7 Brands That Produce Almost All The Cars The World Drives In

We’ve all been driven somewhere by an angry Indian driver.

This guy, the man behind a thousand “Hatt re bh**di ke!” – s. He’s driving that fancy car that costs more than your rent and spitting out the windows just in case people think he’s too classy.

But for a moment, let’s drive our attention away from the screeching horror behind the wheel to the vehicle they’re driving. If anything, Indian roads are a dedication to diversity form the high-end sports vehicles and luxury cars to down-but-not-out Maruti Esteems that are chugging along right behind.

More often than not though, cars that cost more than your soul are made by the same people that came up with your teeny tiny automobile. With about 5 companies making a majority of the world’s cars, it’s fun to discover who’s really behind the wheel.


Founded in 1937 by the German Labour front, Volkswagen has maintained the largest market share in Europe for about 2 decades.

The company which is known best for the adorable Beetle has made cars for the Nazis during World War II, with the support of the Third Reich, they were at one point synonymous with the military vehicles  Kübelwagen and the Schwimmwagen.


General Motors is an American automobile company that is based out of Detroit, Michigan. The company was the largest automobile manufacturer from 1931 to 2007.

In 2009, GM filed for bankruptcy, with their investors losing almost all of their investment.


The French Renault, Yokohoma based Nissan and Tokyo based Mitsubishi together sold about 1 in every 10 cars in the world. The alliance between the three is not considered a merger or acquisition but a partnership of equal footing between the three.

The Alliance was initially formed in 1999.


The Japanese car manufacturer was the fifth largest company in the world by revenue in 2016. It has long been a market leader in terms of Hybrid vehicles. Toyota has also bee involved in motorsports, providing engines for Japanese motorsports series, including formula Nippon, SupeerGT and the formula Toyota series.

They even have a Toyota Young Drivers Program, which helps develop young Japanese motorsports talent.


Hey, TATA’s here.

The reliable, cost-effective TATA that India knows and loves. TATA is involved in the production of passenger cars, trucks, military vehicles, sports cars and buses. It gained even more global recognition after its acquisition of international brands like Jaguar and Land Rover.

TATA Motors was ranked 5th in the Responsible Business Ranking by IIM Udaipur.


Founded in 1916, the company has a long history in motorsports.

BMW is currently the 12th largest automobile producer it the world as of 2015. During the German rearmament, the company made aircraft engines for the Luftwaffe, the company was even known to use war prisoners and inmates from concentration camp to fuel its production.

Many of its production facilities were bombed in WWII and eventually they rebranded themselves for a post-War market.


The makers behind the Maruti 800, Maruti Suzuki is one of India’s best-known brands across all demographics. The company that was formerly known as Maruti Udyog Ltd is currently 56% owned subsidiary of the Japanese manufacturer Suzuki.

As of January 2017, they had a 51% market share in India.

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