SMMT News UK Manufacturing

Car production in April rises 10.6 per cent

26 May 2005 #SMMT News #UK Manufacturing

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

  • Car production rose 10.6 per cent in April
  • Year-to-date total above 2004 level for first time this year
  • Output for both home and export volumes rose by over 10 per cent in April

‘Despite problems at Longbridge, today’s figures show that the UK still has a strong vehicle manufacturing base’, said SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘What we need to ensure is that government delivers on its promise to regulate with a lighter touch, to minimise the cost burden and maintain the competitiveness of UK manufacturing. The Better Regulation Action Plan, outlined this week by the Chancellor, is a positive step to help us achieve that.’

April commercial vehicle production up 20.5 per cent

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

  • CV production in April rose 20.5 per cent on April 2004
  • Year-to-date totals up 0.7 per cent on same period last year
  • Sustained export demand complemented by boost in home market – first time in 15 months

‘April was a very positive month for UK commercial vehicle assembly. Strong and stable European demand was balanced by a welcome revival in the domestic market,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘The new LDV Maxus and growth in activity from the IBC, Ford and Leyland plants are leading to healthy total volumes. With the positive demand throughout the EU and in our home market, 2005 production levels should remain level with last year.’

More details on car production is on the table below. Full figures can be downloaded below


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