The top 100 list was compiled by Interbrand and includes 15 automotive nameplates.
We count down the car companies with the most clout.
MINI: 98th place
MINI finishes 98th in the list. The sub-brand of BMW is valued at £2.8billion.
MINI’s success is partly down to its ever-expanding range of cars. The new 231hp John Cooper Works is the most powerful production MINI yet.
Land Rover: 87th place
British brand Land Rover came 87th, with an estimated value of £3.4billion.
Land Rover’s bestseller is the Range Rover Evoque. But the Defender – seen here in run-out Heritage Edition spec – remains its icon.
Chevrolet: 85th place
All-American Chevy is worth £3.4billion, according to Interbrand. That puts it 85th on the list.
Chevrolet recently withdrew from Europe due to poor sales. Promotional shots like this probably didn’t help.
Harley-Davidson: 79th place
OK, so Harley-Davidson isn’t actually a car brand. But the legendary motorcycle manufacturer is worth a hefty £3.6billion.
Harleys are synonymous with rebellion and the open road. This special edition Road King was built to celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary.
Kia: 74th place
Kia is part of Korean industrial conglomerate, Hyundai (which finishes further up the list). The company is worth around £3.7billion.
Kia has moved away from its bargain-basement roots and now competes head-on with major European and Japanese brands. This is its forthcoming Sportage SUV.
Porsche: 56th place
Porsches aren’t cheap to buy and neither is the company. You’ll need to stump up £5.3billion for this 56th-placed brand.
Think Porsche is all about the 911? Think again – the Cayenne 4×4 is actually Porsche’s bestselling vehicle worldwide.
Nissan: 49th place
Japanese giant Nissan is worth £6.0billion – not least due to the runaway success of its Qashqai crossover, which is built in the UK.
Nissan has a pretty eclectic range of cars, from the humdrum Micra to the hardcore GT-R. It even sells a bonkers 600hp GT-R-engined Juke.
Audi: 44th place
Audi’s progress over the past three decades offers an object lesson in how to build a premium brand. It’s now worth £6.8billion.
The fabulous Quattro is one of the cars that changed public perception of Audi. It’s pictured here with fellow ‘Life on Mars’ star, Philip Glenister.
Hyundai: 39th place
Hyundai’s name is seen on shipping containers, department stores and construction sites. The Hyundai Motor Group alone is valued at £7.4billion.
Like Kia, Hyundai has worked hard to become a credible alternative to established car brands. Its new Tucson is a very capable compact SUV.
Ford: 38th place
At £7.7billion, Ford just edges Hyundai to take 38th place among the world’s most valuable brands.
Much of Ford’s income comes from the F-150 pick-up – America’s bestselling vehicle. In the Land Of The Free, no conventional car comes close.
Volkswagen: 35th place
The well-publicised ‘Dieselgate’ scandal has seen Volkswagen lose 9% in brand value (down to £8.3billion) and drop four places on the index.
The Golf nameplate has now overtaken the Beetle for sheer sales volume. However, the ‘Bug’ was VW’s first car and it remains a symbol of the counterculture.
Honda: 19th place
Honda has recently launched a glut of new cars – perhaps one reason it’s valued at a whopping £15.1billion.
The Japanese marque’s bestselling car is the practical and very reliable Jazz supermini. Here’s the new 2015 model.
Mercedes-Benz: 12th place
The world’s oldest car company is still one of its most successful. Mercedes-Benz finishes 12th, with an estimated value of £24.2billion.
Any excuse to use a picture of the sublime Mercedes-AMG GT S – the German brand’s flagship sports car.
BMW: 11th place
Mercedes will be smarting that arch-rival BMW pipped it by one place. The former aircraft manufacturer is worth £24.5billion.
The quirky i3 electric car shows BMW isn’t afraid to explore new niches. Sometimes it pays to take risks…
Toyota: 6th place
The highest-place carmaker on the list is Toyota, in 6th place. However, even Toyota’s £32.3billion worth pales in comparison to first-placed Apple – valued at £112.7billion.
Toyota’s bestselling car is the Corolla, although we don’t even get the current model in the UK. It’s reliable and utterly inoffensive A-to-B transport, which is evidently what many people want.