So, you think people care about the environment? Think again. Sure, we talk about it and think about new ways of protecting and saving dying species and the tree outside our house, but that’s just pretend. And I can prove that by talking to you about the 10 most valuable car brands in the world – please note there are many more brands, rolling out vehicles every year. And don’t even get me started on electric vehicles, since the manufacturing proces is way more environmentally destructive than that of a standard vehicle.
One thing’s for sure: you ain’t never gonna imagine which brands stands at #1. Check it out!
10. Renault | Car Brand
French auto manufacturer Renault has been around since 1899, so it comes as no suprise for it to be the most well known French multinationals across the world. Europe is the brands’ main market, but has expanded across the world in the Middle East and Asia. Also, a joint alliance with Nissan has arranged for them to own 43.4% of the Japanese manufacturer, who in turn owns 15% of Renault. Valued at $9.01 billion, the brand has sold around 2.6 million vehicles in 2013.
9. Porsche | Most Appreciated Car Brands In The World
German auto manufacturer Porsche needs no introduction, and speed freaks around the world love those high-end products. Founded in 1931, Porsche made headlines after getting involved in motor racing during the 1960s. The Stuttgart-based company us well known for their 911, Boxster, Spyder, Panamera, and Cayenne consumer models; also worth mentioning is that this is the most successful car brand in the history of motorsport, with a recorded 28,000 victories. Porsche is valued at $11.37 billion as of 2014.
Hyundai is one of few companies that drive the entire South Korean economy – Samsung is responsible for the rest. Originally fouded as an engineering firm back in 1947, the company decided to focus on auto manufacturing 20 years later. Based in Seoul, Hyundai is currently the 4th largest vehicle manufactuer in the world, as they own 32.8% of Kia motors, and has last year produced 4,721,156 automobiles for the global market. The brand is valued at $18.83 billion.
Ford Motors is the most famous of the American auto manufacturers. Henry Ford practically pioneered the automobile production process through his specialized assembly line process that focused on the division of labor to achieve maximum efficiency. Today, the company is the 5th largest auto manufacturer in the world and is valued at $20.24 billion. The company is based in Dearborn, Michigan, but has spread its inffleunce all over the world.
Japanese auto manufacturer Nissan comes in at #6, which is a bit odd for it to be more valuable than Renault. However, the brand is valued at $21.19 billion, most likely because it has a stronger international presence than the French manufacturer. Nissan is the 6th largest auto manufacturer in the world, and is based n Yokohama, Japan.
Honda is another example of Japanese supremacy. The Tokyo-based brand is the 7th largest auto manufacturer in the world in terms of production, but is 5th in terms of brand value: $22.15 billion. Honda also develops engines, robots, aircraft, solar cells, motorcycles, and ATVs, as well as owning the Acura line of high-end luxury cars.
Mercedes-Benz enters our list at #4, with a brand valuation of $24.17 billion. Luxury brands generally have much higher profit margins than cars that are marketed for consumption by the masses, although Mercedes-Benz is the 13th biggest car manufacturer in the world. Daimler AG has its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.
Volkswagen is one of the most recognizeable car brands across the world, from Europe and North America, to Adis. With a production output of 8,576,964, Volkswagen is the 3rd biggest manufacturer by volume in the entire world. Valued at $27.06 billion, the brand is known primarily for their signature Jetta, Golf, and Passat consumer models, but also owns a controlling stake in the Audi brand as well as various other companies.. The company is headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany, since 1937.
BMW is the most valuable German automobile brand in the world, with an overall value of $28.96 billion. The company is based in Munich, Germany, and was founded in 1916. It owns the Rolls-Royce brand, produces motorcycles, and also has a large presence in motorsport including Formula One. BMW is the 14th biggest auto manufacturer in the world by volume, with 2,065,216 cards produced last year.
As I said, I doubt you could have guess the most valuable brand. Toyota is the global leader in auto manufacturing, through its own Toyota brand, the Lexus brand, and the Scion brand. It also produces commercial vehicles under the Hino brand, and will soon deliver electric cars under its new Ranz brand. Valued at $34.9 billion, Toyota is also the first in terms of production volume, having produced 8,381,968 cars in 2013.