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Interactive: Comparing Carmaker Revenue vs. Country GDP



Comparing Carmaker Revenue vs. Country GDP

As of July 2022, the global car and manufacturing market was worth about $2.9 trillion.

What companies are currently dominating this massive industry, and how much revenue do they generate on a yearly basis compared to the economic output of countries?

To help put things into perspective, this graphic by Vanarama looks at the revenue of the world’s top carmakers, and compares each company’s revenue to the gross domestic product (GDP) of 196 countries worldwide.

The World’s Largest Carmakers by Revenue

Based on data from, here’s a look at some of the biggest carmakers in the world, and how much revenue they brought in from Q1 2021 to Q1 2022:

RankCarmakerRevenue (Q1 2021 to Q1 2022)Country of origin
1Volkswagen$291 billion🇩🇪 Germany
2Toyota$276 billion🇯🇵 Japan
3Mercedes-Benz$176 billion🇩🇪 Germany
4Ford$136 billion🇺🇸 United States
5BMW$129 billion🇩🇪 Germany
6Honda$127 billion🇯🇵 Japan
7General Motors$127 billion🇺🇸 United States
8SAIC Motor$122 billion🇨🇳 China
9Hyundai$101 billion🇰🇷 South Korea
10Stellantis$101 billion🇳🇱 Netherlands
11Nissan$77 billion🇯🇵 Japan
12Kia$60 billion🇰🇷 South Korea
13Tesla$53 billion🇺🇸 United States
14Renault$52 billion🇫🇷 France
15BYD$33 billion🇨🇳 China
16Suzuki Motor$31 billion🇯🇵 Japan
17Volvo Car$31 billion🇸🇪Sweden
18Mazda$27 billion🇯🇵 Japan
19Subaru$24 billion🇯🇵 Japan
20Isuzu$21 billion🇯🇵 Japan

In first place was German car manufacturer Volkswagen, which generated about $291 billion in revenue between Q1 2022 and Q1 2022—that’s more spending power than 76% of the countries included in the dataset.

In 2021, Volkswagen’s best-selling vehicles were the Tiguan, a mid-size SUV, and the Polo, a compact hatchback. In addition to the Volkswagen brand, the company itself owns a handful of luxury car brands including Audi, Bentley, and Porsche.

Toyota came in second place, with a total of $276 billion in revenue from Q1 2021 to Q1 2022. While the Japanese manufacturer is popular in its country of origin, America is actually its largest market—in 2021, more than 2.3 million Toyota vehicles were sold in the United States, nearly double the amount sold in Japan.

How Important are These Brands to Their Countries’ GDPs?

As this graphic illustrates, these car manufacturers generate billions in revenue each year. Their financial power is so significant, they’ve become big parts of their home countries’ national economies.

But just how important are these brands to their countries of origin? Here’s a look at 20 different carmakers, as a percentage of their country of origin’s GDP:

One carmaker is nearly in the double digits—the revenue from Dutch automobile manufacturer Stellantis is equivalent to approximately 9.95% of the Netherland’s GDP.

Founded in 2021, Stellantis is comprised of 16 different international car brands, including well-known Europeans brands like Vauxhall and Citroen, as well as some American manufacturers like Dodge and Chrysler.

Other countries also have a large combined output from automakers, including Japan (11.91%) and Germany (13.97%).

But it’s important to note that each company’s revenue is not wholly contained in their home country’s GDP. Many major automakers have international subsidiaries for localized production, with revenue falling under those countries’ GDPs.

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Ranked: Electric Vehicle Sales by Model in 2023

Today, electric vehicle sales make up 18% of global vehicle sales. Here are the leading models by sales as of August 2023.



The Highest Electric Vehicle Sales, by Model

Ranked: Electric Vehicle Sales by Model in 2023

Electric vehicle (EV) sales are gaining momentum, reaching 18% of global vehicle sales in 2023.

As new competitors bring more affordable options and new performance features, the market continues to mature as customers increasingly look to electric options.

This graphic ranks the top-selling EVs worldwide as of August 2023, based on data from CleanTechnica.

The Best Selling EVs in 2023 (Through August)

Below, we show the world’s best selling fully electric vehicles from January to August 2023:

ModelCountryVehicles Sold
(Jan-Aug 2023)
Tesla Model Y🇺🇸 U.S.772,364
Tesla Model 3🇺🇸 U.S.364,403
BYD Atto 3 / Yuan Plus🇨🇳 China265,688
BYD Dolphin🇨🇳 China222,825
GAC Aion S🇨🇳 China160,693
Wuling HongGuang Mini EV🇨🇳 China153,399
GAC Aion Y🇨🇳 China136,619
VW ID.4🇩🇪 Germany120,154
BYD Seagull🇨🇳 China95,202

As we can see, Tesla‘s Model Y still holds a comfortable lead over the competition with 772,364 units sold. That’s more than double the sales of the #2 top selling vehicle, Tesla’s Model 3 (364,403)

But it’s hard to ignore the rising prevalence of Chinese EVs. The next five best selling EV vehicles are Chinese, including three from BYD. The automaker’s Atto 3 (or Yuan Plus, depending on market), is being sold in various countries including Germany, the UK, Japan, and India.

Meanwhile, Chinese automaker GAC Group also had two models of its Aion EV brand make the rankings, with the Aion S selling 160,693 units so far.

Regional market strength is also clear. For Volkswagen’s ID.4 model (120,154 units sold), Europe and China account for the majority of sales.

Given growing cost efficiencies and changing consumer behavior, global EV sales are projected to make up half of new car sales globally by 2035, according to forecasts from Goldman Sachs.

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