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Car production up 1.9 per cent in first half of 2004

26 July 2004 #SMMT News #UK Manufacturing

Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics show:

  • UK car output rose 1.9 per cent to 873,791 units over the year to June
  • Export production up 3.1 per cent in June and 5.6 per cent over the year to date

SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan commented, ‘Car production in the UK is now truly global in terms of what we produce and the markets for which cars are distributed. We are unique in hosting more producers here than in any other European country and this is reflected in a diverse and exciting product line up.

‘However, where the UK really stands out is in the increase in production for export markets. Six months into 2004, this stands at record levels, a trend SMMT fully expects to continue in the months and years to come.’

CV output remains strong over year to June

Provisional data released today by the Office for National Statistics shows:

  • CV output up 13.4 per cent over first half of 2004
  • Export growth up 22.2 per cent from January to June
  • 201,721 units produced in last 12 months, up from 193,056 at June 2003

Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive said, ‘The first half of 2004 has seen a marked pick-up in the UK’s CV production. The growth in commercial vehicles for export is being led by a sustained improvement in demand from European CV markets. We expect this strong demand, backed by consistent UK orders, to result in the production of more than 200,000 units by the end of the year.’

Table showing UK car production – June 2004


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