Although the automotive industry has had its ups and downs, the last few years have been some of the best. Nationally, more than 30 automakers churn out over 17 million cars and trucks each year, and that number increases as you include worldwide producers. Still, the world’s major car manufacturers account for a mere 14 brands. Here’s a closer look:
This carmaker, a major domestic brand, also owns the Lincoln Motor Company.
PSA is a French-owned company who makes Peugeot, DS Automobiles, Opel, Vauxhall, and Citroen. It may not be a well-known brand here in the U.S., but the company is a pretty big deal overseas.
This luxury automaker is responsible for Landrover and Jaguar, with annual revenue of almost 44 billion. Yikes.
This German automotive company is responsible for the Smart Car but also owns Mercedes-Benz.
Another German brand, Volkswagen makes Porsche, Bugatti, Audi, Skoda, and more.
Honda is a well-known brand that also produces the world’s Acuras. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, this mammoth carmaker does pretty well for itself.
You can see Toyotas all over the world’s roads. The company makes dependable, stylish cars and produces the luxury brand, Lexus, as well as Scion and Daihatsu.
Another big name domestically, GM owns Chevy, GMC, Holden, Cadillac, Buick, Vauxhall, and Wuling Motors.
With technology behind “the ultimate driving machine,” BMW makes some of the world’s most high-quality luxury cars. The brand also makes MINI and Rolls Royce.
This brand makes Infiniti and Datsun.
This behemoth owns Fiat and Chrysler, two groups that make Maserati, Jeep, Dodge Ram, Lancia and Alfa Romeo.
Though you may not have heard of this one, it owns Volvo and the London Taxi Company.
Another French automaker, Renault owns Samsung Motors and Dacia.
This well-known carmaker also makes Kia.
With brands from the U.S., Europe (Italy, France, Germany, Britain), Japan, Korea and China, this group is a savvy bunch. Constantly evolving to stay ahead of rising standards and technology, these companies have major responsibilities. Not to mention, meeting the world’s demand for wheel-assisted travel is nothing to thumb your nose at. Nonetheless, it can get confusing keeping up with who makes what, but a handy visual aid can be found at https://www.businessinsider.com/biggest-car-companies-in-the-world-details-2018-2.