The UK’s car plants produced the most cars in November since 1999, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT).
A total of 169,247 cars rolled off UK production lines during the month, 12.8 per cent up on 2015 and taking the year-to-date total to a 17-year high of 1,613,495. This figure is some 9.6 per cent, or almost 56,000, ahead of the total achieved in the whole of 2015.
Both the home and export markets grew strongly in the month, with production for sale within the UK soaring 14 per cent to 33,745, while exports, which take the vast majority of sales, up 12.5 per cent to135,502.
Engine manufacturing in the UK has also seen major growth, up 20 per cent in November to 250,879 units – a record for the month. So far in 2015 2,387,044 engines have been produced in the UK, up 7.7 per cent, while the domestic portion of the market is up some 32.9 per cent to exceed one million units for the first time at 1,057,263.
According to SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes, the latest results show just how coveted the ‘Made in Britain’ badge is across the globe. “These latest figures highlight not just that international appeal but the fact that the UK is a globally competitive place to make cars,” Hawes says.
With clearly a view towards the Brexit negotiations and the enormous part of the market occupied by exports, Hawes adds; “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.”