Best UK car manufacturing output for 17 years

23rd March 2017

Double-digit growth in demand for British-built cars last month helped deliver the biggest February for UK car production in 17 years, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). UK production lines turned out one car every 16 seconds in the month, with total output of 153,041 up 8.0%, as exports grew 13.4% to 118,898 units.

The performance helped to drive overall year-to-date production past 300,000 for the first time since 2002, with output rising 7.8% to 301,004 units.2 In the first two months of the year, exports of UK-made cars grew 12.1%, with 236,834 units shipped abroad, offsetting a decline in domestic demand of -5.6% to 64,170.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, "Today's figures illustrate the continuing global popularity of British-built vehicles and the export-led nature of the industry. With eight out of every 10 cars we produce destined for international markets - and half of those for customers in the EU - we must avoid barriers to trade, whether tariff, customs or other regulatory obstacles, at all costs. To do otherwise would damage our competitiveness and threaten the continued success of UK automotive manufacturing."


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