The data written here has has been fetched from the records maintained till 2008. And thus the figures mentioned here might not be relevant or up to date as of now. The same data can also be found on wiki.
10. Fiat (A Company based in Italy)
It was in 1899 when Giovanni Agnelli and a team of investors came forward and founded the car manufacturing company. Ever since then, Fiat has been the one of the best car makers of Italy. The group has received the coveted ‘European Car of The Year’ award more than 12 times. This company manufactured a staggering 2,524,000 and above number of cars in the year 2008 which brings it to the 10th position. niceasicminer
9. Suzuki (Japan)
On the 9th position we have a company based out in Japan; Suzuki. In 2008 alone, Suzuki managed to manufacture more than 2.6 million units of cars which was distributed across 192 countries. In fact Suzuki has more than 35 main production facilities and has more than 133 distributors. It was in 1909 that Michio Suzuki founded the Suzuki Loom, and a fact that would make you wonder is, that Suzuki developed weaving machines for 30 years before it entered into the car manufacturing industry.
8. Hyundai-Kia (South Korea)
The Hyundai Kia company from South Korea is another huge motor vehicle manufacture which managed to bring the manufacturing number close to 2,777,137 units by the end of 2008. This South Korean company has made a name for itself across the entire globe. Founded in 1967, it took very short span of time to achieve this.
7. PSA Peugeot Citroen (France)
The well known Peugeot and Citreon models are the cars manufactured by the well known car company from france; PSA Peugeot. And this company is the 7th largest car maker in the world. In year 2008 the company manufactured a whopping 3,325,407 units of cars.
6. Nissan (Japan)
The top 6th car manufacture is again a Japan based company; Nissan. This happens to be one among the top 3 Asian companies that have been able to manufacture highest number of cars. Founded in 1932, Nissan has been through critical financial issues during the year 1999 and was saved by RSA of France. As of now, Nissan seems to be doing quite well.
5. Honda (Japan)
To name another company from Japan at the top fifth position is the Honda company. Honda brought to market a total of 3,912,700 units of cars in 2008. Among these the most manufactured cars were the Honda Civic and the Honda Accord. Even to date, these cars happen to be one of the favorites. In fact Honda overtook Nissan in 2001 with regards to total car production count. The self taught engineer Soichiro Honda founded this huge company in the year 24th September 1948.
4. Ford (USA)
Who hasn’t heard of this giant? The father of car industry has been the Ford Company. Founded on 16th of June 1903, by Henry Ford, presently occupies the fourth position among the list of top 10 motor vehicle manufacturers in the world. In 2008 it made more than several millions of cars exceeding the Honda company. In fact the total revenue of Ford in year 2008 was a hopping $146.3 billion. But Ford has seen a downfall of production compared to the year 2007.
3. Volkswagen group (Germany)
Talk about the car for people, and we’d be discussing about this German Company Volkswagen, whose name itself means – Car for people. In 2008 Volkswagen rolled out a total of 6,517,288 cars which makes it the third largest car manufacturer of the year. Volkswagen Group manufactures great cars like Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Jetta and Beetle which have been the most favored car of Europe and Americas. Just for information, it was in 1937 that Volkswagen was founded under the leadership of Adolf Hitler.
2. General Motors (USA)
The company that almost went bankrupt in the year 2009, was the 2nd highest car manufacturer in the year 2008. GM manufactured a staggering number of cars beating the Volkswagen group. The popular models from GM are the Chevrolet and the Cardillac. GM has been a long lived car company since 1931 which makes it 80 years old to date.
1. Toyota (Japan)
Best selling car manufacturer happens to be another Japan based company. Toyota was founded by Kiichiro Toyota in the year 1937. And ever since Toyota has been one of the most favorite cars of Japan and America. In the year 2008, Toyota manufactured 9,237,780 units of cars which officially makes it the number one car manufacturer of that year. Toyota operates its sister brands Lexus and Scion also. The best and most popular car model from Toyota happens to be ‘Corolla’.