Cars Brands that start with J

Car Brands that start with J

The history of automobile brands is as interesting as the history of each person. To observe it to study it is also fascinating. And not for nothing. After all, it is directly connected with the history of development of all mankind. Its failures and successes reflect various stages and aspects of human society, the development of science, and its discoveries. In the last century and a half – since the birth of the automobile industry – people have moved forward at an accelerated pace despite the constant economic crises that led to two terrible world wars. Despite all the grief and destruction they brought, people were forced to move forward dramatically, which was reflected in the development of the automobile industry.

Which automobile brands begin with J?

There are a few brands in this group that are particularly important to the history of the automobile industry, which has made memorable contributions both among those that have long since ceased operations and those that are functioning today. These include China’s JAC, Britain’s Jaguar, and the American Jeep of the FCA US LLC division.

In an effort to learn more about everything related to the automobile, one is often faced with the fact that it is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to find the necessary information. Leftover scraps of information, newspaper clippings, old photographs, or posters are sometimes all that can be found, especially about the early automakers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But what can be said about such a distant past if even modern information is difficult to understand without being organized? This is because there is constant merging, reselling, and renaming of brands in search of the most cost-effective solutions. Some enterprises are closed, and others are formed on their basis. All this complicates the search, getting a real picture of the general movement in the automotive industry.

Having complete and systematized information about each brand, big or small, which has contributed to the history of the automotive industry, will save time on the search, opening up a wide range of opportunities to achieve different goals. In-depth knowledge in this field will allow you to create the right strategy for the development of the company, eliminating the mistakes of the past. Fans will be able to learn more about the history of the brand. This is important for collectors and professionals. But such information is especially needed for those who are going to buy a car and are facing the choice of which brand to favor.

All this is convenient to get if you arrange the information in alphabetical order, where each brand is presented in the group of the letter with which its name begins. You can immediately notice that some letters are more attractive to the founders of companies and represent many enterprises. Others are less common in names. These include the letter “J,” which is more common in abbreviations or monograms that form the emblems or logos of automobile brands.


JAC Logo

In September 1999, the Chinese automobile manufacturing company JAC – Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co, Ltd was formed with headquarters in Hefei, China. The state-owned enterprise was formed on the basis of the Hefei Jianghuai automobile plant in 1964. The company produces passenger cars and buses. The brand still exists today, having turned into a high-tech production facility that is among the top five largest automotive enterprises in the country. In 2014, construction of a production line in India began. An electric vehicle plant is being prepared in collaboration with Volkswagen in 2019.


Jaguar Logo

The British brand Jaguar Land Rover, founded in 1922 by William Lyons and William Walmsley, like the Swallow Sidecar Company in Coventry, UK, has left a significant mark on the history of automobile manufacturing. Motorized carriages were produced. After the Second World War, the company’s name was changed to Jaguar. In 1966, there was a merger with British Motor Corporation and then with Leyland Motor Corporation. In 1984, the Jaguar brand was spun off from the merger and was acquired by Ford in 1990. In 2008, the brand was sold to Tata Motors. Until its closure in 2012, the company provided transportation for the Prime Minister’s office as well as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles.


JBA Logo

The British automobile 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 created to restore British premium cars produced before the Second World War, such as the 1982 JBA Falcon Roadster, 1985 JBA Javelin, 1991 JBA Sports SR, and 1994 JBA Falcon TSR. The brand was put up for sale in 2006.


Jeep Logo

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 Carl Probst’s engineering car, the Bantam BRC 40, assembled in 1940 at Bantam’s U.S. facility. Then, the improved models were transferred to Willys-Overland and Ford Motor Co. Since 1957, this name became the official trademark. Until then, cars were produced under the Willys badge. Today, under this brand, SUVs – full-size and crossovers- are produced.


