Amid Volkswagen AG's diesel emissions crisis, there's been lots of discussion about the company's global sales ranking -- No. 2 last year behind Toyota and No. 1 through the first half of 2015 by a slender 20,000 vehicles over its Japanese rival -- 5.04 million to 5.02 million.
As if it's that close.
Another, possibly truer measurement -- revenue -- puts Volkswagen Group alone in first place, and by a sizable margin. No. 2 Toyota trails VW by $30 billion.
According to Industry Week magazine's annual ranking of the world's largest manufacturing companies by revenue, VW last year hauled in $258.6 billion while Toyota was at $228.3 billion
When unit volume is the measure, General Motors is close behind VW and Toyota, but when revenue is the guide, No. 3 is Daimler AG. The German parent of Mercedes-Benz reported $160 billion in sales last year, while GM reported $155.9 billion. Rounding out the top five was Ford Motor Co. at $144.1 billion in 2014.