986 by the Nissan brand as a subsidiary for tuning and converting car models issued by the corporation. The new company’s office was located in Chigasaki-shi, Japan. The entire production was funded by the parent company, which allowed the sale of Autech products only through its network. In 1987 the brand entered into a joint production of luxury sports cars with the Italian Zagato. Autech developed the engine and chassis. 1989 saw the light of the Autech Zagato Stelvio AZ1. The company, after receiving permission to expand production, opened an ASEAN office in Bangkok, Thailand.