What Do They Drive?

Have you ever wondered what our neighbors across the pond drive? Here’s a brief rundown of cars you’d see on the roads of Europe today.

Dacia

This iconic Romanian car is celebrating 50 years of existence this year. A subsidiary of Renault, Dacia is Romania’s highest grossing, largest exporting car manufacturer in Europe’s twelfth largest country.

SEAT

Created in Barcelona, the first ever SEAT was released over 61 years ago. To date, the Spanish company has built over 16-million vehicles. This company brings technology to life in their cars today.

Peugeot

The first ever Peugeot was released to the public in 1889. It was a steam-driven three-wheeler. The French company has come a long way since, having received many international motorsports awards  including five World Rally Championships, seven DAKAR Rally wins and three Le Mans titles, to name but a few.

Opel

A German car whose roots are traced back to a sewing machine and bicycle company, the brand is sold all across Europe, and even made an appearance in the U.S. from 1958-1975. Those are some good-looking cars right there.

Renault

A car with French roots, available for purchase in over 130 countries today. In 2016, they were considered the ninth biggest automaker in the world (by production volume).

Škoda Auto

Škoda is a Czech auto manufacturer founded in 1895. This company is one of the five oldest companies still producing cars today. This year, they’re the official sponsor of the 2018 UCI Road World Championships.

Citroën

Founded in 1919 in France, Citroën is the only automobile manufacturer today to have won three different official championships from the International Automobile Federation.

Daewoo

This South Korean company may have been defunct in 2008, but some of their cars are still on the road 10 years later. At the time, they were the second largest Korean conglomerate (after Hyundai). The former Daewoo factories now produce GM cars for Asian markets.

Abarth

A subsidiary of Fiat, the Abarth is an Italian racecar turned streetcar. The company’s scorpion logo is based on the founder’s astrological sign. Why, yes, this car is fierce!

Lancia

Another Italian manufacturer, this one is often spotted on the road in the Swiss Alps. Known for its use of Greek letters to represent model names, the car is unfortunately sold exclusively in Italy.

 

Did you see a car during your most recent Europe trip we missed? Let us know (just leave a reply below)!

 

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