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European Car Brands Names – List And Logos Of European Cars

By Liam Houghton


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Competition is harsh, but these cars win.

European cars are considered high class. In spite of the other automotive giants in the US and in Asia, European car brands have managed to maintain their high status, thus becoming an integral part of the world car heritage. They are the definition of aesthetics, impressive performance and long-time tradition. Moreover, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of luxury cars or sports cars are Ferrari, Mercedes or Audi cars.

List & Logos Of Different Country’s Top Car Brands

European Sports Car Ferrari
European Sports Car Ferrari

Each famous car brand dates back to at least 50-60 years, but most of them have been a part of global history for at least a century. This is why they are and will be hard to dethrone in an overall symbolic chart of best (or most famous) worldwide cars.

Fierce competition may come from traditionally American Cadillac or Japanese Lexus, but the cradle of civilization still remains home to the world’s most renowned car brands. Sports cars (Aston Martin, McLaren, Maserati), limousines (S-Class from Mercedes) or highest class luxury cars (Phaeton Gold from Rolls Royce) are still to be found in Europe: Italy, Germany, Great Britain.

The main European car brands list include Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Opel, Volkswagen in Germany, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari in Italy, Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar in Great Britain. France is the proud owner of Renault, Peugeot and Citroen, whereas smaller countries like Romania or the Czech Republic own the Dacia and the famous Skoda. Sweden is also renowned for high-quality brand Volvo.

German Cars

Many people say that, in order for a car to function for as long a time as possible, it must be German. Of course, not all German car brands enjoy the same outstanding reputation, but most of them do. Whoever has driven a BMW or has owned an Audi knows they’re into serious stuff. Expensive to maintain, but nonetheless serious. The same is true for costly Porsche or even Mercedes.

German Car Audi Coupe
German Car Audi Coupe

Cheaper brands, such as Volkswagen, are equally famous for their robust tenure and not so pricey maintenance. Of course, as long as we don’t mention the Phaeton, their luxury sedan. Opel, however, is not as well-reputed as his other German counterparts.

Among the main continental auto manufacturers, Volkswagen occupies a definitive first place in Europe and a second one worldwide in 2014. The group owns an impressive 15 marques, among which Lamborghini, Audi, Bentley, and Seat are but a few.

British Cars

Some of the main European sports cars are manufactured in Great Britain: Aston Martin and McLaren are two of the brands that people think of whenever they picture powerful sports cars. Elegant Jaguar is also of British descent, as are Bentley and Rolls Royce limousines. All these brands correspond to important European car manufacturers as well.

Smaller British automakers include Mini and Vauxhall.

British Sedan
British Sedan

Last, but not least, some of the world’s most appreciated SUV’s come from Land Rover: the masculine Range Rover and the newer, rather posh Range Rover Evoque are two of the models that sell impressively. British brands may not be as well-renowned worldwide as German car ones, but their quality is no less tangible.

Italian Cars

Although they don’t benefit from the same prestige as German or British cars, mass-produced Italian cars are an important part of the European car game.


Car racing and Formula One worldwide would not have been the same without the involvement of Ferrari or Alfa Romeo, which were ultimately acquired by Fiat. This makes Fiat an important player in the traditional car manufacturing scene.

Smaller Car Manufacturers

Additional continental-made cars include French Peugeot and Renault, as well as Citroen and smaller Bugatti. The Czech Republic is the proud owner of Skoda and Romania produces several models of Dacia for French giant Renault.

Skoda Hatchback
Skoda Hatchback

Swedish Volvo is famous all around the world, as is Spanish Seat. Russian Lada used to be a trademark of the old communist regime, but some of the newer models continue to sell even now (among Russian nationals, that’s true).

Sports Cars

The European sports car by definition remains the Italian Ferrari, closely followed by the British Aston Martin and McLaren or the German Porsche. All of them are world-famous and part of every respectable rich man’s collection. Aside from these, Maserati or Lamborghini are equally among the preferences of collectors worldwide.

Porsche Sports Car
Porsche Sports Car

Alfa Romeo, BMW, Audi among the more affordable, but no less fierceful sports cars, have won the hearts of petrolheads everywhere.

Luxury Cars

Luxury cars are no stranger to the old continent either. Most models of Bentley Continental, the Wraith, the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series, the Aston Martin Vanquish and most of Rolls Royce’s are considered standard luxury vehicles.

Rolls Royce
Rolls Royce

Both for the breathtaking prices they come at and the distinguished royal interiors and sometimes gold-covered exteriors. The Rolls Royce and the Bentley are also some of the world’s classiest limousines.

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About Liam Houghton

Liam has been an automotive enthusiast probably since birth and grew up restoring classic cars with his dad. He still remembers the exact moment when his dad showed him the inner workings of an engine and learned how it works. Also an avid racing fan, especially when it comes to Formula 1, Liam has contributed a unique blend of insight into both the classic car brands and sports car segments on GCB since joining the team in 2016. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.