5 of the Most Iconic European Car Brands

European cars are synonymous with the European style and exoticness of the areas they are from, and the sight of them brings to mind memories of each area that they hail from. There are some iconic European car brands that immediately bring to mind that feeling of Europe and its fashion, culture and history. Here are 5 of the most iconic European car brands.


The Volkswagon, or V-dub as it is often known, is one of the most popular of the European car brands, known for its ‘bugs’ and ‘kombi’ vans that are sought after throughout Australia, and the world. The Volkswagon style is one that is synonymous with a relaxed attitude and the kombi vans are still used by people who have chosen to enjoy a nomadic, or alternative lifestyle. They are often used for road trips. The German manufacturer is the biggest in Germany and one of the largest in the world.


The Jaguar, or ‘Jag’ is a well loved iconic European car brand, hailing from merry old England, and known as one of James Bond’s cars in the movies of the well-loved spy. The company first started making motorcycle side cars, but eventually went into cars. The Jaguar comes in all sorts of different models from the classic convertible to other Jaguar models offering the height of style and chic. Jaguar recently joined forces with Land Rover


The BMW has long been a symbol of German workmanship and style, with its initials meaning simply the Bavarian Motor Works. The Bavarian Motor Works was founded in 1916, in Munich, Bavaria, Germany and produces automobiles, motorcycles and engines. The company, known for its luxury cars, also manufactures Mini’s and is the parent company of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. As well as cars, the BMW brand also makes aircraft engines!


Peugeot is a French car brand, a part of the PSA Peugeot Citroen company, originally founded as a family manufacturing business in 1810. The company started with the production of coffee, pepper, salt grinders, dresses and bicycles with Armand Peugeot introducing his ‘Le Grand Bi’ aka penny-farthing bicycle in 1882, with a range of other bicycles. The first Peugeot automobile was produced in 1889, and was a 3 wheeled, steam powered car which didn’t really take off due to issues with the steam powered aspect of it. In 1890 the first Peugeot internal combustion engine car was produced and was considered to be more sophisticated than many of its contemporaries, a sophistication that has stayed with the brand over the years the followed.


The Fiat car company is an Italian car manufacturer, founded in 1899, with a history that includes the production of railway engines and carriages, military vehicles, farm tractors and aircraft. As well as the Fiat cars, the company also owns, or is a stakeholder in other iconic European brands including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Chrysler. Fiat cars are built and sold around the world, and in Brazil the Fiat brand is the market leader.

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