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Top 10 automotive manufacturers

Manufacturing Global ranks the top 10 automotive manufacturers from around the world based on market value.

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10 | Fiat Chrysler

Established in 2014, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) designs, engineers, manufacturers and sells vehicles and related parts and services around the world. Currently the group operates more than 1000 facilities and more than 40 research and development centers, as well as distributing in over 130 countries.

  • Location: United Kingdom

  • Sales: $133.4bn

  • Profits: $4.3bn

  • Assets:  $110.7bn

  • Market Value: $25.6bn

  • Leadership: Michael Manley

Image source: Fiat Chrysler

9 | Nissan Motors

Established in 1933, Nissan Motors’ vision is to enrich the lives of people by providing unique and innovative automotive products and services that deliver value to all its stakeholders.

  • Location: Japan 

  • Sales: $108.7bn

  • Profits:  $4.4bn

  • Assets: $172.8bn

  • Market Value: $33.6bn

  • Leadership: Makoto Uchida

Fact: For over seven years, Nissan built British cars when it entered a partnership with Austin in 1952. 

Image source: Nissan Motors

8 | Ford Motors

Beginning its journey in 1903, Ford Motors aspires to be the world’s most trusted company and has consistently been known as the number one car brand of America. “The only true test of values, either of men or of things, is that of their ability to make the world a better place in which to live,” commented Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company, an opinion that is reflective of the company’s ethos. 
 

  • Location: United States

  • Sales: $160.3bn

  • Profits: $3.7bn

  • Assets: $256.5bn

  • Market Value: $38.1bn

  • Leadership: Jim Hackett

Image source: Ford Motors

7 | SAIC Motors

Established in 1995, SAIC Motors strives to grasp the development trends of the industry and accelerate innovation, as well as transform and grow into a comprehensive provider of auto products and mobility services. 

SAI Motors prides itself on its Integrity, responsibility and collaboration, innovation, enterprise and aspirations.

  • Location: China

  • Sales: $135.2bn

  • Profits: $5.4bn

  • Assets: $114bn

  • Market Value: $51.5bn

  • Leadership: Nazzic Keene

 

Image source: SAIC Motors

6 | Honda

Dating back to 1948, Honda aspires to lead the advancement of mobility to enable people everywhere to improve their daily lives. Its corporate attitude is to “pursue growth through the pursuit of quality.” Honda established its first manufacturing plant in Hamamatsu-city in 1948 with US$8,977 in capital and 34 associates.

  • Location: Japan

  • Sales: $142.6bn

  • Profits: $6.6bn

  • Assets: $180.9bn

  • Market Value: $50.5bn

  • Leadership: Takahiro Hachigo

Image source: Honda

5 | BMW

Tracing its roots back to 1916, BMW Group aspires to set trends in production, technology and sustainability. This innovation leader has 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries and is a world leader in manufacturing premium automobiles and motorcycles.

  • Location: Germany

  • Sales: $115bn

  • Profits: $8.4bn

  • Assets: $238.9bn

  • Market Value: $57.5bn

  • Leadership: Graham Grieve, CEO UK

Image source: BMW

4 | General Motors

Established in 1908, General Motors envisions a future of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. General Motors commits itself to lead the way towards this future. For over 100 years General Motors has been striving to push the limits of transportation and technology. 

  • Location: United States

  • Sales:  $147bn

  • Profits:  $8.1bn

  • Assets: $227.3bn

  • Market Value: $56.8bn

  • Leadership: Mary Barra

Image source: General Motors

3 | Daimler Group

As the world made its way towards the end of the 19th Century, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz were the pioneers within the automobile manufacturing industry. Both Daimler and Benz simultaneously developed the world’s first automobiles in Mannheim and Stuttgart, under the company names Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie. Fast forward to 1926: the two companies merged after World War One to become  Daimler-Benz AG.

After another 72 years, Daimler-Benz AG merged with Chrysler Corporation, forming DaimlerChrysler AG. In 2007, Chrysler was dropped from the title, and the company has since remained known as simply Daimler.

  • Location: Germany 

  • Sales: $197.4bn

  • Profits: $8.6bn

  • Assets: $321.9bn

  • Market Value: $71.3bn

  • Leadership: Ola Kallenius

Image source: Daimler

2 | Volkswagen

Starting its journey in the automotive industry in 1934, Volkswagen is a German brand, whose name translates to ‘people’s car’. Taking its name to heart, Volkswagen aspired to create an inexpensive vehicle with low running costs and low fuel consumption. Today, Volkswagen aspires to continue in its efforts to make affordable mobility for millions of people, operating under a new vision “Shaping mobility for generations to come”. 

  • Location: Germany 

  • Sales: $278.2bn

  • Profits: $14bn

  • Assets: $553.5bn

  • Market Value: $92bn

  • Leadership: Herbert Diess

Image source: Volkswagen

1 | Toyota Motor

1918, the year Sakichi Toyoda revolutionised the weaving industry with the automatic loom, the proceeds of his patent provided his son Kiichiro Toyoda with the finance to establish himself within the automotive industry. In 1936 the first prototype car of the Toyoda AA was completed, with the establishment of Toyota Motor Corporation following suit the year after. 

Fact: the name change from Toyoda to Toyota was decided by a competition, Toyota was favoured partly because it was composed of eight strokes in Japanese script, a number which is considered lucky. 

