Category: automotive industry

Putting EV Valuations Into Perspective


This post is by Marcus Lu from Visual Capitalist


EV Valuations

Putting EV Valuations Into Perspective

The global push for lower emissions has created a mania around pure-electric automakers. While Tesla leads the charge, institutional investors have also piled into many of its younger rivals.

For example, in 2019, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund invested $1.3 billion into Lucid Motors. One year later, it was revealed that Amazon had a 20% stake (worth $3.8B) in Rivian.

To see how quickly EV valuations have ballooned, we’ve visualized the historical market capitalizations (market caps) of 10 prominent automakers.

Legacy vs Pure-Electric

The legacy group includes five top traditional automakers, while the EV group includes the five most valuable pure-electric automakers that are listed on an American exchange.

The following table lists the market caps of these companies at various dates. While XPeng and NIO are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, they do not currently sell cars in the U.S.

AutomakerType20102015202102/22/2022
?? TeslaEV$3B$31B$1,061B$849B
?? ToyotaLegacy$124B$191B$255B$256B
?? Volkswagen GroupLegacy$59B$79B$129B$128B
?? Mercedes-BenzLegacy$61B$94B$83B$89B
?? FordLegacy$63B$57B$83B$69B
?? General MotorsLegacy$55B$51B$85B$68B
?? RivianEVN/AN/A$93B$55B
?? LucidEVN/AN/A$63B$42B
?? NIOEVN/AN/A$50B$35B
?? XpengEVN/AN/A$41B$30B

Source: Companies Market Cap

At the end of 2021, Tesla and its four EV rivals were worth a combined $1.3 trillion. This was more than double of the legacy group, which (Read more...)

Putting EV Valuations Into Perspective


This post is by Marcus Lu from Visual Capitalist


EV Valuations

Putting EV Valuations Into Perspective

The global push for lower emissions has created a mania around pure-electric automakers. While Tesla leads the charge, institutional investors have also piled into many of its younger rivals.

For example, in 2019, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund invested $1.3 billion into Lucid Motors. One year later, it was revealed that Amazon had a 20% stake (worth $3.8B) in Rivian.

To see how quickly EV valuations have ballooned, we’ve visualized the historical market capitalizations (market caps) of 10 prominent automakers.

Legacy vs Pure-Electric

The legacy group includes five top traditional automakers, while the EV group includes the five most valuable pure-electric automakers that are listed on an American exchange.

The following table lists the market caps of these companies at various dates. While XPeng and NIO are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, they do not currently sell cars in the U.S.

AutomakerType20102015202102/22/2022
?? TeslaEV$3B$31B$1,061B$849B
?? ToyotaLegacy$124B$191B$255B$256B
?? Volkswagen GroupLegacy$59B$79B$129B$128B
?? Mercedes-BenzLegacy$61B$94B$83B$89B
?? FordLegacy$63B$57B$83B$69B
?? General MotorsLegacy$55B$51B$85B$68B
?? RivianEVN/AN/A$93B$55B
?? LucidEVN/AN/A$63B$42B
?? NIOEVN/AN/A$50B$35B
?? XpengEVN/AN/A$41B$30B

Source: Companies Market Cap

At the end of 2021, Tesla and its four EV rivals were worth a combined $1.3 trillion. This was more than double of the legacy group, which (Read more...)

Ranked: The 35 Vehicles With the Longest Production Runs


This post is by Marcus Lu from Visual Capitalist


The 35 Vehicles With the Longest Production Runs

Visualizing the Longest Vehicle Production Runs

Over the automotive industry’s 100+ year history, companies such as Ford, Chevrolet, and Mercedes-Benz have produced some truly iconic cars.

Whether they’re designed for excitement, luxury, or just simple transportation, these vehicles offer a set of features that make them highly desirable to consumers. The most successful models will undergo numerous revisions over time, sometimes sticking around for many decades.

To learn more, this graphic from Alan’s Factory Outlet lists the 35 vehicles with the longest production runs of all time. Here are the top 10 below.

BrandModel NameClassProduction Run (years)
?? ChevroletSuburbanSUV86
?? FordF-SeriesPickup truck74
?? VolkswagenTransporterVan71
?? ToyotaLand CruiserSUV70
?? ChevroletCorvetteSports car68
?? Mercedes-BenzS-ClassSedan67
?? ToyotaCrownSedan66
?? NissanSkylineSedan64
?? MiniMiniHatchback62
?? Porsche911Sports car58

As we can see, successful models come in many shapes and sizes, and from a variety of manufacturers. Below, we’ll take a deeper dive to learn more about what makes these cars special.

Ford F-Series

Ford began selling its first pickup truck in 1925, which was essentially a Model T with a flatbed in the rear. This layout was very useful because it enabled people to transport cargo, raw materials, and other items with relative ease.

Then, in 1948, Ford introduced the F-series pickup. The truck became one of Ford’s most well-known and profitable models, and is currently in its 14th generation.

While the fundamental (Read more...)