Car manufacturers based on revenue
In terms of vehicle sales and revenue, Toyota, Volkswagen and General Motors are the most successful automakers in the world. However, while Toyota and GM have experienced flat revenue streams over the past three years, Volkswagen has been enjoying healthy growth and was able to increase its revenue to over 240 billion U.S. dollars (or about 193 billion euros) in 2012, up from around 163 billion U.S. dollars (or roughly 127 billion euros) in 2010 - the year, when General Motors launched an initial public offering after going through bankruptcy one year before.
In 2009, the global automotive industry was hit hard by the financial crisis of 2008-2009. Consequently, passenger car sales slumped in most markets, with the exception of China, which emerged as the key sales market for passenger cars. Surprisingly, Chinese manufacturers such as Dongfeng and BAIC are content to remain in the shadow of their partners from other parts of Asia and the Western world. It is yet to be seen if carmakers from China will make an impact in the global automotive market similar to Chinese manufacturers of trucks or heavy equipment.