SMMT UK automotive manufacturing: April 2011

  • Car output was up 7.0% over the first four months of 2011, but fell by 12.2% in April.
  • CV output fell by 19.9% in April and was down 5.6% over the first four months of the year.
  • UK engine production fell by 4.7% in April, but remained up 6.0% over the first four months.
SMMT Ltd Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Vehicles Total Engines
Apr-11 YTD-11 Apr-11 YTD-11 Apr-11 YTD-11 Apr-11 YTD-11
Total 86,306 443,536 8,633 40,790 94,939 484,326 190,131 875,362
% change -12.2% 7.0% -19.9% -5.6% -13.0% 5.8% -4.7% 6.0%
Export 73,628 370,502 5,366 25,456 78,994 395,958 151,225 636,726
% change 1.7% 23.0% -22.0% -16.1% -0.4% 19.4% 2.4% 4.5%
% of total 85.3% 83.5% 62.2% 62.4% 83.2% 81.8% 79.5% 72.7%
Home 12,678 73,034 3,267 15,334 15,945 88,368 38,906 238,636
% change -51.0% -35.4% -16.1% 19.1% -46.4% -29.8% -25.0% 10.0%
% of total 14.7% 16.5% 37.8% 37.6% 16.8% 18.2% 20.5% 27.3%

“April’s vehicle and engine production figures reflect the global production challenges resulting from the Japanese earthquake. Output was down across the car, commercial vehicle and engine sectors as parts shortages interrupted regular manufacturing schedules,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “All manufacturers are working hard to overcome supply shortages and we expect any downturn to be short lived. The outlook for the UK motor industry is extremely good and this should generate new opportunities for vehicle manufacturers and suppliers.”

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