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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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Mercedes-Benz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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 ...more
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Porsche is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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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BMW is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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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 ...more
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Audi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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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Ferrari S.p.A. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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 ...more
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Aston Martin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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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 ...more
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Rolls-Royce Limited is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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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 ...more
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Toyota is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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 ...more
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Bugatti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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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 ...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, 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 ...more
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Lexus is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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. ...more
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Honda Motor Company, Ltd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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 ...more
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Maserati is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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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 ...more
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Ford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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Volvo Cars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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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Bentley Motors Limited is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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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McLaren Automotive is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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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 ...more
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Jaguar Cars is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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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Volkswagen Group is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Volkswagen Group and its subsidiaries, is a German multinational automotive manufacturing company headquartered in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. It designs, manufactures and distributes ...more
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Subaru is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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 ...more
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Koenigsegg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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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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Chevrolet is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
Chevrolet is a make of automobile produced by Chevrolet Motor Car Company and General Motors(GM).
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Alfa Romeo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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 ...more
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Lamborghini is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. is an Italian brand and manufacturer of luxury sports cars and SUVs based in Sant'Agata Bolognese. The company is owned by the Volkswagen Group through its ...more
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Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Car Manufacturers of All Time, Ranked
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