Thursday, March 29, 2012

Top 10 Automakers in the World - 2010

The automotive industry designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and sells motor vehicles, and is one of the world's most important economic sectors by revenue. But the financial crisis has changed the demographics of the auto industry putting formerly unknown manufacturers on the map, while top companies have lost their worldwide positions. But, still some companies manage to maintain their place. Now have a look at such automakers who make it to the top 10 in 2010.


1. Toyota


Popular throughout the world by the sheer volume of cars it produces and sells in almost all countries; Toyota majorly caters the car and Light Commercial Vehicle segment. With marques such as Daihatsu, Hino, Lexus, Scion and Toyota, this giant manufacturer produces cars of mass appeal, elegance and comfort. With stylish cars regularly churned from its basket it would be hard to beat it from its top position.

2. General Motors


General Motors is a United States manufacturers and the second largest automaker in the world. This company has been ranked as the largest manufacturer of motors in the world though its share dwindled due to the financial crises and declaration of bankruptcy. Currently it is focusing on its core brands Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. Its biggest markets are North and South America and China; however it’s trying to put a foothold in other emerging markets like India, Germany, Spain, etc.

3. Ford Motor Co.


Ford Motor Co. introduced the revolutionary method of large-scale manufacturing of motor vehicles. It is the third largest manufacturer in the U.S behind Toyota and General Motors. The Ford, Lincoln, Mercury and Volvo are the brands under its automobile segment. With a majority of its market share in North America and the U.S, Ford Motors is rapidly expanding its foothold globally with its ‘Ford’ brand.

4. Fiat


This Italian automotive major has a 20% stake in Chrysler since 2009 and its cars are best sellers in Brazil, Argentina and Poland. Its long list of ventures with local companies in India, China, France, Turkey, Russia and Pakistan has ensured that this company has made a mark on the auto industry. Fiat is constantly involved in R&D and its ‘Multiair’ engine won the ‘Best Engine of the Year 2010’ in the International Engine of the Year Awards for its innovative engine technology.

5. BMW


Renowned for manufacturing luxury and performance vehicles, this German company also owns the MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. It’s famous for its BMW 3

Series of models and has brought out many innovations with its flagship 7 Series sedans. The company also had a successful stint in Formula One before winning 20 races before selling out to Peter Sauber. BMW is rapidly expanding its client base by setting up subsidiaries in South Africa, India, United States, China, Canada, Austria and Egypt.

6. Daimler AG


Daimler Corporation is the thirteenth largest car manufacturer. This German automaker has an envious basket of brands consisting of the ultra-luxurious Maybach, the ever popular statement-Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG, Mitsubishi Fuso, Setra, Smart. Luxury and comfort are its two main focuses while manufacturing models. To increase its market share it has also entered into an alliance with Renault-Nissan in 2010.

7. Porsche SE


Another German manufacturer to feature on this list, Porsche is into manufacturing of luxury high performance automobiles. An impressive list of marques such as Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Scania, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen group has ranked it among the top luxury automakers in the world. Porsche cars are immensely successful in the Formula One circuit winning more than 28,000 races. Porsche Cayenne SUV is also very popular with more than 250,000 models sold till date.

8. Tata Motors


TATA Motors emerged as a leader in automotive manufacturing after its historic takeover of British brands Jaguar and Land Rover in 2008. With a 70% market share in India, and ranked 19th by OCIA as the world’s largest automaker, TATA Motors is renowned for manufacturing affordable and cost-effective vehicles. It has also rolled out production of the cheapest car in the world ‘TATA Nano’ available at an ex-showroom price of $ 2,146 only. Apart from India it also has manufacturing plants in Argentina, South Africa and Thailand.

9. Honda Motor Co.


The sixth largest automobile manufacturer in the world, Honda’s products are mid-sized and highly fuel efficient. Their line-up cars like the Honda Civic, Fit, Accord, Odyssey, Insight and CR-V are very popular in the car market. The Honda Civic has the longest running production period. Honda also produces more fuel-efficient cars than any other automakers according to the U.S. Environment Protection Agency.

