Currently reading: UK car manufacturing grows by 1.3% in May
British factories felt a 12.8% surge in demand from the domestic market
Sam Sheehan
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2 mins read
28 June 2018

UK car manufacturing grew by 1.3% in May, maintaining a rise in output that began one month earlier.

A total of 137,225 cars rolled off production lines last month, comfortably beating April’s 127,952 output – when a long-standing fall in demand was halted with a 5.2% boost.

Despite the improvement, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders boss Mike Hawes said the numbers were helped by a “significant decline in output in May last year as several manufacturers geared up to deliver new models”.

This was the same reason provided for the UK’s growth in new car sales in May, when British motorists bought 192,649 cars, a 3.4% improvement on the same month in 2017.

Nevertheless, domestic demand for British-built cars actually surged by 12.8% to 29,918 units in May. But export demand fell by 1.5% to 107,307 cars, meaning cars sent abroad accounted for 78.2% of demand - 2.2% less than in May 2017.

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The UK’s year-to-date output is now 2.9% down on the same period in 2017. Domestic demand for 2018’s opening five months was down 6.3%, while exports were down 2%.

Hawes highlighted ongoing Brexit negotiations as a cause for concern, stating: “We need to ensure UK car plants are able to attract future investment, and this will depend upon maintaining the competitive conditions that have helped drive the industry’s success in recent years.

“Given our dependency on the EU as our biggest customer and supplier, that means retaining the benefits of the single market and membership of the customs union – the minimum requirement for frictionless trade."

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28 June 2018

 A slight sign that Britain has managed to secure a rope around a Rock at the top of the economic Cliff and is hanging on.....just?

28 June 2018

All immaterial.

28 June 2018

Only Mike Hawes can turn an increase in to a concern as it doesn't fit his agenda. He's the Private Frazer of UK motoring.

28 June 2018

Probably nothing to do with Brexit at all if the truth be known...

28 June 2018

Cars built from 1st June had to be compliant with the new WLTP standards, OR if they were built to the old standards then those units must be gone by the end of August (not ideal for our plate change month).

On that basis, manufacturers pushed out more than they normally would in May, giving themselves stock for the summer months which can be carried forward into September if still unsold.

Simples.

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