Production and exports are up, although there's a slight decrease in production for UK customers
Doug Revolta Autocar
23 February 2017

UK car production in the first month of 2017 was the best January performance since 2008.

There was a rise in production and exports, showing demand from overseas is continuing to drive output, although production for UK customers was slightly down compared with January 2016.

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Production increased by 7.5%, up to a total of 147,922 units, while exports rose by 10.8%, up to a total of 117,916 units.

Production for UK customers was down 3.6%, with 30,006 units built.

These figures show that 2017 has made a promising start, according to the Society of Motoring Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) boss Mike Hawes. However, he urged the need to secure a future trade deal with the EU following the Brexit vote.

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“These latest results highlight, once again, the export-led nature of our industry and the global appeal of our products,” Hawes said.

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“Future growth will depend upon maintaining our competitiveness, not least in terms of securing a future trade deal with the EU that allows us tariff-free access to our biggest market and the ability to move goods freely, unimpeded by any bureaucratic restrictions.”

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23 February 2017
I do not think that many people understand that if the Eu treat the Brits like _hits they could put say 30%, 40% duty or even higher duty on Eu cars ,wine,cheese etc absolutely anything , they keep these tariffs and then could subsidise the exporters with the same money collected on imported goods ,so any idea that The Uk would have to pay us a huge sum for access to the markets is seriously deluded.Since the Uk is a major net importer of EU goods they will be in the driving seat so we in Europe are -ucked if we play silly and dirty.

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