The number of new cars registered across Europe in July and August increased 5.6% and 2.1% respectively, yielding 12 consecutive months of growth. So far this year, 8,336,159 cars have been registered in Europe, marking an increase of 6.0%, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).Read more
UK automotive manufacturers come in all shapes and sizes, but it is often the industry’s low volume manufacturers, like Caterham and Morgan, that spark the most enthusiasm and excitement.
Low volume doesn’t mean low levels of production and financial performance; here are four key statistics that show the strength of the UK’s low volume manufacturers.
So far this year, more ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) have been registered than ever before, with 59% more people choosing pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars than in 2013. The success of the UK’s lowest-emitting vehicles is thanks, in part, to Go Ultra Low, a joint industry and government campaign to educate motorists on the benefits of ULEVs.Read more
Bus and coach market shows decline of 271 units in August, but year-to-date remains stable with 0.3% drop. Purpose-built sector fell by 57.6%, with a year-to-date decrease of 6.3%. Registrations for past 12 months are strong, particularly for converted buses, with a 8.1% increase overall.Read more
Commercial vehicle market grows 11.9%, increasing registrations to 214,959 for the year-to-date, up 13%. Continued growth seen in van market; up 22.3% in August and 19.1% to 192,948 units for the year-to-date. Truck registrations down 22% for the year-to-date, with a fall of 22.7% in August continuing the trend. Rolling year totals remain strong, up 12.9%, fuelled by the rush in late 2013 for pre-Euro-6 vehicles.Read more