Have you learnt which automaker sells essentially the most vehicles and vans? Or who rakes in essentially the most income? Or who’s most worthwhile? It is laborious to maintain observe of nowadays, so let’s transfer on to the newest listing.

Toyota tops the listing of most automotive makers. It’s primary on the earth. It bought about 10.5 million autos in 2021, greater than anybody else.

Subsequent up is Volkswagen Group, which has extra manufacturers than you may shake a stick at. After all, there’s Volkswagen, in addition to Audi, Porsche, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati and Lamborghini. They bought 8.8 million autos in whole.

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is in third place. Placing all their gross sales collectively, they delivered 7.8 million autos to clients, which is a formidable quantity. However keep in mind, an alliance is solely an alliance. This isn’t an organization. It doesn’t situation annual experiences. I actually did not need to embrace it on this listing, however as a result of so many individuals marvel the way it stacks up towards everybody else, it made the listing.

Fourth place goes to the Hyundai Group, which incorporates Hyundai, Kia and Genesis. Collectively they bought 6.6 million autos, which is lots. Nonetheless, regardless of being the fourth largest automaker on the earth, Hyundai does not make some huge cash as you may quickly see.


Toyota’s world-leading manufacturing led by Corolla.

Common Motors is in fifth place with about 6.3 million autos, adopted by Stelantis with 6.1 million. Honda (4.1 million) is forward of Ford (3.9 million) and BMW (2.5 million) and Mercedes-Benz (2.0 million) within the prime 10.

Measuring automotive gross sales is one option to rank the world’s automakers. Now let’s take a look at the highest line: how a lot income every firm generates annually. In spite of everything, some corporations give attention to costly vehicles, so even when they do not promote as a lot, they’ll generate a number of income.

Toyota is primary on the earth if you take a look at gross sales, falling to quantity two when measured by income ($253 billion). And Volkswagen ($276 billion), which was in second place, steps as much as primary.

Then, behind them each at about $100 billion, comes a center group led by Stelantis ($167 billion), which by this measure is now the world’s third-largest automotive firm.

Mercedes-Benz ($147 billion), 10. rankedth In gross sales, jumped to fourth place in income. And it is fascinating to see that Ford ($136 billion), GM ($127 billion) and BMW ($122 billion) are all about the identical measurement. After that, you fall into the group that hasn’t misplaced $100 billion in income.

Hyundai ($96 billion), which was ranked fourth on the earth by what number of vehicles it bought, is simply eighth in income. And Tesla ($54 billion) overtook Renault ($51 billion), regardless that Renault bought 1.6 million extra autos than Tesla. Actually, Tesla is not far behind Nissan ($66 billion) and with two new meeting vegetation in Austin, TX and Berlin approaching stream, Tesla ought to simply surpass Nissan in income earlier than 2022 ends.

Now for revenue. Who makes essentially the most cash?

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Tesla was solely behind Mercedes-Benz in revenue per unit in 2021.

Mercedes-Benz was essentially the most worthwhile automotive firm final 12 months, raking in practically $26 billion on the underside line. However final 12 months Mercedes spun off its heavy truck enterprise and booked it as a revenue of $12.3 billion. This can be a one-time occasion that won’t occur once more. So, in the event you take away that then Mercedes will drop to sixth.

In second place is Toyota, with a web revenue of greater than $19 billion, and Ford is simply behind it with $17.9 billion. However final 12 months Ford boosted its income with a one-time windfall of Rivian inventory price greater than $8 billion. Take it out and Ford will transfer from third to seventh.

Subsequent up is Stelantis, which put $14.5 billion on the underside line. Not dangerous for a merger of three automotive corporations that have been formally underway early final 12 months.

BMW ($13.7 billion) is fifth and GM ($9.9 billion) sixth.

Tesla ($5.5 billion) was the eighth most worthwhile automotive firm on the earth, which is stunning for a corporation that solely had two meeting vegetation operating final 12 months. Much more stunning, Tesla was extra worthwhile than Honda ($4.9 billion) or Hyundai ($4.6 billion), regardless that they bought tens of millions extra autos than that.

Okay, so now we have checked out gross sales, income and web revenue. Another class to go. Who made the very best revenue on every automotive bought by them? That is my favourite class as a result of it’s a nice measure of general enterprise effectivity, and the outcomes listed below are compelling.

Mercedes made the very best revenue per unit: a median of $5,909 for every car bought. And that features setting apart the massive revenue he earned by promoting his heavy-truck enterprise.

However see who’s in second place on a profit-per-unit foundation — Tesla, at $5,895. BMW is in third place with $5,447.

Subsequent comes the primary of the full-line, mass-market corporations. Ford is in fourth place at $2,463, and that features separating that huge one-time achieve from Rivian inventory. The Stelantis, at $2,372, is not far behind Ford.

Then we come to VW ($1,914) and Toyota ($1,839) who’re fairly shut to one another in sixth and seventh locations. What I discover very fascinating is that it’s an trade the place the manufacturing scale has to result in the bottom value and highest revenue. The identical goes for vertical integration. Everybody says that it’s extra worthwhile to make issues at dwelling. However right here we have now the 2 corporations with the very best manufacturing quantity, and those which might be essentially the most vertically built-in of the normal automotive corporations, and but the numbers present they don’t seem to be actually that rather more worthwhile due to that.

McElroy Square.jpgCommon Motors ($1,581) is in eighth place and doubtless far beneath the listing as a result of it sells very low-margin vehicles in South America and China. The Wuling Hong Guang Mini EV beneath $5,000 might not have a lot margin.

Honda ($1,197) is in ninth place, and it is stunning to see that Hyundai makes solely $703 revenue on every of its vehicles bought. It’ll additionally need to make very low margin vehicles.

So there you’ve it. How the highest 10 automakers stack up towards one another in 4 totally different classes, at the least on this snapshot in time. Little doubt the outcomes will look totally different a 12 months from now.

By the way in which, I made a video model of it, which you’ll watch right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoF741Lw954&listing=PLafZoc3Wqm-BdzkdfXoWgUm2kEaPwOsr1&index=7

John McElroy (pictured above, left) is the editorial director of Blue Sky Productions and producer of “Autoline Detroit” for WTVS-Channel 56, Detroit.


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