Who Was the Most Profitable Among Global Car Producers in 2017?

Top Companies by Net Profit (EUR mil)
Automotive | February 20, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 27 firms among Global Car Producers, Toyota Motor Corporation generated the highest net profit in 2017 followed by Volkswagen Group and Daimler Group.

Toyota Motor Corporation made a net profit of EUR 19,305 mil, up 34.2% compared to the previous year. Historically, the firm’s net profit reached an all time high of EUR 19,305 mil in 2017 and an all time low of EUR -2,865 mil in 2008. The average profit in the last five years amounted to EUR 15,762 mil.

The company generated an average return on equity of 12.5% for its shareholders in the last five years with a maximum of 13.3% and a minimum of 10.1%.

Comparing Toyota Motor Corporation with its closest peers, Volkswagen Group generated a net profit of EUR 11,354 mil with a ROE of 11.2% in 2017, Daimler Group netted EUR 10,525 mil (ROE of 16.9%) and BMW Group announced a net profit of EUR 8,620 mil giving a ROE of 16.9%.

You can see all the companies net profit data on the Net Profit indicator page or you can download a special statistical dossier on the Global Car Producers in the reports section.

Net Profit Unit 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Audi Group EUR mil 3,961 4,366 4,205 1,985 3,555 ... ...
BMW Group EUR mil 5,303 5,798 6,369 6,863 8,620 ... ...
Chongqing Changan Automobile CNY mil 3,369 7,561 9,953 10,285 7,137 ... ...
Daimler Group EUR mil 6,842 6,962 8,424 8,526 10,525 ... ...
Dongfeng Motor Group CNY mil 10,528 12,845 11,550 13,345 14,063 ... ...
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles EUR mil 1,246 568 334 1,803 3,491 ... ...
Ford Motor Company USD mil 11,946 1,231 7,373 4,596 7,602 ... ...
Subaru Corporation JPY bil 207 262 437 282 220 ... ...
Honda Motor Company JPY bil 625 509 345 617 1,059 ... ...
Hyundai Motor Company KRW bil 8,542 7,347 6,417 5,406 4,033 ... ...
Kia Motors Corporation KRW bil 3,817 2,994 2,631 2,755 968 ... ...
Mazda Motor Corporation JPY bil 136 159 134 93.8 112 ... ...
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation JPY bil 105 118 89.1 -199 108 ... ...
Nissan Motor Company JPY bil 389 458 524 663 747 ... ...
PSA Peugeot Citroen EUR mil -2,252 -692 576 1,730 1,929 ... ...
Renault EUR mil 586 1,890 2,823 3,419 5,114 ... ...
SAIC Motor Corporation CNY mil 24,804 27,973 29,794 32,006 34,410 ... ...
SEAT EUR mil -149 -65.7 6.00 903 281 ... ...
Skoda Auto CZK mil 11,386 18,421 30,816 25,163 31,841 ... ...
Suzuki Motor Corporation JPY bil 107 96.9 117 160 216 ... ...
Tata Motors INR bil 140 140 110 -200 385 ... ...
Toyota Motor Corporation JPY bil 1,823 2,173 2,313 1,831 2,494 ... ...
Volkswagen Group EUR mil 9,093 10,984 -1,370 5,144 11,354 ... ...
Tesla Inc. USD mil -74.0 -294 -889 -677 -1,961
Porsche AG EUR mil 1,939 2,201 2,335 2,640 3,139 ... ...
Ferrari EUR mil 241 261 288 399 535 ... ...
Jaguar Land Rover GBP mil 1,879 2,038 1,312 1,272 1,131 ... ...