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I bought a car manufactured by Toyota.

How would you say "a car manufactured by Toyota"?

I bought Toyota's car.

or

I bought a car of Toyota.

or

I bought a car from Toyota.

or

I bought a Toyota.

or is there a better alternative?

  • "I bought a car made by Toyota". – ekhumoro Jun 24 '17 at 14:08
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    @ekhumoro - While you could say that, no one does. It’s just, “I bought a Toyota.” – Jim Jun 24 '17 at 15:37
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    In English it is very common to call any object by the manufacturer’s name provided 1) the object is closely connected with the manufacturer, and 2) it is a major and identifying product by that manufacturer. Both these provisos are context-specific. Generally speaking, a Peugeot is a car; a Lenovo could be a computer or a smart phone; a Wilson is a tennis racket; and a Gucci is an item of clothing or an accessory. In specific contexts, a Peugeot could also be a bike or a pepper mill, and a Lenovo could be a chip. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jun 24 '17 at 15:57
  • When you refer to the manufacturer, you don't use "a", like in the title and first few sentences. There is only one of the company and it doesn't need any article. "A Toyota" would refer to a vehicle made by Toyota. – fixer1234 Jun 24 '17 at 20:14
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    This question shows thought and research, as such it's +1 from me. – Mari-Lou A Jun 28 '17 at 7:03
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As Janus Bahs Jacquet points out, it's common to call a product by the manufacturer's name when it's closely identified with the manufacturer.

Thus you can say "I bought a Toyota."

If you say "I bought a car manufactured by Toyota" you could mean that you bought a Lexus, which is also manufactured by Toyota.

If you say "I bought a car "from Toyota," you imply that Toyota is the seller of the car, which it may or may not be. You may have bought the car second-hand or from a dealer rather than directly from the manufacturer.

"Toyota's car" and "a car of Toyota" are both odd-sounding and not idiomatic. However, it's possible to say "I like Toyota's cars", meaning that you like the various models and brands of cars that Toyota produces. You might say "I like GM's cars--the Corvette and the Volt and even the SUV's."

  • Even in your examples at the end, I still find a simple plural (“I like Toyotas”) or using the brand name as a noun adjunct (“I like GM cars”) more natural. And of course, if you say you bought Toyota’s car, you might just be bragging that you bought a car that previously belonged to Mr Toyota himself. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Jun 28 '17 at 16:17

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