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UK new car market falls in ‘exceptional’ September as supply issues bite

04/10/2018

UK new car market falls in ‘exceptional’ September as supply issues bite

UK new car market falls -20.5% in September to 338,834 units as regulatory changes impact…

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UK new van market declines -6.1% in September

04/10/2018

UK new van market declines -6.1% in September

Demand for large vans remains solid, but fewer purchases of small and medium models pull…

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27/09/2018

UK car manufacturing falls in August as production changes affect summer output

UK car manufacturing declines -12.9% in August, with 89,254 units produced. Production for home market…

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UK commercial vehicles output remains steady in August

27/09/2018

UK commercial vehicles output remains steady in August

UK CV manufacturing falls -1.6% in August, with 3,685 units rolling off production lines. Output…

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First SMMT quality management conference taking place in November

13/09/2018

First SMMT quality management conference taking place in November

Inaugural SMMT Automotive Quality Management Systems (AQMS) Conference to be held at the NEC, Birmingham,…

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August – EV registrations

05/09/2018

August – EV registrations

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

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British-built engines enjoy 13.0% July growth in exports

30/08/2018

British-built engines enjoy 13.0% July growth in exports

UK engine production remains steady in July, increasing by a modest 1.0%. Exports growth outweighs…

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SMMT invites best of British companies to put future technologies in the spotlight at Japan exhibition

14/08/2018

SMMT invites best of British companies to put future technologies in the spotlight at Japan exhibition

Best of British companies to exhibit at largest international exhibition for the electric vehicle sector.…

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New HGV registrations fall -9.4% in Q2 2018

13/08/2018

New HGV registrations fall -9.4% in Q2 2018

New heavy goods vehicle market declines in Q2 2018, falling -9.4% to 10,670 units. Demand…

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UK bus and coach demand falls -3.6% in Q2

13/08/2018

UK bus and coach demand falls -3.6% in Q2

New bus and coach registrations fall -3.6% in Q2, with 2,029 vehicles joining UK roads.…

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July – EV registrations

06/08/2018

July – EV registrations

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

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New van market declines -5.9% in July

06/08/2018

New van market declines -5.9% in July

New light commercial vehicle market declines -5.9% July with 23,309 vans and pick-ups registered. Double-digit…

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03/08/2018

UK automotive supply chain reaps £54m competitiveness boost from LTASC funding programme

• Government-backed £13m Long Term Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness (LTASC) fund drives £41m private investment…

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British engine production falls in June but puts in record performance so far this year

31/07/2018

British engine production falls in June but puts in record performance so far this year

UK engine production falls -3.5% in June as demand from British car plants declines. Exports…

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SMMT response to government’s exit from and new partnership with the EU White Paper

12/07/2018

SMMT response to government’s exit from and new partnership with the EU White Paper

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive: Today’s white paper is a welcome step forward in replicating…

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SMMT response to government’s exit from and new partnership with the EU White Paper

12/07/2018

SMMT response to government’s exit from and new partnership with the EU White Paper

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive: Today’s white paper is a welcome step forward in replicating…

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UK Automotive committed to zero emission ambition but barriers must be addressed together

09/07/2018

UK Automotive committed to zero emission ambition but barriers must be addressed together

UK motor industry shares government’s goal of zero emission transport, but barriers need to be addressed.

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UK new van market declines 5.8% in June

05/07/2018

UK new van market declines 5.8% in June

UK new van registrations fall -5.8% in June, with more than 35,000 hitting UK roads.…

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UK now biggest EU market for Korean car brands underlining strength of automotive trade

04/07/2018

UK now biggest EU market for Korean car brands underlining strength of automotive trade

UK now largest EU new car market for Korean car brands, with some 190,215 vehicles registered in 2017. Korea is UK Auto’s third biggest Asian export market, behind only China and Japan, as demand for British-built cars quadruples since 2010.

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UK car manufacturing grows 1.3% in May

28/06/2018

UK car manufacturing grows 1.3% in May

UK car manufacturing rises 1.3% in May, with 137,225 units produced. Output for UK grows 12.8% following -12.8% decline in May 2017 as domestic market resets. Year-to-date production remains down, by -2.9%, but more than 700,000 cars built in first five m

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UK CV manufacturing remains stable in April as exports drive output

28/06/2018

UK CV manufacturing remains stable in April as exports drive output

UK commercial vehicle manufacturing holds steady in May, declining -0.6%. Overseas demand drives production, up 11.6%, while home demand falls -21.9%.

