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Car manufacturing tops one million units for 2013

24 October 2013 #SMMT News #UK Manufacturing
  • Strong September drives 2013 UK car production to 1,125,433 units, up 3.9% on 2012.
  • 140,888 cars built in September, 9.9% ahead of 2012.
  • Rolling 12-month output hits 1.5 million for first time since October 2008.
  • Buoyant UK demand helps boost growth as exports rise 9.3% in the month.                        

“Boosted by strong domestic demand, September’s 9.9% rise in car manufacturing reinforces how the sector is one of the UK’s biggest success stories of recent years,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “This year alone, more than £2.6 billion has been committed across the UK automotive sector, from the supply chain to global car manufacturing brands. This long-term financial commitment and robust demand for UK-built products demonstrate the global appetite for high-quality, desirable products borne of the UK’s world-class design, R&D and engineering.”

Sep 13 Cars chart

Sep 13 Cars



September continues CV manufacturing decline


  • CV output continues downward trend, dropping 27.5% in September to 6,963 units.
  • 67,609 CVs produced in year-to-date, down 17.9% from 2012.
  • Weak Eurozone demand and earlier domestic restructuring contributes to decline. 

“CV production remained subdued in September, with continuing uncertainty in the EU and restructuring of UK operations,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “While the overall market is striving against tough conditions, there remains cause for optimism in some areas, with the truck sector out-performing the market in September.”

Sep 13 CV chart

Sep 13 CV


September engine output growth fuelled by exports


  • 230,743 engines manufactured in September, up 8.3% on last year.
  • Year-to-date growth of 1.2% sees UK engine output approach two million units for 2013.
  • Production for home market up 8.2% in year-to-date, while weaker September offset by export boost.

Sep 13 Eng 2

Sep 13 Eng


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