The car as we know it, with its four wheels and engine in the front, is a remarkably new concept. In fact, just over 100 years ago, cars were still being introduced into society, but they were mostly used for entertainment purposes. Well, now that’s all changed, and today there are more vehicles on Earth than people. Here is a list of some of the top countries known for car manufacturing.
Luxury sports and ultra-luxury vehicles like Maserati, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, are manufactured in Germany, and are considered among the best. Germany is the top car exporter in the world, with 1.19 million cars leaving Germany in 2015 alone. The vast majority of these cars were manufactured domestically.
The country is known for its high-quality workmanship, with some German manufacturers producing cars that last up to two decades without requiring maintenance.
The Japanese export over 909,000 cars per year, so you can see why Japan is one of the leading car manufacturing countries. Only about 58% of these are actually made within its borders, however.
The Japanese are known for their innovative and environmentally friendly technology, such as motor parts that recharge electric vehicles with solar energy.
South Korea is another country known around the world for its car manufacturing industry. It exported over 825,000 cars in 2015 alone and nearly 80% of those were made domestically.
While South Korea is still catching up to Japan and other countries in terms of the production of gasoline cars, it has already made massive strides in manufacturing eco-friendly electric ones.
With some of the world’s most recognizable car brands, such as Ford and Chevy, the United States has a strong grip on the market for domestically produced cars.
Some foreign countries even use American cars as models for rough drafts, such as Japan and China.
The United Kingdom has a long rich tradition in terms of car manufacturing dating back to the 19th century. Developments with the automobile materialized quickly, resulting in cars being mass-produced as early as 1910. Fast forward 100 years later and it is now regarded as the 4th largest manufacturer of automobiles globally. Makes such as the legendary Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin are best known for their quality craftsmanship, both of which have been around since the 1920s.
When it comes to sheer volume alone, China is the largest manufacturer of automobiles in the world, with over 21 million cars being produced annually.
However, you rarely ever hear about the actual car manufacturers themselves, as they are mostly state-owned enterprises that operate under a more strict business model. It’s great to have so many options at your disposal, but it means some of the smaller businesses are struggling to keep up with the bigger players.
All the countries on this list have a rich history of automobile production and were key players in the development of the modern motor industry. Moving forward, they will continue to compete as they look for new ways to take the lead.