The history of car brands is as interesting as the history of every person. Watching her, studying her is also fascinating. And not for nothing. After all, it is directly related to the history of the development of all humanity. Its failures and successes reflect various stages and aspects of the existence of human society, the advancement of science, and its discoveries. In the last century and a half – since the beginning of the automotive industry, people have been moving forward at an accelerated pace, despite the constant economic crises that led to two terrible world wars. Despite all the grief and devastation they brought, they were forced to progress to move forward dramatically, affecting the development of the automotive industry.
What car brands start with J?
In this group, several are particularly important to the history of the automotive industry, who have made an unforgettable contribution, both among those who have long ceased to operate and those functioning today. These are the Chinese JAC and British Jaguar and the American Jeep from the FCA US LLC division.
In an effort to learn more about everything related to a car, you often come across the fact that it is difficult to find the necessary information, and sometimes even impossible. Leftover scraps of information, newspaper clippings, old photographs, or posters are sometimes all that can be found, especially about the first automakers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But what can we say about such a distant past, if even modern information is difficult to understand without ordering? This is because there is a constant merger, resale, and renaming of brands in search of the most cost-effective solutions. Some enterprises are being closed, while others are being formed on their basis. All this complicates the search, getting a real picture of the general movement in the automotive industry.
The availability of complete and systematized information about each brand, large or small, that has contributed to the history of the automotive industry will save time on searches, opening up wide opportunities for achieving different goals. Deep knowledge in this area will allow you to create the right strategy for developing your enterprise, eliminating past mistakes. Lovers will be able to learn more about the history of the brand. This is important for collectors and professionals. But those who are going to buy a car especially need such information and are faced with choosing which brand to give their preference to.
What expensive cars start with the letter J?
Among the most expensive cars among the brands on the J is the 1956 Jaguar D-Type, which was a winner at auction in Montera for nearly $22 million. The 2005 Jeep Hurricane Concept stands out with an estimate of $2 million among other brands. It is worth considering that the concept of “most expensive” should be considered in the context of its time of production, compared with the price framework of that period and the consumer’s perception of the very concept of “expensive.”
All this is conveniently accessible when organizing information in alphabetical order, where each brand is represented in the group of the letter with which its name begins. And you can immediately notice that some letters are more attractive to company founders and represent many enterprises. Others are less common in names. These include the letter “J,” which appears more in abbreviations or monograms that form emblems or logos of automotive brands.
In September 1999, the Chinese automobile manufacturer JAC – Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co., Ltd, headquartered in Hefei, PRC, was formed. The state-owned enterprise was formed based on the 1964 Hefei Jianghuai Automobile Factory. The company manufactures cars and buses. The brand still exists today, becoming a high-tech production, one of the country’s five largest auto enterprises. In 2014, construction began on a production line in India. Since 2019, together with Volkswagen, a plant for producing electric vehicles is being prepared.
The British brand Jaguar Land Rover, founded in 1922 by William Lyons and William Walmsley, like the Swallow Sidecar Company in Coventry, United Kingdom, left its significant mark on the history of the automotive industry. Motorized carriages were produced. After World War II, the name was changed to Jaguar. In 1966, it merged with the British Motor Corporation and then with the Leyland Motor Corporation. In 1984, the Jaguar brand was spun off from the merger and acquired by Ford in 1990. The brand was sold to Tata Motors in 2008. Before its closure in 2012, the company provided transportation for the Prime Minister’s office and Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.
British car brand JBA Motors was officially registered in Norfolk, England, in 1979 under the name JBA Engineering. The abbreviation of the name was made up of the first letters of the surnames of the founders – Kenneth Glyn Jones, John Barlow, and David George Ashley. The company was established to rebuild pre-WWII British premium vehicles such as the 1982 JBA Falcon Roadster, 1985 JBA Javelin, 1991 JBA Sports SR, and 1994 JBA Falcon TSR. In 2006, the brand was put up for sale.
Today, the Jeep brand is manufactured by the Italian-American company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Founded in 1941 in Toledo, Ohio, USA, to fulfill defense orders for the production of military vehicles, the company began with the production of a Karl Probst engineer car – the Bantam BRC 40, assembled in 1940 at the American Bantam facility. The improved models were then transferred to Willys-Overland and Ford Motor Co. Since 1957, the name has become an official trademark. Until that time, cars came out under the Willys badge. Today the brand produces SUVs – full and crossover.
