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UK-Japanese auto trade remains strong, says SMMT

Demand for Japanese car brands has risen 38.2% over the past five years, while at the same time UK production of cars for the Japanese market has risen 34.5%, according to figures released by the SMMT.

MINI One being manufactured at Oxford

MINI One being manufactured at Oxford

Japan now represents the UK’s sixth biggest export market overall, and the second biggest in Asia, after China.

SMMT reports that the top ten British-built best sellers in Japan are the MINI One, MINI Clubman, Honda Civic Type R, followed by the Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport. The British-built Toyota Avensis is next, ahead of the Jaguar XE and Range Rover Sport, with the Jaguar F-Pace and Land Rover Discovery rounding out the top 10.

The UK automotive market is now the EU’s second largest, after Germany. Japanese-owned UK-based manufacturing plants account for 47.7% of UK car production and export the world over, including back to Japan.For more of the latest industry news, click here.

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.