cars The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked

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List Rules 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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BMW is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
BMW 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 ...more

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Mercedes-Benz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Mercedes-Benz 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 ...more

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Porsche is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Porsche 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 ...more

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Ferrari S.p.A. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Ferrari S.p.A. 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 ...more

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Audi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Audi 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, ...more

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Aston Martin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Aston Martin 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 ...more

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Rolls-Royce Limited is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Rolls-Royce 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 ...more

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Toyota is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Toyota 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 ...more

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Maserati is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Maserati 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 ...more

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Tesla Motors is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Tesla Motors 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 ...more

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Lexus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Lexus 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 ...more

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Bugatti is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Bugatti 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 ...more

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Bentley Motors Limited is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Bentley Motors Limited 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 ...more

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Volvo Cars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Volvo Cars 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 ...more

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Ford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked

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Honda Motor Company, Ltd is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Honda 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 ...more

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Koenigsegg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Koenigsegg 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 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Volkswagen Group Volkswagen Group and its subsidiaries, is a German multinational automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. It designs, manufactures and distributes passenger ...more

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Subaru is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Subaru 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 ...more

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Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. 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 ...more

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Alfa Romeo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Alfa Romeo 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 ...more

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McLaren Automotive is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
McLaren Automotive 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 ...more

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Pagani is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Pagani 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 ...more

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Chevrolet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Chevrolet Chevrolet is a make of automobile produced by Chevrolet Motor Car Company and General Motors(GM).

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Lotus Cars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Lotus Cars 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 ...more

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Cadillac is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Cadillac 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 ...more

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Jaguar Cars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Jaguar Cars 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 ...more

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Land Rover is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Land Rover 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 ...more

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Jeep is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Jeep 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 ...more

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Mitsubishi Group is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Mitsubishi 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 ...more

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Lincoln Motor Company is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Lincoln Motor Company 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 ...more

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Fiat S.p.A. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Fiat S.p.A. 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 ...more

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Saab Automobile AB is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Saab Automobile AB 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 ...more

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GMC is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
GMC 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 ...more

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Hyundai is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Hyundai Hyundai is make of automobile produced by Hyundai Group.

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Pontiac is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Pontiac 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 ...more

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Land Rover Range Rover is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Land Rover Range Rover 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 ...more

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Chrysler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Chrysler 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 ...more

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Suzuki Motor Corporation is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Suzuki Motor Corporation Suzuki Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational corporation headquartered in Minami-ku, Hamamatsu, Japan, which specializes in manufacturing automobiles, four-wheel drive vehicles, motorcycles, ...more

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Skoda Auto Slovakia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked

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Opel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Opel 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 ...more

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Citroën is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Citroën 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 ...more

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Mini is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked

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TVR is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
TVR 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 ...more

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Peugeot is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Peugeot 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 ...more

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MG Cars is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
MG Cars 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 ...more

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Plymouth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Plymouth 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
Triumph

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SEAT is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
SEAT 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 ...more

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Gumpert is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Gumpert 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 ...more