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Double digit growth for UK car exports in February drives monthly production above 150,000

23/03/2017

Double digit growth for UK car exports in February drives monthly production above 150,000

Double-digit growth in demand for British-built cars last month helped deliver the biggest February for UK car production in 17 years.

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Exports provide February lift for UK engine manufacturing

23/03/2017

Exports provide February lift for UK engine manufacturing

Upward trend for UK engine manufacturing continues in February, with 3.0% growth in a second…

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India imports of British-built cars grow 11-fold as demand for premium vehicles soars

22/03/2017

India imports of British-built cars grow 11-fold as demand for premium vehicles soars

UK car exports to India have grown almost 11-fold in the past seven years, in 2016, Indian motorists bought 3,372 British-built cars.

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Government and UK Automotive discuss Britain as a world leader in future technology ahead of major event on connected and self-driving vehicles

14/03/2017

Government and UK Automotive discuss Britain as a world leader in future technology ahead of major event on connected and self-driving vehicles

Government and the UK automotive industry came together today to discuss plans to position Britain…

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UK Automotive unites at Automechanika Birmingham to target more British parts for British cars

09/03/2017

UK Automotive unites at Automechanika Birmingham to target more British parts for British cars

SMMT’s Meet the Buyer event returns to Automechanika Birmingham as industry and government join to support inward investment.

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SMMT response to Budget 2017

08/03/2017

SMMT response to Budget 2017

SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes has responded to the budget on behalf of the UK automotive industry.

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UK new car market holds steady in February

06/03/2017

UK new car market holds steady in February

The UK new car market remained steady in February, dipping just -0.3%, according to figures released by SMMT.

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UK CO2 emissions fall for 19th consecutive year but SMMT warns anti-diesel agenda will halt progress

02/03/2017

UK CO2 emissions fall for 19th consecutive year but SMMT warns anti-diesel agenda will halt progress

UK average new car CO2falls to new low of 120.1g/km, down -1.1% on 2015 and…

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Search begins for UK Automotive’s top 100 rising female stars

27/02/2017

Search begins for UK Automotive’s top 100 rising female stars

UK Automotive is on the search for the sector’s future leaders as the Great British Women in the Car Industry awards returns.

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UK car manufacturing starts 2017 on a high with best January performance in nine years

23/02/2017

UK car manufacturing starts 2017 on a high with best January performance in nine years

UK car manufacturing had a successful start to 2017, with output in January up 7.5% compared with the same month last year

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23/02/2017

Carmakers come together to promote low emission vehicles, as motorists across UK call for greater incentives to switch and better charging infrastructure

UK Automotive demonstrated its commitment to developing the latest low emission vehicles during a special display of 26 vehicles in London, underlining the diversity and appeal of alternatively fuelled vehicles.

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Best ever January for British engine production

23/02/2017

Best ever January for British engine production

Strong start for British engine production in 2017, with output rising 12.0% to 235,076 units – the best January on record.

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Double-decks drive 2016 growth for UK bus and coach market

13/02/2017

Double-decks drive 2016 growth for UK bus and coach market

The UK’s new bus and coach market saw a second consecutive year of growth in 2016, as demand rose 8.0%.

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UK new car market kick-starts 2017 with milestone for alternatively fuelled vehicles

06/02/2017

UK new car market kick-starts 2017 with milestone for alternatively fuelled vehicles

The UK new car market achieved a 12-year high in January, according to figures published by SMMT. 174,564 vehicles left showrooms last month – a 2.9% year-on-year uplift and the highest level since 2005. Significantly, however, the alternatively fuel

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06/02/2017

January 2017 – EV registrations

Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there…

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17 year high for British car manufacturing as global demand hits record levels

26/01/2017

17 year high for British car manufacturing as global demand hits record levels

7 million cars built in the UK in 2016, an increase of 8.5% and the…

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UK new car market achieves record 2.69 million registrations in 2016 with fifth year of growth

05/01/2017

UK new car market achieves record 2.69 million registrations in 2016 with fifth year of growth

The UK new car market achieved another record year in 2016, with annual registrations climbing for the fifth year in a row to almost 2.7 million.

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David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and DfT and BEIS ministers host roundtable with SMMT and automotive leaders

12/12/2016

David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and DfT and BEIS ministers host roundtable with SMMT and automotive leaders

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today hosted a roundtable discussion chaired by…

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Britain’s used car market motors to record levels in Q3 as 2.1 million vehicles change hands

17/11/2016

Britain’s used car market motors to record levels in Q3 as 2.1 million vehicles change hands

Growth in the used car market continued in the third quarter of 2016 as UK buyers snapped up a record 2,148,050 vehicles.

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Strong bus and coach demand boosts Q3 registrations

14/11/2016

Strong bus and coach demand boosts Q3 registrations

The new bus and coach market grew 14.2% in the third quarter of 2016, with more than 2,300 new vehicles registered.

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UK heavy truck market declines in Q3 after five consecutive quarters of growth

14/11/2016

UK heavy truck market declines in Q3 after five consecutive quarters of growth

The new heavy goods vehicle (HGV) market declined -3.6% in the third quarter of 2016, according to figures released by SMMT.

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Double digit growth for UK car exports in February drives monthly production above 150,000

23/03/2017

  • UK car manufacturing enjoys biggest February for 17 years as production rises 8.0% to 153,041 units.1
  • Overseas demand drives output, with 13.4% growth in February taking year-to-date output to 301,004.
  • Surge in exports offsets falling home production, down -7.4% in the month and -5.6% year-to-date.

Double-digit growth in demand for British-built cars last month helped deliver the biggest February for UK car production in 17 years, according to SMMT figures. UK production lines turned out one car every 16 seconds in the month, with total output of 153,041 up 8.0%, as exports grew 13.4% to 118,898 units.

The performance helped to drive overall year-to-date production past 300,000 for the first time since 2002, with output rising 7.8% to 301,004 units.2 In the first two months of the year, exports of UK-made cars grew 12.1%, with 236,834 units shipped abroad, offsetting a decline in domestic demand of -5.6% to 64,172.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,

Today’s figures illustrate the continuing global popularity of British-built vehicles and the export-led nature of the industry. With eight out of every 10 cars we produce destined for international markets – and half of those for customers in the EU – we must avoid barriers to trade, whether tariff, customs or other regulatory obstacles, at all costs. To do otherwise would damage our competitiveness and threaten the continued success of UK automotive manufacturing.

  1. 161,010 units February 2000
  2. 301,747 units February 2002
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