Monday, April 15, 2024

The auto nameplates with the longest run

Certain automobiles are sold for an extended period of time

However, as they are passed down from generation to generation, car names can endure even longer. We're presenting a list of 30 nameplates that have been in production for more than 40 years, either continuously or intermittently, in ascending order of survival, to show how far this can go.

Citroen 2CV: 41 years, (1949–1990)

The 2CV stands out among the others in this group because, save from minor elements like a progressive rise in engine size from 375cc to 602cc, it was virtually unaltered over its entire manufacturing period. Given that it was designed in the late 1930s, it may have had a much longer lifespan, but the Second World War delayed its release.

The Ami, Dyane, and Méhari were all members of the 2CV family, although the original model outlasted them all by a wide margin.

Land Rover: 42 years, (1948–1990)

Before the Discovery arrived to further complicate things, Land Rover was the name of a particular vehicle in the Rover lineup—albeit one that was offered in a number of configurations.

The management made the decision to refer to the current iteration of the original model as Defender at this time. Land Rover evolved become a brand name as opposed to a nameplate, making it outside the purview of this feature.

Fiat Panda: from 1980 to the present (42/3)

Apart from its similar size, the modern Panda bears very little resemblance to the extremely simple yet remarkably successful automobile that debuted in 1980. Nevertheless, Fiat excels at producing cars of this kind. Its home country is still littered with examples of the initial iteration, which came in second behind the Ford Escort in the 1981 Car of the Year honours and stayed in production until 2003, a tribute to both very forgiving weather and remarkably straightforward mechanics.

Volkswagen Jetta: 43 years from 1979 to the present

With the exception of the third and fourth Golfs, which were known as the Vento and Bora, Volkswagen has marketed the saloon version of each Golf under the name Jetta in the majority of markets. However, there hasn't been a pause globally because the Jetta name was also applied to vehicles manufactured in China at the same time that Ventos and Boras were being sold somewhere else.