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These are the 100 most valuable vehicle brands in the world

There are 100 automotive companies that have been ranked according to their value by Brand Finance.

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Each year, Brand Finance calculates the values of 5,000 of the world's largest brands. This year's rankings included 100 automotive companies.

Brand Finance calculates brand value as the "net economic benefit that a brand owner would achieve by licensing the brand inn the open market." The see brand strength as "the efficacy of a brand's performance on intangible measures relative to its competitors."

Not all the companies are your typical car brands. The companies on this list sell trucks, commercial vehicles, scooters, buses, cars, and a host of other vehicles.

Here are the rankings, from worst to first.

No. 100 - Smart 

Smart

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No. 99 - New Flyer 

New Flyer bus Golden Gate Bridge

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No. 98 - Tofas 

Tofas car Ferris wheel

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No. 97 - FAW 

Junpai A50

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No. 96 - Paccar 

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No. 95 - UD Trucks 

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No. 94 - Piaggio 

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No. 93 - WEY 

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No. 92 - Lada 

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No. 91 - Solkon 

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No. 90 - Yulon

Luxgen S 5 GT 225

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No. 89 - MG

MG 77

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No. 88 - Mack

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No. 87 - Royal Enfield

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No. 86 - BAIC

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No. 85 - KTM

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No. 84 - GAC

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No. 83 - Vauxhall

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No. 82 - TVS

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No. 81 - DAF

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No. 80 - Chrysler

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No. 79 - Oshkosh

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No. 78 - Ashok Leyland

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No. 76 - Wuling

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No. 75 - Yutong

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No. 74 - Baojun

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No. 73 - Great Wall

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No. 72 - Changan

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No. 71 - Sinotuk

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No. 70 - Kenworth

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No. 69 - Song

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No. 68 - Dongfeng

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No. 67 - Lincoln

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No. 66 - Dodge

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No. 65 - Nio

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No. 64 - Seat

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No. 63 - Foton

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No. 62 - Acura

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No. 61 - Roewe

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No. 60 - Infiniti

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No. 59 - JAC Motors

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No. 58 - McLaren

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No. 57 - Dacia

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No. 56 - Maserati

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No. 55 - Hero

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No. 54 - Iveco

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No. 53 - Lamborghini

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No. 52 - Bentley

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No. 51 - Citroën

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No. 50 - Aston Martin

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No. 49 - RAM

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No. 48 - Bajaj Auto

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No. 47 - Harley-Davidson

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No. 46 - Opel

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No. 45 - Rolls-Royce

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No. 44 - Yamaha

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No. 43 - Fiat

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No. 42 - Hino

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No. 41 - MAN

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No. 40 - Tata Motors

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No. 39 - GMC

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No. 38 - Diahatsu

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No. 37 - Mitsubishi Motors

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No. 36 - Jaguar

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No. 35 - Scania

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No. 34 - Maruti Suzuki

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No. 33 - MINI

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No. 32 - Skoda

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No. 31 - Isuzu

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No. 30 - BYD

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No. 29 - Polaris

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No. 28 - Mazda

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No. 27 - Haval

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No. 26 - Mahindra

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No. 25 - Peugeot

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No. 24 - Jeep

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No. 23 - Cadillac

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No. 22 - Kia

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No. 21 - Buick

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No. 20 - Geely

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No. 19 - Suzuki

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No. 18 - Land Rover

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No. 17 - Subaru

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No. 16 - Ferrari

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No. 15 - Lexus

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No. 14 - Hyundai

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No. 13 - Renault

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No. 12 -Tesla

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No. 11 - Chevrolet

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No. 10 - Volvo

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No. 9 - Audi

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No. 8 - Nissan

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No. 7 - Ford

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No. 6 - Honda

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No. 5 - Porsche

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No. 4 - BMW

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No. 3 - Volkswagen

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No. 2 - Toyota

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No. 1 - Mercedes-Benz

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For the third consecutive year, Mercedes-Benz is the world's most valuable automobile brand, growing 8 percent to $65 billion. The German brand has been investing strongly in R&D in the anticipation of new trends – particularly electric and autonomous vehicles – as well as implementing innovative new business models, including the recently expanded Mercedes Collection subscription service.

According to Brand Finance's research, its customer service is the best in the business. That, combined with its new and existing model ranges and its excellence in design, is helping keep the brand one step ahead of its main competitor BMW (brand value $40.5 billion).

"Mercedes-Benz has stayed one step ahead of its competitors because of its commitment to service and model development. Despite his departure, Dieter Zetsche has set the brand up for long-term success," said Alex Haigh, Director, Brand Finance.

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The Kia Sorento has undergone a bold redo for 2021

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We already knew what the redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento would look like thanks to its global reveal in March. Now we now what the U.S.-spec will be getting.

The Sorento will be available to U.S. customers in a new X-Line trim. It features a one-inch lift resulting in improved approach and departure angles. The grade also includes all-wheel drive with Snow mode, and a more robust roof rack.

