Other companies making the top 50 included Facebook and Microsoft (joint 9th), Coca-Cola (16th), Boeing (30th), Intel (46th), and McDonald's (48th).
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.
Above: BMW i8
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