The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked

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List Criteria: Your favorite car manufacturers of all time, whether or not they're still in business.

Since the inception of the automobile over 100 years ago, the car manufacturing industry has been one of the most competitive businesses in modern history. With so many models and body types to choose from, car manufacturers need to combine a sleek model with fuel efficiency, safety and affordability in order to attract potential customers to buy their cars. Over the past few years, car manufacturers have done their best to combine these elements in order to match customer's wants and sensibilities. With hybrid cars becoming more mainstream, manufacturers are creating new models to catch up to the demand.

Some of the best car manufacturers are the most expensive. Making a high-demand vehicle is something that many manufacturers strive to do and sports cars like Porsche and Ferrari are always mentioned as the best cars due to the look of their cars and how fast they can go. Popular brands that have a variety body types are Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, BMW, Nissan and Honda to name a few.

Vote up the car manufacturer and best car makers that you think are the best. There is no right or wrong answer to why you think a particular car maker is better than the other; it's up to you to decide. From the top car company to the top car makers, they're all here on this car makers list, for car shoppers to peruse and vote on.
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    Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, commonly known as BMW or BMW AG, is a German automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company founded in 1916. BMW is headquartered in Munich, Bavaria. It also owns and produces Mini cars, and

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    Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, usually shortened to Porsche AG, is a German automobile manufacturer specializing in high-performance sports cars, SUVs and sedans. Porsche AG is headquartered in Stuttgart, and is owned by Volkswagen

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    Mercedes-Benz (German pronunciation: [mɛʁˈtseːdəs ˈbɛnts]) is a German manufacturer of automobiles, buses, coaches, and trucks. Mercedes-Benz is a division of its parent company, Daimler AG. The name first appeared in 1926 but

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    Ferrari S.p.A. is an Italian luxury sports car manufacturer based in Maranello. Founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929, as Scuderia Ferrari, the company sponsored drivers and manufactured race cars before moving into production of

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    Audi AG is a German automobile manufacturer that designs, engineers, produces, markets and distributes luxury automobiles. Audi oversees worldwide operations from its headquarters in Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany. Audi-branded

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    Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars and grand tourers. It was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. The firm became associated with luxury grand touring cars in the 1950s and

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    Rolls-Royce Limited is a renowned English car-manufacturing company and later, aero-engine manufacturing company founded by Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Henry Royce on 15 March 1906 as the result of a partnership formed

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    Tesla Motors, Inc. is an American company that designs, manufactures, and sells electric cars and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors is a public company that trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol

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    Maserati is an Italian luxury car manufacturer established on December 1, 1914, in Bologna. The Maserati tagline is "Luxury, sports and style cast in exclusive cars", and the brand's mission statement is to "Build

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    Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese automotive manufacturer headquartered in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. In March 2014 the multinational corporation consisted of 338,875 employees worldwide and, as of November 2014, is the

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    Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was a French car manufacturer of high-performance automobiles, founded in 1909 in the then German city of Molsheim, Alsace by Italian-born Ettore Bugatti. Bugatti cars were known for their design beauty

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    Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Toyota. First introduced in 1989 in the USA, Lexus is now sold globally and has become Japan's largest-selling make of premium cars. The Lexus marque is marketed in over

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    Bentley Motors Limited is a British luxury automaker, and a wholly owned subsidiary of the German company Volkswagen AG. Its principal activity is the design, engineering, manufacture, and distribution of luxury automobiles sold

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    Volvo Car Corporation, or Volvo Personvagnar AB, is a Swedish premium automobile manufacturer, headquartered in the VAK building in Gothenburg, It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group of China. Volvo Car

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    Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is a Japanese public multinational corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles, motorcycles and power equipment. Honda has been the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, as well

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    Koenigsegg Automotive AB is a Swedish manufacturer of high-performance sports cars, also known as hyper-cars, based in Ängelholm.

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    Volkswagen Group and its subsidiaries, is a German multinational automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. It designs, manufactures and distributes passenger and commercial vehicles,

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    Alfa Romeo Automobiles S.p.A. is an Italian luxury car manufacturer. Founded as A.L.F.A. on June 24, 1910, in Milan, the company has been involved in car racing since 1911. It was owned by Italian state holding company Istituto

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    Subaru is the automobile manufacturing division of Japanese transportation conglomerate Fuji Heavy Industries, the twenty-second biggest automaker by production worldwide in 2012. Subaru is known for its use of the boxer engine

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    Nissan Motor Company Ltd, usually shortened to Nissan, is a Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer headquartered in Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan. Since 1999, Nissan has been part of the Renault–Nissan Alliance, a partnership

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    Pagani Automobili S.p.A. is an Italian manufacturer of sports cars and carbon fibre. The company was founded in 1992 by the Argentinian Horacio Pagani, and is based in San Cesario sul Panaro, near Modena, Italy.

