If some people splurge on designer shoes and bags, others collect or invest in luxury cars. Have you ever wondered what the rich and the famous take for a ride anywhere they like? We are pretty sure you are not the only one. So whether you are just curious or wanted to get a luxury car for yourself, then we have arrived at this list of top 15 luxury car brands of the rich and famous in 2017.
When it comes to the more advanced automobiles you can find, many collectors turn their attention to Volvo. Volvo was founded in 1927 in Sweden. On the same year, the first Volvo car, OV4 was launched. Volvo’s business flourished even during the war years in 1940s that in 1960s two more plants opened in Sweden and Belgium. Eventually, Volvo arrived in Europe as it was transformed into a European company based in Sweden. 2002 was a big year for the company when it launched its first SUV, XC90, which eventually became the most important export product in Sweden. From a small local industry, Volvo has grown into one of the leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, and cars.
Another big name in the world of luxury cars is Jaguar. This was established in 1922 as Swallow Sidecar Company before it became Jaguar Cars officially in 1945. After Ford announced its plan to sell Jaguar in 2007, Tata Motors became the preferred bidder effective in 2008. Jaguar features some of the most good looking and powerful cars in the market. It continues to come up with innovations with their cars to ensure optimum performance. Jaguar was known for manufacturing cars to elites like the British Prime Minister.
In 1919, what is now considered as one of the best luxury car brands was born. Bentley Motors was founded by W.O. Bentley. The company holds a record of six victories in Le Mans proving the success of the Bentley in manufacturing automobiles with outstanding speed and power. Its first Le Mans win was in 1924 and then from 1927 to 1930. After 73 years, two Bentley Speed 8s finished first and second in the 2003 Le Mans. From the heritage or classic Bentley models to the latest and more advanced cars, one thing remains: exquisite design and unparalleled craftsmanship.
Started 60 years ago, 1947, Land Rover became a household name for its display of excellent design and craftsmanship through luxury cars. The company claims it all started from a car sketch on the sand of a Welsch beach. With passion in creating a vehicle that surpasses any terrain, the tough and powerful Land Rover car was born. From the Jeep-inspired Land Rover vehicles, the company now takes pride of its dynamic, versatile, distinct, and avant-garde luxury cars.
You may have been asked once in your childhood what car would you like to have, and you probably said Maserati. This is an Italian luxury car brand that is definitely for the rich and famous. It was established in 1914 in Bologna, Italy by the Maserati brothers after production of race cars was suspended by Diatto. What makes Maserati a stand out is the fact that the Maserati brothers have collectively solved the electrical problems that were prevalent in engines during that time. After Alfieri Maserati, one of the four brothers, died, the others sold their shares in the company to Adolfo Orsi. The success of the company did not come easy as it was challenged by the war as well as close competition with other brands. As Maserati accurately puts it, theirs is the combination of on-road performance and off-road capabilities.
From the Japanese car maker, Toyota, here is another luxury car brand that features innovative and elegant models. The story of Lexus started in 1983 when Toyota chairman, Eiji Toyoda, tasked a group of researchers and experts to build what could possibly be the world’s best car, eventually creating the Lexus LS 400, which was completed in 1989. As a fun fact, 219 names were suggested for Toyota’s luxury vehicle division, out of which Alexis was selected. However, believing that the name pertains more to a person rather than a vehicle, they removed the first letter and replaced “i” with “u”. Lexus now markets its cars to more than 70 countries in the world.
Another top brand that specializes in sedans, sports cars, and SUVs is Porsche, a German automobile manufacturer. Through the years, Porsche has become closely associated, almost synonymous, with sports cars or race cars. The company was founded by Ferdinand Porsche, who first worked as engineer for Mercedez-Benz. Later, he developed designs for Volkswagen, thereby giving birth to Volkswagen Beetle. In 1935, he incorporated his own company, Porsche. The first car, Porsche 64, was released in 1938 using components from Beetle. Ferdinand was succeeded by his son, who launched the first sports car for the company, popularly known as the “356”. Fast forward, Porsche is now owned by Volkswagen with headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.
This next luxury car brand is relatively fresher in the industry. It was founded by a group of engineers lead by Elon Musk in 2003 who believed that electric cars, with zero emission, could be better than gasoline-powered ones. In 2008, they launched Tesla Roadster, which is the first Tesla vehicle to use lithium-ion battery. The said car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds. In 2012, it also released the world’s first electric sedan – Model S.
Another German automobile manufacturer is Audi. Skipping the much more complicated origin of the company, suffice it is to say that the establishment of the present company was initiated by August Horsch, whose last name means “Audi” in Latin. The first Audi vehicle, Audi Type A, was introduced in 1910. The brand can be easily identified with its four interlinked rings on the logo, which symbolizes the four independent motor-vehicle manufacturers, which converged into one.
Founded in 1916 is a German manufacturing company for engine, motorcycle, and luxury cars. BMW AG is a product of the convergence of two companies. The popular emblem of BMW was first released in 1917 with colors representing the Bavarian state. BMW‘s first car was Dixi, while its first aircraft engine was BMW Illa. From Germany, BMW has opened other plants in South Africa and Austria. In the early 1990s, BMW has finally arrived and opened a plant in US. In 2012, BMW was named by Forbes as the number 1 most reputable company in the world. Humanizing the speed and power of a BMW car are its athlete endorsers.
The rich history of Lamborghini dates back to 1963 when a wealthy man named Ferruccio Lamborghini decided to build a sports car that would compete with Ferrari. Many thought of this as an extravagant and impossible dream. With his experience and money, he built a high-end facility to do the job. A year after, the 350 GT was born. The name got more attention when it launched Lamborghini Miura in 1966. Since then, Lamborghini has carved its name in the industry as one of the best luxury brands for sports car or race cars.
1963 was indeed a significant year for the luxury car industry as it was also the same year when McLaren was instituted. It was founded by Bruce McLaren, who built the first McLaren race car in 1964- the M1A. His innovations have garnered multiple recognitions and victories from different competitions. Bruce was designing a prototype for a light sports car when he died in 1970 while testing M8D. But, it did not stop there. The company merged with Ron Dennis. Eventually, more cars were designed and built. Today, McLaren still impresses us with race cars of excellent design and engineering as they continue to work for perfection.
Bagging the third spot for the top 15 luxury car brands for 2017 is Aston Martin. This company was founded in London in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. Aston Martin’s sports cars are considered as British icons even holding a Royal Warrant 1982 from the Prince of Wales. Aston Martin gained more popularity as fictional character James Bond drove a DB5 model in 1964.
Taking the second place is an Italian manufacturer that specializes in sports car. Who does not know Ferrari? The company as founded by Enzo Ferrari as early as 1939, but officially recognized in 1947. Ferrari is visible in Formula 1 and other sport car racing events. Ferrari is among the world’s most powerful brand even taking the said title according to Brand Finance. Apart from its undeniable speed and power, Ferrari has become a status symbol for wealth and luxury.
Bringing home the trophy as 2017’s number 1 luxury car brand is none other than Rolls Royce. A home to some of the best luxury cars that the rich and the famous fall for, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars was founded in 1998 after BMW was granted the rights to the Rolls-Royce brand name and logo from Rolls-Royce PLC. It is a BMW subsidiary, while Rolls-Royce vehicles produced before 2003 was subsidiary of Volkswagen AG. Among the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars are the Phantom, which was a four-door sedan launched in 2003, Ghost, Wrath, and Dawn. Rolls-Royce has also announced its first production of SUV set out to be released in 2017. Among the popular Rolls Royce owner is Conor McGregor.
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