British manufacturers built 170,691 vehicles this March - 7.3% more than they did last March

UK car manufacturing reached its highest level in 17 years last month, with British car makers producing 170,691 units across the four weeks.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), export demand helped the UK increase production by 7.3% compared with the same month in 2016.

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In the year-to-date, 471,695 cars have been produced, which is 33,305 more than the same point last year.

Output was driven by overseas demand, which helped to offset a decline at home; domestic demand was down 4.3% this quarter.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “UK car manufacturing is accelerating thanks to billions of pounds of investment committed over the past few years. A large proportion are the latest low-emissions diesels and it’s essential for future growth and employment that we encourage these newer, cleaner diesels onto UK roads and avoid penalising consumers who choose diesel for its fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions.

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“Much of our output goes to Europe and it’s vital we maintain free trade between the UK and European Union (EU) or we risk destroying this success story.”

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27 April 2017
Brexit will reunite the Empire and UK manufacturing will shine!
Viti Peter

27 April 2017
"Much of our output goes to Europe and it’s vital we maintain free trade between the UK and EU or we risk destroying this success story." - from the article but i guess that's too difficult for brexiters to understand with their heads in the sand

27 April 2017
"UK car manufacturing hits 17-year high thanks to growing exports" deeply upsetting news for 'remoaners' who desperately prefer job losses to back-up their hate filled life

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

27 April 2017
xxxx wrote:

"UK car manufacturing hits 17-year high thanks to growing exports" deeply upsetting news for 'remoaners' who desperately prefer job losses to back-up their hate filled life

UK votes to leave the EU. The pound falls immediately because the prospects for the future are worse. UK built cars cost less to make because UK workers now are cheaper. UK built cars can be sold more cheaply to the EU and still be profitable. So far so good. Then we leave the EU. All kinds of obstacles start to arise -- well-documented and not imaginary. Things get worse. Which is why the pound fell in the first place. Simples.

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27 April 2017
rhwilton wrote:
xxxx wrote:

"UK car manufacturing hits 17-year high thanks to growing exports" deeply upsetting news for 'remoaners' who desperately prefer job losses to back-up their hate filled life

UK votes to leave the EU. The pound falls immediately because the prospects for the future are worse. UK built cars cost less to make because UK workers now are cheaper. UK built cars can be sold more cheaply to the EU and still be profitable. So far so good. Then we leave the EU. All kinds of obstacles start to arise -- well-documented and not imaginary. Things get worse. Which is why the pound fell in the first place. Simples.

yea pound fall just like unemployment, kinda of the opposite way to econmic growth which grew. Statistics - Simples ehh

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

27 April 2017
> "deeply upsetting news for 'remoaners' who desperately prefer job losses to back-up their hate filled life"

Well yes it is upsetting. Or it might be if we don't negotiate free trade for the automotive sector and this great industry ends up being strangled by trade tariffs. Remember these good figures have come in while we are still very much part of the EU. But the automotive sector is so important to both sides it'll probably be one of the first areas where a deal is struck.

27 April 2017
"Brexit will reunite the Empire and UK manufacturing will shine!";
In fact the "Empire" has been buying Japanese since the 70's!!!!!

I'm not justifying Brexit, but if we'd have voted to stay-in, the Pound would have rose in value to unacceptable levels, and all manufacturing would have been transferred to Poland & Eastern Europe or Turkey.

So what ever happens it's bad news for British Car manufacturing.
Ford for example switched all it's vehicle manufacturing to mainland
Europe & Turkey at the begining of the 2000's., well before Brexit!!!

27 April 2017
Given the production cycle of the automobile industry, this increase in volume will have been planned long before the referendum - the Brexiteers and Remoaners will have to wait until 2020, or later, before any conclusions can be drawn

27 April 2017
Given the production cycle of the automobile industry, this increase in volume will have been planned long before the referendum - the Brexiteers and Remoaners will have to wait until 2020, or later, before any conclusions can be drawn

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Fiestas sold in Europe are ostensibly the same as those sold in America and Asia

The seventh-generation Ford Fiesta is the UK's best selling car, helped by frugal engines, handling verve and a big car feel

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