UK new vehicle production – April 2007

Source:

Cars

Commercial Vehicles

Total vehicles

SMMT Ltd

Apr-07

YTD 2007

Apr-07

YTD 2007

Apr-07

YTD 2007

Total

120,431

498,306

16,523

73,898

136,954

572,204

1.6%

-5.6%

1.4%

-0.1%

1.6%

-4.9%

Export

94,546

374,562

10,864

44,666

105,410

419,228

-0.7%

-5.6%

-8.0%

-9.8%

-1.5%

-6.0%

% of total

78.5%

75.2%

65.8%

60.4%

77.0%

73.3%

Home

25,885

123,744

5,659

29,232

31,544

152,976

10.6%

-5.8%

26.1%

19.5%

13.1%

-1.8%

% of total

21.5%

24.8%

34.2%

39.6%

23.0%

26.7%


Cars

‘So far this century we have seen UK new car production volumes fluctuate and, in the most recent years, decline year on year. However, there are positive signs that things have now stabilised’, said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Although only a modest 1.6 per cent rise, it is the second increase this year and is an indication that we have turned the corner following a lengthy period of disruption.’

CVs

‘Although very welcome, the increase in April production volumes of commercial vehicles in the UK is unsurprising, considering the overall demand for trucks and vans throughout Europe’, said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘A number of light commercial vehicle makers were able to increase their output and continue to keep British manufacturing lines rolling.’

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