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World Full Year 2013: Now with Top 20 biggest manufacturers!

Toyota Corolla World 2013The new generation Corolla helped Toyota keeps its worldwide crown in 2013.

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In 2013, 84.1 million new vehicles found a buyer worldwide which is a new all-time record, up 5% on 2012 and actually the 4th consecutive record-breaking year for worldwide vehicle sales. Toyota has seen its global sales gain 2.9% year-on-year in 2013 to 9.98 million units (including subsidiaries Hino Motors and Daihatsu), placing the group at #1 in the world for the 2nd year in a row after losing the top spot in 2011 following natural disasters in Asia which crippled production. General Motors previously held the worldwide pole position from 1931 to 2007, with Toyota taking over from 2008-2010. Toyota predicts a 3.4% increase for its worldwide sales in 2014 to reach 10.32 million.

VW Scirocco World 2013. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comVW Scirocco. The Volkswagen Group is the 2nd biggest car manufacturer in the world.

A bit of controversy for the 2nd place: some sources mention General Motors, however Volkswagen is up 5% and one spot to rank #2 this year at 9.73 million sales, including its heavy commercial vehicle brands Man and Scania. Volkswagen is also on target to pass the 10 million unit-mark in 2014, whereas it originally sets itself to reach this target in 2018! The VW nameplate saw its sales up 3% to 5.93 million, Audi is up 8.3% to 1.58 million, Skoda down 2% to 920,800, Seat up 10.6% to 355,000 and Porsche up 15% to 162,145.

2015 GMC Yukon Denali2015 GMC Yukon. General Motors lost the #2 spot worldwide to Volkswagen in 2013.

General Motors is third with 9.71 million sales, up 4% on 2012. The Chevrolet brand is up 0.4% to 4.98 million sales, Opel/Vauxhall is down 0.4% to 1.064 million, Buick up 15% to 1.03 million thanks to China and Cadillac up 28% to 250,830 units. GM doesn't detail other brands which include its participation in Chinese SAIC Wuling and total 2.4 million sales for the year (+10%).

The Renault-Nissan Group remains in 4th position with sales up 2% to 8.26 million, split as follows: 5.1 million for Nissan, 2.63 million for Renault-Dacia-Samsung and 0.53 million for Avtovaz (aka Lada). Hyundai-Kia stays 5th but is catching up with the Top 4 thanks to sales up a very impressive 6.5% on 2012 to 7.56 million units. The Top 5 biggest car manufacturing groups in the world account for over one in every 2 vehicles sold worldwide (53.5%).

2015 Ford F-150 World 20132015 Ford F-150. Ford is the biggest gainer in the Top 10 with sales up 10%.

Now without Mercury, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo, Ford won't ever play with big boys anymore, but is however up an astounding 10% in 2013 to 6.25 million sales thanks to excellent performances in China (+49%) and the US (+11%) and in spite of lukewarm sales in Europe. Fiat-Chrysler is up 3.6% to rank 7th with 4.35 million sales, with the balance leaning more and more towards the American operations of the group: Chrysler is at 2.6 million units vs. 1.75 for Fiat. Honda is catching up: +7.3% to 4.1 million sales in 8th place. PSA Peugeot Citroen is one of only two major groups to see its sales fall over the period: down 4.9% to 2.82 million units at #9.

BMW 4 Series World 2013BMW is the best-selling premium car manufacturer in the world at #11 and 1.92 million units.

Just outside the Top 10, two premium German manufacturers beat their all-time record sales in 2013: BMW is up 6.4% to 1.92 million units and Daimler is up 10% to 1.56 million sales. In the premium brand race, the BMW brand is world leader in 2013 with 1.66 million sales (+7.5%) ahead of Audi at 1.58 million (+8.3%) and Mercedes at 1.46 million (+10.7%). For all 3 brands, these are all-time annual record sales!

Geely Worldwide 2013Geely is the biggest Chinese manufacturer at #16 globally.

Back to the global manufacturing ranking with Tata Motors, owner of Jaguar-Land Rover, the last manufacturer above 1 million worldwide sales at #15 (1.04 million) thanks to record sales for the two British brands (425.000). Note the Top 15 manufacturers account for 86% of worldwide sales. In 16th place with have the first Chinese manufacturer, Geely, totalling 977.358 units: 549.518 for the Geely brand (+14%) and 427.840 for Volvo (+1.4%) with the Swedish manufacturer up 46% in China but down 10% in the US. The next most popular Chinese manufacturers are ChangAn (840.000), Great Wall (754.000), BYD and Chery (480.000).

Previous year: World Full Year 2012: Global sales at a record 80 million new vehicles

Full Year 2013 Top 19 manufacturers Ranking Table below.

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  1. Jian
    March 28th, 2014 at 19:01 | #1

    @romismak
    Wuling Brand belongs to Wuling Group owned by Liuzhou Government, a city in China, not SAIC or GM. GM takes 44% share of SAIC-GM-Wulin, while SAIC 50.1%.
    Sales volumes of Dongfeng or Chang’an ‘s brand are more than 1 million including PVs and CVs.

