UK car production puts in best performance since 1999
2016 UK car manufacturing output reached its highest level since 1999 in November, driven by record global demand.
Latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that almost 170,000 cars rolled off production lines last month while the year-to-date total reached 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.”