Various lists have been discussed when it comes to cars. There have been lists that discuss the top ten sports cars, the ten most expensive cars to be produced etc. We decided to compile a list of top ten manufacturers. I am sure all of you must have heard the following names before. There really is nothing new, just some general information about your favorite automobile manufacturers. How many of you own how many of these cars? I am going to be honest here and confess that I do not own any of the following brands. You can share your experiences in the comments though. Also, I think if you consider the headlights, no brand beats B.M.W and Audi, at least in my opinion. The interesting bit I came across while compiling this article was that I finally discovered what B.M.W meant. I know, it is ignorant considering the fact that I live and breathe cars, but once a friend told me what it meant and I believed him. Never bothered to check whether it was correct or not. Enjoy the read!
Volkswagen is often shortened to VW. It is based in Germany and they are the largest sellers of the Volkswagen Group. They own Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, SEAT and Lamborghini. They also own 49.9% of Porsche. If you translate the name from German it English is means ‘people’s car’. Their tagline is ‘Das Auto’ which translates into ‘The Car’. Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Beetle and Volkswagen Passat are in the top ten list of best selling cars that was compiled by 24/7 Wall St. They are the only manufacturer to have three cars in the top ten list. Their headquarters are based in Wolfsburg, Germany and employ over 368,500 people as of 2009. In the year 2010, the company earned revenues of around 80 billion Euros.
Porsche Automobil Holding SE is based in Germany. It is a holding company with investments in the automobile industry. Porsche SE is owned by Piech and Porsche families and also Qatar Holdings. The company owns around 50.73% voting rights in Volkswagen AG. The company was founded by Ferdinand Porsche in the year 1931. It earned revenues of 10,928 million Euros in 2011 and houses 12,202 employees. The headquarters are based in Stuttgart. The holding company made a very wise decision when it decided to step into the automobile world.
Toyota Motor Corporation is based in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. It employed around 317,734 employees in 2010 (worldwide). Considering the production, Toyota was also the world’s largest producer of cars two years ago. It is the ninth largest company in the world in terms of revenue. Toyota Motor Corporation was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937. The first product by the was a Type A engine. Toyota AA was the first car they ever manufactured. The Toyota Motor Corporation Group includes Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino Motors. The number of employees have now increased to 324,747. TMC has a total of 522 subsidiaries. The total revenues in 2012 so far were around 18 trillion Yen.
The company was founded by Charles Stewart rolls and Sir Henry Royce in 1906. They partnered up in 1904. They manufacture automobiles and airplane engines. They headquarter is based in Derby, England. In 1971, the company was nationalized. Rolls-Royce Motors and Rolls-Royce Limited were formed. Rolls-Royce Limited was later privatized in 1987 and was called Rolls-Royce plc.
Chevrolet is also known as Chevy. It is a brand produced by General Motors and I am sure you are aware of that. The brand was founded by Louis Chevrolet which was later acquired by GM in 1918. Chevrolet was founded in 1911. The headquarters are based in Detroit, Michigan. Do you remember Bumblebee in the Transformers Trilogy? Yeah, that is a Chevy and it is beautiful.