The facts about British car production
British car production fell to just under one million last year, from 1.44m in 2008. It remained Europe’s fourth largest car maker, says Motor Industry Facts 2010, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ annual pocket guide to the motor industry.
More than 76 per cent of cars and commercial vehicles made here were exported. Nissan is our biggest producer (338,150), followed by BMW Mini (213,670), Toyota (127,394), Land Rover (114,453) and Vauxhall (76,771).
Ford is the biggest engine producer with 1.4m from factories in Essex and Glamorgan. BMW was next, with 362,300 units from its Hams Hall factory.
There are 30m cars on British roads. Silver and blue account for half the colours and last year average CO2 emissions on new cars sold fell below 150g/km.
The Smart diesel was the cleanest combustion engined car, with 88g/km.
Petrol and diesel had risen by about 38p a litre to 109p, since 1999, with tax taking 65 per cent.
CLEAN SWEEP: The Smart diesel.