Engine manufacturing output returns to growth, up 6.7% in December.
Output falls 6.2% over the year, following retooling at a number of facilities.
Outlook bright thanks to major investments into UK engine manufacturing.
UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing output up 12.6% in December, the first month of growth since July 2013.
Output fell 19.7% in 2014, but month of growth heralds bright future.
Growing demand at home helped to drive December growth, despite deflated export markets.
1,528,148 cars manufactured in the UK in 2014 – a 1.2% increase on the previous year and the best year since 2007.
Strongest December in a decade saw 108,721 cars produced, up 27.1% on December 2013.
Growth comes despite challenges in some export markets.
Output for the UK market matched the growth in overall UK registrations, rising 8.0%.
The latest Renault Twingo was officially launched last year to a huge media buzz. Its rear-engined platform, evocative styling and iconic name have already captured the imagination of many a car enthusiast. However, the Twingo’s critical acclaim should come as no surprise; Renault has over eight decades of experience in making small, economical cars. Here’s what makes its small cars great.
As SMMT is recruiting for its first ever apprentice to join the Member Services Team, we spoke to SMMT President, Gareth Jones, about how his apprenticeship helped get his career started, and his advice for people considering the apprentice route.
SMMT holds reception with senior politicians
SMMT, alongside skills organisation SEMTA and a number of UK automotive manufacturers, has joined forces with government to launch a new skills initiative.
European new car registrations grew 5.7% in 2014, following 16 months of continuous growth for the market.
The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is synonymous with towering trucks and svelte supercars as America’s big three car manufacturers do all they can to woo domestic buyers. This year, while the likes of Ford’s new GT and Raptor pick-up attracted attention, a number of UK manufacturers also shone at the Detroit Motor Show.
SMMT to showcase commercial vehicles’ contribution to improving air quality in the UK.
Transport Secretary Baroness Kramer to deliver keynote speech.
Commercial vehicle manufacturers have invested heavily in new technologies to reduce emissions, resulting in significant improvements.