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Old 28th January 2021, 10:50   #1
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Default Surprising non-car stuff that auto brands make

When we hear about car companies like Volkswagen, Tesla, General Motors etc. the first thing that comes to our minds are the cars that these companies make. But you might be surprised to know that many of these make non car related products as well. Here is a list of some products that I have come across. BHPians please add to it.

Volkswagen Sausages

- The bestseller product that this German carmaker makes is a sausage. Part number 199 398 500 A, is a closely guarded secret recipe first created in the year 1973. Since then, a select group of employees manufacture it at the Wolfsburg plant. Apart from being served at breakfast and lunch in European company plants, it is also sold to grocery stores under the Volkswagen Originalteil brand. The team makes over 18,000 sausages a day, and since 2010, they have been making a vegetarian option for those who don't prefer to eat meat.

In 2017, Volkswagen made 6.8 million currywursts. They also make a sauce to go with it.

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Porsche Design's Apha Piano's mPiano

- This sleek looking electric piano consists of individually adjustable actuators underneath each of the 88 keys. They can be adjusted for resistance and pitch via an app over Wi-Fi. With four app profiles, this single piano can be 4 instruments at the same time.
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This is not the first time that Porsche has been involved with pianos. The Bösendorfer Grand features design by FA Porsche and sound by Bösendorfer. It also retails for around US$ 300,000
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BMW Bobsleds

- BMW has been making bobsleds for the USA Olympic team since 2013. They made their debut at the Sochi Winter Olympics and secured 3 medals for the team. The company is now working on an improved version for the 2020 games.
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Toyota Housing

- This company was established by the Toyota Motor Corporation to make better Japanese homes. In the last 37 years, the company has sold over 1,00,000 steel-frame houses. Recently, they have started operations in Indonesia as well. More details can be seen at their website.
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HondaJet

- Honda Aircraft Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Honda Motor Company has been operational since 2006. The first offering, the HondaJet is a twin-engine 7 seat business aircraft. The company had been looking at developing aircrafts since the late 1980s and early prototypes were tested from 1990-1996. The first proof-of-concept HondaJet flew in 2003 and commercial deliveries commenced in 2015.

However, Honda is not the first carmaker to make planes. Back in the early 1920s, Ford made an all-metal aircraft based on the Fokker F.VIII. 199 units of the aircraft were made. Read more here.

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Honda Robotics

- Honda started the development of robots to aid humans back in 1986. Their first robot E0 was capable of walking by putting one leg before the other. In 2002, the ASIMO was born. It is capable of operating in a human living environment and is people-friendly, and realizes natural, smooth walking closer to how people walk. Today, Honda makes walking assisted devices for people with weak leg muscles, body weight supporting systems and a one-wheel mobility device. Apart from these, they also make a survey robot and a robot arm which can be uses in places too dangerous for humans.
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Peugeot Salt and Pepper mills

- French carmaker Peugeot has been making pepper mills long before they made cars. By 1840s, the Peugeot brothers were making coffee grinders and their first pepper mill hit the market in 1874. It is said that the Peugeot were the first pepper mills in the world, but it's not a claim contested by the company. Their first automobile came about only in 1891 - the type 3.
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General Motors Bat houses / Duck Nesting boxes

- General Motors found that an adhesive - used in the production of the 2015 Corvette - when processed, can serve as a stalactite in artificial bat caves. Artificial stalactites give hibernating bats more surface area from which to hang, thus spreading them out around the cave. This helps in reducing the contraction of white-nose syndrome, a fungus that appears on the bat muzzle and other parts. Over 232 of these have been installed in various places in the USA. Using discarded Chevy Volt battery covers, both the bat houses and the duck boxes have found its way into conservation efforts for endangered species.
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Toyota Sewing machines and Loom

- In October 1945, Toyota Motor Co, established a spinning and weaving department to utilize the plant facilities at the Kariya-minami Plant (it used to make electrical components). President Kiichiro Toyoda said that people will always need clothes and the sewing machines were a peace-time industry. Hence, they bear the T logo. Together with automobiles, the sewing machines were a central part of the business at the time of redevelopment. Even today, you can find the modern versions of the Toyota sewing machines available on sale.
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McLaren in pharmaceutical research and advanced manufacturing

- McLaren improved efficiencies at GlaxoSmithKline's toothpaste manufacturing lines. Thanks to the experience of pit stops, McLaren were able to help reduce the changeover time for different products on the same line from 39 minutes to just 15. Both companies are also working on other collaborations. One of them is incorporating McLaren's sensor and telemetry expertise to monitor recovery in stroke victims and people suffering from severe arthritis.
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Hyundai Trains

