A total of 1,509,762 cars were built in the UK during 2013, reaffirming the demand for British-built vehicles at home and abroad
Matt Burt
23 January 2014

More than 1.5 million cars were built in the UK in 2013, keeping the nation's car manufacturing industry on course to reach record-breaking levels of output by 2017.

Figures produced by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) indicate that car production rose by 3.1 per cent in 2013. A total of 1,509,762 cars were built, compared to 1,464,906 in the whole of 2012.

That's the highest volume recorded since 2007, and if the rate of growth continues, industry analysts predict that output will hit record levels of around two million units within four years.

The figures take into account large volume production by car companies in Britain – Nissan, Land Rover, Toyota, Mini, Honda, Jaguar and Vauxhall – as well as manufacturers with smaller outputs such as Aston Martin and Lotus.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: "2013 demonstrated the value of the UK’s diverse car manufacturing industry, as surging home demand and robust exports outside Europe saw output grow 3.1 per cent to over 1.5 million units.

"UK automotive investment announcements exceeded £2.5 billion in 2013, reinforcing industry analysts’ suggestions that the UK could break all-time car output records within the next four years."

The output of cars destined to remain in the home market increased by 21.8 per cent to 308,367 vehicles, but exports remained the backbone of the flourishing UK car manufacturing industry.

Even though the total number of cars produced for export fell by 0.9 per cent in 2013 compared to the previous year, a total of 1,201,395 units were built on these shores but destined for foreign markets.

While the European market has struggled with tough economic conditions, overall export volumes have been bolstered by strong growth in demand for UK-built cars in other locations.

China’s share of exports has grown rapidly over recent years, and the country now looks set to become the largest non-EU market for UK-built cars. The United States and Russia are also key export destinations.

"Our success lies in the appetite from countries around the world for British cars. Around 80 per cent of the 1.5 million cars we produced last year were exported – a testament to the diverse, high quality of British manufacturing," said the UK's business secretary, Vince Cable.

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23 January 2014
How many vehicles are fully manufactured from bulk raw steel,aluminium, rubber, glass and plastic, and how many from premanufactured parts sourced from other countries and just assembled in the UK, in the same way that cars were assembled in Malta or New Zealand?
There is a big difference in value to the economy and jobs provided.

A34

23 January 2014
Per the above "manufactured or assembled" comment, it would be nice to see some graphs of car units produced vs car units imported, vs employment in car industry / supply chain, vs profits recorded by automotive UK owned companies... say against 2004-2014...

23 January 2014
A good news story and all we get is miserable buggers looking for a downside. Mini bodies are stamped in the UK in Swindon and use Engines manufactured at Hams Hall in Birmingham before final assembly in Oxford. all JLR cars are built from raw materials and use industry leading aluminium manufacturing technology. They use Ford derived engines manufactured in Dagenham or South Wales but will soon get Jaguars own hot fire engines manufactured in Wolverhampton. Toyotas built in Derby use Engines manufactured on Deeside and Nissans Sunderland plant includes an Engine manufacturing facility. Shame when the facts spoil your whinging sound bites isn't it

24 January 2014
Thank you for confirming that the steel body parts for the Japanese cars assembled in Britain are, like the body parts for Rolls Royce, manufactured overseas and imported and that some major subassemblies like engines are also assembled here using castings also not made in Britain.It is good to see that Jaguar and Land Rover are still made virtually completely in the UK. I think you may have misunderstood my point. Claiming all cars as 'Made in Britain' when large parts of them aren't seems as specious as describing Airbus aircraft as French because their final assembly takes place there, when in reality they are composed of subassemblies from all over Europe -the wings for example coming from the UK.

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