Can You Name the International Version of These Common American Cars?

By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

There are many different makes of cars found in the United States. 

Many of these models are marketed around the world and retain their names. Some, however, do not. They are not only marketed in places such as Europe, China, Japan, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand under different names but sometimes they are even made by different manufacturers!

And it works the other way around as well. In fact, in the 1970s and 1980s, many vehicles were first produced in Europe and then made their way to the United States as a different name model. For example, Ford's European division made many models for the European market that found their way back to the United States to be marketed there.

In some cases, different manufacturers in the United States received the rebadged version of the European car to market. It could even get a little confusing at times, as in the case of the Buick Isuzu Opel. That's three model names in one!

In this quiz, we want to test your knowledge of these various brands and their American counterparts. Let's see if you can identify the models that match. Some are easy and some are extremely difficult. Just take your time and trust your judgment.

Good luck! 

The Volt, a hybrid model first introduced by Chevrolet in the United States in 2011, is known by a number of other names around the world. General Motors' affiliate (at the time), Opel in Germany, named the Volt the Ampera but it was essentially the same vehicle.

The Dodge Journey was introduced in the United States in 2009 but from 2011, rebadged versions built in Mexico were soon available around the globe. The only change? The name. Now known as the Fiat Freemont, this vehicle was made available in Europe, Australia, Brazil, China and a host of other countries.

One of Ford's offerings in the highly competitive compact crossover market, the Escape has sold close to 1.5 million units in the past five years. The Escape is not only popular in the United States, however. Named the Kuga in other parts of the world, it sells well in Europe and Australia. It is available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive and has a six-speed gearbox as standard.

OK, this one is complicated. The Chevrolet Spark was originally the Daewoo Matiz but Chevrolet bought up the Korean manufacturer and renamed the vehicle. This vehicle has been available in Europe over the years, marketed by Opel as the Karl. Hmm, not sure I would want to drive in a car called Karl.

The Ford F-150 certainly needs no introduction. For years, it has been the favorite pickup of many Americans. Just south of the border, the F-150 is known as the Lobo, which means wolf in Spanish.

The Dodge Stealth was a captive import sold by Chrysler from 1990 to 1996. It was essentially the GTO sports car marketed by Mitsubishi.

A joint venture between Toyota and General Motors saw the Pontiac Vibe and the essentially similar Toyota Matrix launched in 2002. The first generation of the Pontiac Vibe was also marketed in Japan from 2002 to 2004 as the Toyota Voltz.

The Buick Encore, the American automakers first compact crossover is an Opel product. The Encore is known as the Opel Mokka in Europe.

The Venture was a large minivan model produced by Chevrolet between 1997 and 2005 in the United States. The Sintra was sold throughout Europe from 1997 to 1999 by Chevrolet’s General Motor stablemate, Opel.

The Opel Kadett featured in the European motoring scene over a number of years with the C version rebadged for the United States as the Buick Kadett.

The Chevrolet SS, marketed in the United States from 2013 to 2017 is actually an Australian vehicle made by Holden called the Commodore.

Produced by Mercury from 1981 to 1987, the Lynx was essentially a rebadged Ford Escort, a popular model in Europe.

The Plymouth Cricket was a rebadged Hillman Avenger, a car sold in Europe mostly. The Cricket was marketed in the United States for three years between 1971 and 1973.

A 5-door station wagon, the Dodge Colt Vista was a rebadged version of the Mitsubishi Chariot and marketed in the United States between 1988 and 1991.

A rebadged version of the Mitsubishi Mirage, the Plymouth Champ was marketed in the United States from 1979 to 1983.

In 2011, Chevrolet introduced the Volt, a hybrid car. This was marketed across the globe under a number of different names, including the Ampera by then General Motors affiliate in the United Kingdom, Vauxhall.

Marketed first in the United States and then China, the Buick Regal is known by a number of different names, including the Opel Insignia in Europe.

The Fusion, a mid-sized sedan model from Ford, first hit the market in 2006. Straight away, Ford had a winner on their hands and a range of models followed, including a hybrid as well as a fully electric version. The Fusion is now one of the most popular models in the United States and is also marketed in other parts of the world, such as in Europe, as the Mondeo.

