UK car out­put down 3% in 2017 to 1.67m units

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THE NUM­BER OF Bri­tish-built cars fell by 3% last year. The drop was at­trib­uted to poor do­mes­tic de­mand caused by de­clin­ing con­sumer con­fi­dence and con­fu­sion over the fu­ture of diesel cars.

The So­ci­ety of Mo­tor Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Traders said 1,671,166 cars were built in the UK last year, down from 1,722,698 in 2016. It is the first de­cline in eight years but re­mains the sec­ond-biggest year for pro­duc­tion since the turn of the cen­tury.

Jaguar Land Rover re­mains the biggest man­u­fac­turer of Bri­tish-built cars for the third con­sec­u­tive year, de­spite be­ing down 2.3% year on year. It made 532,107 ve­hi­cles last year.

Nis­san took sec­ond spot, de­spite out­put fall­ing 2.4% to 495,206 ve­hi­cles. Mini was third, fol­lowed by Toy­ota, Honda and Vaux­hall.

The top 10 cars sold world­wide and built in the UK were (in descend­ing or­der): Nis­san Qashqai, Mini hatch­back, Honda Civic, Toy­ota Auris, Vaux­hall As­tra, Nis­san Juke, Range Rover Sport, Jaguar F-pace, Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Dis­cov­ery Sport.

Mini was third-biggest pro­ducer, be­hind JLR and Nis­san

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