Author: Curtis Farrell |

The automotive industry continues to grow since the invention of the car. With millions of vehicles sold every year, this is a highly prosperous business. Conspicuous companies include General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Daimler, Volkswagen, and others; who’s the boss here?

SAIC Motor Corporation Limited

richest car company in the world

2016 Roewe 950 © SAIC Motor Corporation Limited

  • Marques: Maxus, MG, Roewe, Yuejin; also produces Baojun, Buick, Chevrolet, Iveco, Škoda, Volkswagen, Wuling
  • Revenues: $99.5B

Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation, better known as SAIC, is not the one you expect to see among the richest automotive companies simply because you don’t hear about it a lot. Being focused on China, SAIC is unknown for general public across the globe; however, it is one of the wealthiest state-owned Chinese companies producing over 5.4 million cars annually.


richest car company in the world

2016 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe © BMW AG

  • Marques: BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce
  • Revenues: $101.6B

BMW is one of the most recognizable automakers in the world. It is considered a luxury brand but if you look at the sales figures you will see that the company manages to sell millions of cars every year.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

richest car company in the world

2017 Infiniti QX30 © Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

  • Marques: Nissan, Infiniti, Datsun, NISMO
  • Revenues: $103.6B

Nissan cars cover almost all classes and body styles under two main marques: Nissan and Infiniti. It is a very strong and prosperous company that has gone through financial challenges in the past but has made correct conclusions to rise.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA)

richest car company in the world

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio © Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

  • Marques: Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, SRT, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Maserati, Lancia, Abarth
  • Revenues: $121.4B

This company with many well-known marques in portfolio exists only a second year. It seems that two giants from separate worlds – Europe and North America – are struggling to be a good couple with all the problems of almost every young couple in the world.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

richest car company in the world

2016 Acura TLX © Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

  • Marques: Honda, Acura
  • Revenues: $142B

Honda remains at the top for a very long time. It has a stable model range that is successful from year to year granting the company enough revenue for constant development and innovation.

Ford Motor Company

richest car company in the world

2017 Lincoln Continental © Ford Motor Company

  • Marques: Ford, Lincoln, Troller
  • Revenues: $144B

Ford is Ford. One of the first and one of the finest. The company has a very strong production base as well as design, research, and marketing departments across the globe. It seems that globalization is the company’s motto nowadays.

General Motors (GM)

richest car company in the world

2017 Cadillac XT5 © General Motors

  • Marques: Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC, Opel, Holden, HSV, Vauxhall, Daewoo, Alpheon, Baojun, Wuling, Jie Fang
  • Revenues: $152B

Just like Ford, GM needs no introduction. With the constant flow of brands, Chevrolet remains the company’s most recognizable and selling marque in the United States and Europe.

Daimler AG

richest car company in the world

2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maybach © Daimler AG

  • Marques: Mercedes-Benz, smart
  • Revenues: $157B

Daimler AG succeeded thanks to numerous innovations (smart marque is a good example) and immense popularity of Mercedes-Benz cars in Europe. It is considered the most popular luxury brand among them all.

Toyota Motor Corporation

richest car company in the world

2016 Lexus LX 570 © Toyota Motor Corporation

  • Marques: Toyota, Lexus, Scion, Ranz, Hino
  • Revenues: $227B

Toyota has always been a leader – it is growing since World War II without stopping. Nowadays, it is among the most innovative and creative automakers that virtually move the progress receiving immense profit in return.

Volkswagen AG

richest car company in the world

2016 Volkswagen Beetle Dune © Volkswagen AG

  • Marques: Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Škoda, SEAT, MAN, Scania, Neoplan
  • Revenues: $245B

Volkswagen managed to create several best-selling cars that are in constant demand through entire generations. With enough money to buy any competitors, this prosperous German automaker has made a very powerful automotive group with vehicles in every possible niche.

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