UK takes on world as fac­tory out­put hits a high

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - MOTORING NEWS -

CAR PRO­DUC­TION has soared in the UK this year to lev­els not seen since 1999.

The UK car fac­to­ries – led by Ja­panese brands such as Nis­san, Honda and Toy­ota, plus MINI, Land Rover, Jaguar, Vaux­hall and others – saw UK car pro­duc­tion grow by 9.6 per cent in the first 11 months of 2016 to to 1,613,4954 cars.

Ex­ports seal an­other record, with 1,258,909 cars shipped to over­seas mar­kets in the first 11 months.

Novem­ber out­put rose 12.8 per cent to achieve a 17-year high, with 169,247 ve­hi­cles rolling off pro­duc­tion lines.

UK car man­u­fac­tur­ing out­put reached its high­est level since 1999 in Novem­ber, with al­most 170,000 ve­hi­cles rolling off pro­duc­tion lines, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased by the So­ci­ety of Mo­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Traders (SMMT).

Pro­duc­tion for the home mar­ket was par­tic­u­larly strong in Novem­ber, ris­ing 14 per cent to 33,745 units, while ex­ports also saw ro­bust growth, up 12.5 per cent.

In the year-to-date, out­put is up across the board, with do­mes­tic de­mand in­creas­ing 4.2 per cent and ex­ports en­joy­ing an up­lift of 11.1 per cent to 1,258,909 – beat­ing last year’s record by 2.5 per cent.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “Made in

Bri­tain is a badge cov­eted by car buy­ers world­wide, and these lat­est fig­ures high­light not just that in­ter­na­tional ap­peal but the fact that the UK is a glob­ally com­pet­i­tive place to make cars.

“These lat­est re­sults are the prod­uct of sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments made over the past few years, but which will con­tinue only if we can main­tain the com­pet­i­tive trad­ing con­di­tions that have en­abled the UK to be­come an au­to­mo­tive suc­cess story.”

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