Defunct Car Brands

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Defunct Car Brands

Defunct Car Brands



Alpine
Alpine
What happened: Bought by Renault in 1973.

American Motors
American Motors
What happened: Bought out by Chrysler in 1987 for $1.5billion.

Asia Motors logo
Asia Motors
What happened: Discontinued in 1999 when it was purchased by Kia Motors.

Austin logo
Austin Motor Company Limited
What happened: Discontinued in 1987 as Austin Rover turned into Rover Group.

Austin-Healey
Austin-Healey
What happened: Stopped making cars in 1972 after agreement between the two firms, Austin and Healey, came to an end after 20 years.

Daewoo
Daewoo
What happened: Became defunct in 2001 after running into financial trouble, selling the majority of its assets to General Motors.

De Tomaso
De Tomaso
What happened: Filed for bankruptcy in 2012.

Devon Motorworks
Devon Motorworks
What happened: Closed in 2013 after suffering in the economic downturn.

Car brands Gumpert logo
Gumpert
What happened: Went into liquidation in 2013.

Hummer
Hummer
What happened: Became unviable for GM to continue during the economic downturn in 2008. A sale to a Chinese firm never went through and the brand became defunct.

Invicta
Invicta
What happened: Wound up over unpaid debt in 2012, shortly after changing its name to the Westpoint Car Company.

Marcos auto brand logo
Marcos
What happened: Went into voluntary liquidation in 2007.

Maybach
Maybach
What happened: Was closed by Daimler in 2012 because of poor sales.

Morris Motors car brand logo
Morris Motors
What happened: Discontinued in 1984 when British Leyland decided to focus on the more popular Austin brand.

Car manufacuturers Oldsmobile logo
Oldsmobile
What happened: Phased out by General Motors in 2004, at the time America’s longest-standing automobile marque.

Plymouth car brand logo
Plymouth
What happened: Discontinued by Chrysler in 2001.

Pontiac
Pontiac
What happened: Discontinued in 2010 during restructuring of parent company GM.

Rover
Rover
What happened: Was bought by Chinese firm Nanjing Automobile in 2005, but no cars are made with its badge today so it is currently a dormant brand. Technology was later used in Roewe cars, see above.

Saturn cars logo
Saturn
What happened: Discontinued by GM in 2009 after an aquisition bid by Penske Automotive was withdrawn.

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Spyker Cars
What happened: The Dutch sports car maker went bankrupt in December 2014 in a bid to sort out its finances and hopes to reform in the future.

If you want your car brand added to the list or know of any car brands that should be on it, or any errors in the list, please let us know in the comments section below and we will make the necessary changes.

Thanks for your help in keeping this list the most comprehensive and up to date list of car brands on the web.


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