Interesting (other) Products from Car Brands
Car brands primarily make cars - that’s no surprise. But what about the non-car products? There are some surprising ones.
- Salt and pepper grinders
- Container ships
- Mechanical hearts
And your car.
We take a look at some interesting products that aren’t cars, but are made by car brands.
Yep, from Golf to Amarok… to Sausages. VW currywurst sausages are made at the main VW plant in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The car brand also makes its own sauce and cutlery to complement the sausages.
Originally, VW began making the food due to the remote locations of their factories in Germany, as a food source for workers. The snacks became so popular that VW continues producing them today.
Some European VW dealerships offer free sausages to customers too.
Unfortunately, VW has recently announced plans to cease offering the sausages in some of its plants.
If you like Hondas but are sick of traffic, this might be for you.
The HA-420 HondaJet, for example, is an 8-seat jet aircraft, primarily aimed at high-flying business clients.
Reaching speeds of up to 780 km/h and with a range of 2,600 km, the HA-420 is a popular choice for some.
Get a new one for around A$7million.
Aiming to provide better homes for residents in Japan, Toyota Housing has constructed over 100,000 steel frame houses.
The car brand’s homes have also popped up in Indonesia.
Toyota Housing adopts various solutions that meet net zero-energy demands through thermal insulation and other methods.
Sounds new but Toyota has been building homes for over 37 years.
Daewoo cars aren’t super common in Australia, but most motorists would be familiar with some small cars from the brand, like the Daewoo Lanos.
Other Daewoo products, (fortunately) unfamiliar to Australians, are weapons produced by the company.
For example, is the K2 assault rifle suited to 5.56mm NATO rounds.
Interestingly, the extension of the South Korean car brand that manufactures the K2 assault rifle also produces pianos.
Peugeot salt and pepper grinders
For those who really like pepper on their meals, French car maker, Peugeot, may have the answer.
In fact, the company actually started out as a manufacturer of coffee grinders and pepper mills in the early 1800s, prior to getting into vehicles.
Peugeot pepper grinders (mills) are still in production and for sale today.
Hyundai container ships
Since the 1970s, HMM, formerly known as Hyundai Merchant Marine, has been in the ship building business.
An example is the enormous HMM Algeciras-class container ship. One of the largest container ships in the world, the vessel is capable of carrying nearly 24,000 containers.
At around 400 metres in length, the Algeciras-class fleet consists of 12 vessels, all delivered in 2020.
In case you’re wondering, the ship that blocked the Suez Canal in March, 2021, was not one of the HMM Algeciras-class container ships.
Mitsubishi, known for its popular Outlander SUV and Lancer Evo performance car, also makes non-car products.
This time, it’s escalators - and travelators (moving walks).
Often found in hotels, shopping malls and of course, airports, the familiar Mitsubishi logo is something common all over the world.
GM mechanical heart
GM (General Motors), most well-known in Australia as Holden’s parent company, also worked in the life saving business.
In the early 1950s, GM, along with the Harper Hospital in Detroit, designed and built the world’s first mechanical heart.
The purpose of a mechanical heart is for use in open-heart surgery. Surgeons use these machines to temporarily replace a human heart during an operation.
The GM mechanical heart used air pressure and vacuum pumps to circulate blood.
It (kind of) makes sense
Designing and building cars is no simple task. It takes expertise and expensive precision equipment to get it right.
With their experienced research and development teams, car brands are well positioned to apply their knowledge to other products.
Keep a lookout for more amazing products made by the world’s car brands.