- Hyundai Motor Group makes high speed trains as well as metro cars. They also run magnetic levitation trains at Seoul's Incheon International Airport. These trains have no derailing risks due to a structure that cover the track. The trains also feature privacy windows, where in the train automatically fogs up the windows when passing houses that are close to the tracks.
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Tesla batteries, solar cells and solar tiles

- Apart from making electric vehicles, Tesla also makes products like Powerwall & Powerpack (battery systems for backup / uninterrupted supply), Megapack batteries (large scale battery deployment), solar panels and solar roof tiles.
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Except for a very few items others are news to me.
I'm eagerly waiting to see the list from TATA, everything from Salt to Steel
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We all know that almost every auto major manufactured either aircraft or some military equipment, Rolls-Royce is still one of the biggest names when it comes to making aircraft engines under Trent nameplate.

They are the prime competitor to GE, Pratt and Whitney in this space.

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Audi makes e-bikes, there are Ferrari segaways.

If we consider co-branded products then we can even quote 115 ft. GTT long super yacht designed by studio F.A.Porshe for Dynamic.
How about a floating 911 boys?

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P.S - I think we are not posting just about merchandise made by some company and branded by auto majors.

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1. Bugatti W-16 watch:

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2. Maybach eye-wear and watches:

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3. Mercedes-Benz Bicycles:

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And of-course, who can forget the CSR masks, sanitizers and ventilators that the car companies made during the peak of the pandemic?

https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/4/10...rs-coronavirus


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From Twitter-

Me: I would like to buy a piano

Yamaha: Ok

me: I’d also like to buy a motorcycle lol do u know where I can find a good one

Yamaha: You are not gonna believe this
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Here is a Donut Media video on this topic:

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Rolls-Royce is still one of the biggest names when it comes to making aircraft engines under Trent nameplate.
They also aquired the Norwegian company Bergen which used to make small marine engines (Mostly used as generators on bigger ships) and Hydraulic Steering Gears. Both now sold under the RR name.

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3. Mercedes-Benz Bicycles:
Mercedes and BMW both sell bikes. However are you sure the pic is of a genuine one? Looks like an Ali Express one.

Besides what is already mentioned, Hyundai builds ships. They also build the engines under licence from Wartsila NSD and Man B&W.
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Unfair to bring in Japanese companies in this thread because many of them are conglomerates (Just like Tata which even sells Tea). They have probably consolidated businesses and use their manufacturing expertise to make every possible machine under the sun.

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+Subaru (Fuji Heavy Industries) is heavily involved in aerospace
+Mitsubishi is also involved in ship building and other heavy machinery manufacturing
+Toyota forklifts are a common sight in many warehouses

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Tesla made power banks that cost $45, a fast charger for cell phones you could keep on your desk and was an exact miniature replica of their infamous super chargers that cost around $35. Apart from these tech products, stainless steel water bottle, travel mug and a limited edition (just 200 of them) carbon fiber surf board finished in the same paint used on tesla cars that cost $1500 apiece were sold by the company. Needless to say, all the mentioned products were sold-out within a day of them being put up for sale. Some of the products are now offered on ebay by their owners for almost double the price.

Apart from making trains (as aforementioned), Hyundai is also in the business of container ships, under HMM (Hyundai Merchant Marine) which recently unveiled the biggest container ship in the world named HMM Algeciras, in South Korea. This ship was manufactured by none other than Hyundai itself, under HHI(Hyundai Heavy Industries) along with SHI (Samsung Heavy Industries) and DSME.

Buick has built the iconic hellcat tank, named Buick M-18 Hellcat. Powered by a 9 cylinder engine, originally designed for aircrafts, it had a top speed of almost 90Kmph. It was fastest on-road armored tank in the American fleet that served in the korean war.

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Mercedes and BMW both sell bikes. However are you sure the pic is of a genuine one? Looks like an Ali Express one.
Sorry, my bad. This one indeed seems to be a fake one. I didn’t realise, don’t really have a trained eye for bicycles.

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A very informative thread.

Mitsubishi is a company which has vast foot prints in almost every industry

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi


Another one came to my mind is Hyundai. Apart from the motor vehicles, they're famous for their elevators and other quipments.
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While to us it might be known, to tell someone who doesn't know Tata, that the JLR parent makes salt has always been a wide eye moment for me.

Mahindra generators is another example at home.

Similarly, Mitsubishi air cons, Hyundai ships, have raised eyebrows by people who don't know the organisations.

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Porsche Design has a whole slew of lifestyle products. As you might imagine - very stylish, not the most practical, but good value if you can grab these at a discount.

https://www.porsche-design.com/de/de/
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Hyundai was into Shipping extensively until the restructuring of the Chaebols. The Shipping Line now is independent and functions outisde the group.
The ship building is still within the Hyundai Group.
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