Vehicle Break Down of Who is Who

I found this information pretty interesting and wanted to share with everyone else.

A break down of the import/export business for vehicles is shown here

The OICA counts over 50 countries which assemble, manufacture or disseminate automobiles. Of that number, only 14 countries (list below) currently possess the capability to design original production automobiles from the ground up.

  • Australia
  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Sweden

Below are the top 20 motor vehicle producing countries (as of 2018).  I was very surprised to see how much more China is than everyone else.

Best-selling brands produced in China

According to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (C.A.A.M), automakers in China delivered 28,226,616 passenger and light commercial vehicles in 2017. Volkswagen remained the best-selling brand followed by Honda. In 2017, Geely surprised everyone by rocketing to become the third best-selling brand in China and the top Chinese brand in the market. Korean and American brands suffered from lackluster sales with Hyundai dropping from the top ten and GM and Ford both falling below local Chinese brands. Below is a breakdown of the deliveries by brand.

The best selling specific model in 2017 was the Wuling Hong Guang minivan made in partnership with SAIC-GM, formerly known as Shanghai General Motors Company Ltd. In fact, five of the top-15 models were produced by SAIC-GM. Volkswagen had three models in the top-15, including the number-two Lavida while Geely, Great Wall, and Guangzhou Automotive Corp (GAC) models accounted for several models on that list. Number three of the top-15 belonged to the Nissan Bluebird Sylphy/Sylphy, number four to the Haval H6 and number five to the VW New Santana.

2017 Top 10 Brands by Passenger Car Sales
Rank Brand Manufacturer(s) Sales in 2017
1 Volkswagen FAWSAIC 3,135,236
2 Honda GACDongfeng 1,405,021
3 Geely Auto Geely 1,248,004
4 Buick SAIC GM 1,223,429
5 Toyota FAWGAC 1,131,616
6 Nissan Dongfeng 1,116,709
7 Chang’an Chang’an 1,062,716
8 Baojun SAIC-GM-Wuling 1,016,224
9 Haval Great Wall 851,855
10 Ford Chang’an 840,946

FAW Group Corporation (“First Automobile Works”) is a Chinese state-owned automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Changchun, Jilin, China. FAW is one of the “Big Four” Chinese automakers alongside Changan Automobile, Dongfeng Motor Corporation, and SAIC Motor.

SAIC sells vehicles under a variety of brands. Brand names that are exclusive to SAIC include Maxus, MG, Roewe, and Yuejin. Products produced by SAIC joint venture companies are sold under marques including Baojun, Buick, Chevrolet, Iveco, Škoda, Volkswagen, and Wuling.

By manufacturer

This is a list of the 15 largest manufacturers by production volume in 2017, according to OICA.

Rank Group Country Vehicles
1 Toyota Japan 10,466,051
2 Volkswagen Group Germany 10,382,334
3 Hyundai South Korea 7,218,391
4 General Motors United States 6,856,880
5 Ford United States 6,386,818
6 Nissan Japan 5,769,277
7 Honda Japan 5,236,842
8 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Italy / United States 4,600,847
9 Renault France 4,153,589
10 PSA France 3,649,742
11 Suzuki Japan 3,302,336
12 SAIC China 2,866,913
13 Daimler Germany 2,549,142
14 BMW Germany 2,505,741
15 Geely China 1,950,382

The table below shows the world’s 10 largest motor vehicle manufacturing groups, along with the brands produced by each one. The table is ranked by 2016 production figures from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA) for the parent group, and then alphabetically by brand. Joint ventures are not reflected in this table. Production figures of joint ventures are typically included in OICA rankings, which can become a source of controversy.

