Most Trusted Fast Food/Casual Dining: McDonald’s
The first restaurant—a BBQ joint!—was founded by brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald in San Bernadino, California in 1940. Ray Kroc bought the franchise rights and opened his first restaurant 15 years later. Today, McDonald’s Golden Arches are said to be the most recognized symbol in the world. There are almost more than one-and-half times more McDonald’s locations than hospitals in the America: 14,350 versus 10,660. McDonald’s best-selling menu item? French fries!
Most Trusted Automobile (Import): Toyota
Toyota’s history starts with textiles. The company was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937 as a spinoff of his father’s business, Toyoda Loom Works. The senior Toyoda invented textile machinery, including a power loom. “Toyota” was reportedly a luckier name and easier to write in Japanese. In 2014, Toyota Motor sold 10.23 million vehicles worldwide, more than any other automotive company.
Most Trusted Automobile (Domestic): Ford
$850—that’s what the Ford Model A, the first vehicle produced using Ford’s innovative moving assembly lines—first sold for on July 23, 1903. (That’s nearly $23,000 in today’s dollars). Today, the Ford Motor Company is the second-largest automobile company in the world, with about 195,000 employees and 66 plants worldwide. This year, the iconic Mustang celebrates its 50th anniversary.