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Top 10 Biggest Automotive Manufacturer Supply Chains





Supply chains in the automotive sector are some of the largest in the world, and have increased in complexity, especially so with the rise of electric vehicles. Nucleus executives have a great deal of experience with automotive supply chain distribution and management. They have previous experience with Mercedes Benz South Africa, Volvo South Africa, Volkswagen South Africa, Nissan South Africa; and Ford Australia and South Africa.


Below is a list of the 10 biggest automotive supply chains globally.


1 - Volkswagen

Annual output: 9.6mn units The Volkswagen Group’s vast global supply chain spans multiple brands, including Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche.


2 - Toyota

Annual output: 8.2mn units In keeping with its reputation as an innovator for the ages, Toyota Group has a highly integrated supply chain, which includes numerous subsidiaries, suppliers, and partners.


3 - NRM Alliance

Annual output: 8.1mn units NRM (Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance) has its origins in the 1990 partnership struck by Renault and Nissan, with Mitsubishi joining in 2017.


4 - General Motors

Annual output: 7.3mn units

GM’s global supply chain network supports iconic brands that include Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick.


5 - Honda

Annual output: 5.1mn units

Japan-based Honda manufactures both cars and motorcycles (and is also a world leader in power equipment manufacturing, although that is discounted here).


6 - Ford

Annual output: 4.7mn units

In the 120 years of its history Ford has remained as the automaker to the masses, producing reliable and affordable cars, trucks and vans.


7 - Hyundai

Annual output: 4.4mn units

South Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai – with its subsidiary, Kia – operates a global supply chain to support its increasingly impressive output.


8 - Stellantis

Annual output: 3.2mn units

Stellantis was formed in 2021, following a merger between the Italian–American conglomerate, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the French PSA Group. Its 16 brands include Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Citroën, Dodge, Fiat, Maserati, Opel, Peugeot and Vauxhall.


9 - BMW

Annual output: 2.9mn units

Luxury automaker BMW Group makes BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce brands. It adopts a platform strategy, whereby multiple vehicle models share common components and technologies. This improves efficiency, cuts costs, and streamlines the supply chain, because parts are interchangeable, as are production processes.


10 - Mercedes Benz

Annual output: 2.8mn units

The Mercedes-Benz Group AG (former Daimler AG) is a leading global supplier of premium and luxury cars and vans.



Source: Supplychaindigital

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