News : UK car production rises 3.5% during H1 2014

Michael-HawesThe Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has today released details of the UK’s car production figures for the first six months of 2014 – key points are:

– Robust first half of 2014 for UK car manufacturing, with volumes up 3.5% to 791,314 units.

– June output rose 3.7% to 136,419 cars, driven by 16.5% growth in production for UK market.

– UK industry benefits from raft of new model introductions, with more anticipated in coming months.

Mike Hawes, the SMMT’s Chief Executive (pictured above left), commented: “UK car production continued its steady growth in June, leading to a first half-year increase of 3.5%. With several manufacturers having started assembly of new models this year and billions of pounds of investment still to reach production fruition, this is an exciting time for the UK automotive sector. However, with this growth comes a need to bolster the domestic supply chain and address major skills shortages; both of which the UK industry is committed to addressing.”

Car manufacturingJun-13Jun-14% ChangeYTD-13YTD-14% Change
% export80.1%77.6%78.7%79.0%


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  1. Contrary to what many people think, the British car industry is alive and well and making cars people want to buy.

    • Except Honda as they don ‘t care about my unsatisfactory experience with one of their vehicles masquerading as a car.

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