SMMT News UK Manufacturing

UK car manufacturing stable, but value of products on the up

20 March 2014 #SMMT News #UK Manufacturing
  • UK car manufacturing output remained just behind 2013 levels, slipping 2.7% in February to 133,730 units; 2014-to-date production down 1.4% at 262,645 units.
  • As export volumes rise (+3.5%), SMMT estimates the average car export value has risen more than 70% between 2007 and 2013, to over £20,000.
  • Industry is set for growth in 2014 and beyond, as fresh investments are made and new models come to the market. 


“UK car manufacturing has been broadly stable over the first two months of 2014, dipping only marginally due to forecast product cycle changes,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “The significant increase in the value of car exports in recent years reflects the changing profile of the models produced and underlines the sector’s economic importance. With the effects of recent investments still to be fully realised, industry looks forward to providing an even greater contribution to the UK economy in the future.”


February 2014 car manufacturing data

Percentage change for UK car manufacturing in 2014 to 2013


UK car manufacturing output 2014 rolling year total


UK car manufacturing output 2014 rolling year total



Average unit value of UK-built cars exported (SMMT estimate)


Average unit value of UK manufactured car exported

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