If you were to sit down right now and spend the next hour watching TV, you’d be subjected to about twenty minutes of commercials. Of those twenty minutes, no matter what channel you happen to be watching, you can guarantee that at least five of them to be dedicated to one of the top 10 biggest car companies. You’ve probably seen an advertisement from each and every one of them without even realizing it.
So do you want to know who the top 10 biggest car companies are without having to sit in front of your TV taking tallies? If so, the following list is for you. Let’s start at 10 and count all the way down to the big dog.
Japanese based Suzuki has been incorporate since 1909, but it started out as a loom company. They made their way onto the motor scene in the 1950′s with early versions of motorcycles, and followed up with automobiles soon after. The company sees less sales in the United States these days than they used to; but the company is still a major player that will maintain a plethora of domestic and foreign dealerships in the future.
There’s just something about European cars that oozes class and sophistication. Perhaps no car company embodies European car beauty than Renault. The company is based in France, and is the third largest manufacturer in Europe. These days the company focuses solely on consumer automobile production, leaving behind their past of trains, tanks, and trucks.
Everybody knows Honda, and everyone knows at least two or three people that are still driving around in a Civic or Accord from the mid to late nineties. The company famous for making dependable and long lasting cars is based out of Japan, and also controls the luxury Acura line. On top of all this, Honda is also the largest manufacturer of motorcycles in the world, although this does not contribute to their spot on this list (automobiles only!).
PSA is the second largest auto manufacturer in Europe, and specializes in both automobiles and motorcycles. It is the second entry on this list to be based out of France, and embodies the western European style in all of their models. It has recently gained worldwide attention for the announcement of the Hybrid Air engine, which advertises as one of the most efficient passenger engines to come onto the market in years. If successful, PSA will be receiving a higher spot on this list in the very near future.
Creator of the ever famous Altima, Maxima, and Pathfinder models among others, the Japanese manufacturer Nissan has been going strong for years, and looks to continue to do so in the future. The company is in an alliance with Renault to bring their models into the European market (and vice-versa), giving the company many opportunities for expansion in the near future.
During the 2007-2008 great recession, Ford seemed most prepared to weather the storm, and has made out fairly well over the past few years (although still trailing behind one American competitor). The company has shifted from SUV’s to a more hybrid sedan approach, and this has paid off very well in a nation where gas prices and the environment are major topics of concern.
The only entry from South Korea to make this list, Hyundai has seen a resurgence in the recent past along with the Kia brand that they hold a 1/3 stake in. Hyundai jumped into the hybrid game before many of its larger competitors, and better design choices have allowed it to reap the benefits of that investment. It still struggles against top competition; but Hyundai looks to remain a top 5 auto company for at least the next decade.
The largest auto maker in Japan, Toyota, employs over 300k people world wide and is the manufacturer of choice for an even larger portion of the population. The most popular Toyota models include the Camry, Corolla, Rav4, Matrix, and Tacoma. Sales remained steady for Toyota throughout the recession, and actually saw a surge during the short-lived Cash For Clunkers program (much to the chagrin of US Lawmakers who wanted to give a boost to American companies).
In the United States, the term Volkswagen is synonymous with their Beetle model, spawning impromptu games of “punch buggy” thousands of times per day. This German company produces more than just a novelty car though, with advanced models like the Jetta making up a large portion of vehicles used in Europe. They enjoy a relatively healthy niche market in the United States, and look to be firmly entrenched at the number 2 spot.
1. General Motors
There is plenty to be said about General Motors and how surprising it is that they top this list. Just a few years ago, the company was on the brink of absolute collapse and only survived with help from the United States government.The company got its act together FAST though, and with better models have pulled up their bootstraps, paid back the government, and returned to the title of largest auto manufacturer in the world. It has been quite the turnaround!
There you have it, the top 10 biggest car companies! Now that they’ve been laid out for you, the commercials that they have all featured are probably coming back. If not, go hit YouTube and see for yourself. Hope you enjoyed the list!