The world automotive market reached 93.6 million vehicles sold in 2017, being registered in 150 markets, up 2.3% compared to 2017. Of these, China ranked first with 28.23 million units. But, and among vehicle manufacturers? In this article, know which are the 20 biggest and best car brands in the world.
But before we talk about the brands, we go to the main markets in 2017. With absolute leadership, China today has 30.2% of the world market, followed by far by the US, which sold 17.23 million, but its share dropped from 19, 2% to 18.4%. Japan remained stable at just over 5 million and 5.4%.
At 3.7 million, Germany was in third place, while India remained in fourth place with 3.2 million, thus 4.0% and 3.4% respectively. With 2.90 million and 2.54 million, the United Kingdom and France with 3.1% and 2.7%, respectively, but the British market fell 5.4%, the highest among the top 10 markets in the world.
Once fourth, Brazil was in eighth with 2.17 million and 2.3%. Italy came just behind with 2.14 million and 2.3% market share. So our market narrowly dropped to ninth. Canada consumed just over 2 million vehicles and was tenth with 2.2%. Among the brands, Toyota is the largest, followed by Volkswagen and is top of the best car brands list.
Below you can see which are the 20 largest and best car brands in the world, whose numbers were computed between January and April 2018. The reason is that not all brands reported their results in the month of May, which makes it difficult to register more accurately. June is now over and yet many brands have not closed their results.
20 Biggest And Best Car Brands In The World
1) Toyota – 2.81 million
Toyota is the best-selling brand in the world. Most of the board comes from the Japanese and American markets, although sales in China are good as well. The brand had 2,811,902 units, with a 9.2% share.
2) Volkswagen – 2.31 million
The German giant has in the VW brand its main for high volume sales. With China as its largest market, beating Germany and other older markets of the brand, Volkswagen had 2,308,040 placements and 7.5% participation.
3) Ford – 1.88 million
With 1,880,804 sold, Ford is one of the 20 largest and best car brands in the world. The American market is still the main one for the blue oval, as well as Europe and China. But, 97% of the profit comes from the US and has 6.1%.
4) Nissan – 1.63 million
Japan, the US, and China are the world’s largest markets for Nissan, which also has a strong presence in Asia. Together with Renault, the Japanese brand shipped 1,625,005 copies by April and recorded a 5.3% share in the world.
5) Honda – 1.48 million
Honda is strong in the three largest individual markets in the world, a brand that has expanded well in Southeast Asia in recent years. It sold 1,482,760 units and a global market share of 4.8%. In Brazil, it was eighth.
6) Hyundai – 1.42 million
Hyundai has a strong presence in its domestic market, South Korea, but the US is the largest volume and participation. In China, the presence is great as well. It sold 1,421,405 vehicles and a 4.6% interest.
7) Chevrolet – 1.31 million
After leaving Europe, India, and Russia, Chevrolet has shrunk and still cannot beat Buick in China. It registered 1,307,191 units, with the vast majority in the US and China in second place. It has 4.3% of world participation.
8) Kia – 941.6 thousand
Like Hyundai, Kia is strong in its home, just like in the US and China. In Europe, the South Korean brand is also appreciated. Around here, just import. There were 941,575 vehicles sold on the globe, 3.1% worldwide.
9) Renault – 878.2 thousand
Strong in Europe, Renault also ensures a good position in South America and Iran. But it is timid in China and non-existent in the USA. With 2.9% market share, the French company sold 878,173 units through April of that year.
10) Mercedes-Benz – 873 thousand
The best-selling luxury between January and April 2018, Mercedes-Benz is one of the 20 largest and best car brands in the world. Well present in several markets, it has in the USA and China two big markets. It sold 872,975 cars worldwide.
11) Peugeot – 738.9 thousand
The French company sold 738,920 units worldwide from January to April 2018, with Europe and China being the main markets. The lion brand has 2.4% market share, less than Mercedes, which had a 2.9% share.
12) BMW – 683.2 thousand
In the fight with Daimler, BMW was in the vice-leadership until April with 683,171 vehicles, practically without light commercials as the rival. With a 2.2% stake, the luxury has a good base in the Chinese market with Brilliance.
13) Audi – 635.4 thousand
Just behind, Audi remains the third-highest selling luxury in the world and is among the 20 largest and best in the world with 2.1%. China has turned its home into sales, where it leads. He had exactly 635,419 copies.
14) Maruti – 589.3 thousand
The Indian Maruti belongs to the Japanese Suzuki and is very strong in India. Having a range of products well independent of the parent company, it sold alone 589,252 cars, the vast majority in the local market, but reaches South East Asia. It has 1.9% market share.
15) Mazda – 553.6 thousand
Mazda’s presence is naturally higher in Japan, although it has the US and China as priority targets. The Japanese company has a good range of technological products, in particular engines, selling 553,572 cars with 1.8% market share.
16) Fiat – 549.4 thousand
Strong in Brazil and still in Europe, Fiat is worth a lot of our market, which will be even more important going forward. It shipped 549,447 vehicles worldwide and registered 1.8% of global participation.
17) Jeep – 517.1 thousand
Very close to the sister brand, the Jeep has been growing annually, especially with expansion in Europe and Brazil. But the US is still your home in sales. There were 517,134 units sold and a 1.7% stake.
18) Changan – 510.3 thousand
Among the 20 largest and best in the world, China’s Changan is the best-selling brand in its country. With mediocre exports, the brand is strong in the domestic market with 510,313 sold and 1.7% in the world.
19) Geely – 482.4 thousand
Another Chinese, Geely is bogus of acquisitions with Volvo, Proton, and Lotus among the brands. But individually, it does not look ugly at home and sold until April no less than 482,392 cars with a global market share of 1.6%.
20) Buick – 446.5 thousand
GM’s best-selling in China, the American brand is the only one that has more sales in that country than in the US. Most of the 446,475 cars sold were placed on the largest market in the world. It has 1.5% of the world cake.