Biggest Automobile Maker Export Companies

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Automobiles represent the world’s number 1 exported product by value. As of May 2017, Japanese vehicle manufacturer Toyota Motors is the world’s biggest automotive business in terms of market capitalization.

Close behind are a triad of Germany-based automobile makers: Dailmer, Volkswagen Group and BMW Group.

This analysis compares those four multinationals plus 22 other automobile makers in terms of market capitalization, sales and profits. Also shown is the city where each automotive giant has its headquarters.

Top 25 Largest Automobile Makers

Market Cap

Market capitalization refers the market value of a company’s outstanding shares at a certain point in time. It is a concept typically used to classify companies by their size.

Below, you will find the world’s largest automotive companies by market capitalization at May 2017.

  1. Toyota Motors: US$171.8 billion (Down -2.9% from May 2016)
  2. Daimler: $76.1 billion (Up 0.9%)
  3. Volkswagen Group: $72.9 billion (Down -0.2%)
  4. BMW Group: $57.7 billion (Down -4.4%)
  5. Honda Motor: $51.4 billion (Up 0.6%)
  6. General Motors: $50.8 billion (Up 2.5%)
  7. Ford Motor: $44.7 billion (Down -17.5%)
  8. SAIC Motor: $43.5 billion (Up 26.3%)
  9. Nissan Motor: $38.4 billion (Down -10.5%)
  10. Hyundai Motor: $34.2 billion (Up 18.2%)
  11. Fuji Heavy Industries: $27.3 billion (Down -1.2%)
  12. Tata Motors: $24.9 billion (Up 22.3%)
  13. Renault: $24.6 billion (Down -15.3%)
  14. Suzuki Motor: $19.9 billion (Up 40.2%)
  15. Guangzhou Automobile Group: $19.2 billion (Up 12.8%)
  16. BYD: $18.4 billion (Down -8.3%)
  17. Peugeot: $16.9 billion (Up 36.1%)
  18. Great Wall Motor: $15.2 billion (Up 45.7%)
  19. KIA Motors: $12.6 billion (Down -26.8%)
  20. Mahindra & Mahindra: $11.8 billion (Down -4.4%)
  21. Isuzu Motors: $10.8 billion (Up 10%)
  22. Chongqing Changan Auto: $10.2 billion (Up 23.8%)
  23. Dongfeng Motor Group: $9.4 billion (Down -4.6%)
  24. Mitsubishi Motors: $9 billion (Up 102.4%)
  25. Mazda Motor: $8.1 billion (Down -16.9%)

In terms of their stock-based market cap, the fastest-growing automobile makers from 2016 to May 2017 were Mitsubishi Motors (up 102.4%), China-based Great Wall Motor (up 45.7%) and Suzuki Motor (up 40.2%).

KIA Motors (down -26.8%), Mazda Motor (down -16.9%) and Renault (down -15.3%) incurred the severest market cap declines.

Sales

Top 25 Automobile Makers by Sales

Another Chinese automaker, Guangzhou Automobile Group grew its sales at the fastest pace from May 2016 to May 2017.

  1. Toyota Motors: US$249.9 billion (Up 6% from May 2016)
  2. Volkswagen Group: $240.3 billion (Down -2.4%)
  3. Daimler: $169.5 billion (Up 2.3%)
  4. General Motors: $166.4 billion (Up 9.2%)
  5. Ford Motor: $151.8 billion (Up 1.5%)
  6. Honda Motor: $127.9 billion (Up 8.3%)
  7. SAIC Motor: $112.7 billion (Up 10.6%)
  8. Nissan Motor: $105.9 billion (Up 4.9%)
  9. BMW Group: $104.2 billion (Up 1.9%)
  10. Hyundai Motor: $80.7 billion (Down -0.7%)
  11. Peugeot: $59.8 billion (Down -1.4%)
  12. Renault: $56.7 billion (Up 12.8%)
  13. KIA Motors: $45.4 billion (Up 3.9%)
  14. Tata Motors: $41.2 billion (Up 1.7%)
  15. Fuji Heavy Industries: $29.8 billion (Up 11.6%)
  16. Mazda Motor: $29.5 billion (Up 5.5%)
  17. Suzuki Motor: $28.3 billion (Up 6.2%)
  18. Dongfeng Motor Group: $18.4 billion (Down -8.6%)
  19. Mitsubishi Motors: $17.9 billion (Down -3.8%)
  20. Isuzu Motors: $17.4 billion (Up 8.5%)
  21. BYD: $15.3 billion (Up 22.6%)
  22. Great Wall Motor: $14.2 billion (Up 22.2%)
  23. Mahindra & Mahindra: $10.7 billion (Up 2%)
  24. Chongqing Changan Auto: $10.6 billion (Up 4.2%)
  25. Guangzhou Automobile Group: $7.2 billion (Up 59%)

Five of these mammoth automotive businesses experienced sales declines: Dongfeng Motor Group (down -8.6%), Mitsubishi Motors (down -3.8%), Volkswagen Group (down -2.4%), Peugeot (down -1.4%) and Hyundai Motor (down -0.7%).

