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Car Quiz, Episode 1: MINIs, Fiskers, and Canyonero!

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So, you think you know a lot about cars?

Join the club. Or, instead, you can join us in a semi-regular Google Hangout--the Car Quiz!, where we're going to pick our own brains, Jeopardy!-style, for the most arcane bits of automotive knowledge possible.

The game is simple. We ask our HGMers a few questions and tally up the points. The winner doesn't have to field press releases that start with "Dear Car Advisory Network." The loser? They get them all.

Want to know how to spell an ex-BMW chairman's name? Or why it's not a Dodge Dart Demon? Or how to make a good sidecar? Watch us below, and try your hand at the same questions. Give yourself a point for correct answers in round one, and deduct one for wrong answers. Round two is five points for one set of five questions. And the final answer? It's ten points. No Googling, either.

Here's the set of questions for this week--and don't forget to follow us at MotorAuthority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the next Car Quiz! Hangout.

Round One
What was the first Japanese car to be assembled in the U.S.?
Who was the designer of the original Mini?
Which state has no seat-belt law for adult passengers?
In what year was the national speed limit set at 55 mph?
What were the two Chrysler hatchbacks advertised heavily in the early 1980s as Lee Iacocca led Chrysler out of financial trouble?
Name the German company that sold its 1950s Isabella model in the United States.
This new 1970 model was hailed as the first modern U.S.-built subcompact car.
In what year did AM General begin production of the civilian version of the Hummer?
What's the only remaining rear-wheel-drive Lincoln?
In late 1999, this car was named Car of the Century following a worldwide election process.

Round Two, Part 1
Bugatti is now a part of the Volkswagen AG empire. In what French province is its factory located?
Ferrari has a prancing horse, Lamborghini a raging bull. Which car brand's logo has featured the duck?
Name three people who lent their names to a type of automobile engine.
Name five current global car brands derived from a person's name.
Which car is considered the first modern-day Aston Martin, built from aluminum architecture?

Round Two, Part 2
Name the two European brands that left the U.S. market in 1991.
What's the name of the Dodge version of the Plymouth Duster, as launched in 1971?
What was the last year Chevy sold the Corvair?
On TV's The Simpsons, Homer buys a new car. The ad for the car had a jingle: Smells like a steak and seats thirty-five?
In which year did the Detroit Auto Show become international, with the launch of Lexus and Infiniti?

Round Two, Part 3
What were the five names applied to various Ford Motor Company minivans from the 1990s through the 2007 model year?
Name the Chrysler designer credited with some of the company's best designs in the 1950s.
Before Fisker owned it, GM's Wilmington assembly plant built its last vehicles for the company in 2009. What were they?
What was the performance version of Renault's American-made Alliance and Encore?
Name the last production vehicle to offer a standard or optional cassette player.

Round Three
This former automotive executive was related to the original Mini designer, and presided over the relaunch of the brand while chairman at BMW.

SPOILER ALERT: The answers? They're below this shot of the new 911 Turbo S.

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S

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  1. Honda Accord
  2. Alec Issigonis
  3. New Hampshire
  4. 1974
  5. Dodge Omni/Plymouth Horizon
  6. Borgward
  7. AMC Gremlin
  8. 1992
  9. Navigator
  10. Model T
  11. Alsace
  12. Cadillac
  13. Acceptable answers: Otto; Diesel; Atkinson; Miller; Wankel
  14. Acceptable answers: Mercedes; Opel; Suzuki; Buick; Ford; Lincoln; Cadillac; Chrysler; Dodge; Ferrari; Chevrolet; Bentley
  15. DB9
  16. Peugeot and Sterling
  17. Demon
  18. 1969
  19. Canyonero
  20. 1989
  21. Aerostar, Villager, Windstar, Freestar, Monterey
  22. Virgil Exner
  23. Sky and Solstice
  24. GTA
  25. Crown Victoria
  26. Bernd Pischetsrieder
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