Americans have a passion for automobiles, that is unique throughout the world. It is not uncommon to own more than one car, truck or SUV in our privileged country. We rely on our autos to get us to work, take the kids to school and to go out and play on the weekends. Every teenager looks forward to that day when they get their first license and can go out on the open road alone.

Detroit used to be the auto capitol of the world, while that has changed in recent years, the auto industry continues to make a comeback in the United States. There is a push once again, to "buy American" , it remains to be seen if consumers will heed the call. However, there is increasing competition from Asia and they produce higher quality cars at lower prices all the time. Europeans are known for making exquisite automobiles. Yet, many come with a high price tag.

Our website is dedicated to the Auto Brands that make the world move on 4 wheels. As the world turns they move us through it safely and comfortably. Here you can find lists and information of top Auto Brands and articles about all things cars. We can also tell you which brands are considered the most reliable and longest lasting.

Some automakers strive to make luxury vehicles that are the envy of the town. Check out these luxury car makers and their brands.

Want to purchase auto insurance for that new or slightly used gem of yours? We even have tips and information on how and which insurance to purchase.

Finding a set of tires to suit your vehicle can be a hassle, you want tires you can trust at an affordable price. Consult our sister site tirebrands.net for everything tires for your car, truck, rv, atv, motorcycle.

We offer a directory of car dealerships, so when you are ready for a test drive, you can find the closest dealer to you. You will find articles on how to buy that next car, how to haggle with the salesman and other expert buying tips.

Our motto is "Drive It, Love It" , because we truly love what we do and to experience a great drive is a small slice of perfection.
 
Self Driving Car Revolution

There is a silent revolution taking place amongst us, the advent of the self driving or autonomous vehicle.  It started as a concept, but has slowly become a reality.

Self driving cars appear to be the future for a myriad of reasons.

 

Computer driven cars are less likely to make errors, resulting in accidents. They don't become tired like normal human drivers. They are not distracted by cell phones, kids screaming, billboards or other normal nuisances.

 

Why not have these cars, they could in theory actually allow us to drink and drive, use cell phones, surf the internet, watch movies, etc…

 

Seems like a great way to travel, but there are also caveats to the technology and it is relatively new. It seems as if the idea is wonderful, but there are also many people worried about the actual implementation of said technology.

 

When pondering the advent of self driven cars several points that come mind are:

 

1. Will open the concept of "customized" public transport.

2. Opens up concept of shared ownership of a single vehicle and/or shared ownership of a group of vehicles by a group of people.

3. Auto insurance will likely have to be redefined, as there will in theory be less accidents on the road.

4. Chauffer driver jobs will largely vanish.

5. Car companies will start selling "travelling experience" rather than driving experience or at least a combination of travelling and driving experience.

6. Shoppers may use own car to go to walmart and a shared truck to get the goods back home. Thus, transportation of goods and passengers will become more optimized.

7. Since stress of driving will be largely eliminated, people may prefer to travel long distances, just enjoying the journey. This could in theory lighten the load on airlines, as more people may choose to be driven instead of fly.

8. On the lighter side, coffee makers and other appliances could become indispensable accessories in the car.

9. For all the above things to happen, it will likely take another 20 years at the least.

10. Older drivers will certainly benefit, as they can remain on the road conceivably indefinitely, as age will no longer become a concern for drivers. 

 

The future will certainly be an interesting one, with the likely hood of more self driving vehicles on the horizon.

 
Driver Assisted vs Self Driving Cars
Maybe a completely autonomous car is not the solution, maybe we need still need a human element controlling our vehicles of the future?

Having a driver to assist the computer when it makes a mistake or cannot react quickly enough certainly sounds like a good idea. We know that computer systems are far from infallible. Humans also make mistakes, but when it comes to life or death situations what is the best solution. Maybe, just maybe it's a mixing of the human and the machine.

The computer should help to make the driver more responsible and pay better attention when driving. If for example the computer detects that you are tired, have been drinking or are driving irratically. It should have the ability to warn you, or even take control of the vehicle at this point and cause it to stop and exit the roadway.

It should also be impossible to text, drink alcohol, or abuse drugs when driving. Giving the car the ability to avoid hitting other cars or pedestrians that cross its path, can certainly improve safety for all. So possibly the best solution yet, is a happy medium between man and machine.
 
