Toyota, Chinese carmakers with biggest leap in innovation ranking

August 20, 2018 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Toyota, Chinese carmakers with biggest leap in innovation ranking
In the annual top 25 ranking of the most innovative automobile groups, German manufacturers regularly rank among the top companies. But this year, Toyota returns to one of the top places after several years. Tata (Jaguar Land Rover) is in second place among the biggest climbers. Eight Chinese manufacturers made it into the top 25 - a picture that the international developer community should probably get used to.

Every year the Innovation Ranking of the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) evaluates the innovative strength of the global automotive industry in a comprehensive survey. The study takes into account more than 1,200 automotive innovations of the year 2017/2018 from a total of 36 automobile groups with 89 automobile brands

Despite the diesel scandal and WLTP crisis: Volkswagen is currently not only the world's best-selling car manufacturer, but with its brands Audi, Porsche, VW & Co. also the most innovative carmaker. With 233 innovations, 45 of which are world firsts, the Wolfsburg-based company is ahead of the other German car manufacturers BMW and Daimler, who are switching places. Toyota and Tesla follow in fourth and fifth place (see image).

The biggest shifts in the global innovation ranking of the
automotive industry took place in the middle and rear positions;
in the front everything - still - remained quiet. (C): CAM

About 50 percent of the high innovative strength of Germany's top three groups is fed by the future fields of connectivity and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). By contrast, innovations from the combustion engine are contributing less and less to innovative strength (Volkswagen 11%, BMW 12%, Daimler 13%). The share of innovations in the area of pure electric vehicles (Volkswagen 3%, BMW 3%, Daimler 1%) is still comparatively low, although this will change in the coming years due to current product developments.

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