The majority of auto manufacturers are foreign. The more widely known ones include Japanese makers such as Toyota, Honda and Subaru. From Germany, BMW, Porsche, Volkswagen and Mercedes are well-known in America, although this is a very short list of the multitude of foreign-made cars available.
English manufacturers are known for a variety of high performance and luxury vehicles, including Aston Martin, Bentley, Catterham, Caparo, Gordon Murray, Land Rover, Lotus, McLaren, MG, Mini, Morgan, Noble, Rolls Royce and Vauxhall. Many of these manufacturers are rarely seen in America because of limited production and high pricing.
Japan has a number of manufacturers beyond the ones aforementioned, including Daihatsu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Suzuki. Japanese auto manufacturers are known for a wide range of vehicles, from economy to high performance, along with proven reliability.
South Korea in the past two decades has made its presence in the international market known with such makers as Kia and Hyundai, which offer affordable vehicles at a low price point.
Some lesser-known auto makers from locales not initially thought to be big players in the auto industry include Skoda Auto of the Czech Republic and Tata Motors of India. Following the fall of communism in Russia, a number of automakers entered the market, such as Avtovaz, The Gaz Group and Marussia Motors.