The World's Largest Automakers

5. Ford
> Vehicles produced: 5,595,483
> 1-yr. change: +1.4%
> Cars produced: 3,123,340 (7th most)
> LCV produced: 2,394,221 (2nd most)

Ford sold more than 2 million light commercial vehicles last year, which makes it the second largest LCV manufacturer in the world after General Motors. In terms of cars produced, Ford ranks seventh, with just over 3 million made in 2012. Ford had about 14.7% of the U.S. market as of August, down slightly from last year. In spite of that slight decrease, Ford said that soaring retail sales last month were the best since 2006. Ford makes a large percentage of its cars in the United States, with total domestic production exceeding 2 million vehicles last year.

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4. Hyundai
> Vehicles produced: 7,126,413
> 1-yr. change: +7.7%
> Cars produced: 6,761,074 (3rd most)
> LCV produced: 279,579 (13th most)

American car sales surged last month, not just for Ford and Nissan, but for Hyundai as well. The South Korean company reported an all-time U.S. sales record in August with sales exceeding 66,000 units. In spite of increasing sales, Hyundai’s U.S. market share decreased slightly from nearly 5% in August of last year to around 4.4% last month. Hyundai manufactured the third highest number of cars in the world, with nearly 7 million units produced in 2012. The car company is one of only four top manufacturers producing heavy buses, of which 15,470 were made in 2012, the ninth most globally.

3. Volkswagen
> Vehicles produced: 9,254,742
> 1-yr. change: +8.6%
> Cars produced: 8,576,964 (the most)
> LCV produced: 486,544 (7th most)

Volkswagen is Germany’s largest automaker, with more than 9 million vehicles produced last year. Further, Volkswagen was the largest producer of passenger cars in 2012, with more than 8.5 million cars made. This is the second consecutive year in which Volkswagen has been the world’s largest producer of passenger cars. However, the manufacturer fell from second in total production to third, as Toyota produced 2 million more cars in 2012 than it had the year before. The carmaker’s share of the U.S. car and light truck market has slid recently, from 2.8% in August 2012 to 2.4% in August 2013.

2. GM
> Vehicles produced: 9,285,425
> 1-yr. change: +2.8%
> Cars produced: 6,608,567 (4th most)
> LCV produced: 2,658,612 (the most)

General Motors was the largest producer of light commercial vehicles in 2012, with more than 2.6 million units. This was over a quarter of a million more than Ford, the next largest producer. GM has an especially large presence in China, where it has 35,000 employees and its various operations produced more than 2.8 million cars in 2012. By comparison, the company produced just 1.9 million vehicles in the United States. Through the first eight months of this year, the company’s U.S. sales rose by nearly 10%.

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1. Toyota
> Vehicles produced: 10,104,424
> 1-yr. change: +25.5%
> Cars produced: 8,381,968 (2nd most)
> LCV produced: 1,448,107 (4th most)

Toyota was the largest auto manufacturer in the world in 2012, after it expanded production by more than 2 million vehicles between 2011 and 2012. The company ranks second behind Volkswagen in the sale of passenger cars, and behind only the three large American carmakers (GM, Ford and Chrysler) in the production of light commercial vehicles. The Japanese manufacturer also produced more than 250,000 heavy trucks, fifth most of any automaker. Toyota produced 4.4 million vehicles in Japan, and another 1.2 million in the United States last year.

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