Profit

Top 25 Automobile Makers by Profit

Only one of the top vehicle manufacturers suffered a loss as of May 2017, namely Mitsubishi Motors via its massive -$2 billion in red ink.

  1. Toyota Motors: US$17.1 billion (Down -11.2% from May 2016)
  2. Daimler: $9.4 billion (Up 0.9%)
  3. General Motors: $9.4 billion (Down -2.7%)
  4. BMW Group: $7.6 billion (Up 7.5%)
  5. Volkswagen Group: $5.7 billion (Down -19.4%)
  6. SAIC Motor: $4.8 billion (Up 4.4%)
  7. Hyundai Motor: $4.7 billion (Down -17.8%)
  8. Ford Motor: $4.6 billion (Down -37.6%)
  9. Nissan Motor: $4.5 billion (Down -5.3%)
  10. Honda Motor: $3.9 billion (Down -11.2%)
  11. Renault: $3.8 billion (Up 20.7%)
  12. Fuji Heavy Industries: $2.8 billion (Down -16.6%)
  13. KIA Motors: $2.4 billion (Up 2%)
  14. Dongfeng Motor Group: $2 billion (Up 9.1%)
  15. Peugeot: $1.9 billion (Up 91.6%)
  16. Tata Motors: $1.7 billion (Down -26.1%)
  17. Chongqing Changan Auto: $1.7 billion (Up 6.1%)
  18. Great Wall Motor: $1.6 billion (Up 23.8%)
  19. Suzuki Motor: $1.4 billion (Up 38.1%)
  20. Isuzu Motors: $956.8 million (Up 1.4%)
  21. Guangzhou Automobile Group: $952.7 million (Up 41.8%)
  22. Mazda Motor: $836.5 million (Down -32.8%)
  23. BYD: $759.4 million (Up 69.9%)
  24. Mahindra & Mahindra: $490.5 million (Up 15.5%)
  25. Mitsubishi Motors: -$2 billion (Reversing a $795.7 million profit)

France’s Peugeot posted the strongest profit improvement, up 91.6% for the latest period at May 2017. In second and third place were two Chinese based manufacturers. BYD’s profit increased by 69.9% trailed by Guangzhou Automobile Group’s 41.8% appreciation.

Suffering the greatest profit decline was Ford Motor via its -37.6% deterioration from May 2016 to May 2017.

HQ

Headquarters for Top 25 Automobile Makers

Eight of the top 25 biggest automotive manufacturers have their headquarters in Japan. Six others are based in China.

  1. BMW Group: Munich, Germany
  2. BYD: Shenzhen, China
  3. Chongqing Changan Auto: Chongqing, China
  4. Daimler: Stuttgart, Germany
  5. Dongfeng Motor Group: Wuhan, China
  6. Ford Motor: Dearborn (Michigan), USA
  7. Fuji Heavy Industries: Tokyo, Japan
  8. General Motors: Dearborn (Michigan), USA
  9. Great Wall Motor: Baoding, China
  10. Guangzhou Automobile Group: Guangzhou, China
  11. Honda Motor: Tokyo, Japan
  12. Hyundai Motor: Seoul, South Korea
  13. Isuzu Motors: Tokyo, Japan
  14. KIA Motors: Seoul, South Korea
  15. Mahindra & Mahindra: Mumbai, India
  16. Mazda Motor: Aki, Japan
  17. Mitsubishi Motors: Tokyo, Japan
  18. Nissan Motor: Yokohama, Japan
  19. Peugeot: Paris, France
  20. Renault: Boulogne-Billancourt, France
  21. SAIC Motor: Shanghai, China
  22. Suzuki Motor: Hamamatsu, Japan
  23. Tata Motors: Mumbai, India
  24. Toyota Motors: Toyota, Japan
  25. Volkswagen Group: Wolfsburg, Germany


 



 

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Research Sources:
Data.World Forbes Global 2000 2016 , Spreadsheet for 2016 Global 2000 rankings. Accessed on January 30, 2018

Forbes 2017 Global 2000 individual company profiles, Example of top automobile maker compiled for this study: Volkswagen Group. Accessed on January 30, 2018

Forbes 2017 Global 2000 rankings, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on January 30, 2018

Investopedia, Market Capitalization Defined. Accessed on January 30, 2018