From luxury cars to the day to day car that normal people drive on their way to work, there’s a German car in almost all cities on the planet. They are very popular, robust, powerful, and affordable, making the German car brands some of the best in the world. They are not only the testament of an amazing legacy, but they are also providing us with some of the best cars in the world, both from a performance and comfort standpoint.
German Car logos come in a variety of shapes and sizes, below we’ve compiled some of them, along with a little background information on each one.
1 – Audi
This logo consists of four overlapping rings. This represents the four Marques of Auto Union. It symbolizes the combination of Audi with DKW, Horch, and Wanderer. The rings represent each one in that order from left to right. The International Olympic Committee tried to sue Audi in 1995 for the similarities in the two logos, but they lost the case.
The logo was revised in 1009 to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the company. Minor changes were made, changing the font to left-aligned Audi Type and alternate shading for the four rings. This revised logo was designed by Rayan Abdullah.
2 – BMW
The logo for BMW known as the roundel logo came from the circular Rapp Motorenwerke company logo which is the one from which the modern day company grew from. The blue and white colors represent the flag of Bavaria. In 1929 the logo was shown as a aircraft propeller that cut through a blue sky in a BMW advertisement.
While this was used in a commercial, the misconception that the origin of the logo is actually a propeller is not the case.
3 – Mercedes-Benz
This round logo is a three-cornered star with three white spaces in between. These spaces represent land, sky, and sea. The intention is that Mercedes-Benz has power over all three.
4 – Porsche
The logo here is based on the coat of arms of the Free People’s State of Wurttemberg. These people were from the former Weimar Germany which had Stuttgart as the capital. The coat of arms was placed in the middle since the cars were made in the city of Stuttgart.
These names faded with time in 1952 when West Germany was consolidated with the rest of the country. The logo still represents the name however.
5 – Volkswagen
This logo is simple, it actually spells out the letter of the company’s initial. The word “Volks” means “people” and “Wagen” is “car.” This led to these vehicles being referred to as “The People’s Car.” While the company started in Germany, it has since spread to other parts of the world in several ways.
Now that you’ve seen some of the top German car logos and learned more about them, you can make an educated decision when your purchase your next vehicle.
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