UK car production falls 22% in August image

According to the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), automotive output was down to 71,000 units last month because of summer holidays and repairs made at a major facility.

The SMMT trade body did say that overall, 2014’s car output in Great Britain has exceeded the figure registered last year. UK’s largest plant, the Sunderland facility operated by Japanese automaker Nissan, has rallied to the common practice of other manufacturers to break production for the summer holidays longer than last year – they added a week that usually fell in July to reach a three weeks closure in August.

“The UK automotive sector is in the midst of a renaissance,” Hawes said. “Global demand for quality UK-built products is at an unprecedented level, with significant investments into UK production facilities from government and industry.”

SMMT CEO Mike Hawes said the overall production increase this year was 1% ahead of 2013 to a total of 994,949 cars. The organization has predicted that UK’s car output would eventually rise to at least 2 million autos by 2017. The all-time high in the country was established back in 1972, reaching 1.92 million units. This year’s production should be supported by further introductions: Mini revealed the all-new MIni five-door hatchback and Jaguar introduced recently the XE sedan.

Via Automotive News Europe