The Race to Become the World’s Biggest Car Manufacturer

An Animated Visual of Car Production in the Last 20 Years

The most successful car companies in the world are the ones who have consistently managed to meet the changing expectations of customers over the years. At a minimum, drivers today expect a comfortable driving experience, smooth operation and modern technology from their vehicles. So, which car manufacturer has been able to deliver over the years?


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Key Takeaways:

  • General Motors dominated the motor vehicle market from 1999 to 2007 until they were overtaken by Toyota in 2008.

  • After Toyota took the lead in 2008, General Motor’s motor vehicle production fell by 35.91% between 2009 and 2018.

  • In 2018, Volkswagen dominated the motor vehicle production market, with 10,550,974 vehicles.
  • Volkswagen climbed the most positions in the rankings, increasing their motor vehicle production by 120.55% between 1999 and 2018.