BMW has been named the world's most admired automotive company by business magazine Fortune, one of only two car makers to make the top 50.

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Topping the rankings were Apple, Amazon.com and Starbucks, while BMW managed 21st, and Toyota came in at number 34.

Other companies making the top 50 included Facebook and Microsoft (joint 9th), Coca-Cola (16th), Boeing (30th), Intel (46th), and McDonald's (48th).

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Above: 2017 BMW 5 Series

Fortune's 'World's Most Admired Companies' chart draws on the votes of some 3800 executives, analysts, directors and experts, with the top 50 ranked every year.

Toyota has won top gong for automotive manufacturers for the last couple of years, but this year the Bavarian car maker nabbed top spot.

Interestingly, no other manufacturers made the top 50 in this year's list, with companies like Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and General Motors (GM) all missing out on a ranking.

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Above: BMW i8


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