Car manufacturers: a simple guide

Car manufacturers: a simple guide

Selecting a car can be a challenge, especially considering how many options there are to choose from. While it would be great to base our choice solely on how fast it goes or how good it looks, practicalities often come first, like tax and car insurance.  

So, to get the wheels rolling, we’ve put together these handy guides about lots of different car manufacturers, so you can see what’s what, weigh up the pros and cons and choose wisely.

Daniel Hutson From the Motor team
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BMW insurance – one of the largest luxury car manufacturers in the world, read up about getting your own piece of luxury with the BMW 1 series, or for choice of engine size and styling, how about the BMW 3 series instead?

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Chevrolet insurance – the all-American car. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to buy a brand new one, but you can still pick them up second hand.   

Chrysler insurance – another American great, Chrysler cars have become synonymous with affordable luxury.

Citroen insurance – affordability combined with French flair, the dinky Citroen C1 is also perfectly proportioned for city driving (and more importantly, parking).

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Ferrari insurance – driving one of these will make you feel like a titan, but you’ll still need insurance like the rest of us mortals.

Fiat insurance – established in 1899, Fiat is Italy’s largest car maker. With a range of models, such as the Fiat 500, there’s almost certainly a Fiat to suit you.

Ford insurance – good old Ford. There’s probably at least one in your street, from the smallest Ford family member, the KA, to big brothers, Fiesta and Focus – they’re the backbone of British roads.

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Honda insurance – named the most reliable car manufacturer for nine successive years, the Civic was launched in 1973, and more than 40 years later it’s still going strong.

Hyundai insurance – you’ll certainly get your money’s worth as all Hyundai cars come with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty.

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Isuzu insurance - Isuzu has been around since 1916, making some of the most robust vehicles on the road, like buses and trucks. That distinct manufacturing DNA can also be found in their cars, packing some punch under the bonnet.

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Jaguar insurance – if you fancy a drive on the wild side, the feisty feline is back with some new and improved models.

 

Man working on a tyre

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Kia insurance – Hyundai’s little sister is making a name for herself and is determined not to be outdone. Furthermore, Kia cars come with an impressive seven-year warranty.

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Lamborghini insurance – it might well be the car of dreams, but you’ll still need to do earthly things like sort the insurance out.

Land Rover insurance – if you’re looking for something utilitarian and old-school cool, then perhaps the Defender’s the model for you.

Lexus insurance – offering comfort and luxury, the Lexus is Toyota’s posher older cousin.

Lotus insurance – for speed freaks and racing fans. Just be sure to check out the potential cost of insurance beforehand!  

Girl in the car

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Maserati insurance – designed for style and comfort, there’s no questioning these luxury credentials.

Mazda insurance – Mazda started out making three-wheeled trucks but now they’re on four, we bet they’re faster than before.         

Mercedes insurance – luxury, style and German efficiency all in one package, there’s nothing not to love about a Merc, and the ever-popular C-Class is proof of just that.

MG insurance – an icon of ‘Britishness’ (now made in China).        

MINI insurance – still made in the UK, find out if the MINI’s insurance is as mini as its boot space.

Mitsubishi insurance – makers of the Shogun and Outlander, they also manufacture air conditioning units, so at least you can keep your cool off road.

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Nissan insurance – you definitely can with a Nissan because there’s one to suit everybody, starting with the Micra.

Noble insurance – don’t worry if you’ve never heard of them, they launched in 1999 and manufacture sports cars.

Car in the sunset

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Peugeot insurance – with a wide range of models, there’s plenty to choose from – not bad for a manufacturer that started out making coffee grinders and umbrella frames.

Porsche insurance – gorgeous sports cars – need we say more?

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Renault insurance – with their ‘je ne sais quoi’ and ‘va-va-voom’, there’s bound to be a Renault for you. Why not start with the Clio?

Rolls-Royce insurance – the bad news is, even though you’ve got a Roller, you still need to insure it. The good news is, you can probably get your butler to do it for you.  

Rover insurance – they don’t make Rovers anymore (the four-wheeled kind, not four legged), but there are still plenty around to choose from.

Lady admiring a car

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Saab insurance – if you’re after a bit of Scandinavian cool, then you might want to find out how to insure it.

Seat insurance – no, not ‘seat’ like for sitting, but ‘say-at’. It’s Spanish.

Skoda insurance – the Czech practical car of choice.       

Smart insurance – the teeny tiny car that’s the motoring world’s answer to a contortionist – you can park it anywhere.         

Suzuki insurance – well known for their motorbikes, they also manufacture some speedy cars, including the aptly named Suzuki Swift.

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Toyota insurance – forward-thinking and innovative, the car in front may be a Toyota, but you’ll still need 21st century insurance.         

TVR insurance – used to be called Trevcar Motors after founder Trevor Wilkinson.

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Vauxhall insurance – manufactured in Britain, Vauxhall’s been going since the early 1900s.

VW insurance – Volkswagen are so popular their cars don’t even go by their full name anymore. The Golf and Polo are like the car equivalents of Madonna or Kylie – why have two names when one will do?            

Volvo insurance – nothing says safety like a Volvo, does it?

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