Quiz: Which one of the following products was created by car manufacturers in recent years? A. Cars, B. Jets, C. Smartphones, or D. Sausages. The answer is E. All of the above! Yes, even the last one is true. In 2015, Volkswagen actually sold more of their currywurst sausages than vehicles. By now, you’re probably scratching your head and wondering what strange parallel universe you must have stepped into. Worry not, you’re in the right place, but you’re about to be surprised by the ventures into which well-known car companies have explored.
Out of these companies’ extracurricular endeavors, Honda’s may surprise you the least. For a while now, Honda has sold lawnmowers, leafblowers, and other yard-care equipment. You may have even seen videos of Honda’s humanoid robot ASIMO, a machine in growing development that is intended to one day help around the house and even communicate in sign language.
But you may not have heard of the Honda Jet. Available since 2012, the Honda Jet is a private jet ringing in at $4.5 million, which is apparently cheap as private jets run.
Desperate to get a smartphone to match your Lamborghini? There may not be many people out there who are, but Lamborghini is prepared just in case someone is. For around $4,000, you can have one of these advanced smartphones. Designed with a combination of stainless steel and leather, and with a metal mesh over the speakers, these sleek phones are reminiscent of both modern and classic sports cars.
The Lamborghini Antares (the official, epic name of the phone) boasts a 4-inch, Gorilla-glass protected screen, two gigs of RAM, and up to a potential 64 gigabytes of memory. Just so you know, that’s more memory than some laptops out there. Oh, and if you’re considering buying one of these, don’t forget to buy one of the premium leather cases. Wouldn’t want to get a scratch on that $4,000 screen!
The Hyundai that we all know and love is officially called Hyundai Motors, and its parent company (the real Hyundai corporation) is one of the largest companies in the world. Even Hyundai Motor Company does more than cars; it also enjoys building other fast forms of transportation, making it one of the world’s leading manufacturers of bullet trains and subway cars.
Under the umbrella of greater Hyundai, we can find everything from department stores, to consumer electronics, to construction equipment, and to ships. Yes, ships. The Hyundai Heavy Industries division of the company operates the largest shipyard and the largest shipbuilding endeavors in the world. As of today, Hyundai has constructed the largest container ship in the world, the CSCL Globe, and plans to build four more ships of the same size. Serendipitously, Hyundai’s container ships often carry vehicles from other major manufacturers across the world.
Sometimes, building cars just isn’t enough. These are just a few of the many ways that car manufacturers have branched out over the years, and hopefully they have more surprises in store for us.