Jensen Motors Ltd. has been a sports car manufacturer since 1934 in West Bromwich, UK. Among the brand’s most famous products is the Jensen FF, which became the first production passenger car to be equipped with permanent all-wheel drive and ABS without being an SUV. In 1959, the brand was controlled by the Norcros Group. Jensen ceased to exist in 1976. But part of the enterprise continued to operate until 1990, releasing the Interceptor. In 1998, the brand was reborn with the S-V8 convertible model assembled at the Reddish plant. In 2002, the production was closed. In 2010, Jensen International Automotive (JIA) was founded to revive the Jensen Interceptor by completely restoring previously released ones.
6 Javan Sports Cars
The history of the British brand Javan Sports Cars Limited begins in 2002 as Two-Thirds Limited, based in Clifton, Bristol, UK. In 2005 the brand was renamed. This year, cars and kits began to appear under the Javan TM. The first was the Javan R 1, an open-top racing speedster that was a redesigned version of the car produced by Strathcarron Sports Cars. The product was released in the amount of 4 copies. In 2012, a new model was announced, which goes into development. A year later, the brand moved to St Columb Major in Cornwall.
2008 saw the arrival of a new sports car manufacturer, Jetstream, in Britannia, founded by John Donnelly and based in Redruth, Cornwall, England. It immediately announced itself with the release of the Jetstream SC250 for roads and tracks, which was designed in 2006. It is distinguished by its “toy” appearance, under which the power plant of 250 hp is “hidden.” It is a two-seater open car with rear-wheel drive. In 2008, the company presented the prototype at the Autosport International Show at NEC, Birmingham.
Jiotto Design was a Japanese sports car design brand. Founded in 1988 under the direction of Minoru Hayashi in Maihara, Japan, the company lasted until 1998. The brand is best known for developing the Jiotto Caspita (Mk I) sports model, named “F1 on the Road,” by its vice president and chief designer, Kunihisa Ito. The idea of creating such a car belonging to the president of Wacoal Corp – Yoshikata Tsukamoto and the president of DOME – Minoru Hayashi, who created a joint venture – Jiotto Inc to implement their idea.
9 Joest Racing
Joest Racing is a racing sports team from Germany, founded in 1978 by Reinhold Jost, a retired test racer. The brand’s headquarters were located in Wald-Michelbach (Germany). The team had their factory, where they carried out repairs and modifications of cars. Its plant in 1981 created the Joest 935/78 racing car, named Moby Dick, which took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The model was created based on the Porsche 936 and was produced until 1983.
They were founded in 2019 by Volkswagen Group and FAW Group in Changchun, Jilin, China, the Jetta automaker. Its task is to produce new models of economy-class cars that are affordable but safe and high quality with a laconic design typical for Volkswagen models. The brand will also apply new approaches to the sale of its products – digital showrooms, its shopping centers, and mobile delivery by freight transport. Production will take place at the parent company’s plant in Chengdu. In terms of the first releases – the VA3 sedan, the VS5 compact SUV, and the VS7 SUV.
Most Czechoslovakian brand JAWA is known for their stylish and practical motorcycles. Founded by František Janeček in 1929 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, it is headquartered in Tynec nad Sazavou, Czech Republic; the brand has become a renowned motorcycle manufacturer with exports to over 120 countries. The brand name was made up of the first letters Janeček and Wanderer – the brand bought by the founder. In 1934, the company created its first car based on the DKW, the JAWA 700. In 1937, a modification of the JAWA 600 Minor was created. Cars were produced during the Second World War. The assembled prepared kits continued for some time in the post-war period.
12 Jiangling (JMC)
The Chinese auto brand Jiangling Motors, whose cars go under the JMC brand, was founded in 1968 and is currently operating. Its headquarters are today located in Nanchang, Jiangxi, China. Today, the brand has been a member of a joint venture with Ford Motor Company since 1997. In addition, he participates in the joint production of passenger cars with Changan, Jiangling Motor Holding, which goes under the Landwind TM. In 2010, the company developed and produced its own JMC Yusheng SUV.