Marque Country of origin Ownership Markets
1. Toyota (Japan)
Daihatsu Japan Subsidiary Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia
Hino Japan Subsidiary Southeast Asia, Japan, Americas
Lexus Japan Business unit Southeast Asia, China, Japan, South Korea, Middle East, United States, Canada, Mexico (2021)[50], Europe, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India
Toyota Japan Division Global (except Iran)
2. Volkswagen AG (Germany)
Audi Germany Subsidiary Global (except Iran)
Bentley United Kingdom Subsidiary Global
Bugatti France Subsidiary Global
Ducati Italy Subsidiary Global
Lamborghini Italy Subsidiary Global
MAN Germany Subsidiary Global (except North America)
Porsche Germany Subsidiary Global (except Iran, North Korea, Syria, Cuba)
Scania Sweden Subsidiary Global (except North America)
SEAT Spain Subsidiary Europe, China, Singapore, Mexico, Central America, South America (except Chile), Middle East, Northern Africa, New Zealand
Škoda Czech Republic Subsidiary Europe, Asia (except Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, The Philippines, Iran, Japan, South Korea, North Korea), Central America, South America, Dominican Republic, Northern Africa, Western Africa, Australia, New Zealand
Volkswagen Germany Division Global
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Germany Subsidiary Global
VTB Brazil Business unit Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa
3. Hyundai (South Korea)
Genesis South Korea Business unit South Korea, Australia, Russia, United States, Canada, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
Hyundai South Korea Division Global
Kia South Korea Subsidiary Global
4. General Motors (United States)
Buick United States Business unit North America, China, Israel
Cadillac United States Business unit North America, Middle East, China, Europe, Japan, South Korea
Chevrolet United States Business unit Global (except Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India)
GMC United States Business unit North America, Middle East (except Israel)
Holden Australia Subsidiary Australia, New Zealand
Jiefang China Business unit China
SAIC-GM China Business unit China


China Business unit China, Indonesia
GM Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Business unit Central Asia, Russia
5. Ford (United States)
Ford United States Division Global
Lincoln United States Business unit North America, Middle East, Japan, South Korea, China
Troller Veículos Especiais Brazil Subsidiary South America, Africa, Australia, Europe
6. Nissan (Japan)
Datsun Japan Division Indonesia, India, Russia, South Africa, Bolivia
Infiniti Japan Subsidiary Global (except South America (excluding Chile), Japan, Indonesia, Africa (excluding South Africa))
Nissan Japan Division Global
7. Honda (Japan)
Acura Japan Division China, Kuwait, North America, Russia
Honda Japan Division Global
8. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (Italy)/(USA)
Abarth Italy Subsidiary Global (except Iran)
Alfa Romeo Italy Subsidiary Global (except Iran, Taiwan, the Philippines and Brazil)
Chrysler United States Division Global (except Europe (excluding United Kingdom, Ireland), Africa (excluding South Africa, Egypt), South Asia, Southeast Asia (excluding Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore))
Dodge United States Division Global (except Europe, Africa (excluding South Africa, Egypt), South Asia, Southeast Asia (excluding Indonesia, the Philippines))
Fiat Italy Subsidiary Global (except Africa (excluding South Africa), Iran, Southeast Asia)
Fiat Professional Italy /United States Business unit Global (except Africa (excluding South Africa), Iran, Southeast Asia, United States, Canada)
Jeep United States Division Global (except Africa (excluding South Africa, Egypt), South Asia (excluding Sri Lanka), Southeast Asia (excluding Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore))
Lancia Italy Division Europe (except United Kingdom, Ireland)
Maserati Italy Subsidiary Global
RAM United States Division North America, Brazil, Middle East, Peru, Australia
9. Renault (France)
Alpine France Subsidiary Europe, Japan and Australia
Dacia Romania Subsidiary Europe, North Africa
Lada Russia Business unit Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Egypt
Renault France Division Global (except USA, Canada, Pakistan, The Philippines)
Renault Samsung Motors South Korea Subsidiary South Korea
10. Groupe PSA (France)
Citroën France Division Europe, Central and South America, Northern and Western Africa, South Africa, Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand, Asia (except USA, Canada, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Indonesia)
DS France Division Europe and China
Peugeot France Division Global (except USA, Canada, India, Pakistan)
Opel Germany Subsidiary Europe (except United Kingdom), North Africa, South Africa, Middle East, Singapore, Mongolia, Chile
Vauxhall United Kingdom Subsidiary United Kingdom
  • General Motors India stopped producing vehicles for the Indian market in 2017. It however continues to export vehicles to other markets.


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