The facts about Bri­tish car pro­duc­tion

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

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