SMMT’s Motor Industry Facts 2014 demonstrates the full scope and scale of the UK automotive industry with more than 500 insightful facts, figures and statistics.

The Automotive Council’s interactive map also illustrates the spread of the automotive industry throughout the UK.

Manufacturing

  • The UK is home to:
    • Seven volume car manufacturers.
    • Seven commercial vehicle manufacturers.
    • Nine bus and coach manufacturers.
    • Eight major premium and sports car producers, and over 100 specialist brands.
    • Eight Formula One teams.
  • Over 1.5 million vehicles and 2.5 million engines are produced in the UK each year.
  • Car manufacturing volumes are on course to break all-time records by 2017.
  • Vehicle manufacturers in the UK export around 80% of production.

Supply chain

  • Around 2,350 UK companies regard themselves as ‘automotive’ suppliers, employing around 82,000 people.
  • Government has identified a £3bn opportunity for domestic suppliers to provide parts to UK-based vehicle manufacturers.
  • The UK automotive supply chain typically generates £4.8bn of added value annually.
  • At present, about 80% of all component types required for vehicle assembly operations can be procured by UK suppliers.

To find out all the latest UK automotive industry facts, download Motor Industry Facts 2014.

SMMT’s Motor Industry Facts 2014 demonstrates the full scope and scale of the UK automotive industry with more than 500 insightful facts, figures and statistics.

 

Economy

  • Automotive manufacturing accounts for two thirds of the UK’s turnover for the manufacturing sector.
  • UK automotive annual turnover is around £60bn.
  • Net value-added to the economy by automotive manufacturing is around £12bn each year.
  • The industry employs more than 700,000 people.
  • Automotive accounts for over 10% of total UK exports.
  • The UK industry invests around £1.7bn each year in R&D.

 

Business environment

  • There is an industry-wide desire to source more components locally, particularly components in high technology, low carbon and electric vehicle areas.
  • The UK is internationally recognised for its ability to use workforce flexibility to manage efficiently fluctuation in production levels.
  • The Automotive Council is a collaborative industry and government body that is working strategically to shape the future of UK automotive.

 

To find out all the latest UK automotive industry facts, download Motor Industry Facts 2014.

SMMT’s Motor Industry Facts 2014 demonstrates the full scope and scale of the UK automotive industry with more than 500 insightful facts, figures and statistics.

Eco credentials

  • In the last 10 years, CO2 emissions of new cars registered in the UK have fallen by more than 25%.
  • The next 20 years will see over £150bn invested low and ultra-low carbon vehicle technologies.
  • Emissions from the entire UK car parc have fallen by 7.8% since 2000.
  • The UK government has committed more than £450 million to placing the UK at the global forefront of the development, demonstration, manufacture and use of ultra-low carbon vehicles.

 

To find out all the latest UK automotive industry facts, download Motor Industry Facts 2014.

The full scope and scale of the UK motor industry has been highlighted with the publication of Motor Industry Facts 2013, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) annual pocket guide to the motor industry.

To find out all the latest UK automotive industry facts, download Motor Industry Facts 2013.

The Automotive Council’s interactive map also illustrates the spread of the automotive industry throughout the UK.

Visit SMMT’s monthly automotive data hub for regular breakdowns and analysis of new car and van registrations and market share.

SMMT forecasts for 2014 and 2015 (as compiled in February 2014)

2014

  • New car registrations: 2.293 million units, up 1.2% on the 2013 total.
  • New LCV registrations: 277,900 units, up 2.5% on the 2013 total.

2015

  • New car registrations: 2.328 million units, up 1.5% on the 2014 forecast.
  • New LCV registrations: 282,800 units, up 1.8% on the 2014 forecast.

To find out all the latest UK automotive industry facts, download Motor Industry Facts 2013.

The full scope and scale of the UK motor industry has been highlighted with the publication of Motor Industry Facts 2013, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ (SMMT) annual pocket guide to the motor industry.

To find out all the latest UK automotive industry facts, download Motor Industry Facts 2013.

The Automotive Council’s interactive map also illustrates the spread of the automotive industry throughout the UK.

Commercial vehicles in the UK

  • Today’s trucks can carry five times more goods in terms of tonne miles than a typical 1950s truck.
  • A typical 44 tonne artic truck today uses less fuel than a 1950s 32 tonne truck did plus it delivers goods more quickly and safely.
  • Some 60% of UK road freight is food related.
  • The average working life of a truck is now nine years, cutting recycling issues when compared to other types of vehicles.
  • In the last 15 years harmful exhaust emissions have dramatically reduced – particulates are down by 94% and Nox (nitrates of oxide) down 75%.
  • It takes 20 of today’s trucks to make as much noise as just one dating from the 1970s.
  • A modern truck is 35% more productive than one of 15 years ago in terms of payload and so reduces carbon emissions by the same amount – 35%.
  • A fully loaded 44 tonner is the most efficient way to move goods by road. One such truck shipment to a supermarket typically results in up to 300 car journeys moving the same goods out of the store.
  • Trucks and their trailers have to pass tough safety standards typically including six weekly inspections and an annual MoT test.

To find out all the latest UK automotive industry facts, download Motor Industry Facts 2013.