UK takes on world as factory output hits a high
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.”