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Exports drive UK engine manufacturing growth in May

28/06/2018

Exports drive UK engine manufacturing growth in May

British engine manufacturing rises again in May, up 5.1% to 242,391 units. 18.7% growth in production for export offsets -12.4% decline in domestic demand.

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08/06/2018

Katherine Ryan announced as after dinner speaker for the 102nd SMMT Annual Dinner

Comedian, writer and actress Katherine Ryan has been confirmed as the celebrity guest speaker for…

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UK automotive industry assesses supply chain opportunities from future tech at SMMT Open Forum

01/06/2018

UK automotive industry assesses supply chain opportunities from future tech at SMMT Open Forum

Vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and technology innovators come together to discuss the future of the car…

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Britain’s engine production hits record-breaking pace as more than 1 million engines made in 2018 so far

31/05/2018

Britain’s engine production hits record-breaking pace as more than 1 million engines made in 2018 so far

UK engine manufacturing surpasses 1 million mark in April for first time on record. Highest…

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New heavy truck market declines in Q1 2018

16/05/2018

New heavy truck market declines in Q1 2018

New UK heavy goods vehicle market declines in Q1 2018, down -6.0% on same quarter…

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Automotive challenges tech community to help shape future mobility with new collaboration opportunities

08/05/2018

Automotive challenges tech community to help shape future mobility with new collaboration opportunities

BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Bosch, Ford and Toyota partner with SMMT for new Future Mobility…

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UK commercial vehicle production declines for seventh month in March

26/04/2018

UK commercial vehicle production declines for seventh month in March

British commercial vehicle production declines for seventh month in March, down -10.8% to 7,145 units.…

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Brits’ dependence on commercial vehicles revealed as new research shows 9 in 10 would be worse off without them

24/04/2018

Brits’ dependence on commercial vehicles revealed as new research shows 9 in 10 would be worse off without them

Almost 9 in 10 (88%) British consumers say reduced or restricted services from CV-driven services…

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Female car owners up 20% in a decade, reveals UK’s biggest automotive Motorparc analysis

16/04/2018

Female car owners up 20% in a decade, reveals UK’s biggest automotive Motorparc analysis

UK’s biggest automotive analysis by SMMT reveals changing face of British car ownership, with female…

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British new van market declines -5.6% in March

05/04/2018

British new van market declines -5.6% in March

UK new van registrations fall -5.6% in March, with just under 60,000 hitting UK roads.…

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UK new car market falls -15.7% in March as new ’18 plate hits roads

05/04/2018

UK new car market falls -15.7% in March as new ’18 plate hits roads

As predicted, the UK new car market fell in March, down -15.7%, but still the fourth biggest March ever for the sector. Fall in diesel demand continues, down -37.2% compared to same month last year, with AFVs up 5.7% and petrol holding steady at 0.5%. Ove

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SMMT response Vauxhall van announcement

04/04/2018

SMMT response Vauxhall van announcement

Mike Hawes SMMT chief executive said:  This announcement is great news for the UK automotive…

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UK CV manufacturing down by a quarter in February

29/03/2018

UK CV manufacturing down by a quarter in February

British commercial vehicle production falls -24.2% in February to 6,019 units. Decline in both home…

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UK car manufacturing falls in February, with double-digit decline in domestic demand

29/03/2018

UK car manufacturing falls in February, with double-digit decline in domestic demand

British car manufacturing declines -4.4% in February to 145,475 units. Exports steady, dipping -0.8%, with…

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Double-digit growth for UK engine exports drives new records in February

29/03/2018

Double-digit growth for UK engine exports drives new records in February

More than a quarter of a million engines produced by British factories in February. Exports…

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28/03/2018

Competitiveness must be a priority as critical investment decisions loom for UK Automotive

With one year to go until the UK leaves the EU, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) today set out its priorities to assure the UK automotive industry’s future success. The move follows agreement of a Brexit transition period, design

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Automotive industry assembles in South West to examine challenges and assess growth opportunities post-Brexit

15/03/2018

Automotive industry assembles in South West to examine challenges and assess growth opportunities post-Brexit

SMMT Regional Forum unites automotive business leaders from across the South West to discuss new…

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UK motor industry issues warning shot on CO2 targets as anti diesel backlash means UK could miss environmental goals

27/02/2018

UK motor industry issues warning shot on CO2 targets as anti diesel backlash means UK could miss environmental goals

New cars on sale in 2017 emit -12.6% less carbon dioxide than the equivalent older models, but average UK new car CO2 rises 0.8%.

