Whatever brand you drive, there’s a story behind each and every name. Curious about how some came about? Here are a few origins from M - V that may give you the edge next time you enter a trivia game.
Mazda – supposedly after Ahura Mazda, chief deity of the Zoroastrians, though some believe it’s a poor anglicised version of the founder’s name, Jujiro Matsuda.
Mitsubishi – mitsu means three and hishi means diamond (the logo shape).
Nissan – the company was earlier known as Nippon Sangyo, which means "Japan Industries", but was shortened to Nissan
Peugeot – named after founder Emile Peugeot.
SAAB – derived from Swedish Aeroplane Company, with the AB coming from the word automobile.
SUBARU – from the Japanese name for the constellation known as Pleiades, the Seven Sisters, as in their logo.
Toyota – named after founder, Sakichi Toyoda, though the initially brand name was Toyeda.
Volkswagen –German for people's car.
Volvo – from the Latin word volvo, which means, "I roll", which was originally earmarked for a ball bearing being developed by SKF.