One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A make of car, as distinct from a specific model.
make, line, labelView synonyms
- ‘Alvis, some say, was the best ever British motor car and this design recalls the plain bench seating and racy lines of the marque.’
- ‘After spending half his life abroad, he is now back in Britain, based in London, and excited by the prospect of overseeing the future shape of some of motoring's most prestigious marques.’
- ‘It follows on from his current BMW, Mitsubishi, Fiat and Alfa Romeo franchises and neatly complements the current model ranges of those marques.’
- ‘Independent garages that want to service, repair or sell a variety of marques will need to invest in many areas.’
- ‘Across the states of the European Union the days seem numbered when regional limits are imposed on motor dealers in terms of the volume of cars they can sell and the variety of marques they can offer.’
- ‘It is believed that executive cars made by BMW and Volkswagen, which owns the Audi and Bentley marques, were considered but Jaguar, whose cars are made in Britain, came out on top in terms of value for money - and, of course, patriotism.’
- ‘Different brands, or, as they are known in the ‘auto trade’, marques, are primarily differentiated by chassis structure, engine quality, and detailing.’
- ‘The C6 has been inspired by the great Citroens of the past, models that have helped the marque to establish a strong heritage in large cars.’
- ‘The move has seriously affected a number of marques here, whose cars in the D segment favoured by large families and commercial fleet operators sell significant shares of diesel engines which fall into the new band.’
- ‘About 30 to 32 per cent of new cars sold in Bulgaria are French, with Peugeot, Citroen and Renault marques increasingly to be seen on the roads.’
- ‘Fiat - which today also owns the prestige marques Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lancia and Maserati - enjoyed immense success and status at home.’
- ‘Not only will two more great automotive marques be lost but possibly tens of thousands of jobs around the country will disappear causing misery and hardship.’
- ‘Back in the late 1970s it languished at motoring's base camp, keeping company with much more mundane marques.’
- ‘The automotive consultancy designs bespoke high performance engines for some of the world's leading car marques.’
- ‘My enquiries showed, to my astonishment, that many of these features are optional in the rival marques and models.’
- ‘Moreover, the entire vehicle line-up appears to be coming into its own in terms of styling - the cars no longer look like a conglomeration of the best features from a variety of marques.’
- ‘He has 155 previous convictions, mostly for stealing cars, and has a knowledge of car marques and specifications which few can match.’
- ‘And at these rarefied heights it is popular marques such as Volkswagen, Peugeot and Renault, which recently entered the luxury market, that are bearing the brunt of the price falls.’
- ‘Much of this has been concerned with the production of automobiles, and alongside a veritable library of antiquarian books about specific marques there are a handful of excellent scholarly histories of individual manufacturers.’
- ‘MG built a reputation as one of Britain's leading sports marques.’
Early 20th century: from French, back-formation from marquer ‘to brand’, of Scandinavian origin.
- see letter of marque
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