Bangalore: The credit of designing the first “Self-Propelled Car” goes to Leonardo da Vinci. His invention had surprised everyone. And today, none of us can imagine life without that machine, that is, the automobile.
With the ever increasing competition in the automobile market, many companies are coming up with products that would attract people across the world. There are manufacturers who mint money selling a lot of cars, while there are others that make fortune selling trucks. If Volkswagen is known for biggest car manufacturer globally, then Toyota beats the market by selling highest numbers of trucks in the world. Among several automobile companies, only few were listed under the best brands. Given below is a list of largest automobile companies in the world, as compiled by 24/7 Wall St. 10 Biggest Automobile Companies In The World 2013 - Page 5 1. Toyota
Vehicles Produced: 10,104,424
Cars Produced: 8,381,968 (2nd Most)
Overall Rank: 1
Japanese automaker, Toyota was founded by Kiichiro Toyota in 1937. The company is headquartered in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. However, in 2010, the company employed up to 400,000 across the world. It is the largest producer of trucks and 2nd largest manufacturer of cars in the world. The company manufactures 8,381,968 cars annually.
As of 2013, the company has revenue of ¥22.064 trillion. 2. General Motors
Vehicles Produced: 9,285,425
Cars Produced: 6,608,567 (4th Most)
Overall Rank: 2
General Motors is more commonly known as GM, is an American automobile company. The company manufacturers vehicles in 37 countries under 11 famous brands like Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Baojun, Holden, Isuzu, Jie Fang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling.
In India, it is the 5th largest automobile company after Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Tata Motors and Mahindra. GM was introduced in India in 1996 and has completed 16 successful years of its operations in the country. 3. Volkswagen
Vehicles Produced: 9,254,742
Cars Produced: 8,576,964 (The Most)
Overall Rank: 3
Volkswagen is a German automobile manufacturing company founded in 1937. Volkswagen means "people's car" in German; it carries a famous slogan "Das Auto" which means "The Car".
According to 24/7 Wall St, Volkswagen has three best selling cars of all time. They are Volkswagen Golf, the Volkswagen Beetle, and the Volkswagen Passat. However, the company stands first on spending for research and development in the world of automobile. 4. Hyundai
Vehicles Produced: 7,126,413
Cars Produced: 6,761,074 (3rd Most)
Overall Rank: 4
Founded in 1947, Hyundai cars are the highest selling cars in India and as well as in the world. According to the recent reports, Hyundai Motor India is not affected with India’s rupee depreciation against the dollar as it has been compensating the shortfall in the domestic market by exploring newer global markets.
"The rupee depreciation has not really impacted the company's production as it helps us to explore the export market. We have been able to compensate shortfall in domestic market by looking at newer global markets," R Sethuraman, Finance and Corporate Affairs, Hyundai. 5. Ford
Vehicles Produced: 5,595,483
Cars Produced: 3,123,340 (7th Most)
Overall Rank: 5
Ford is an American automobile company headquartered in Detroit. It was founded in 1902 by Henry Ford. The company has 213,000 employees across the globe and has annual revenue of $134.3 billion in 2012.
Along with the world’s famous cars; Ford also manufacturers trucks, buses and tractors. 6. Nissan
Vehicles Produced: 4,889,379
Cars Produced: 3,830,954 (6th Most)
Overall Rank: 6
Nissan is a Japan based automobile company founded by Masujiro Hashimoto, Kenjiro Den, Rokuro Aoyama and Meitaro Takeuchi in 1933. The company is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan.
In 2012, Nissan was the 6th largest manufacturer of automobile after Toyota, General Motors, Volkswagen Group, Hyundai Motor Group, and Ford.
The company also manufactured several memorable sports cars like Datsun Fairlady 1500, 1600 2000 Roadsters and 2000 Roadsters. 7. Honda
Vehicles Produced: 4,110,857
Cars Produced: 4,078,376 (5th Most)
Overall Rank: 7
Honda was established in 1948 by Hamamatsu. It is said that, the company invests 5 percent of its total revenue to the research and development in automobile.
Honda has employed 179,060 people and has annual revenue of 9.877 trillion yen.
The company has good market for its products in India. It has two manufacturing industries in Greater Noida, UP and in Tapukara, Rajasthan. 8. Peugeot SA
Vehicles Produced: 2,911,764
Cars Produced: 2,554,059 (8th Most)
Overall Rank: 8
Peugeot SA was founded in 1810, as a coffee mill and bicycle manufacturing company. Later, in 1976 it was established as an automobile manufacturing company, while India and china became its major target market.
Today, the company has annual revenue of 59.912 billion Euros. 9. Suzuki
Vehicles Produced: 2,893,602
Cars Produced: 2,483,721 (9th Most)
Overall Rank: 9
Suzuki is a Japanese multinational conglomerate that manufactures four-wheeler vehicles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and a variety of other small internal combustion engines.
As of 2011, it was the 10th largest automobile manufacturer in the world. Few years ago Indian company Maruti collaborated with Suzuki and become successful in manufacturing cars like Maruti Alto, Maruti Versa, Maruti Suzuki, Swift, Maruti, Zen Estilo and hit the record of highest sales in the country. 10. Renault
Vehicles Produced: 2,676,226
Cars Produced: 2,302,769 (10th Most)
Overall Rank: 10
The company was founded in 1899. it is a French company and 15 percent of the company stake in held by the French government. Renault has 1, 27,086 employees across the world and has 41.270 billion euros of revenue annually.