Quiz on automobiles

Joy Bhattacharjya | Updated on May 24, 2019 Published on May 24, 2019

This week’s quiz is all about cars

Engine on

1. This iconic car brand was founded by Horch, DKW, Wanderer and one other company, and this coming together reflects even today in its logo. Name the brand.

2. The Volkswagen Beetle has the longest production run in automobile history — starting in 1938 and ending in 2003. In which country were the original models last produced, and remained as taxis as late as 2012?

3. How is the Morris Oxford series III, originally manufactured in the late ’50s in the UK, better known in India?

4. What distinctive design feature connects the DMC DeLorean, the 1952 Mercedes 300 SL and the Tesla Model X released in 2015?

5. Early ’60s. When a certain person once said that the Ferrari was too noisy and rough, the legendary Enzo Ferrari replied that he didn’t appreciate such comments from a ‘middle-aged tractor manufacturer’. What resulted from this exchange?

6. Which car logo shows a snake seemingly devouring a man and a cross alongside, and can be traced back to an Italian knight who fought in the crusades?

7. This iconic car of the ’60s was featured in the title of a 1966 song by Wilson Pickett and also in the film Goldfinger. But its most iconic appearance was when it was driven by Steve McQueen in the cult 1968 film Bullitt. Which car is it?

8. Which car brand gets its name from a god worshipped by the Parsis?

9. The Kijang was one of the prime-selling vehicles of an Asian car maker. The third generation of Kijang was produced and marketed in India with a different name and was so popular that its highest sales were in the month that the manufacturer decided to launch a newer model and discontinue that line. Identify this vehicle, renowned for its solid build and amazing reliability?

10. Which legendary car manufacturer started off as Laurin and Klement in 1895 and originally used to manufacture bicycles?


1. Audi; the fourth company was Audiwerke and the four interlocked rings represent the union of the four companies

2. Mexico; the Vocho cabs were a staple in Mexico City

3. The Hindustan Ambassador, manufactured from 1958 to 2014 in the Hindustan Motors plants in Uttarpara and Sriperumbudur

4. Gull-wing or falcon-wing doors, which are hinged on the roof and open upwards rather than sideways

5.Ferruccio Lamborghini, who originally made tractors, was absolutely incensed at Ferrari’s reply and decided to start making cars. The iconic brand released its first vehicle, the 350 GTV, in 1963

6. Alfa Romeo. Otone Visconti was from the ruling family of the city-state of Milan

7. The Ford Mustang

8. Mazda, from Ahura Mazda, the Zoroastrian god of reason and intelligence

9. The Toyota Qualis. The Innova is the next generation of the Kijang

10. Skoda, based in the Czech Republic


Joy Bhattacharjya is a quizmaster; @joybhattacharj

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Published on May 24, 2019
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