UK: car output down 11% due to upcoming new cars image

The car production in the U.K. went down 11% last month because of changes in holiday patterns but also because of planned launches of new cars led to early annual shutdowns at some auto factories.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that total auto production decreased to 117,665 cars for the month.

“Car production is traditionally subject to a degree of fluctuation during the quieter summer months with some manufacturers pausing production to invest in upgrades and prepare for new model launches, as well as to manage holiday leave,” stated Mike Hawes, CEO of SMMT.

Cars that are built for exports, which represent around four in five of the UK-made cars, dropped 7.6% compared to the same period last year, down to 95,165 units. There was also a 24% decline in cars that are produced for the domestic U.K. market.

Several plants had shut down early in order to retool for new models that are scheduled to be launched later in 2015 like the Vauxhall/Opel Astra, which is produced by General Motors at a plant in Ellesmere Port in northwest England.

The U.K. output also witnessed a fall of 1.4% to 911,307 units because of a slow demand from China, which is the U.K.’s biggest non-European export market in 2014 and also because of a decline in sales in Russia, its third biggest non-European importer.

Among carmakers that build vehicles in the U.K. we can count on Nissan, Toyota, Honda, BMW’s Mini and Rolls-Royce, Volkswagen’s Bentley and Tata Motors’ Jaguar Land Rover.

The China and Russian slowdowns are having an impact over the U.K premium manufacturers at the moment like JLR, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Bentley. Nonetheless, the U.K. is still looking to surpass its all-time production record in 2018 due to an improved European market that requires for its new car registrations units like Nissan, Toyota, Vauxhall and Honda.

By Gabriela Florea