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Top 50 rank: 19
Rank in Motor Vehicles: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 6.88
Why it's admired
The German automaker is off to a good start in 2011, with a strong focus on sales of its luxury lines and more aggressive sustainability goals.

Lately, the company has been pushing a line of electric cars. BMW already released a compact electric car in 2009, and is now preparing for the rollout of a larger model, called the ActiveE. The German auto company, well-regarded for its elite line of luxury cars, including its British Rolls Royce and Mini Cooper lines, is clearly pushing an eco agenda. --T.M.

Should BMW be admired, or what?
BMW stats
Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 1
People management 1
Use of corporate assets 1
Social responsibility 1
Quality of management 1
Financial soundness 1
Long-term investment 1
Quality of products/services 1
Global competitiveness 1
Industry: Motor Vehicles
Most Admired
1 BMW 6.88
2 Volkswagen 5.33
3 Daimler 4.83
4 Hyundai Motor 4.68
5 Honda Motor 4.37
6 Ford Motor 4.36
7 Toyota Motor 4.26
8 Nissan Motor 3.86
Rank Company Overall score
9 General Motors 3.75
10 Renault 3.59
11 Fiat 3.51
12 Peugeot 3.47
13 Volvo 3.20
14 Shanghai Automotive 3.10
15 Dongfeng Motor 2.78
From the March 21, 2011 issue
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