- Car manufacturing rose 16.6% to 110,033 units in April.
- After a subdued Q1, output so far this year increased 1.5% to 503,449 units.
- Growth reflects demand in the home market, up 66.1% in April and in economies outside of Europe. Weak European demand remains a concern.
- Independent analysts suggest that UK car manufacturing could grow a third bigger by 2016 with growth expected year-on-year.
Rate of decline in CV output slows in April
- Commercial vehicle (CV) output fell 3.3% in April to 8,623 units.
- While output continued to decline in April, the fall was less pronounced and output for the home market grew.
- CV output so far this year is down 15.2% and while some CV manufacturers are performing better than others, net volumes are expected to fall over the full year.
UK engine production up 10% in April
- UK engine output rose 9.9% in April to 211,452 units.
- Earlier shortfalls ensure engine production during the year-to-date fell 2.1% at 871,707 units.
- Volumes for the home market rose, in line with registration trends. Export volumes have fallen so far this year, however, did rise modestly in April.