201 Kia Sorento SX The Sorento has a new, sturdier roof rack.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia will offer the Sorento with four engine options in the U.S. The base power plant is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine achieves 191 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. It achieves 27 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive is standard with this engine and all-wheel drive is available.

Buyers will be able to upgrade the base model Sorento to get a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood that delivers 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed wet-clutch dual-clutch transmission - the same as what is offered in the Hyundai Veloster N - and is expected to achieve 25 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive is standard with this engine and all-wheel drive is available.

The front-wheel drive Sonata Hybrid will feature a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, 44.2 kWh electric motor, and six-speed automatic transmission.. That powertrain produces approximately 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That's more powerful than the standard four-cylinder in the 2020 Sorento but less horsepower than buyers would get with the 2020 Sorento with a V6. Kia says the model gets 37 mpg combined.

201 Kia Sorento X-Line The new Sorento X-Line model features black design accents and wheels.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

That same engine powers an all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid variant of the model that will be available in 2021 and feature 261 horsepower and 30 miles of all-electric range.

U.S. drivers will be able to configure the model with either 4+2 or 5+2 seating. The three-row SUV offers best-in-class front and rear legroom and overall interior passenger volume.

The fully upgraded interior includes a standard 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen that gets bumped up to a 10.25-inch screen in higher trim levels. An available 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster is available. There are eight USB charging ports (six in the LX model) and the larger screen allows for dual-phone Bluetooth Capability.

2021 Kia Sorento The interior of the Sorento features a new design for the automaker.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Opting for a system with UVO telematics adds cloud-based connected routing that allows navigation to be adjusted in real time according to evolving traffic and road conditions. There’s also weather information for up to 25,000 cities, voice assistant functionality, keyless entry user profiles, smart speaker integration, and advanced notifications for things like extended idle times and rear occupancy alerts. The system will automatically contact 911 should it sense that an airbag has deployed.

For the first time, Kia offers the model with on-demand Find My Car functionality with surround view technology that captures images of the vehicle’s surroundings then pushes them to the Kia Access Uvo app to aid in location. Additionally, last mile navigation provides walking directions to a final destination if the vehicle is parked between 0.1 and 1.2 miles away from the destination as entered in the navigation system.

A 12-speaker Bose sound system and wireless charging capability is available.

2021 Kia Sorento A 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen is available, Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia has given the Sorento a host of standard safety features including forward collision avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and rear occupant alert. Blind spot collision avoidance assist, passenger safe exit, and blind view monitor technologies are available.

The 2021 Sorento is assembled in West Point, Georgia alongside the Telluride and the K5.

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The 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition features a thermal orange paint job that it shares with the Acura NSX.

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Acura will make a PMC Edition of its best-selling RDX for the 2021 model year. The move comes following successful PMC Edition iterations of the TLX and MDX and forecasts a design change is in the RDX's future.

Named after Acura's Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Ohio, the 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition will be hand-crafted alongside the Acura NSX by master technicians. Just 360 of the range-topping RDX PMC Edition models will be made and carry a sticker price in the low $50,000s. Exact pricing will be announced in the coming weeks.

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

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Acura has given each of the North American market-exclusive models a Thermal Orange Pearl paint job - a color shared with the NSX.

It builds on the top-of-the-line RDX, which includes the RDX Advance Package and RDX A-Spec styling. The model gets exclusive black 20-inch alloy wheels, a body color grille surround, black chrome exhaust finishers, and a gloss black roof, side mirrors, and door handles. All-wheel drive is standard.

Acura has pushed the orange color to the cabin where it appears as color-matched orange stitching for the seats, center console, door panels, steering wheel, and floor mats. The RDX PMC edition features a 10.5-inch color head-up display, 16-way power Sport Seats trimmed in Ebony Milano leather and Ultrasuede, heated steering wheel, and heated outboard rear seats.

Like the NSX, each RDX PMC Edition will be built and handled with care. It starts as a body-in-white shell that arrives at PMC to be finished in its orange paint via a robotic paint system. Multiple base coats enhance the paint's intensity. Next ,a mid-coat of gold and orange mica is applied giving off a pearlescent effect in the sunlight. Finally, four layers of clearcoat are applied to increase the paint's luster and protect the finish. The total time in paint, including curing, is five days.

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Post-paint, PMC master technicians begin hand-assembling the two-row SUV starting with the installation of the drivetrains and chassis components, wiring harnesses, and electronics. Then, the wheels and tires are added. The final step in the process is to fit the vehicle with its unique interior including an individually numbered serial plate affixed to the RDX's center console.

Following assembly, the RDX PMC Edition undergoes an identical quality control process as NSX, which includes a full electronic systems line-end test, expert wheel alignment, dyno run, water-leak test and final paint examination. Before exiting PMC, each vehicle is wrapped in a protective film and loaded onto an enclosed, single-car carrier for transport to an Acura dealer.

Acura has introduced a PMC Edition of the TLX and MDX as they have entered the final year of their design phase. Could a refreshed RDX be on the horizon for 2022? All signs point to yes.

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