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1.6 million cars roll off UK production lines in first 11 months, as global demand reaches new high

22 December 2016 #SMMT News #UK Manufacturing
  • UK car production grows 9.6% in the first 11 months to 1,613,495 units – its best performance since 1999.1
  • Exports seal another record, with 1,258,909 cars shipped to overseas markets in the year-to-date.
  • November output rises 12.8% to achieve 17-year high, with 169,247 vehicles rolling off production lines.2

UK car manufacturing output reached its highest level since 1999 in November, with almost 170,000 vehicles rolling off production lines, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Year-to-date volumes also achieved a 17-year high, with production in the first 11 months of the year rising to 1,613,495 units – already nearly 56,000 units ahead of year-end 2015.

Production for the home market was particularly strong in November, rising 14.0% to 33,745 units, while exports also saw robust growth, up 12.5%. In the year-to-date, output is up across the board, with domestic demand increasing 4.2% and exports enjoying an uplift of 11.1% to 1,258,909 – beating last year’s record by 2.5%.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said

Made in Britain is a badge coveted by car buyers worldwide, and these latest figures highlight not just that international appeal but the fact that the UK is a globally competitive place to make cars. These latest results are the product of significant investments made over the past few years, but which will continue only if we can maintain the competitive trading conditions that have enabled the UK to become an automotive success story.

1 1,644,094 cars produced in the UK in the 11 months January-November 1999

2 171,584 cars produced in November 1999

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