10. Chrysler Group LLC


A U.S. automobile manufacturer Chrysler has manufactured popular brands such as Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep and GEMCAR- battery powered vehicles. Chrysler vehicles are also very popular among gamers with the Chrysler parody being used as ‘Chryslus Motors’ in Fallout video game series. Dodge vehicles are also used in the Need for Speed and Tom Clancy video games.

20 Brain Teasers to Kindle You Brain...

A brain teaser is a form of puzzle that requires thought to solve. It often requires thinking in unconventional ways with given constraints in mind; sometimes it also involves lateral thinking. Logic puzzles and riddles are specific types of brain teasers. Here are 20 selected brain teasers to test your power to think... ( Find the answers below )


Questions:

1. Tom's mom had three children. The first was named May, the second was June. What was the third child's name?


2. The manufacturer doesn't want to use it, the buyer doesn't need to use it and the user doesn't know he's using it. What is it?


3. The word CANDY can be spelled using just 2 letters. Can you figure out how?


4. Bill bets Craig $100 that he can predict the score of the hockey game before it starts. Craig agrees, but loses the bet. Why did Craig lose the bet?


5. What is the next 3 letters in this sequence?  o t t f f s s _ _ _


6. FOUR is HALF of FIVE. Is this statement True or False?


7. A woman shoots her husband.
Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes.
Finally, she hangs him.
But 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together.
How can this be?


8. What do these 3 have in common?
Superman
Moses
The Cabbage Patch Kids


9. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?


10. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?


11. I can sizzle like bacon,
I am made with an egg,
I have plenty of backbone, but lack a good leg,
I peel layers like onions, but still remain whole,
I can be long, like a flagpole, yet fit in a hole,
What am I?


12. This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it! In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though.
Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out! Try to do so without any
coaching!


13. Hi! Ma and Pa told me I'd better say that all the two-letter words in
this paragraph have something in common ...... or else! What's the common factor here?


14. What falls but never breaks?
What breaks but never falls?


15. There is a common English word that is seven letters long. Each time you remove a letter from it, it still remains a common English word - from seven letters right on down to a single letter. What is the original word, and what are the words that it becomes after removing a letter at a time?


16. In olden days you are a clever thief charged with treason against the king and sentenced to death. But the king decides to be a little lenient and lets you choose your own way to die. What way should you choose? Remember,
you're clever!


17. What is it that when you take away the whole, you still have some left over?


18. What six letter word in the English language contains ten other words without rearranging any of its letters?


19. Name an English word of more than 2 letters that both begins and ends with the letters "he" in that order. There are two possible answers. "hehe" is not acceptable.


20. A man was found murdered on Sunday morning. His wife immediately called the police. The police questioned the wife and staff and got these alibis:
The Wife said she was sleeping.
The Cook was cooking breakfast.
The Gardener was picking vegetables.
The Maid was getting the mail.
The Butler was cleaning the closet.


The police instantly arrested the murdered. Who did it and how did they know?
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Answers:

1. Tom.....Tom's mom had three children, June, May, and Tom. 

2. A Coffin


3. The answer: C and Y


4. Bill said the score would be 0-0 and he was right. Before any hockey game starts, the score is always 0-0.


5. "e n t " They represent the first letter when writing the numbers one thru ten.


6. It's True. The Roman Numeral FOUR (IV) is in the middle of the word Five:
F(IV)E


7. The woman was a photographer. She shot a picture of her husband, developed it, and hung it up to dry.


8. They were all adopted!


9. The answer is Charcoal. In Homer Simpson's words: Hmmmm... Barbecue.


10. Sure you can: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow!


11. A snake.


12. The letter "e", which is the most common letter in the English language, does not appear once in the long paragraph.


13. All the two-letter combinations are abbreviations of U.S. States:
Hi:Hawaii, MA:Massachusetts, PA:Pennsylvania, me:Maine, in:Indiana, I'd:
Idaho, or:Oregon


14. Night and Day!


15. The original word is "Snowing". It decomposes to: sowing, swing, sing, sin, in, and I.


16. I think I would have chosen to die of "old age". Did you?


17. The word Wholesome.


18.The word is Spared. The ten words are: Spa, Spar, Spare, Pa, Par, Pare,Pared, Are, Re, and Red. If you got this one you are good!


19. Headache or Heartache.


20. It was the Maid. She said she was getting the mail. There is no mail on Sunday.