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10 CAR LOGOS AND THEIR HIDDEN MEANINGS

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The rich history of car manufacturers is often reflected in their logos. Often it's not only the company's past, but superstition, the company's vision, or simply their national identify that is reflected in their logo.

Find out about the 10 most interesting hidden meanings behind these famous car logos 

1. Audi

A simple one. The four rings of the logo represent four car companies (Audi, Horch, DKW, and Wanderer) that merged in 1932 to create Audi’s predecessor company, Auto Union.

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2. Hyundai

If you think that the logo for Hyundai is simply the first letter of its name then you’re wrong. As a matter of fact, the letter ’Н’ symbolizes two people (a client and a representative of the company) shaking hands.

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3. Toyota

Incorporating three overlapping ovals, with the inner two forming a stylized T and a steering wheel, as well as representing how the customers' expectations [horizontal] and car manufacturer's ideal [vertical] . . . are firmly interlocked to form the letter T. The outermost oval represents the world embracing Toyota. There is also another hidden meaning that the logo represents a stylized image of the eye of a needle with a thread passed through it. This is a hint at the company’s past, which used to produce weaving machines. 

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4. BMW 

It is often believed that the central part of the logo of BMW symbolizes the rotating blades of an airplane in line with the company’s early history of aviation technology. But in fact, the blue and white quadrants represent the Bavarian Free State colors - but in the opposed order - because it was illegal to use national symbols in a commercial trademark.

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5. Lamborghini
 

The iconic bull in the Lamborghini logo represents Ferruccio Lamborghini’s zodiac sign; Taurus. He was also a fan of bull fighting, which is why the bull looks like it’s ready to ruin someone’s day.

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6. Mercedes

Designed by German, the three-pointed star simply represents the brand’s domination of the land, the sea, and the air.

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7. Mitsubishi


The origin of the logo is reflected in the company name. ‘Mitsu’ means ‘three’ in Japanese, while ‘hishi’ (pronounced ‘bishi’) means water chestnut, and is also the same word that the Japanese have long used to denote a rhombus or diamond shape.

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8. Subaru

Subaru means united in Japanese and is also the name for the Pleiades star cluster (aka Seven Sisters which is one of the nearest star clusters to Earth and which is most obvious to the naked eye at night).

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9. Maserati


The Italian company was headed by three brothers, but it was a fourth Maserati brother, artist Mario, who created the company logo. He designed a trident based on the statue of the Roman god Neptune in the Piazza Maggiore in Bologna, and added red and blue to acknowledge that city.

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10. Ferrari

The Ferrari logo is one of the most famous car logos ever created. The iconic badge that consists of a black prancing horse on a yellow background, today is synonymous with speed and sports cars. The prancing horse was first seen on the plane of Francesco Baracca, who was a heroic pilot in the World War I. Enzo met the pilot’s mother who proposed that he should use this symbol on his cars as a lucky charm.

 

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Source: Petrolhead Arabia


Posted by Maye Rosales on 6th May 2017

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