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  1. Globe-15Classic cars such as Cords, Duesenbergs, and Pierce-Arrows are fondly remembered, but many other US firms once built cars. True or false: From 1919 to 1932, DuPont Motors Inc. built luxury cars.
  2. Match each of the following car manufacturers with its country of origin.
    A. Alvis 1. Australia
    B. Holden 2. Malaysia
    C. Proton 3. United Kingdom
  3. True or false: The first Willy Jeeps were used by the United States Army during World War II as reconnaissance vehicles to replace the motorcycle.
  4. True or false: The fondly remembered Talbot-Lago racing car was produced in France.
  5. True or false: Founded in 1961, the Monteverdi automobile company produced luxury cars in Switzerland.
  6. Which of the following is not a Japanese-owned car manufacturer?
    A. Daihatsu
    B. Fuji (Subaru)
    C. Hyundai
  7. The classic Hispano-Suiza may be the best-remembered Spanish car. True or false: Since World War II, there have been no Spanish-owned automakers.
  8. German cars are renowned for their quality. Which of the following German manufacturers, however, once produced underpowered compact cars?
    A. BMW
    B. Daimler-Benz
    C. Trabant
  9. Swedish automakers are known for their attention to safety and technical innovations. True or false: The Saab car company began as an aircraft manufacturer.
  10. Italy has often been a leader in automotive design. Which of the following is not an Italian car company?
    A. Alfa Romeo
    B. Ferrari
    C. Yugo


  1. True
  2. A,3; B,1; C,2
  3. True
  4. True. Talbot produced the race cars from 1936 to 1956.
  5. True
  6. C. Hyundai is a Korean car manufacturer.
  7. False. Empresa Transportes Autocamiones SA of Barcelona has produced trucks, buses, and the well-regarded Pegaso sports car.
  8. C. Built in Communist East Germany, the tiny, two-cylinder Trabi had a top speed of about sixty-two miles per hour.
  9. True
  10. C. The Yugo was manufactured in the former Yugoslavia.

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