UK car industry boosts economic recovery, while export figures break all-time records
2 July 2013

Production of vehicles in the UK rose by eight per cent in 2012, according to data released by the The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

As well as revealing the general healthy state of Britain’s car industry, the figures also show that car export volumes in 2012 broke all-time records.

The industry also spent more on development, with research and development expenditure increasing by nine per cent to £1.7bn. Boosted by this growth, manufacturing jobs rose by two per cent in the automotive sector, to 146,000.

Despite the increases in output and employment, manufacturing emissions fell by three per cent, while the amount of waste sent to landfill was down eight per cent per vehicle produced.

The UK is bucking the overall EU trend of poor sales, confirmed by news last week that sales across the EU have hit a 20-year low.

So far in 2013 the UK has seen year-on-year growth of 9.3 per cent.

SMMT's interim chief executive, Mike Baunton said, "UK automotive continues to support the country's economic recovery, with rising turnover, increased manufacturing output and record export volumes providing further proof of industry's ability to compete on a global scale."

James Lewis-Barned

 

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2 July 2013

... especially considering the European car market has been falling for some time now. Speaks volumes about the quality of the cars made in Britain.

On top of falling sales in Europe cars made in Britain have to overcome another hurdle i.e. our journalists who have a penchant for cars made in Germany.  

2 July 2013

I bet Halewood's exports alone are more than other European country's, thanks entirely to the Evoque.

I'm pleased to see positive figures, but the Evoque is a heap of junk.

2 July 2013

Matty_Hall wrote:

the Evoque is a heap of junk.

Agreed.

3 July 2013

Why is the Evoque a heap of junk? Enlighten us with your wisdom or lack of.

2 July 2013

Finally some good news Thankyou JLR 

BJN

2 July 2013

I was going to add that I bet most of the rest of the increase is down to that other abomination (actually, I quite like the Evoque, but anyway...), the Mini Countryman.

 

But then I remembered it is built in Austria or something.

2 July 2013

March1 wrote:

I was going to add that I bet most of the rest of the increase is down to that other abomination (actually, I quite like the Evoque, but anyway...), the Mini Countryman.

But then I remembered it is built in Austria or something.

I think that's where they put the union jack stickers on.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

2 July 2013

xxxx wrote:

March1 wrote:

I was going to add that I bet most of the rest of the increase is down to that other abomination (actually, I quite like the Evoque, but anyway...), the Mini Countryman.

But then I remembered it is built in Austria or something.

I think that's where they put the union jack stickers on.

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2 July 2013

Wouldn't it be good if the same applied to trucks, buses, tractors, construction equipment, etc?

I hope that David Cameron is doing the same thing to encourage Chinese manufacturers to set up factories in the UK (rather than Eastern Europe) in the same way that Mrs Thatch & Co did with the Japanese 30 years ago.

 

2 July 2013

80% of Nissan Quashqai's (whatever) are exported. In fact theres still a helluva alot of Engineering / manufacture in Britain, from Major companies to the all important small to medium sector. Combined with science and technology. More important than some bankrupt banks me thinks.

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