After the UK car manufacturing grew 7% in July the year-to-date volumes are now up 1.9% to 893,263 units as the market demand went up 37.5% in month to support new plate change in September.
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) a total of 128,873 cars were made in the UK in July, while engine production last month rose 26.4% to 232,545 and is up 2.1% for the year so far at just over 1.55 million.
“Car manufacturing is continuing to follow the wider UK trend for more positive economic growth with a 7% rise in July, supporting a 1.9% increase in the year so far,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive. “We are starting to see slight signs of recovery from Europe which will support stronger production levels this year, and UK manufacturers will continue to build and develop innovative, high-quality products that appeal to a global customer base.”
On the other hand, as the car production accelerated ahead last month, the production of commercial vehicles including vans tumbled by 11.8% year on year in July according to SMMT. There were 7,942 such vehicles produced in the country during the month – 56,459 in the year to date – a 13.3% fall on the first seven months of last year. The sharp fall in the manufacture of commercial vehicles in the UK is being part-blamed on the closure of Ford’s Transit plant in Southampton.