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.
Most Trusted Pet Food: Purina
With a goal of feeding America’s hard-working farm animals high-quality food, Purina was founded in 1894 by partners William Danforth, George Robinson, and Will Andrews. The name came from a company slogan, “Where purity is paramount.” Using special technology in 1956, Purina Dog Chow was the first pet food made into shapes we now know as “kibble.” Fun fact: Dogs on Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s expedition to Antarctica in 1933 ate Purina Dog Chow—and did well in the harsh climate.