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New bus and coach market declines in 2017

12/02/2018

New bus and coach market declines in 2017

Double-digit decline in new bus and coach market in 2017, down -12.7%. Registrations of minibuses,…

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UK commercial vehicle manufacturing declines -16.7% in 2017

31/01/2018

UK commercial vehicle manufacturing declines -16.7% in 2017

More than 78,000 commercial vehicles built in the UK in 2017, down -16.7% year on year.

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Record engine production in 2017 as demand grows, home and abroad

31/01/2018

Record engine production in 2017 as demand grows, home and abroad

British engine manufacturing rises 6.9% to all-time high of 2.7 million units in 2017

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26/01/2018

December 2017 new car pre-registration figures

SMMT released figures for December pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows…

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New cars in UK safer than ever before with 1.8 million fitted with collision warning systems

22/01/2018

New cars in UK safer than ever before with 1.8 million fitted with collision warning systems

Nearly 7 in 10 new cars available with driver assistance systems, with 1.8 million buyers a year benefitting from collision avoidance technology. Autonomous emergency braking, parking assistance and blind spot sensors also top the list of most popular tec

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Automotive Sector Deal between government and industry is announced

10/01/2018

Automotive Sector Deal between government and industry is announced

An Automotive Sector Deal between government and the automotive industry has today been announced by…

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UK average new car CO2 figures for 2017 rise for first time in two decades, up 0.8% on 2016

05/01/2018

UK average new car CO2 figures for 2017 rise for first time in two decades, up 0.8% on 2016

New figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that carbon tailpipe emissions have risen for the first time since 1997, with new cars averaging 121.04g/km, up 0.8% on 2016.

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03/01/2018

November 2017 new car pre-registration figures

SMMT released figures for November pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows…

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British-built engine demand continues growth in November

21/12/2017

British-built engine demand continues growth in November

British engine manufacturing grows 11.4% in November to 279,532 units.

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CV manufacturing declines by a third in November

21/12/2017

CV manufacturing declines by a third in November

November UK production of commercial vehicles declines -34.6% to 6,312 units.

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November 2017 – EV registrations

05/12/2017

November 2017 – EV registrations

      Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in…

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SMMT President calls for faster, concrete progress in agreeing a transition period for Brexit

28/11/2017

SMMT President calls for faster, concrete progress in agreeing a transition period for Brexit

In his keynote address at the SMMT’s 101st Annual Dinner, SMMT President Tony Walker, urges…

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Local sourcing drives UK engine manufacturing growth in October

23/11/2017

Local sourcing drives UK engine manufacturing growth in October

British engine production rises 14.7% in October to 263,141. Production for UK up 26.3% to…

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SMMT response to the Autumn Budget 2017

22/11/2017

SMMT response to the Autumn Budget 2017

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive responded to today’s Autumn Budget: The Autumn Budget contains some positive measures and we are pleased to see a renewed commitment to new and future vehicle technology. The investment in charge points and new incentive

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Double digit decline for UK car market in October as government urged to restore confidence in new cleaner diesels

06/11/2017

Double digit decline for UK car market in October as government urged to restore confidence in new cleaner diesels

The UK new car market declined for a seventh consecutive month in October, with 158,192 new units registered, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Demand fell by -12.2% in the month, as falling conf

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UK engine manufacturing surpasses 2 million in Q3 – the first time since records began

26/10/2017

UK engine manufacturing surpasses 2 million in Q3 – the first time since records began

Engine production rises 3.9% in September with more than 248,463 units made for home and…

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Japan-UK auto trade as strong as ever as third more British car buyers choose Japanese brands

24/10/2017

Japan-UK auto trade as strong as ever as third more British car buyers choose Japanese brands

UK consumer demand for Japanese car brands rises 38.2% in five years, with more than…

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UK’s specialist car makers take to fast lane with 60% production boost by 2020 – but only if right conditions prevail

17/10/2017

UK’s specialist car makers take to fast lane with 60% production boost by 2020 – but only if right conditions prevail

New report confirms UK’s low volume, high value car manufacturing sector is world’s largest –…

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Demand for new cars declines in September as consumer and business confidence falls

05/10/2017

Demand for new cars declines in September as consumer and business confidence falls

The UK new car market declined for a sixth consecutive month in September, with 426,170 new units registered, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

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New van market declines in September as business confidence dented

05/10/2017

New van market declines in September as business confidence dented

Demand for new vans declines -4.2% in September to 57,368 units. Pickups and heavier van…

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UK engine manufacturing posts double digit growth in August as exports drive demand

28/09/2017

UK engine manufacturing posts double digit growth in August as exports drive demand

Engine production rises 11.9% in August with more than 150,000 made for export and home markets…

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28/09/2017

August 2017 new car pre-registration figures

The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in August 2017 that were defined as pre-registrations.

