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14. Volkswagen
Volkswagen
Rank: 14 (Previous rank: 18)
CEO: Martin Winterkorn
Employees: 369,928
Address: Brieffach 1848-2
Wolfsburg,   38436
Country: Germany
Website: www.volkswagenag.com

While U.S. car companies floundered, Europe's largest automaker was able to eek out growth of about 1%, delivering 6.3 million vehicles to customers worldwide. Profits rose 23% to almost $7 billion, thanks in part to the strong sales of VW's Audi brand, which delivered more than 1 million cars to the market for a sales increase of 4% from 2007. The new Q5 small sport-utility vehicle and A4 series contributed to Audi's solid performance. The third-largest automaker now looks to increase its market share in the U.S. as American car companies try to stay afloat.

  $ millions % change from 2007
Revenues 166,579.1 11.8
Profits 6,956.9 23.4
Assets 233,407.4
Stockholders' equity 48,665.3
Profits as % of  
Revenues 4.2
Assets 3.0
Rank Company Global 500
rank
Revenues
($ millions)
1 Toyota Motor 10 204,352.3
2 Volkswagen 14 166,579.1
3 General Motors 18 148,979.0
4 Ford Motor 19 146,277.0
5 Daimler 23 140,327.9
6 Honda Motor 51 99,652.4
7 Fiat 64 86,913.6
8 Nissan Motor 67 83,982.0
9 Peugeot 75 79,560.1
10 BMW 78 77,863.7
11 Hyundai Motor 87 72,541.8
12 Robert Bosch 98 66,051.7
13 Renault 130 55,314.1
14 Volvo 163 46,057.2
15 Johnson Controls 198 38,062.0
16 Continental 222 35,477.8
17 Bridgestone 270 31,292.5
18 Denso 271 31,282.2
19 Suzuki Motor 290 29,910.8
20 Mazda Motor 352 25,242.5
21 Shanghai Automotive 359 24,882.2
22 MAN Group 368 24,275.2
23 Michelin 376 24,016.1
24 Magna International 384 23,704.0
25 China FAW Group 385 23,664.4
26 Aisin Seiki 417 22,043.2
27 China South Industries Group 428 21,675.4
28 Delphi 453 20,383.0
29 Mitsubishi Motors 470 19,645.0
30 Goodyear Tire & Rubber 472 19,488.0
From the July 20, 2009 issue
Figures prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards.
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Rank # of Global 500 Companies
U.S. 140
Japan 68
France 40
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