Woodward Dream Cruise (near Detroit, Michigan)
Each year, late August is home to the classic cars in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. This is when Woodward Avenue transforms from a robust artery of modern traffic to a relaxed "cruise" of classic, vintage cars. This is what has become known as the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

The cars come from miles around and so do their drivers. Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Florida, Tennessee were just a few of the plates I observed during the cruise.

Detroit muscle cars are prominently featured, with classics like the Corvette, Mustang and Camaro from all the early years.

You can see some of the first cars to grace the American roadways, Model T's and other early cars are here at the Dream Cruise. You can peek at some foreign cars here too, but the majority of cars are true Red, White and Blue.

These cars are dreamy and to those who grew up when they were made, nostalgic as well. Reminding us of quieter, simpler times. When people spent time cruising in their cars on the weekends, while enjoying the ride.

Cruising is as much about "being seen" as it is seeing what's around you. Maybe with todays hustle and bustle, we forgot how to simply "cruise' in our cars.

The Woodward Dream Cruise reminds us just how to have fun with cars.

Want to learn more about the dream cruise, try their website here. http://www.woodwarddreamcruise.com/
 
Japanese car brands have long been known for reliability and fuel economy. Today, some are even known as a staple of luxury. Below is a list of popular Japanese car brands.
Acura Founded in 1986, Acura is the luxury division of the automaker Honda. Their line of cars include the RLX, MDX, TL, TSX, ILX and RDX. I like the new commercial featuring a futuristic horse race, where an Acura is portrayed as a dark horse that actually wins the race. Then you see the new slogan featured "Let the race begin". Slogan: The road will never be the same., Let the race begin. , It's that kind of thrill.

Daihatsu hails from Japan and makes small cars like the Cuore, Terios, Gran Max and Sirion. Daihatsu is an abbrevitation of "Osaka (the city Daihatsu founded)" and "Hatudoki (engine manufacture)".

Honda Motors
is one of the top selling compact car brands in the world. Honda also sells some popular hybrid vehicles. Popular Honda car brands include the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Odyssey. Honda is also on the cutting edge of Robot technology, they created the cool and life-like Asimo robot. Slogans: It must be love. , The Power of Dreams. , Honda. First man, then machine.

Lexus
A luxury brand of automobile, that is currently made in Japan. Lexus not only makes a lot of cool T.V. commercials, they also make some really cool luxury cars. With popular Sedans like the IS, ES, GS and LX and SUV's like the RX, GX and LX. It should not be hard to find a Lexus to fit your life style. Slogan: The relentless pursuit of perfection.

Mazda
is formally known as Mazda Motor Corporation and they are headquartered in Fuchu, Japan. The company name comes from an early West Asian god, called "Ahura Mazda". The current Mazda logo was created in 1997 and it features a stylized, winged "M" which is meant to symbolize Mazda flying into the future. Mazda has been promoting something known as "Sky Activ Technology". This technology increases fuel economy to a level similar to a hybrid vehicle. Slogans: Zoom-Zoom , We build Mazda's... What do you drive? , Driving Matters.

Mitsubishi
is a Japanese car company that is officially known as Mitsubishi Motors. Mitsubishi has been making cars since 1917 and they have been selling cars in the U.S. since 1981. The Mitsubishi logo is easily recognized as 3 red diamonds that connect at their tips. Mitsubishi prides itself on fuel efficient cars, crossovers and electric vehicles. Mitsubishi also offers some of the best warranties in the car industry. Slogan: Drive@earth , Wake up and drive.

Nissan,
formally known as Nissan Motor Co., LTD. was established in 1933 in Yokohama City, Japan. Today they manufacture cars in 20 Countries and areas around the world. Nissan features cars with odd shapes and styles that will certainly grab peoples attention.

Cars like the Cube, Juke, Leaf and Cabriolet are not easily mistaken for other car companies models, so if you are looking for different then Nissan could be your brand. The Leaf is also an 100% electric vehicle, which is as green as it gets. They also make some nice sedans like the Versa and Altima and some attractive sports cars, like the Nissan Z.  Slogan: Shift_the way you move. , Enjoy the ride. , Defy Ordinary.

Subaru is another Japanese auto maker that has taken America by storm. Subaru's seem to have it all with reliability, modern styling, good fuel efficiency and a reasonable starting price. With models like the BRZ, Impreza, Legacy, Forester, XV Crosstek, Outback and Tribeca. Subaru is sure to be a recognized brand in the United States and Worldwide for many years to come. Slogans: Subaru. Think, Feel. Drive., Driven By What's Inside., The Beauty of All-Wheel Drive. , Confidence in Motion.