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UK new car market reports slower August as more buyers await new 67-plate

05/09/2017

UK new car market reports slower August as more buyers await new 67-plate

The UK new car market reported its fifth consecutive month of decline in August, according to figures published today by SMMT. Registrations fell -6.4%, after a record August in 2016.

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01/09/2017

UK car buyers to benefit from toughest-ever emissions tests

Toughest ever new car emissions tests come into force today. All newly launched car models…

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British car manufacturing rebounds in July as new models hit production lines

24/08/2017

British car manufacturing rebounds in July as new models hit production lines

British car manufacturing rose 7.8% in July, with 136,397 new units rolling off UK production lines.

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CV manufacturing declines in July, but exports remain steady in 2017

24/08/2017

CV manufacturing declines in July, but exports remain steady in 2017

UK CV manufacturing fell -26.1% in July with 6,499 vans, trucks, buses and coaches built.

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Strong July for UK engine manufacturing as investment continues to deliver returns

24/08/2017

Strong July for UK engine manufacturing as investment continues to deliver returns

12.0% July engine production boost counteracts June dip, with output rising by more than 20,000 units ahead of planned August plant upgrades.

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SMMT statement in response to government announcement on future customs arrangements

15/08/2017

SMMT statement in response to government announcement on future customs arrangements

SMMT has issued a statement in response to government’s announcement on future customs arrangements.

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Commercial vehicle exports rise in first half of 2017, with 95% destined for EU

11/08/2017

Commercial vehicle exports rise in first half of 2017, with 95% destined for EU

Exports of British-built vans, trucks and buses rose 11.6% in the first six months of 2017, with almost all headed to the EU.

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July 2017 – EV registrations

04/08/2017

July 2017 – EV registrations

SMMT has released electric vehicle (EV) registrations for July 2017.

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New car market falls in July as demand declines across business and consumer sectors

04/08/2017

New car market falls in July as demand declines across business and consumer sectors

161,997 new cars registered in July as market declines -9.3% – the fourth consecutive monthly…

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Stable growth for new van market in July

04/08/2017

Stable growth for new van market in July

The new van market remained stable in July, rising 1.1% with 24,766 registrations last month, according to SMMT figures.

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Government urged to put automotive at heart of Brexit agenda as UK motorists face 10% increase in servicing costs

31/07/2017

Government urged to put automotive at heart of Brexit agenda as UK motorists face 10% increase in servicing costs

British motorists could see their annual car service and repair costs rise by 10% to £777 after Brexit if no deal is reached between the UK and the EU. A new report published today by SMMT shows that the UK’s collective car repair bill could rise

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June car manufacturing falls as industry calls on government to outline Brexit plans

27/07/2017

June car manufacturing falls as industry calls on government to outline Brexit plans

UK car manufacturing falls -13.7% in June as 136,901 cars leave production lines. First half…

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Overall commercial vehicle production falls in first half of 2017 despite strong export growth

27/07/2017

Overall commercial vehicle production falls in first half of 2017 despite strong export growth

British commercial vehicle manufacturing falls -4.7% in June 2017 with 7,324 CVs built last month.…

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British-built engine demand holds up in 2017 despite June fall

27/07/2017

British-built engine demand holds up in 2017 despite June fall

Engine manufacturing remains robust year-to-date, with demand up 3.6% overall in the first half-year. Performance…

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SMMT statement in response to government diesel and petrol plans

26/07/2017

SMMT statement in response to government diesel and petrol plans

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, The UK government’s ambition for all new cars and…

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06/07/2017

May 2017 new car pre-registration figures

Today, SMMT released figures for May pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data…

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New car market declines in June as demand stabilises over second quarter