Jensen Logo

Jensen Motors Ltd. has been producing sports cars since 1934 in West Bromwich (UK). Among the most famous products of the brand is the Jensen FF, which was the first production passenger car equipped with permanent all-wheel drive and ABS, without being an off-roader. In 1959, the brand was taken over by the Norcros Group. Jensen ceased to exist in 1976. However, part of the company continued to operate until 1990, producing the Interceptor model. In 1998, the brand was revived with the S-V8 convertible model, assembled at the Reddish plant. In 2002, production was closed down. In 2010, Jensen International Automotive (JIA) was founded to revive the Jensen Interceptor by completely restoring previously produced cars.

Javan Sports Cars

Javan Sports Cars Logo

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. In that year, cars and kits began to appear under the Javan TM. The first was the Javan R 1, an open-top racing speedster, which was a redesigned version of the car produced by Strathcarron Sports Cars. The novelty was produced in a quantity of 4 copies. In 2012, the release of a new model was announced, which went into the development stage. A year later, the brand moved to the town of St. Columb Major in Cornwall.


Jetstream Logo

In 2008, a new sports car manufacturer, Jetstream, appeared in Britain. It was founded by John Donnelly and is based in Redruth, Cornwall, England. It made an immediate statement with the launch of the Jetstream SC250 road and track model, which was developed in 2006. It is distinguished by a “toy” appearance, under which a “hidden” power plant with an output of 250 hp. It is a two-seat open car with rear-wheel drive. In 2008, the company presented a prototype at the Autosport International Show at the NEC, Birmingham.


Jiotto Logo

Jiotto Design is a Japanese sports car design brand. Founded in 1988 under the leadership of Minoru Hayashi in Maihara, Japan, the company lasted until 1998. The brand is best known for the fact that its vice-president and chief designer, Kunihisa Ito, designed the Jiotto Caspita (Mk I) sports model, dubbed “F1 on the road”. The idea for such a car belonged to Wacoal Corp president Yoshikata Tsukamoto and DOME president Minoru Hayashi, who formed a joint venture to realize their idea – Jiotto Inc.

Joest Racing

Joest Logo

Joest Racing is a racing sports team from Germany, founded in 1978 by Reinhold Joest, a retired test driver. The team was headquartered in Wald-Michelbach, Germany. The team had its own factory where it repaired and modified cars. At the factory in 1981 was created a racing car Joest 935/78, named Moby Dick, which participated in the race “24 Hours of Le Mans”. The model was based on the Porsche 936 and was produced until 1983.


Jetta Logo

In 2019, Volkswagen Group and FAW Group founded the Jetta automaker in Changchun (Jilin Province, China). Its mission is to produce new models of economy-class cars, affordable but safe and high-quality, with a concise design characteristic of Volkswagen models. The brand will also apply new approaches to selling its products – digital showrooms, its own sales centers, and mobile delivery by truck. Production will take place at the parent company’s plant in Chengdu. The plan for the first editions includes the VA3 sedan, VS5 compact SUV, and VS7 SUV.



Czechoslovakian brand JAWA is known for its stylish and practical motorcycles. Founded by František Janček in 1929 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and headquartered in Tynec nad Sazava, Czech Republic, the brand has become a well-known motorcycle manufacturer exported to more than 120 countries. The name of the brand was composed of the first letters of Janeček and Wanderer, the brand name bought by the founder. In 1934, the company created its first car based on DKW – JAWA 700. In 1937, a modification of JAWA 600 Minor was created. The cars were produced during the Second World War. Assembly of ready-made kits continued for some time and in the postwar period.

Jiangling (JMC)

Jiangling (JMC) Logo

The Chinese automobile brand Jiangling Motors, whose cars are produced under the brand name JMC, was founded in 1968 and is still operating today. Today, its headquarters is located in Nanchang (Jiangxi Province, China). Since 1997, the brand has been part of a joint venture with Ford Motor Company. It is also involved in the joint production of passenger cars with Changan, Jiangling Motor Holding, which goes under the Landwind TM. In 2010, the company developed and released its own SUV, JMC Yusheng.


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Josse Logo


Jowett Logo

JPX do Brasil Ltda.

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Juwel Logo

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.”