Suzuki A Japanese automaker that produces some nice reliable, compact cars. Probably better known for their motorcycles in the United States. Their autos sell well in South American countries like Chile. Slogan: Way of Life!

Toyota In 1957, when Toyota first came to America, Elvis was king of rock n' roll, big cars with tailfins were "in" and postage stamps were just 3 cents. Today, Toyota is one of the top-selling brands in America. Corolla, Camry are top selling models of Toyota.

Toyota has faced some recent problems in the United States. From a Congressional hearing on safety, to lawsuits regarding sudden acceleration in their vehicles. Toyota may have lust a little luster on their once flawless brand name, yet continues to be known for reliability industry wide. Slogans: Oh! What a feeling, Toyota! , Moving Forward , Lets Go Places.
 
Sports Car Brands
There is something about a sports car that people just seem to love. For those that crave speed and excitement in a vehicle, driving a sports car is like no other experience.

Many sports cars are convertibles as well, which only adds to the appeal of these cars. Driving on the open road with the wind in your hair, is a feeling like no other. While other car companies do make sports cars, these car brands are best known for making sports cars.

BMW Sports Car Brand Driving a BMW sports car is an experience not to be missed, with excellent handling and a fair amount of speed these sports cars are highly desirable. With the three brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the BMW Group has its sights set firmly on the premium sector of the international automobile market. Slogan: The Ultimate Driving Machine. , Sheer Driving Pleasure

Bugatti Sports Cars Bugatti has always been the epitome of exclusivity, luxury, elegance, style, extraordinary design, and a great passion for automobiles. As of 2012 the Bugatti Veyron was the most expensive street legal production car in the world. The base price is $1.7 million and the car can reach 60 mph in 2.5 seconds.

Ford Sports Cars Ford made a great sports car affordable for nearly everyone, when they created their iconic Ford Mustang. I challenge anyone to find a better looking sports car than a Ford Shelby Cobra or Shelby GT 500, pure Detroit muscle. Henry Ford started this company in Detroit, with the Model T. With a revamped company, cars and workforce, Ford is once again on the rise in America. Slogans: Built for the road ahead. , Have you driven a Ford lately? , Ford. Feel the difference. , Quality is job one. , Ford has a better idea. , Go Further.

Lamborghini Sports Car Brand Few can afford to own this exclusive beast of a sports car, yet we can all dream. Lamborghini is best known for making super exotic sports cars that are really, really fast. The company was started in 1963 by a man named Feruccio Lamborghini. Lamborghini is located in Bologna, Italy.

Lotus makes sleak, eye catching, featherlight sports cars. They are hand-built in Great Britain. Lotus believes strongly in innovation, they prefer to be one step ahead of their competitors. Lotus also thinks if you want to be the fastest, then you also have to be the lightest.

Maserati Sports Cars Owning a Maserati sports car is like owning a fine bottle of wine, it just gets better with age. Officine Alfieri Maserati was founded on 1 December 1914 in Bologna, Italy. Since then, Maserati has played a consistently important role in the history of sports car culture and its development. Nearly a century of activity has brought with it glorious achievements both on the road and the track as well as more challenging times, which have helped forge the company’s character and personality. Slogan: Excellence Through Passion

McLaren Sports Cars McLaren makes a small select line of sports cars which include the McLaren P1, McLaren 650S Coupe, McLaren 650S Spider, 12C and 12C Spider. Cars include bright modern colors and stunning aerodynamic designs. McLaren has a long successful history in auto racing, with many successes in Formula 1 racing.

Mercedes-Benz Sports Cars Mercedes has long been respected for making some fine sports cars. The company was formed when 2 autos merged, Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) and Benz & Cie. Together the 2 companies combined formed the new Daimler-Benz AG, this merger brought about the legendary automobile named Mercedes-Benz. Over the years the star has changed, yet Mercedes-Benz remains an automotive powerhouse in the industry. Mercedes scream luxury, reliability and tradition to quality. Slogans: Engineered To Move The Human Spirit. , Unlike any other.

Porsche Sports Car Brand This company founded by Ferdinand Porsche, is a well known sports car brand. Porsche vehicles are manufactured in Germany, their headquarters is located in Zuffenhausen. Porsche is well known for making small, sleek, high performance sports cars. Porsche line of vehicles include the Boxster, Cayman, 911, Panamera and Cayenne. Slogan: There is no substitute.
 