05/07/2017

New car market declines in June as demand stabilises over second quarter

The UK new car market has declined for a third consecutive month with 243,454 new units registered in June, according to figures released by SMMT. Registrations fell at a slower pace than in the previous two months, by -4.8%, as demand continued to stabil

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Exports drive UK new car production but May down as manufacturers gear up for new models

29/06/2017

Exports drive UK new car production but May down as manufacturers gear up for new models

New car production falls -9.7% overall in May as car makers adjust production schedules for…

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Exports lead engine production growth in May

29/06/2017

Exports lead engine production growth in May

Engine manufacturing bounces back after Easter dip, with output up 5.5% to 230,606 units. Production…

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UK Automotive calls for “business as usual” interim arrangements to avoid cliff edge

20/06/2017

UK Automotive calls for “business as usual” interim arrangements to avoid cliff edge

The UK automotive industry has today called on government to seek an interim arrangement with the EU that would maintain membership of the single market and customs union until a final agreement on a new relationship with the EU is negotiated and implemen

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UK Automotive achieves record turnover of £77.5 billion, marking seventh consecutive year of growth

20/06/2017

UK Automotive achieves record turnover of £77.5 billion, marking seventh consecutive year of growth

UK Automotive’s 18th annual Sustainability Report reveals the manufacturing sector turned over a record £77.5 billion in 2016.

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SMMT response to 2017 General Election results

09/06/2017

SMMT response to 2017 General Election results

SMMT has released a statement in response to the 2017 General Election results on behalf of UK Automotive.

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06/06/2017

British motorists buy more car parts, accessories and services online than cosmetics or groceries finds new research

UK automotive aftermarket increases turnover to £21.6 billion as more high tech vehicles hit the…

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May 2017 – EV registrations

05/06/2017

May 2017 – EV registrations

SMMT has released electric vehicle (EV) registrations for May 2017.

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New car registrations decline in May ahead of general election

05/06/2017

New car registrations decline in May ahead of general election

The UK new car market declined in May ahead of the general election, with demand falling -8.5%, according to figures released today by SMMT. 186,265 new cars were registered in the month, with business purchases driving the market, up 20.1%, to offset dec

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SMMT’s Open Forum to highlight £2.6 billion digitisation supply chain opportunity

31/05/2017

SMMT’s Open Forum to highlight £2.6 billion digitisation supply chain opportunity

SMMT Open Forum returns to Automechanika Birmingham on 6 June, to highlight the latest cutting-edge technologies and trends.

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UK car manufacturing falls in April, but YTD output remains strongest for 17 years

25/05/2017

UK car manufacturing falls in April, but YTD output remains strongest for 17 years

Car output falls 18.2% as Easter bank holiday results in fewer manufacturing days. Year-to-date production…

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SMMT launches Motor Industry Facts 2017

25/05/2017

SMMT launches Motor Industry Facts 2017

SMMT has launched its comprehensive guide to all things UK Automotive, Motor Industry Facts 2017,…

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Engine output growing in 2017 despite April decline

25/05/2017

Engine output growing in 2017 despite April decline

Engine manufacturing reduced by 14.5% in April as month shortened by Easter break. Year-to-date remains…

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Record first quarter for UK used car market

18/05/2017

Record first quarter for UK used car market

The UK used car market got off to a strong start in 2017 with a record number of vehicles sold in the UK in the first quarter, according to data released by SMMT. 2,133,956 used cars changed hands in the first three months of the year, 3.4% more than in 2

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SMMT statement in response to government draft UK Air Quality Plan

05/05/2017

SMMT statement in response to government draft UK Air Quality Plan

SMMT has released a statement in response to the government draft UK Air Quality Plan.

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UK new car demand falls in April as new VED rates come into force

04/05/2017

UK new car demand falls in April as new VED rates come into force

The UK new car market experienced a significant decline in April, following exceptional growth in the previous month as buyers brought forward purchases ahead of the switch to new VED rates, which came into force on 1 April 2017.

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04/05/2017

April 2017 – EV registrations

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

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Best month since 2000 for UK car manufacturing as exports drive production demand

27/04/2017

Best month since 2000 for UK car manufacturing as exports drive production demand

British car makers produced 170,691 vehicles in March, up 7.3%, the biggest month in 17…

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March delivers all-round high for engine manufacturing as Q1 output surpasses 700,000 for first time

27/04/2017

March delivers all-round high for engine manufacturing as Q1 output surpasses 700,000 for first time

UK engine manufacturing output rises a fifth in March (19.5%) to 271,359 units. Home market delivers 21.4% increase in production for the month – exceeding overseas growth in a reversal of the year-to-date trend.

