In the top one hundred ranking of the 2008 Fortune Global 500, there are no less than eleven car companies, with a total combined revenue of $1.4 trillion. Of these eleven companies, Toyota Motor, General Motors, Daimler, Ford Motor, and Volkswagen are at the top of the list with a total revenue of $911 billion. Each of these large multinationals own several distinct car brands. General Motors, for example, owns Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Oldsmobile, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, and Vauxhall. Car companies are global players who need to continually re-present themselves to local markets. Each year they show off their latest car models at extravagantly staged shows in major cities across the globe. The shows that take place in Detroit, New York, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Geneva, and Paris are the most important according to the industry. At these shows, the auto manufacturers take great pains to distinguish their brands, but they all present their latest cars in the same way: with the help of female models. Essentially, the women become tools to present the corporate image in a very distinctive way.