  • Location: Japan

  • Sales: $272.1bn

  • Profits: $17.2bn

  • Assets:  $465.6bn

  • Market Value: $176.6bn

  • Leadership: Akio Toyoda

Image source: Toyota

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10 | Fiat Chrysler

Established in 2014, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) designs, engineers, manufacturers and sells vehicles and related parts and services around the world. Currently the group operates more than 1000 facilities and more than 40 research and development centers, as well as distributing in over 130 countries.

  • Location: United Kingdom

  • Sales: $133.4bn

  • Profits: $4.3bn

  • Assets:  $110.7bn

  • Market Value: $25.6bn

  • Leadership: Michael Manley

Image source: Fiat Chrysler

9 | Nissan Motors

Established in 1933, Nissan Motors’ vision is to enrich the lives of people by providing unique and innovative automotive products and services that deliver value to all its stakeholders.

  • Location: Japan 

  • Sales: $108.7bn

  • Profits:  $4.4bn

  • Assets: $172.8bn

  • Market Value: $33.6bn

  • Leadership: Makoto Uchida

Fact: For over seven years, Nissan built British cars when it entered a partnership with Austin in 1952. 

Image source: Nissan Motors

8 | Ford Motors

Beginning its journey in 1903, Ford Motors aspires to be the world’s most trusted company and has consistently been known as the number one car brand of America. “The only true test of values, either of men or of things, is that of their ability to make the world a better place in which to live,” commented Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company, an opinion that is reflective of the company’s ethos. 
 

  • Location: United States

  • Sales: $160.3bn

  • Profits: $3.7bn

  • Assets: $256.5bn

  • Market Value: $38.1bn

  • Leadership: Jim Hackett

Image source: Ford Motors

7 | SAIC Motors

Established in 1995, SAIC Motors strives to grasp the development trends of the industry and accelerate innovation, as well as transform and grow into a comprehensive provider of auto products and mobility services. 

SAI Motors prides itself on its Integrity, responsibility and collaboration, innovation, enterprise and aspirations.

  • Location: China

  • Sales: $135.2bn

  • Profits: $5.4bn

  • Assets: $114bn

  • Market Value: $51.5bn

  • Leadership: Nazzic Keene

 

Image source: SAIC Motors

6 | Honda

Dating back to 1948, Honda aspires to lead the advancement of mobility to enable people everywhere to improve their daily lives. Its corporate attitude is to “pursue growth through the pursuit of quality.” Honda established its first manufacturing plant in Hamamatsu-city in 1948 with US$8,977 in capital and 34 associates.

  • Location: Japan

  • Sales: $142.6bn

  • Profits: $6.6bn

  • Assets: $180.9bn

  • Market Value: $50.5bn

  • Leadership: Takahiro Hachigo

Image source: Honda

5 | BMW

Tracing its roots back to 1916, BMW Group aspires to set trends in production, technology and sustainability. This innovation leader has 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries and is a world leader in manufacturing premium automobiles and motorcycles.

  • Location: Germany

  • Sales: $115bn

  • Profits: $8.4bn

  • Assets: $238.9bn

  • Market Value: $57.5bn

  • Leadership: Graham Grieve, CEO UK

Image source: BMW

4 | General Motors

Established in 1908, General Motors envisions a future of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. General Motors commits itself to lead the way towards this future. For over 100 years General Motors has been striving to push the limits of transportation and technology. 

  • Location: United States

  • Sales:  $147bn

  • Profits:  $8.1bn

  • Assets: $227.3bn

  • Market Value: $56.8bn

  • Leadership: Mary Barra

Image source: General Motors

3 | Daimler Group

As the world made its way towards the end of the 19th Century, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz were the pioneers within the automobile manufacturing industry. Both Daimler and Benz simultaneously developed the world’s first automobiles in Mannheim and Stuttgart, under the company names Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft and Benz & Cie. Fast forward to 1926: the two companies merged after World War One to become  Daimler-Benz AG.

After another 72 years, Daimler-Benz AG merged with Chrysler Corporation, forming DaimlerChrysler AG. In 2007, Chrysler was dropped from the title, and the company has since remained known as simply Daimler.

  • Location: Germany 

  • Sales: $197.4bn

  • Profits: $8.6bn

  • Assets: $321.9bn

  • Market Value: $71.3bn

  • Leadership: Ola Kallenius

Image source: Daimler

2 | Volkswagen

Starting its journey in the automotive industry in 1934, Volkswagen is a German brand, whose name translates to ‘people’s car’. Taking its name to heart, Volkswagen aspired to create an inexpensive vehicle with low running costs and low fuel consumption. Today, Volkswagen aspires to continue in its efforts to make affordable mobility for millions of people, operating under a new vision “Shaping mobility for generations to come”. 

  • Location: Germany 

  • Sales: $278.2bn

  • Profits: $14bn

  • Assets: $553.5bn

  • Market Value: $92bn

  • Leadership: Herbert Diess

Image source: Volkswagen

1 | Toyota Motor

1918, the year Sakichi Toyoda revolutionised the weaving industry with the automatic loom, the proceeds of his patent provided his son Kiichiro Toyoda with the finance to establish himself within the automotive industry. In 1936 the first prototype car of the Toyoda AA was completed, with the establishment of Toyota Motor Corporation following suit the year after. 

Fact: the name change from Toyoda to Toyota was decided by a competition, Toyota was favoured partly because it was composed of eight strokes in Japanese script, a number which is considered lucky. 

  • Location: Japan

  • Sales: $272.1bn

  • Profits: $17.2bn

  • Assets:  $465.6bn

  • Market Value: $176.6bn

  • Leadership: Akio Toyoda

Image source: Toyota

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