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The ranking of the 10 largest automobile manufacturers 2000 - 2014

Market shares of the largest automakers have been significantly changing since 2000

October 20th, 2015 - Nearly 72% of all worldwide produced automobiles (71.8%) rolled from the assembly belts of the ten largest car manufacturers in 2014.


Fourteen years ago, when internationalization of automobile production had started, this share stood a bit lower at 70.3%. So the largest automakers could increase their world market share, however, their constitution changed decisively as the table shows.

The market shares of the 10 largest automakers from 2000 to 2014.

The changes of the position of the ten manufacturers can directly be read from their ranking.


In 2000 two manufacturers did still not belong to the ten largest ones, i.e. Hyundai from South Korea and Suziki from Japan. At that time Fiat Iveco stood at rank seven and merged completely with Chrysler in 2014 that had been part of Daimler Chrysler in 2000.


To make the relations of size and power more visible among the ten largest companies, we suggest three groups. 


Manufacturers with a market share of 10% and more form the "large group“, such with a market share of 5% and below 10% the "medium group“ and finally such with a market share of below 5% the "smaller group“.


What shows up now?

The medium group developed best

In 2000 only one company (VOLKSWAGEN) belonged to the medium group with a market share of 8.7%. Fourteen years later the medium group consists of the half of the ten largest automakers. That concerns the manufacturers Hyundai, Ford, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler and Honda. The market share of the medium group stands at 32%. So in this time the medium group succeeded in extending its market share by more than the threefold.


The large group still consists of three companies with VW having succeeded to climb up from the medium group and with Ford scaled down to the medium group. The market share of the large group decreased from 36.6% (2000) to 33.4% (2014).


The smaller group dwindled from six to two carmakers by thwo thirds as much as its market share from 25% (2000) to 6.7% (2014). Nissan, Fiat Chrysler and Hyundai climbed up from the smaller to the medium group. Suzuki and PSA remain in the smaller group for fourteen years.


These shifts between the groups happened against the background of a motor vehicle production that was altogether growing worldwide. Obviously this fact enabled the medium group to grow dynamically amid intensified competition. This may suggest that in such a phase the mere size alone is not in the position to grow dynamically.

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