16 Car Brands That Start With P (Existing and Defunct)


  • Founded: 1931
  • Headquarters: Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Car types: Sedans, SUV, Sports, Luxury
  • Popular models: Carrera, Boxster, Cayenne
  • Website: www.porsche.com

Porsche is a luxury vehicle that expanded outside of the traditional two-seater sports car to include a line-up of premium SUVs and sedans. These vehicles are known for nimble handling, sporty styling, and powerful engines.


  • Founded: 1896
  • Headquarters: Paris, France
  • Car types: Sedans, SUV, Luxury, Commercial
  • Popular models: 205, 306, 3008
  • Website: www.peugeot.com

Peugeot is the second-largest car manufacturer in Europe, behind Volkswagen. Peugeot produces not only luxury sedans and SUVs but also commercial vehicles, motorcycles, and military vehicles. This company also produces electric and hybrid cars.


  • Founded: 1926
  • Headquarters: Detroit, Michigan; USA
  • Car types: Sedans, SUV,
  • Popular models: Sunfire, Aztec
  • Website: www.pontiac.com

At its peak, Pontiac was a prominent manufacturer of classic American cars. This carmaker produced large muscle cars in the mid-20th century and evolved to produce modern, affordable vehicles before folding in 2010.


  • Founded: 1939
  • Headquarters:  Denton, Texas, United States
  • Car types: Commercial trucks
  • Popular models: Peterbilt Model 389, Model 579, Model 567
  • Website: www.peterbilt.com

The Peterbilt company produces the vehicles that are responsible for transporting goods throughout the interstates of the United States. These semi-trucks and other medium- and heavy-duty trucks haul goods, livestock, and other essential products.


  • Founded: 1992
  • Headquarters:  San Cesario sul Panaro, MO, Italy
  • Car types: Supercars
  • Popular models: Zonda, Huayra
  • Website: www.pagani.com

Pagani supercars are inspired by fighter planes and feature four unique circular exhaust pipes. Pagani cars are often categorized in a similar place as Ferrari or Bugatti. Pagani also manufactures carbon fiber for lightweight vehicles.


  • Founded: 1905
  • Headquarters:  Bellevue, Washington, United States
  • Car types: Commercial trucks
  • Popular models:
  • Website: www.paccar.com

Paccar produces lightweight, medium-duty, and heavy-duty trucks for commercial purposes, like long-hauling. Paccar also manufactures diesel engines and other components to support its trucking.


Packard is the car manufacturer synonymous with turn of the 20th century glamour in car styling. These luxurious vehicles are collectibles, as the company closed in 1958. Packard vehicles illustrate the early history of automobiles.


  • Founded: 1996
  • Headquarters: Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Car types: Racing, Sports
  • Popular models: Polestar 1, Polestar 2
  • Website: www.polestar.com

Polestar is the performance and racing arm of the popular Volvo car brand. This Swedish manufacturer focuses on developing high-performance and energy-efficient versions of popular Volvo vehicles. Polestar is evolving to compete with Tesla.


  • Founded: 1989
  • Headquarters: Braselton, Georgia, United States
  • Car types: Sports, Racing
  • Popular models: Roadster, AIV Roadster, Esperante
  • Website: www.panoz.com

Panoz is another elite racing brand, designing and engineering its own race car. This company also boasts “America’s Most Exclusive Custom Sports Car” as a feature available with this American performance car brand.


  • Founded: 1993
  • Headquarters: Serendah, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Car types: Compact, Minicars
  • Popular models: Bezza, Ativa, Aruz
  • Website: www.perodua.com.my

The Perodua car company is only the second car manufacturer in the entire country of Malaysia and is also the largest. This manufacturer primarily focuses on compact cars but has been expanding into super compacts.


  • Founded: 1930
  • Headquarters: Cambiano, Italy
  • Car types: Hypercar
  • Popular models: Battista, PF1
  • Website: www.pininfarina.com

For most of its history, Pininfarina served as a designer and coachbuilder for a variety of luxury carmakers as well as more affordable brands. Since 2018, this manufacturer has been producing its own energy-efficient hypercars.


  • Founded: 1907
  • Headquarters: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Car types: Sedans, Go-Karts, Racing, Trucks
  • Popular models: Minion, Grand, Alpha
  • Website: www.pragaglobal.com

This Czech manufacturer offers a wide array of products, including traditional automobiles, go-karts, airplanes, and racing cars. The Czechoslovak Army also used Praga vehicles to defend the country for more than 50 years.


  • Founded: 1984
  • Headquarters: Banbury, England, United Kingdom
  • Car types: Racing
  • Popular models: Prodrive Impreza N2010
  • Website: www.pragaglobal.com

Prodrive designs elite and forward-thinking racing cars, and advanced car technology. This British company builds racing cars for companies like Aston Martin and Volkswagen. This manufacturer uses their technology in the marine and aerospace fields as well.


  • Founded: 1983
  • Headquarters: Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Car types: Racing
  • Popular models: Saga, Waja
  • Website: www.proton.com

Proton is one of two car manufacturers in the Southeast Asian nation of Malaysia. Proton collaborates with many Asian carmakers to produce cars under Proton. Proton participates in international racing with its team, Proton Motorsports.


  • Founded: 1985
  • Headquarters: Saint-Christol-lès-Alès, France
  • Car types: Sports
  • Popular models: Speedster II, Cévennes, Hemera
  • Website: www.pgo.fr

PGO produces an exclusive line of sports cars in a market that is similar to the Lotus or Morgan market. This French manufacturer delivers an elite vehicle for those looking for an individual driving experience.


Plymouth vehicles were born in the early days of American automobile manufacturing, riding all the trends until its demise in 2001. This brand is similar in history and trajectory to that of Pontiac and Oldsmobile.

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Author: DJ

Dave Junior is a hands-on automotive technician with experience in performing service, diagnostics, and repairs on domestic and imported vehicles. He enjoys writing and sharing his knowledge far and wide.

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