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10 facts you need to know about diesel

10/04/2017

10 facts you need to know about diesel

This March, an all-time record number of diesel cars were registered. SMMT reveals why they are so popular, and the important role they can play in helping improve air quality in towns and cities, and tackling climate change.

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Records tumble as March UK new car market hits all-time high

05/04/2017

Records tumble as March UK new car market hits all-time high

The UK’s new car market grew by 8.4% in March, making it the biggest month since records began. The record performance came as buyers seized the chance to buy cars before the new vehicle excise duty (VED) rates came into force. From 1 April, under th

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Connected and autonomous vehicles will improve quality of life for six in 10 people with limited mobility, finds new study

30/03/2017

Connected and autonomous vehicles will improve quality of life for six in 10 people with limited mobility, finds new study

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will transform the lives of six out of every 10 people in the UK, according to new research published by SMMT.

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UK Automotive demands government delivers deal to safeguard competitiveness

29/03/2017

UK Automotive demands government delivers deal to safeguard competitiveness

SMMT has renewed its call for the automotive industry to be at the heart of Brexit negotiations.

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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

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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

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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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UK new car market falls in ‘exceptional’ September as supply issues bite

04/10/2018

  • UK new car market falls -20.5% in September to 338,834 units as regulatory changes impact supply.
  • Volumes down across all sectors, as testing backlogs affect consumer, fleet and business deliveries.
  • Industry welcomes tough new certification test, with even greater range of new-tech cars on way.

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September 2018 and YTD cars

The UK new car market fell by -20.5% in September, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 338,834 vehicles were registered in the month, down around 87,000 on the previous year as new testing requirements continue to affect supply and distort the market.

The impact was felt across the board, with registrations by private consumers, fleets and businesses all declining, by -20.1%, -22.4% and -6.3% respectively. Registrations of petrol and diesel cars also fell, while hybrids and plug-in electrics fared better, up a modest 3.9%.

Declines were seen across almost every vehicle segment, with MPVs and Specialist Sports cars showing the biggest falls, down -54.8 and -50.9%. Luxury saloons were the only segment to register growth, up +3.5%, while Dual Purpose cars, which have enjoyed strong growth over the year to date, held steadier than most, falling just -3.5% in the month.

September’s large decline follows an unusually high August and a turbulent first eight months of the year as the market responded to a raft of upheavals, from confusion over diesel policy to VED changes and, latterly, transition to the new WLTP emissions standards. Year-to-date performance is currently
-7.5% behind 2017, reflecting these factors and a drop in business and consumer confidence. Over the coming months, however, some rebalancing is expected as an increasing range of new models are certified for sale and backlogs ease.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said,

With the industry given barely a year to reapprove the entire European model line-up, it’s no surprise that we’ve seen bottlenecks and a squeeze on supply. These are exceptional circumstances with similar declines seen in other major European markets. The good news is that, as backlogs ease, consumers and businesses can look forward to a raft of exciting high-tech cars and a market keen to recover lost momentum.

September 2018 best sellers cars

From 1 September, all cars sold in the EU have to undergo a new test called the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). The test measures all regulated emissions, as well as CO2 and fuel economy. Like the old test it replaces, it is conducted in controlled laboratory conditions for consistency across every test and every new vehicle in every country. However, it is conducted at faster speeds, over a longer distance and is more dynamic, with a greater range of vehicle and engine speeds, engine load, gear changes and temperatures, while also taking into account modern vehicle technology. And, because it is based upon some half a million miles of real driving data, it is far closer to the conditions most people experience on the road today.

In addition, new cars will also need to prove their air quality credentials ‘on the road’ by passing the new Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test. This rigorous test, which takes around four days to complete, is supplementary to WLTP and uses specially calibrated state-of-the-art portable emissions measurement (PEMS) equipment. This very sensitive equipment analyses the trace tailpipe emissions of pollutants while the car is driven in a wide range of both every-day and extreme conditions, from stop-start inner-city, to open road driving, and even at rarely, if ever, encountered speeds of 100mph and altitudes equivalent to Ben Nevis.

Mike Hawes said,

Thanks to more realistic performance data, car buyers will be better informed to choose the cars that best suit their driving needs in full confidence that they are the cleanest and most fuel-efficient ever produced.

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