After several slow months, UK car production has risen in April 2018. Mike Hawes, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Chief Executive, says that the improved UK performance is down to a combination of the number of new models being introduced, and a soft 2017. ‘While April’s growth isn’t altogether surprising given the significant decline in output this time last year, it is good to see earlier planned investment into new models delivering results,’ he says.
Demand for new cars has grown by 5.2% year-on-year in April, according to figures released by the SMMT. A total of 127,952 cars were built in British factories following a double-digit decline in the same month last year when the Easter Bank Holiday timing impacted output. Growth was also helped by production ramp up at several plants to deliver a number of key new and updated models.
However, year-to-date, overall output remains down, by -3.9%, with a total of 568,378 cars leaving production lines in the first four months. Four fifths of these were exported, as domestic demand fell -10.3% against a less substantial -2.2% decline in vehicles destined for global markets.
Manufacturing for both home and overseas markets grew by 7.3% and 4.7% respectively, with 103,662 cars built for export in the month and accounting for 81.0% of production. Hawes says that while this growth is welcome news, frictionless trade after Brexit next year will be essential for the British car industry. ‘The ability of UK plants to attract the next wave of new models and drive future growth depends upon maintaining these competitive conditions after Brexit,’ he adds.
Hawes concludes: ‘That’s why it is critical that government acts to safeguard our participation in the EU customs union and single market.’
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