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    McLaren Automotive, commonly referred to as McLaren, is a British automotive manufacturer of high-performance vehicles. The company was established as McLaren Cars in 1989 as a producer of road cars based on Formula One technology

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    Chevrolet is a make of automobile produced by Chevrolet Motor Car Company and General Motors(GM).

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    Lotus Cars is a British manufacturer of sports and racing cars, famous for its Esprit, Elan, Europa and Elise sports cars and for the highly successful Team Lotus in Formula 1. Lotus Cars is based at the former site of RAF Hethel,

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    Cadillac, formally the Cadillac Motor Car Division, is a division of U.S.-based General Motors that markets luxury vehicles worldwide. Its primary markets are the United States, Canada, and China, but Cadillac-branded vehicles are

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    Jaguar Cars is a brand of Jaguar Land Rover, a British multinational car manufacturer headquartered in Whitley, Coventry, England, owned by the Indian company Tata Motors since 2008. Jaguar was founded as the Swallow Sidecar

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    Land Rover is a brand of the British car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover, which specialises in four-wheel-drive vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover, with its headquarters in Whitley, Coventry, was acquired by Tata Motors, an Indian

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    Jeep is a brand of American automobiles that is a division of FCA US LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The former Chrysler Corporation acquired the Jeep brand, along with the remaining assets of its

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    The Mitsubishi Group is a group of autonomous Japanese multinational companies covering a range of businesses which share the Mitsubishi brand, trademark, and legacy. The Mitsubishi group of companies form a loose entity, the

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    Fiat S.p.A., or Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino, was an Italian holding company whose original and core activities were in the automotive industry, and that was succeeded by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. The Fiat Group

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    The Lincoln Motor Company is a division of the Ford Motor Company that sells luxury vehicles under the Lincoln brand. While currently sold primarily in North America and the Middle East, Ford has introduced the Lincoln brand to

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    Saab Automobile AB is a Swedish premium car manufacturer. It was formed in 1945 when Saab AB began a project to design a small automobile. The first production model, the Saab 92, was launched in 1949. In 1968 the parent company

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    Hyundai is make of automobile produced by Hyundai Group.

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    GMC, formally the GMC Division of General Motors LLC, is an American automobile division of the American manufacturer General Motors that primarily focuses on trucks and utility vehicles. GMC sells pickup and commercial trucks,

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    Pontiac was an American automobile brand established in 1926 as a companion make for General Motors' Oakland. Quickly overtaking its parent in popularity, it supplanted the Oakland brand entirely by 1933 and, for most of its life,

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    The Range Rover is a large luxury four-wheel drive sport utility vehicle produced by British car maker Land Rover, a subsidiary of the Indian multinational conglomerate Tata Group, and serves as its flagship model. The model,

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    Chrysler is an American car brand and the longstanding premium marque of automaker FCA US LLC. Before the 2014 creation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles by the merger of Fiat and Chrysler, FCA US was known as Chrysler Group LLC, named

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    Adam Opel AG is a German automobile manufacturer headquartered in Rüsselsheim, Hesse, Germany, and a subsidiary of General Motors Company. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes Opel-branded passenger

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    Suzuki Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational corporation headquartered in Minami-ku, Hamamatsu, Japan, which specializes in manufacturing automobiles, four-wheel drive vehicles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, outboard

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    Peugeot is a French car brand, part of PSA Peugeot Citroën. The family business that preceded the current Peugeot company was founded in 1810, and manufactured coffee mills and bicycles. On 20 November 1858, Emile Peugeot

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    Citroën is a major French automobile manufacturer, part of the PSA Peugeot Citroën group since 1976. Founded in 1919 by French industrialist André-Gustave Citroën, Citroën was the first mass-production

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    TVR is an independent British manufacturer of sports cars. The company manufactured lightweight sports cars with powerful engines and was, at one time, the third-largest specialised sports car manufacturer in the world, offering a

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    The MG Car Company Limited was a British sports car manufacturer begun in the 1920s as a sales promotion sideline within W R Morris's Oxford city retail sales and service business by the business's manager, Cecil Kimber. Best

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    The most famous model is the Superbird

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    Triumph is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked

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    SEAT, S.A. is a Spanish automobile manufacturer with its head office in Martorell, Spain. It was founded on May 9, 1950, by the Instituto Nacional de Industria, a state-owned industrial holding company. It is currently a wholly

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    Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH is a German supercar manufacturing company headquartered in Altenburg. Roland Gumpert, the founder and owner of Gumpert, once held the position of Director of Audi Sport. Under his management,

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