  2. Tengil
    March 22nd, 2014 at 00:21 | #2

    @Matt Blanco
    “… otherwise you would see much more Lexus and less germans on the italian road” … and no french and italian cars at all ! :) :)

  3. Pete Mason
    March 21st, 2014 at 07:11 | #3

    My prediction of the rankings for 2018:

    #1 VW
    #2 Hyundai/Kia
    #3 GM
    #4 Toyota
    #5 Renault/Nissan

    VW will pull away decisively from Toyota and GM in the next five years while Hyundai/Kia will follow them to the top of the rankings.
    The sheer ugliness of the Japanese cars will eventually cause their sales to sink at a time when mechanical (and electrical) reliability of cars in general is no longer an issue as quality is becoming more and more standardised across the industry. The differentiating element will be design, and here the Japanese are pretty woeful. I can also see Fiat and PSA/Citroen catching up with Toyota/Nissan sales-wise.

  4. Matt Blanco
    March 20th, 2014 at 07:29 | #4

    Consider that the most important thing for italians and other europeans is the brand. When they buy a car only the brand matter otherwise you would see much more Lexus and less germans on the italian road.@Massimo

  5. Matt Blanco
    March 20th, 2014 at 07:25 | #5

    Ether01 :
    @Kolo According to reliability ratings, VW produces POS garbage, have far more engine problems than Japanese. VW cars are far more ugly than Toyota. VW Golf is a Box. Golf looks like a deformed ugly boxy car. Golf looks like a box on 4 wheels. VW Beetle looks like an ugly deformed turtle. Even the back end of Porsche cars look like a Beetle. Acura NSX, Lexus LFC, New Civic Type R, 8/9 Gen Civic & Accord Coupe looks a lot better than cars in the VW lineup and they are a lot more reliable than VW will ever be. I can list a lot more but hope you get the point. You may find a box on 4 wheels good looking but not everyone is obsessed driving unreliable boxy garbage POS VW makes. Current Si is as fast as GTi without a turbocharger. VW should rename itself to BOXwagon.

    That’s the way it is

  6. romismak
    March 19th, 2014 at 06:22 | #6

    @matgasnier

    I know about SAIC, i am checking automakers websites each day, waiting for monthly sales volumes, quaterly and so on, i am not in models rankings like you just brand – automakers rankings, i know majority of those 5m+ SAIC sales are branded cars of global OEM´s – VW, GM, Wulling is interresting itselt that it´s chinese brand with GM not being 50/50 partner, just minority there but GM counts them anyway. SAIC brands MAxus, Roewe, and others like JV with Iveco they have for HCV – it´s just few hundred thousands, but my point was in global ranking it is hard to give ranking to SAIC, Dongfeng, FAW and others chinese JV giants, because we can´t count sales twice – for GM and for SAIC for example, but still basically SAIC is giant between Ford and FCH right now. Funny that SAIC is biggest chinese automaker but their own branded cars are not so big volume wise- Dongfeng, FAW, Changan all sell more ,,their,, branded chinese cars than SAIC- where 80% maybe more are foreign branded cars-VW,Chevy, BUick and Wulliing – which is special case – who should count Wuling if SAIC or GM.

    Anyway i am checking your website each day, like your work and am excited always when i see Algeria or GCC stats, those i can´t found

  7. Ether01
    March 19th, 2014 at 02:40 | #7

    @Kolo According to reliability ratings, VW produces POS garbage, have far more engine problems than Japanese. VW cars are far more ugly than Toyota. VW Golf is a Box. Golf looks like a deformed ugly boxy car. Golf looks like a box on 4 wheels. VW Beetle looks like an ugly deformed turtle. Even the back end of Porsche cars look like a Beetle. Acura NSX, Lexus LFC, New Civic Type R, 8/9 Gen Civic & Accord Coupe looks a lot better than cars in the VW lineup and they are a lot more reliable than VW will ever be. I can list a lot more but hope you get the point. You may find a box on 4 wheels good looking but not everyone is obsessed driving unreliable boxy garbage POS VW makes. Current Si is as fast as GTi without a turbocharger. VW should rename itself to BOXwagon.

  8. Rick
    March 18th, 2014 at 22:46 | #8

    How many Dacia’s were sold in 2013?
    Anyone??

    Curious to see if they passed the ‘1 million’ mark.
    I guess it’s tight.

  9. romismak
    March 18th, 2014 at 11:00 | #9

    @romismak

    also just saw Daimler number – if we include Mercedes vans divison and Daimler trucks they sold over 2million – correct numbers are in Daimler annual report – but that number here is just for Mercedes cars division

  10. romismak
    March 18th, 2014 at 10:57 | #10

    Thanks for numbers, i had my ranking immediately after each automakers made their results, public, but couldn´t found Suzuki´s sales numbers – just production numbers, 2013 was their production record.