The Chrysler 300 was marketed in Europe from 2011 as the Lancia Thema.

The Spark is a Chevrolet model derived from the Daewoo Matiz. Chevrolet bought the Korean auto manufacturer and simply changed the name. It is also available in other parts of the world, including the United Kingdom where it was marketed as the Vauxhall Viva.

The Dodge Caravan minivan was first released by Chrysler in 1984. The fifth generation, based on Chrysler’s RT platform, saw a rebadged option marketed in the United States and Canada and Mexico as the Volkswagen Routan from 2009 till 2014.

The Regal sedan is marketed in both the United States and China. The Regal is also available in the United Kingdom. Here it forms part of the Vauxhall range and is marketed as the Insignia.

With reports suggesting the Galaxy MPV may be released by Ford USA soon, this vehicle has already been part of Ford’s European stable since 1985. A rebadged version marketed as the Volkswagen Sharan was sold in Europe from 1995 to 2010 as well as in Malaysia, amongst other markets.

Mercury Capri (Ford Capri) – The Mercury Capri was an American version of the Ford Capri, a European-based Ford product that was sold under the Mercury badge from 1970 to 1978. From 1979 onward, the Mercury Capri was actually a restyled Ford Mustang.

A rebadged version of the Mitsubishi Colt Galant, the Dodge Colt was marketed for many years in the United States.

The Pontiac LeMans nameplate was first seen in the early 1960s. By the 1980s, it had seen five generations. In 1988, the LeMans made a comeback as the Daewoo LeMans, a vehicle from Korea that itself was a rebadged version of the Open Kadett. Confusing!

General Motors introduced the Saturn brand to compete with cheaper Japanese cars in the 1990s. One of the Saturn models was a rebadged Opel Astra, a popular sedan in Europe.

The G8, marketed in the United States by Pontiac, was, in fact, a rebadged Australian model, the Holden Commodore VE. This model was built in Australia and sold in America between 2007 and 2009.

The Opel Kadett C featured in the United Kingdom motoring scene over a number of years with the C version rebadged for the United States as the Buick Kadett.

The first compact crossover introduced by Buick, the Encore is the same vehicle as the Vauxhall Mokka, marketed in the United Kingdom.

The Pontiac Vibe and the Toyota Matrix are essentially the same cars and a joint project between Toyota and General Motors. The Matrix was sold in America and Canada.

Perhaps a future Ford model in the United States, the Galaxy MPV, developed by Ford Europe, first hit the road in 1995. A rebadged version, part of Spanish manufacturer SEAT’s fleet, called the Alhambra, has been available since 1996 and is currently in its second generation.

A minivan model, the Chevrolet Venture was first marketed by General Motors in the United States in 1997. It served as a model in their lineup until 2005. The Vauxhall Sintra was a rebadged right-hand drive version of the venture sold in the United Kingdom from 1997 to 1999.

The Buick Verano was first marketed in the United States in 2012. This sedan is also available in China, with a few cosmetic changes but a different name, the Buick Excelle GT.

After plunging sales on the first version of the Lynx (based on the European Ford Escort) caused it to be discontinued, Mercury introduced the Tracer, another rebadged foreign car, this time the Japanese Mazda 323.

After the Buick Kadett was phased out in America due to poor sales, General Motors turned to another rebadged foreign car, this time choosing the Isuzu Gemini. How they came to the naming convention for the car, well, nobody knows…

The GTO is a legendary brand from Pontiac. After it was marketed between 1964 and 1974, it disappeared. It returned in 2004 until 2006 but was a rebadged Holden Monaro from Australia.

The Volt hybrid model was first introduced in the United States in America. It was known by several other model names around the globe but Holden, then a General Motors affiliate, stuck with the name, Volt.

The Regal, a model from Buick marketed in China and the United States, is also part of the Holden lineup in Australia and New Zealand where it is known as the Commodore.

First released by General Motors in 1985, the Chevrolet Metro was a rebadged Suzuki Cultus.

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