UK: Car output rose by 8.9% in January 2011. image

  • CV production also rose by 8.9% in the first month of 2011.
  • UK engine manufacturing increased by 12.0% in January.
  • “UK automotive manufacturing made a flying start to 2011 despite tough economic conditions as new vehicle production grew 8.9% in January. The encouraging figures demonstrate ongoing growth in global demand for the high quality vehicles and engines manufactured in the UK at some of the world’s leading sites, ” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.

    “Automotive is leading the manufacturing revival, but to ensure this positive trend continues, government must prioritise UK manufacturing, through a supportive tax system, plus sustained investment in skills, R&D and capital equipment. Ahead of the Budget in March, SMMT is urging the Chancellor to provide R&D tax credits for small and large companies, to increase capital allowances and to reflect the sector’s importance through the business rates system.”

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    SMMT Ltd Cars Commercial Vehicles Total Vehicles Total Engines
    Data: Jan-11 YTD-11 Jan-11 YTD-11 Jan-11 YTD-11 Jan-11 YTD-11
    Total 110,179 110,179 9,967 9,967 120,146 120,146 216,407 216,407
    % change 8.9% 8.9% 8.9% 8.9% 8.9% 8.9% 12.0% 12.0%
    Export 94,079 94,079 5,740 5,740 99,819 99,819 154,096 154,096
    % change 28.8% 28.8% -19.1% -19.1% 24.5% 24.5% 11.8% 11.8%
    % of total 85.4% 85.4% 57.6% 57.6% 83.1% 83.1% 71.2% 71.2%
    Home 16,100 16,100 4,227 4,227 20,327 20,327 62,311 62,311
    % change -42.8% -42.8% 104.8% 104.8% -32.7% -32.7% 12.5% 12.5%
    % of total 14.6% 14.6% 42.4% 42.4% 16.9% 16.9% 28.8% 28.8%