While the list of best auto brands is somewhat subjective, being that nearly all auto brands have good models of vehicles and also poor models. There is somewhat of a consensus among the most reliable and best built auto brands industry wide. That is not to say that every once in awhile, all manufacturers produce a lemon. With that caveat, here is a list of best in show auto brands.

Brands are ranked by factors of value, reliability, safety, driveability and appearance. With those criteria here is our top ten Auto Brands list. (brands listed alphabetically, not by order of merit)

BMW Auto Brand, Chevrolet Auto Brand, Ford Auto Brand, Honda Auto Brand, Hyundai Auto Brand, Kia Auto Brand, Mazda Auto Brand, Mercedes Benz Auto Brand, Subaru Auto Brand and Volvo Auto Brand.
 
Auto Insurance Brands
It's a fact of life, if you own, drive, lease or rent an automobile. You are going to need auto insurance to go along with that beautiful ride of yours. Cut rate insurance may be cheap, but if you are in a serious accident will it be enough? Check out these top brands of auto insurance and select the one to fit your auto needs.

AAA Auto Insurance Brand

Amica Auto Insurance
They portray themselves as an insurance company that a friend is likely to recommend to you, in their advertisements. With a focus on customer service, Amica is a brand of insurance for Home, Auto and Life that you might want to consider. Slogan: Helpfulness Insured.


Farmers Auto Insurance Brand
Farmers Insurance Group is a trusted brand of auto insurance. A Farmers insurance agent can review your insurance coverage, help you identify gaps in that coverage and even let you know about potential discounts you may qualify for. Slogan: Gets you back where you belong. , We are Farmers, Bum Ba Bum Bum Bum Bum Bum!
Customer Review: I had this brand of auto insurance on my own cars for quite awhile, I did however eventually switch as the price seemed to keep rising almost every year. I did have a car stolen and they covered the cost and everything went pretty smoothly. I never had an accident though, so I still don't understand why my insurance cost kept rising.

Geico Auto Insurance Brand
Geico is a good brand of auto insurance and it seems as if the commercials with the little talking Geico Gecko are everywhere. The theme is constant, Do you know how much you could save by switching to Geico? If you have 15 minutes to spare, then you can get a free auto insurance quote from them on their website. Geico offers 24 -hour assistance with a real person (which is nice) , online payment choices and a program known as Auto Repair Express (ARX) . Slogan: Fifteen minutes could save you 15 percent or more on car insurance.

Nationwide Auto Insurance Brand
Nationwide likes to think of their brand as a collected nation of consumers and the theory is that together you can save on insurance rates. A high percentage of Nationwide customers would recommend this car insurance brand to a friend. They highlight 5 areas of excellence: On Your Side Claims Service , Discount Rates , 95% Member Satisfaction, Vanishing Deductible and On Your Side Review. The Vanishing Deductible is particularly interesting as they will lower your deductible by $100 for every year of safe driving with them. Slogan: Nationwide is on your side.

Progressive Auto Insurance Brand
If you think you are a great driver, then this might be the best insurance for you. They have a device called snapshot, which if you plug into your car, keeps track of your driving habits and can offer incredible savings for safe drivers. They like to promote simplicity and discounts as part of their buying experience. Who can forget all the commercials with the "down home girl" girl Flo promoting their brand. Slogan: think easier, think Progressive.

State Farm Auto Insurance Brand
State Farm is known for excellent service and high quality auto insurance coverage. 40 million drivers rely on State Farm auto insurance coverage, which makes it one of the largest auto insurers. Slogan: And like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.

The General Auto Insurance Brand
 
Top 20 Auto Brands Listed on Twitter
  1. Mercedes-Benz (@MBUSA)
  2. Ford (@Ford)
  3. Lexus (@Lexus)
  4. Toyota (@Toyota)
  5. Audi (@Audi)
  6. Volvo (@VolvoCars_US)
  7. Chevrolet (@Chevrolet)
  8. Jeep (@Jeep)
  9. Volkswagen (@VW)
  10. Tesla (@TeslaMotors)
  1. Honda (@Honda)
  2. Nissan (@Nissan)
  3. Chrysler (@Chrysler)
  4. Porsche (@Porsche)
  5. Dodge (@Dodge)
  6. Hyundai (@Hyundai)
  7. Aston Martin (@astonmartin)
  8. Ford Trucks (@FordTrucks)
  9. Subaru (@subaru_usa)
  10. Range Rover (@RangeRoverUSA)
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