    Also don´t know why nobody is including SAIC – i have seen also for 2012 rankings and nobody includes them but fact is SAIC with over 5.1m sales is 7th between Ford and FCH

    Can´t wait for 2014 final numbers, how close Toyota-VW-GM will be – expect them all in 10.2-10.3m to be

    Also if Hyundai-Kia will outsell Renault-Nissan without Lada brand

    • matgasnier
      March 19th, 2014 at 05:08 | #11

      Hi Roman,
      Good point on SAIC. However, a very large majority of the estimated 5m+ vehicles produced by SAIC are through joint-ventures under different brands: Baojun, Buick, Chevrolet and Wuling through its association with General Motors who owns 44% of SAICGM, Volkswagen and Skoda through their association with VAG, and Iveco.
      The brand names that are exclusive to SAIC are Maxus, MG, Roewe and Yuejin and these brands sell in very small numbers, which is why SAIC does not come up here.
      For example, a Volkswagen sold in China by a joint-venture with a Chinese manufacturer is counted as a Volkswagen here, not a SAIC model, which is fair given the brand bought by the consumer is Volkswagen, not SAIC.
      Hope this helped.
      Cheers,
      Matt

  11. Todor
    March 18th, 2014 at 09:37 | #12

    Matt can you give us information about sales of SEAT in VW Group and Opel in GM? It would be interesting to see if they are still the big loosers in their families?

    • matgasnier
      March 18th, 2014 at 10:29 | #13

      Hi Todor, brand detail now added to the article, Seat is actually the best performing major brand in the VW Group stable while Opel/Vauxhall is only down 0.4% at GM…

  12. Kolo
    March 15th, 2014 at 21:11 | #14

    @Todor
    VW at least is not such a cheap plastic box with horible styling like Toyota. VW is not beautiful but at least is not ugly like most japanesee cars.

  13. oskark
    March 14th, 2014 at 07:21 | #15

    Hey Mat, why I can’t see the full report? To see it I have to register and pay for it! I really want to check out the report… :)
    Cheers
    Oskar

  14. Massimo
    January 31st, 2014 at 16:34 | #16

    Todor :
    they buy cars based on their national preferences – Italians buy Fiat and Alfa, Americans buy Ford and Chevy, Germans buy VW and so on. And last, but not least – China doesn’t buy Japanese, because of historical and political reasons, which is sad!

    Have a look at Italy:

    1 Fiat
    2 Volkswagen
    3 Ford
    4 Opel
    5 Renault
    6 Peugeot
    7 Lancia
    8 Toyota
    9 BMW
    10 Mercedes

    In the top-ten of Italy there are two Italian brands (Fiat, Lancia), three German (VW, BMW, Mercedes), two US (Ford, GM/Opel), two French (Renault, Peugeot) and one Japanese (Toyota).

    Why is Toyota only 8th and Alfa Romeo not even in the top-ten? Where is Honda and Subaru? Are Mercedes and BMW cheaper than Honda and Subaru in Italy? ;)

  15. Pedro
    January 30th, 2014 at 09:02 | #17

    Todor :

    Pedro :I’m sure VW will be on top in 2 or 3 years. Toyota on top is boring, I’d love to see them sinking to # 2 or #3.

    And how VW is not boring? What is so excited – Up, Polo, Golf, Jetta, Passat, Sharan… !?!

    That’s my personal taste. Yours might be different.

  16. Todor
    January 30th, 2014 at 08:46 | #18

    Pedro :
    I’m sure VW will be on top in 2 or 3 years. Toyota on top is boring, I’d love to see them sinking to # 2 or #3.

    And how VW is not boring? What is so excited – Up, Polo, Golf, Jetta, Passat, Sharan… !?!

  17. Pedro
    January 30th, 2014 at 08:06 | #19

    I’m sure VW will be on top in 2 or 3 years. Toyota on top is boring, I’d love to see them sinking to # 2 or #3.

  18. Todor
    January 30th, 2014 at 07:32 | #20

    It is not a surprise that Toyota is on the top. In most of the countries, where there is no local car manufacturing people need realiable cheap to own car. That’s why they buy Toyota, because Toyota is known for its quality. And if there were no preferences based on national or any other sympathy, number two and number three would be Honda and Subaru, because let’s be honest, most of Japanese cars have way better quality compared to Italian, French, British, US and even German cars. And the only one reason why Honda and Subaru are not in top 3 is because they are more expensive than VW, Chevy and Ford, which means that people in poor countries could not afford them and people who can afford them, these who live in rich countries, they buy cars based on their national preferences – Italians buy Fiat and Alfa, Americans buy Ford and Chevy, Germans buy VW and so on. And last, but not least – China doesn’t buy Japanese, because of historical and political reasons, which is sad!

  19. Erich Kerner
    January 30th, 2014 at 05:00 | #21

    Hello Matt! First of all thank you VERY much for your hard work, and your great Website. I take a look at your site every day….

    But i guess with the sales numbers from Toyota for 2013 – this is just a misunderstanding. Toyota plans to sell 10,32 Million Units in 2014. And plans to produce 10,43 Million Units in 2014. So 9,98 Million Units sold in 2013 for the Toyota Group is right….

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