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Tesla overtakes VW as world's second most valuable carmaker

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01/23/2020 | 10:05am EST
FILE PHOTO: The company logo is pictured on a Tesla Model X electric car in Berlin

Tesla Inc has overtaken Germany's Volkswagen as the world's second most valuable carmaker behind Japan's Toyota, as the meteoric rise in the U.S. electric vehicle maker's shares reshuffles the global market.

Tesla's stock has more than doubled in value in the last three months, with its market capitalisation piercing $100 billion (£76 billion) on Wednesday, a first for a listed U.S. automaker.

During the rally, its value has leapfrogged more established global rivals: Honda, BMW, General Motors and Daimler. On Wednesday, it eclipsed VW's $99.4 billion value.

Toyota still holds pole position with a market cap of $233 billion.

The recent gains have been fuelled by a surprise third-quarter profit, progress at a new factory in China and better-than-expected car deliveries in the fourth quarter.

Many investors remain sceptical that Tesla can consistently deliver profit, cash flow and growth.

But the gains highlight growing confidence among investors about the future of electric vehicles and Tesla's shift from a niche car maker into a global leader in cleaner cars.

A glance at its results shows it has a long way to go before it can eclipse larger rivals.

Based on 12-month forward sales estimates, it doesn't even appear in the top 20 in the world. The company's sales will reach $31 billion, a slither of Toyota's $276 billion, VW's $283 billion and Daimler's $191 billion, according to Refinitiv data.

(Graphic: Tesla overtakes VW - https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/mkt/13/1471/1446/tesla.png)

By Josephine Mason

Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
BMW AG -1.33% 64.31 Delayed Quote.-10.71%
DAIMLER AG -3.01% 42.36 Delayed Quote.-11.39%
GENERAL MOTORS COMPANY -2.24% 34.495 Delayed Quote.-3.58%
HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD. 2.22% 3041 End-of-day quote.0.73%
TESLA, INC. -0.57% 889.71 Delayed Quote.115.00%
TOYOTA INDUSTRIES CORPORATION 1.77% 6340 End-of-day quote.0.63%
TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION 2.77% 7752 End-of-day quote.1.33%
VOLKSWAGEN AG -1.79% 166.1 Delayed Quote.-3.86%
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